Monday, June 15, 2009

Do They Have Gardenholics Anonymous?

I think I may have a problem (you can stop laughing now) (no, really). It's probably perfectly normal to go to the garden center for some cilantro seeds, see the clearance rack and impulsively pick up a 4-pack of Super Chili Hot Pepper seedlings just because they're 88 cents for a 4-pack and the name is intriguing. I mean, that's what clearance racks are for, right? Buying stuff you don't really need because you already have 2 dozen hot pepper plants at home. It's a whole other breed of crazy to come home, look around the yard for somewhere to plant the 4 cute little seedlings, then spy the edge of the front walk and think, "Y'know, that would be the perfect place for these if I had eight more to fill out the bed."

I'm at the breed of crazy where I do all that, then turn around and actually drive back out to the nursery to get a dozen Super Chili Hot Peppers to convert a former hosta bed into a hot pepper hedge.

So, let this be a warning to anyone visiting the Rookery. I don't know what will be on the menu, but it will be spicy.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Unintentionally Funny

I present a transcript of an actual conversation that passed in the Rookery. We have preliminary harvest going on and I am blanching veggies for the freezer daily. The container of lettuce outside appreciates the daily dose of blanching water, so I leave the pan on the stove to cool.

Emp. Peng: Why are you boiling urine?
Me: That's not urine, that's pea water. (pause while I listen to what just came out of my mouth). That came out wrong.
Emp. Peng.: I think that came out just right.
Me: It's water from blanching peas.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009