Archive for August, 2008

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Garden Goods

August 26, 2008

Two kinds of beans, cucumber, eggplant, green peppers and a jalapeno

This is some of what we harvested lately. When I checked there were 6 or so eggplants about the size of the one in this picture. It’s time to look up eggplant recipes. We’ve had loads of cucumbers this year until we got something like three weeks of rain. We made homemade pickles and gave them out. I couldn’t believe how well they turned out. Thanks Mom. Again because of the rain the tomatoes are slow coming this year. They’ve been on the vine for a while but their having trouble ripening. We have had lots of cherry tomatoes though. I gave everything a good supply of food this past weekend so here’s hoping. I really need to blog more about my gardening since it’s on my mind so much. Like where can I fit more next year, lots more. I learned a lot this summer so far such as eggplant grows ridiculously tall and I should put the carrots front and center in the raised beds so nothing crowds them out. I experimented with companion planting this year as a natural way of deterring harmful bugs. It seemed to work pretty well until we got all that rain, after that we learned how to use fungicides and pesticides. But they were organic. I have loads of pictures. I’ll try and post a few soon. For now here’s one nights harvest. I tend to only bring in what I think we’ll eat soon. We’re still picking up our local organic food share weekly so we have plenty of fruits and veggies.  🙂

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Buying a New Car Can Be So Much Fun!

August 25, 2008

I’ve been lucky in life. I’ve bought a few cars brand new. It was not without hard work. This is actually the first time I’ve bought a new car while married or with access to another person’s finances. Ha! No seriously, I’ve always bought my own stuff and prided myself on it. But buying a new car never gets old. It’s so much fun to see how far I can push the sales guy and his manager into throwing in half the dealership with the car. I LOVE negotiating. This time the final deal was $5,500 off the sticker price (including a $1,500 cash back incentive), a moon roof installed at their cost for parts, and a free cargo net, dog gate and rubber mat for the back of the car. We paid $2500 less than the dealership (I made them prove to me how much they paid) thanks to knowing that they had a ton of new inventory on the lot and they had to get rid of our car to make room the 2009s. For the billionth time, thank you Internet.

We bought a 2008 Subaru Outback wagon with 57 miles on it. I decided after 5 Hondas in a row I was ready for a change. Oh wait, there was a Ford Explorer in there somewhere. With this car tthe All Wheel Drive was a huge allure as well as the back dog gate option so I can keep Duke the escape artist from jumping out of the car when we get out. But the biggest allure of all…the roof rack. Kayaks, bikes, luggage oh my! I can just imagine the options. I usually love the first snow but this year it’s going to mean so much more. They’ll have to send a rescue crew out to find me because I’ll be doing donuts in parking lots.

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Bu Bye Red Bull, You Can Stop Taking My Money Now

August 25, 2008

Anyone who knows me knows what a caffeine-aholic I’ve been for many years now. So it might be hard to believe but I’m down to a cup of coffee a day and sometimes an afternoon tea. I double bag it. So what. It’s not coffee or Red Bull now is it? I sometimes miss Red Bull, like when I’m cleaning. It was great for that. Down a Red Bull and power clean. Done in minutes. What’s interesting about giving up all the caffeine is I feel like I have as much energy now as when I was drinking $5 in coffee a day. I guess it’s all relative after all. I had a theory that it might be but I wasn’t about to quit while I was in school so now I feel like it’s less of a risk. And it was so worth it!

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Side Business Antics

August 25, 2008

My hubby & his business partner’s product has shipped. Now we’re praying the salesmen do a great job at selling it and they’re ordering more soon. Come on people, Mama needs a second story addition (third story if you could the finished basement). Ok, ‘needs’ might be a stretch but I can’t stop thinking about that huge master bedroom/bathroom with awesome views of the pond. I would love to move our washer/dryer out of the mudroom to our upstairs closet and put one downstairs in Mom’s in-law apt. Oh an maybe another deck coming off the master..nice!