Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Take me out to the Ball Game...

I just got an invitation in the mail to go to a Blue Jay's game on August 22nd. For free. 100-level seating. I'm excited! I'm even more excited that I'll be joined by family whilst there! All free. This is courtesy of Cameron and Associates Insurance Consultants and RJB Promotions in support of the Huntington Society of Canada, their supporters, volunteers, and families affected by Huntington's disease. I don't think that I've sat at the 100-level since the Calvinette & Cadet days at the Dome!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Stories from the Garden

(Because I know you're all dying to get an update on the produce growing in my yard!)

I just thought that I should give you fair warning that I will soon start to blog about the dishes that I will be making from my garden....

I've done well this week - on Sunday, I made a killer omelet in which I put some fresh dill and chives from the garden. Last night, I made a tasty potato salad with freshly picked cilantro.

Our peas are still not yielding any more than one large handful every other day, but our scarlet runner pole beans have finally started growing! We picked and ate three last night - I prefer regular green beans, but considering how many of them we'll soon have they'll certainly be good for a few dinners!

The zucchini and cucumbers are busy growing, but there are no flowers on the plants yet. Can't blame them, really - they're only 4 weeks old! My pepper plants, on the other hand, are flowering right now, and I'm very excited at the prospect of garden-fresh peppers! I have NO idea what my eggplants are going to do - I've never grown then nor seen them grown before, so right now I'm just enjoying their leafy-greenness.

There's not much use even mentioning the tomatoes, but I am hoping that the hot humid weather today will nudge them a bit. However, I'm worried that if they start ripening now, we might have some that rot on the vine while we're away for an extended weekend! (I should mention that some of the plants are now taller than me...)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Flash Flooding in Hamilton

I guess I should be thankful that even with all the rain that we had yesterday (and we had a lot of rain) our basement didn't leak anymore than it does during a regular rainstorm... Others were not so fortunate - the Hamilton Spectator reported that over 1,000 homes were flooded across Hamilton - both on the mountain and down the mountain. Even the Mayor's home flooded!

When I got up yesterday morning at 8:30 it was cloudy but the rain hadn't started yet. I puttered around in the back yard for a while, staring at my large green tomatoes, willing them to ripen.... Went back inside, and the rain came down shortly after. From 9am - 6pm we had at least 4, maybe 5 thunderstorms - or, perhaps the weather system was just circling overhead all day, who knows? In between each torrential storm the clouds broke and the sun peaked through for a few minutes - long enough for me to take the dog for a walk or run to the car to grab something. There was certainly water rushing down our street, but nothing like in the pictures below... The photos of the flooded highway are the Redhill Creek Expressway - Brian was on it right before it was closed and said that he's never seen anything like it.

All photos are courtesy of, and were taken by Hamilton residents.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Currently Reading...

Nothing. Well, I'm part way through a book that Samuel lent me when I left Newfoundland, but I haven't picked it up much.

Lately, most of my time has been spent packing or unpacking from weekend trips, having dinner with and enjoying the company of friends, picking peas from my garden, staring at my tomatoes waiting for them to turn red, watering my flowerpots, watching worthwhile ("Duplicity" and "Nothing But the Truth") and not-so-worthwhile ("Van Wilder: Freshman Year") movies... However, most recently I finally started sewing some curtains that I told a friend (back in April) that I would make for her. Sewing blinds for my livingroom is one thing - if they don't turn out perfectly, that's ok. I can look past it and call it a "learning experience". On the flip side, sewing blinds that someone else has paid for is quite a serious responsibility. They're going to be very prominent in the VanOord family dining room - their windows are large, thus the curtains will be as well. What if they don't hang straight? What if the pattern is crooked? What if they're too narrow for the windows? What if they don't fold nicely when they're pulled up? Happily, the one panel that I have already sewn fits quite nicely into the one window - now to repeat that for the next two. But then there's the rings and the strings and the pulley and the velcro (sorry - hook and loop) and the boards... fingers crossed. If they end up being something to write home about, I'll take a pic of them and post it here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

In the Thicket

And, to give you an idea if just HOW TALL the tomatoes really are, here you go. The ones I'm standing behind were given to me at a height of about 15" by my kind fellow gardening boss, Richard. (His plants in his garden are nowhere near this height!)

On the way home from Sarnia

Izzy is spending the trip perched on top of our new (used) filing cabinet. Comfy.

Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Sunday, July 05, 2009

And the Garden Grows....

Ode to Newfoundland

We sang this in church last week Sunday, before we sang God Save the Queen and Oh Canada.

When sun rays crown thy pine clad hills,
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land.

We love thee, we love thee,
We love thee, smiling land.

When spreads thy cloak of shimmering white,
At winter's stern command,
Thro' shortened day, and starlit night,
We love thee, frozen land.

We love thee, we love thee
We love thee, frozen land.

As blinding storm gusts fret thy shore,
And wild waves lash thy strand,
Thro' spindrift swirl, and tempest roar,
We love thee windswept land.

We love thee, we love thee
We love thee windswept land.

As loved our fathers, so we love,
Where once they stood, we stand;
Their prayer we raise to Heaven above,
God guard thee, Newfoundland

God guard thee, God guard thee,
God guard thee, Newfoundland '