Monday, March 23, 2015
The Glamorous Life
We had a busy and fun weekend. Saturday night we went to a murder mystery party...
way a little out of our comfort zone! The characters we were assigned to play were a glamorous actress and a famous polo player. The event was set in the 1940's. Not sure we nailed the the 1940's look, but at least we tried. Meet Matilda Gallant and Dominik Hasek.
Each guest was given a character and a clue to share at the party. Turns out we were more like extras - our clue was that we were talking to each other when the shots were heard. We could add any non-story altering details we wanted. I decided that we had just gotten engaged after a whirlwind romance. Apparently he met me the previous weekend at the Beverly Hills Polo Club and had to make me his bride. Maybe Proposal Day put that idea in my head. I picked up this this little bauble at Walmart to make our story a little more authentic. Do you think it is too much?? Well, I am a famous actress, so... I giggled every time my husband introduced me as his fiancee...he seriously kept forgetting my name...must have been the whirlwind romance.
Sunday we spent most of the day helping my niece move. And I am totally counting that as my workout - maybe for the rest of the week :) I made a chicken potpie for them to bake at their new place. After all that work, who wants to cook, right? I made one for our house too, but it turns out my husband is not a potpie fan. I am taking it to work tomorrow to bake and share with my co-workers - it doesn't have hearts on it though :) I only used a crust on the top and added extra veggies.
Of course, with this warmer weather I can't stop thinking about the garden. Today I planted a row each of lettuce, spinach, radishes and carrots. Apparently, I am obsessed with color variety. The lettuce is a mix of several kinds of lettuce - various greens and reds. The carrots are orange, purple, white and yellow. The radishes are called Easter Egg Radishes - various shades of pinks, red, purple and white. Poor old dark green spinach is going to set off all the other colors come harvest time. The seed is from last year, so I know I like everything. Hopefully, I didn't get to far ahead of myself - if it frosts I can always replant.
I thought if I put the little marker sticks right next to the wooden edge of the raised bed they wouldn't catch Millie's attention. About 30 seconds after I placed them, she strolled over and snatched the lettuce marker. And I put the rest of them in anyway - we will see how long they last. Fortunately, Millie found another delicious stick to distract her.
We probably need something a little more puppy proof, but I am hoping for now these stakes keep Millie from digging up what I have just planted.
This is what happened last year to an unprotected bed. Millie dug up the radishes and carrots on one end. She flung all the dirt on top of the spinach in the middle of the bed and trampled some of the lettuce. Fortunately, with some delicate excavation, I was able to save most of the crop, but I sure would like to avoid that mess again.
When I was finished playing in the garden, it took some serious coaxing to get Millie to the door. Even then she was not eager to go inside. Prior experience has taught her that she would be separated from her beloved stick du jour before entering the house.
The seedlings continue to grow. They are all leaning toward the sun...eager to be outside I am sure.
I have started saving my egg shells for the garden. Apparently, the calcium in egg shells helps to prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes. Nothing is worse than turning over a beautifully ripe tomato to see the bottom rotting out...yuck! I collect egg shells for a month or so before planting my tomatoes. Then put a handful of the crushed shells in each hole with my tomato plant. I haven't had the problem since I started doing that.
In sad news, one of my favorite water glasses got broken this weekend. RIP, Grumpy Bear - you brought gallons of delicious cold water to my lips. I still have a Tender Heart Bear glass, but it might be time to hit up eBay for some new glasses. A girl has to have her water in a cute glass :)
I have been inspired by all the meal/snack preppers out there. I couldn't resist these little containers The outside edge has a seal to prevent leaking which is great, but the contents can leak between the two compartments, which is a little disappointing. I would like to have a couple healthy snacks at the ready.
How would you fill these cute little snack containers?