Dreaming of Tomatoes

Yep, that’s absolutely a thing I am dreaming of. I am doing so by spinning the fiber that shares that name, as well as working on ridding my veggie garden of ditch lilies, mums, and weeds. The mums won’t have time to flower before we completely remove the dirt from that garden and modify/replace it. The weeds should not be allowed to gain any foothold. And the ditch lilies act like weeds. One tiny little tuber results in more than one of these ditch lilies and they’ve GOTTA GO! This will be year 3 of digging those things out of the garden, and this will be the FINAL YEAR.

In fact, at this point, I am so annoyed with them that I’ll be removing them from the rest of my garden as well. I am done. So done.

Mr. Ink is clearly dreaming of tomatoes as well, or at least of spring. On Saturday he built his new compost bin, put together a rain barrel, and put together his new wood chipper. Yesterday he spent the entire day cutting down spirea on the front bank and feeding it through the chipper, then beginning his compost project. I, of course, added kitchen stuff to the compost, and so we should be well on our way there, with him already speaking of getting another bin to put next to the current bin. We have a LOT of yard waste due to the large yard. There are also new mysterious red paint circles all over the lawn. When asked about this, I was told that they are for trees that will be arriving this spring. It seems that this will be my last year of mowing, because there’s nothing I hate more than mowing around multiple trees. It’s up to him after this. I was told which tree would go where, until one spot where I was told “it’s a surprise!” So, we’ll have to wait to find out about that one. But, I can only imagine it’s one that I’ve bugged him about adding. Another magnolia? A rhododendron? Maybe a japanese lilac? I don’t know! We’ll have to wait for the surprise. In any case, it seems clear that despite all his back problems, Mr. Ink isn’t ready to quit digging holes.


I continued on the dreaming of tomatoes spin project, which I decided to leave as singles. This is almost done. I didn’t get a done photo, but the resulting yarn is hanging to dry so I’ll get a photo for tomorrow.

The other thing I did with myself yesterday that I was absolutely thrilled with, though it may be something people do on the regular, was learn how to remove the drain covers in both the bathroom sink and tub, in order to use one of those plastic snake thingies to clear out any hair and grossness. The tub was easy! The sink was a bit more complicated but it went well as it is clear that someone put in a new faucet right before we bought the place. Not much corrosion to deal with. Now the bathroom drain runs beautifully again, one of the things I’ve appreciated the most about my house. The sink drain? Well, that’s still a bit slow, and I am beginning to think the issue isn’t a plumbing problem, but rather a sink stopper problem. I may have to raise it up to allow water to drain faster. It’s a work in progress, but I feel good about the learning of a thing.

That’s about it for the weekend report. This week is gearing up to be QUITE busy. More so than I prefer. Miss Butterfly has her first choir solo, and it’s a doozy. It’ll be 5th grade choirs through senior choirs as well as all of the associated show choirs in a huge gym with all the parents and family in attendance. I believe that her solo is with someone else, or a few other kids or something, but I am just really impressed she tried out in the first place. And thrilled her choir teacher gave her the confidence to do so. It’s clear from every time we talk to him that he just so appreciates her in choir. I am very much hoping that she’ll also try out for show choir next fall, now that she’s comfortable with him and with auditions. I know that means MY life gets crazy busy, but we just get so proud of her, and that extra busy time doesn’t matter much in the end.


5 thoughts on “Dreaming of Tomatoes

  1. Um ewwww. THat hair part in the drains… but YEAH for doing it!
    We cut down our stonecrop winter landscape yesterday and had a small burn. I found some daffodils and hyacinth coming up here at the new house Im so deighted there is something coming up . I left snowdrops, daffodils and Forsythia at the old house.

    • Oh, there’s something so special about that first year in a new house, and seeing what is there. That whole every day is a surprise thing, if someone has done gardening there previously. I didn’t do a whole lot with my gardens the first year. Just dug out enough space for some veggies, and then Mr. Ink spent that first season ridding the lawn of all the ground ivy, and removing volunteer trees. The rest we left be in order to see what we had to work with!

  2. Good for you cleaning out drains. Ugh. Hate that job. You might consider a hair trap for the tub – a little plastic thing that looks like a hat with holes in it. put it over the drain before showering, it catches hair before it goes down.

    The spinning is so pretty! I love the tiny pops of turquoise. What are you going to make with this?

    So what is a ditch lily, exactly? I’ll have to go look it up. Too bad they are so persistent, but I am sure they are done in your garden, even if it means you are digging them up for the next 6 months. πŸ™‚

    Our ground is still frozen solid… but I did look out at the yard yesterday (we can see it again) and thought about raking. Since it was well below 0 I opted against it, but the next time we get a warm weekend, I might think about it again. lol.

    • I didn’t mind the drain clean out. I mean, it was gross, no doubt! But also equally satisfying. I think if there’s a job to be done, and it’s a job that makes a very real, tangible, visible difference I tend to like that job.

      Ditch lilies! They are the orange day lilies. I used to call them orange day lilies, back when I hadn’t spent 2 years clearing them out. But many people call them ditch lilies since they are invasive enough that you see them growing in ditches all over the place.

      Plenty of time for work in the yard, no need to do it while cold!!! Hopefully our warm spell will have headed your way.

      • Ahh, those guys. I love them, and had a plan that I would cover the bank in front of our house with them. In fact, I planted loads of them on the bank, but did yu know raspberries and blackberries will do a good job containing them? πŸ™‚ So now I am cursing the raspberries and blackberries as much as you are the orange daylilies. πŸ™‚

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