that would be me, sitting here in the cool but humid breeze. I believe the term of art for women of my stature is "zaftig," but as I sit here encouraging Kate to poop, I'm sucking in (up?) my coils of belly fat and there's no way around it, ladies and gentlemen: it's fat. And tonight is Wednesday, normally a night for me to fence, but there's literally three mounds of kid laundry on the sofa that needs to be put away and an equal mound of my own laundry to tidy; as well as at least 10 loads of dirty clothes stashed in the linen closet in the bathroom that must be washed and sorted. So: how handy for me, I'll use sedentary housework as an excuse not to exercise. Excuse me, the timer's gone off and I have to feel the Kidlets.
Back again. I'm happy and relieved to have gotten my semi-automatic watering system installed in the old rosebed, which now has two nascent rose bushes, two tomato plants and two NZ impatiens plants that I transplanted from the two containers by the front door. You can see the plants; the three "automatic waterers" in the background are 2-ltr soda bottles with pierced caps and open ends; you fill them with water and plant them; the plants suck the water out through the pierced caps; everyone's happy. Thank you, Canadian gardener Doug Green! (I'd link to the actual instructions but 1) I've given them to you here; and, 2) they're contained in an ebook he's published on growing tomatoes that costs $7.50, if memory serves, and it's a pdf that resides on my intraoffice network -- so sad) Anyway, if you're like me and you know nothing about growing tomatoes, you could do a lot worse than pay $7.50 to learn. I mean, let's face it, most of us buy our plants if we don't grow them from seed, and how much can that cost you? I bought my heirloom tomatoes from Natl Gardening Assn for something like $50 for 12 plants...if I was really organized, I could have bought the seeds for next to nothing and started them in the basement like real gardeners, but I'm not that together, so it cost me bucks.
Tonight's wine is a Spanish dry white, Rioja by Marques de Caceres. Very light melon nose; green apple crunch, slightly acidic, light finish; second tier but not bad at all on an evening such as this. Good night, friends.