Saturday, August 28, 2010

Labor Day Gathering and the Gallery

Mary heard from Martha that she and Brad plan to drive Nat Sr. to the ranch over the Labor Day weekend. I had set the date before we drove Shane down from his flight to Loveland from Ann Arbor. We enjoyed the time. Eve arrived before and left before we did. Take this link to my first set of photos on the MobileMe Gallery. Let me know if this works. I believe you can upload pictures to the space as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Late summer visit

Shane flew in from Ann Arbor a week ago. We are enjoying the visit. Shane got to meet Pele, Hannah and Jeremy Claire spent a few days in Loveland Last summer when he came down in June, I worked through the month, and we missed visiting the ranch with him! I took two days last week to drive down with him and Mary. Eve was already here with Ian. (She left yesterday with him back to Boulder). It was cloudier than usual, but still cooler than northern Colorado. We'll visit a bit more this afternoon when we return. Shane flies out early tomorrow morning to his fall semester assignment at the University of Michigan and another job or two at a community college and tutoring. I will set a time to blog regularly with little posts like this. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Northern Colorado

Mary and I moved to Boulder for a while in 1978. Back then, the town was already known for three left turns on a red light, it's high per capita ratio of lawyers to citizens and high dollar real estate. However, it was not so strewn with ticky-tacky development along every stretch of the Diagonal Highway. Once, driving a 1968 Wagoneer, I became moonstruck and strayed off the road into a farmer's ditch near Broomfield. An old farmer in overalls came out to see what the matter was and in not too long a time extricated us from the water with little more than a car jack. He lifted the rear axle enough to give us traction back on the road. He was old school enough to understand the distraction the moon caused me, Old West enough to offer the help in the first place.

Mary and I drove south from Loveland mid-morning to mattress shop at the Flatirons Crossing Mall. I took advantage of my credit rating to open an account with Macy's to save $100 on the purchase, which I promptly ceded to the cost of a bed frame! On the way, we stopped by Lafayette and Boulder to see Claire and Eve. We took them and Jarrod out to the Himalaya Nepalese restaurant where we grazed the buffet then wen on out way to mattress shop. Eve and Claire are still house and dog sitting. Eve shared her experience baby sitting with a pair of young boys for a couple in Boulder. She is doing a good job keeping her head about her while addressing some complex family and developmental dynamics and exhibiting some gumption, stick-with-it-ness and compassion to follow through another stay with the little gents.2

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Walking through the garden... a little ditty-like outcry the servers at Bob's B-B-Q in Loveland call when one orders all the veggie sides on the plate (onions, pickles, jalapenos). I will return to the garden after this post. Last night I worked into the twilight, a common practice as I don't get outside until after settling down from work, and these days, coming out of a nap. I was cranky about doing anything out there perhaps because I had a committee assignment response brewing that I wanted to develop.

Mary joined me after understanding my frustration; this did not require her usual insight and empathy because I was complaining about how hard the work was for me now &c, &c. Sometimes when one is tired or pained there is no good reason to complain. Mary helped me reset the little picket and wire fencing border (I'll post a picture later) that I had removed to dig out the grass roots under it. There is still some warm weather left, but I'll plant cool tolerant and root crop seeds.

Friday, August 6, 2010

a review and reflection

Apologies for not posting since the 27th. I will resume with a post I wanted to make a few days ago from the notes I entered on a garden and kitchen journal I have kept intermittently since 2002. Hannah gave it to me then and from the first entry of 14 April, I would say that it was an anniversary gift. I prepared the rows and Claire planted the garlic bulbs on Sat 17 Oct 09 that I harvested this Tuesday:

"Mary is in Lafayette leaving Claire at Lucas and Jessica's for Claire's dog and house sitting duties. I'm conditioning he east edge of the picket fenced garden area with two 2.2 sq. ft. bales of peat moss. The clay soil is like hard pan, chunks of pottery. I noticed the peas unharvested this summer fell to the ground and, where watered, sprouted and poked through the clay. I collected a palmful still dry and unsprouted which I will replant. From the garlic planting map drawn Sat 17 Oct 09, I notice I have harvested a half dozen "german" variety garlic hard neck bulbs. "Inchelium" just north of them are not evident though I do have two bulbs from thereabouts w/o salks that could be. Some smaller "Bogatyr" lie to the south in the same row."

The German stalks are tall with large bulbs. I may only plant them this fall as they seem to be the most robust. I have not yet harvested the row with the Dukanski, Shatilli, Shaunti and Chesnook garlic. They are mid sized between the large German and smaller Bogatyr. I still need to turn the soil on the east edge of the garden (nearest the house) and upright the picket fence edging.

It is early again. I am semi-habituated to engaging in some stretches for my back, exercises for my core and strengthening my shoulders and arms. It is about the only time I would take now to do that; working the elliptical, or better, walking with Mary is better after work. That is something I have not joined in while Claire and Eve visit us, but it would be a good way to unwind and to connect. We have to find another circuit now that the high school track is busy with football practice. Now in the morning, I think I will start off with posts here and or in one or another of the blogs I have started at work, then exercise.