Saturday, May 7, 2011

Spring Planting

I finished my spring planting yesterday, it took all of 15 minutes or so.  I have added to my tiny balcony a raised planter box that's about 3 feet long.  Big enough, I think for some herbs and a few vegetables.  Our spring so far has been cold and cloudy and not very spring-like, but yesterday and today have been warm and sunny. 

I now have some parsley and chives planted at one end of my garden, and some salad greens and onions at the other.  The rows are about a foot long.  We'll see what happens.  The balcony faces East and gets full sun until about 2 or 3 pm each day.  Last summer I planted one tomato plant in a planter made from half a wine barrel.  This summer I'm expanding my garden. 

And just the right size.  I think the weeding will be manageable!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

What's Wrong with This Picture

I spend $100 a month to get hundreds of channels on cable TV.  But what do I watch?  DVD's of old TV shows: Hart to Hart, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Perry Mason, Bullwinkle.  Did you know that the entire series of Bullwinkle is now out on DVD?  At the moment I'm watching the DVDs of the BBC/PBS Mystery series (10 hours) of Lord  Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane from 1987. 

The last few years, I've been giving handmade items as Christmas presents (knitting cotton dish cloths, cross-stitching ornaments, etc).  Isn't that what I did when I was a little kid and didn't have money for gifts?  What goes around comes around?  Hopefully my skill is better now than it was then!


On Friday, I had a plugged up kitchen sink drain and had to call a drain cleaning/sewer service.  The charge for augering my drain line?  $84.27

On Saturday evening I went with friends to see Tony Orlando in concert at the Riverside Casino.  We went early and had supper at the buffet, then played the slot machines a bit.  The outcome?  I won $80.00!

The Tony Orlando concert was great, by the way.  I highly recommend it .