The Weekend Begins!

Here’s a cute picture:

I have temporarily given up on installing a pond, so I built a bed and planted 5 horseradish roots.  The kittens like to sleep in the bed since I put down the plastic fencing stuff, and so they don’t feel like digging in it.

All five roots have sprouted.

We had homegrown fennel along with some free range grilled chicken last night.

The cucumbers are back in the bed I had them in the first year and thriving.

The pole beans that a friend gave me the seeds for are climbing well, right next to the tomato plant that made it through the winter.  I let the lettuce and cilantro bolt — again — and so it seems that in a few years, that’s all I’ll have as far as weeds go.

I took the bus home today.  It was actually nostalgic.  I often think of my time in Riga and taking all the different forms of transportation to make my way around the city.  That was many years ago, and I have always been angered at how backwards just a few people in this city can be about mass transit.  Even though we got rid of Tom DeLay, there’s always someone else to step in all big footed and jam up the progress.

I had a nice conversation while waiting for the bus.  It was with a woman who works at the zoo.  Another followed when a man got on at a stop along my way.  He was surprised that I said “hello” to him with such confidence.  I’m not afraid of anyone, and besides that, I have to work with Saudis EVERY DAY.

At any rate, despite my doubts yesterday evening about my plan to basically hide from the EASTER PEOPLE this weekend, I think those two encounters made it clear that it was the right decision.

Barring any technical difficulties, I see many pictures being posted over the next two days 🙂


3 responses to “The Weekend Begins!

  1. Baby! she looks happy and self-assured! Looking forward to more pix!
    Hope everything stays quiet on your front & that you and all the babies have a nice SERENE Easter …I haven’t had the “phone call” yet with Savannah, but have my paws crossed that it will be short & productive!

  2. I hope you had a good day! Everything is fine here. I’m just waiting for TAR to come on since stupid golf ran overtime.

  3. You know, Roberto, I’ve been thinking about things, and I just want to put it here so I won’t forget it.

    When we asked for that 10k to help us with the house, I always felt like I had to pay it back. I feel differently now. Teresa has lived rent and utility bill free her entire life. Michael got both his undergrad and graduate degree paid for. I got none of that. When my dad died, my mom got everything, and as you know, didn’t have to pay for any of the funeral expenses.

    I don’t know why it has taken me so long to say thank you for helping me finish my bachelor’s degree and get my masters. But for you, I might not have either. My parents didn’t help at all. You helped in every way.

    The way I see it now, after much thought, focused thought, is that the 10k evened everything out among us siblings. I don’t need to pay it back. And I don’t need to worry about it anymore.

    Lastly, if they ever call you, all you have to say is what you said to me when all of this nonsense went down — that you are on my side. That should shut them up.

    It goes without saying that I am on your side and am grateful to you for all of the help you have given to me over the years. It means a lot to me.

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