Hey there! Sorry for the absence. We were on vacation….

Not the whole time, but you know… summer time is busy. And while I was off I didn’t turn on or even touch my laptop. That was pretty awesome…

My garden has been rockin’ OUT. Here’s a peek at some of it:

Sugar Baby Watermelons are coming along nicely…. only two have grown from this plant so far, but that’s fine with me. They say they grow to 6-10 pounds… we’ll see!

My tomatoes LOOK like a hot mess, but I had to thin out the crazy and toss the vines that had no fruit in order to give the vines that did some breathing room…we did get a little rain in the last few days, including last night. I haven’t gone out yet to check them this morning but I hope they look a little happier than they do here.

When we got back from vacation I picked about 5 off the vine that were red or turning red. This is a new one starting to turn. My husband said they were delicious… I’ll have to take his word for it, since I don’t like tomatoes! Not raw ones anyway. I hope we get enough (that my husband doesn’t eat) so I can make my own sauce.

My second pepper. While we were away (for about 8 days) it grew from the size of my thumbnail to this! And there’s another little one starting. Three peppers isn’t a lot, but since this is my first year with any of this I’m thrilled.

And then there’s this. This used to be the “compost pile” we started and then realized we needed to read up on composting. We covered this one up… but then something started to grow. I think it’s cantaloupe. I don’t know if we’ll see any fruit because it can take up to 100 days to finish… and so far we do have yellow flowers but no baby melons. I read up on how I could pollinate the female flowers but I think I’ll just let it be and see what happens. I don’t think it would survive through the fall, anyway, as the soil has to be kept warm. We’ll see!

And let’s not forget the front flower bed. I had planted some begonias and marigolds… but the marigold are totally huge and starting to cover up the begonias. This pic was taken before our vacation and they are even bigger, if you can believe it. My aunt told me that she plants the shorter growing (8″) variety of marigolds between her tomatoes and veggies in her garden because bugs that like veggies don’t like marigolds. I’m trying that next year!!

Today I pick up my first CSA share in 3 weeks and I’m psyched. (While we were gone — and getting ready to leave — I gave away my share to friends. They both LOVED it and are interested in signing up next year!)

I didn’t work out “in a gym” while I was away… but I did do a lot of “pool exercise” with my 2-year-old. She now weighs about 35 lbs, and I was throwing her around the pool a number of times while we were away!

In the Elmo’s World show at Sesame Place, taking a much needed break from the heat and humidity.

And I have been fighting a cold since we’ve been back, so I didn’t go to the gym yesterday and I’ll see how I feel on Friday before I make a call about whether or not to go. I started to feel sick Sunday afternoon, after my Sunday morning workout, which consisted of cardio (elliptical and bike) and leg weight machines. I hope I can get back on track with this in the days ahead.

I’m also looking forward to getting back on track with blogging! I’ll hopefully be able to write another post about my CSA share for this week in the next day or two.

See you then!

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2 thoughts on “Hey there! Sorry for the absence. We were on vacation….

    • Thank you! I picked up that plant totally on impulse: “hmm, let’s see if anything happens!” And so far it’s been a great little experiment. I keep meaning to fence them in a little before the critters discover them… but so far they haven’t.

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