Vegetable garden

Though it’s surely something I’ll continue long into the future, this summer I spent a little money and plenty of time on my first ever vegetable garden.

Two cherry different species of cherry tomatoes (sweet olive and lizzano, though I didn’t see a big difference between either) and two of the same mini-green pepper plant (cute stuff). They came in divinely, particularly as I gave more than a half gallon to each every morning. (I also planted out front a Vinca ‘cotton candy’ mix that came in beautifully and last much of the summer)

  • Turns out those little yellow flowers on a tomato plant is from where the tomatoes blossom.
  • I didn’t have many bug problems: some grasshoppers and worms I let alone, some flies that never really stayed, once some birds were checking them out but my cat scared them away.
  • Aside from a single tomato purchase for  a rush salad I  was making for a party, I didn’t buy any peppers or tomatoes all summer.
  • I spent probably $40 this year to start the garden, though it’ll be cheaper next year, and probably would have spent, say, $60-$70 on those vegetables throughout the summer.
  • I went to Greensgrow Farms for my purchases:  the tomato cages cost $5 each (though will be reused each year), the plants each cost about $3 each, if I remember correctly, and two bags of potting soil for $5 total.

Seattle: a long-weekend in the Pacific Northwest

Standing on the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle in Seattle.

Early this morning, I got home from a jam-packed, long weekend in Seattle, visiting my friend Matt Sheehan, who was receiving some treatment there.

Some of my favorite experiences:

  • Pike Place Market — The city’s very famous, very cool open-air market near to the. Going there during a weekday was key to seeing it live.
  • Space Needle — As depicted above, I made sure to get to the top of the famed Space Needle.
  • Halibut sandwich — With clam chowder and slaw for lunch, right in one of the stands at Pike Place. Photo here.
  • Nirvana — Yes, man, I listened to the 1990s grunge metal heads who originated here as much as I could.
  • Mass Transit— I rode the trolly — new one, not the old one — and the light rail line from the airport to the center city.
  • Starbucks — The first product I ever bought at any Starbucks was a latte at the original location, near Pike Place.
  • Great Alaskan Salmon sandwich — It might not look like much, but this meal, on a beautiful, little tourist island, was likely one of the best meals I ever had. The Salmon was so fresh, with so many tastes, and played so nicely with the slaw and a buttery ciabatti roll.
  • Eat and drink generally — I had lots of local beer and all the fresh fish I could get my hands on.
  • Iced Coffees — From lots of local places.
  • Sports arenas — Like mass transit, something I am always interested in seeing when visiting other U.S. cities are their altars for sport.
  • University of Washington — I walked the campus and ate on its main strip.
  • Walking, walking walking — It’s what I love to do. I was blessed with beautiful weather!

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