Saturday, March 20, 2010

Garden Fever

We've had such nice weather lately that I've had to keep reminding myself it's only March. I am so ready to be out in the garden every day!

I decided Wednesday would be a good day to dig my parsnips. I'm putting new seed in this year, and I don't want any straglers taking up room where I don't have it. So Pauli and I started digging. We dug, and dug, and dug, and about the time we thought we'd found the last one, the chickens scratched a couple more up. This is what the catch looked like when we stopped:

Notice I didn't say we finished. We stopped. I think the chickens have found a few more since then. That's about 2/3 rds of a bushel in that wagon. Good thing we like parsnips.

The cold has come back, so it's back to calculus for me. Probably not a bad thing, because I'm really itching to be out planting.

Here's hoping that this March isn't a repeat of the March of 1933!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update and Apologies

So here it is March, and I'm just now getting back to blog. Internet problems have been part of the problem. The rest was a computer virus that I'm still recovering from. Well, OK, honestly, the rest is below.

I've been working on Triangle Island, and I'm nearing photo stage. I spent a really ticked-off Sunday afternoon kicking out the majority of it. Then I discovered that it was 4 rows too long, so I took 4 rows off which is for another quilt (because I just can't work on one at a time!)

For two years in a row now, I've spent March 16 planting my tomato seeds. It's kinda early here, but I've had enough success that I'm not too worried. Besides, as nice as the weather has been here (60s today) that I'm about crawling up the wall waiting for the last blast of Winter. I love winter, but I love Spring, too! Fall is my favorite season, but that's because I'm a Fall baby.

Somewhere along the line I've discovered something very disturbing. My life mirrors that of my favorite comic strip Foxtrot. To those who know me, that shouldn't be much of a surprise. I mean, Jason Fox and I have a lot in common when it comes to science and math. (Sorry, the only iguana I like is Quincy -- and that's because he's a cartoon.) I lived vicariously through Jason in 1998 when he was at Camp Bohrmore (where you go to get more Bohr!), but then there's that disturbing part. In an effort to forget the things going on in my life that I can't blog about, I went to Bill Amend's old site (I'm probably the only person left to go there) to play Foxcentration and Burp-a-long Fox, and I somehow got it in my head to do Jason's Nerd search (which I did when it first came out). And that's when I found out it's been so long since I did any calculus that I forgot how to.

Do you see where this is going?

That's right, my old calc book is back out and I've been reviewing. I have to. I have very few things I can be proud of, and my calculus ability is --- WAS --- one of them. Besides, I have great memories of Calc at Macomb Community College, back when it was still Macomb.

And now you know where I'm at if I'm not here. I'm studying calculus!

Happy 90th to my grandpa today!

P.S. I've really got to get "Math, Science, and Unix Underpants" to keep my sanity.

P.P.S. If you didn't know it, Bill Amend is really a nice guy. I once sent him an email in support of the math notation he used (which a bunch of weenies objected to) and he sent me a really nice email back.