Archive for May, 2009

I’ve had a lot of people comment on my wall-o-waters or ask if I’d let them know if I decided I liked them or not. I knew when I was a teen how well they worked, but people still seem hesitant.

They’re not the latest and greatest gimmick, they’re apart of nearly all of my gardening memories right down to wondering why I couldn’t plant apple seeds and grow apples as a very young child.

Two years ago in the middle of nursing school I got an itch to plant. In February. It’s still really really cold, and under snow in February but I managed to get ahold of some tomato plants and put them in the ground a week into March during a warm stretch. Before the plants had really taken hold and started going well we had a hard freeze. I walked outside about 10 and everything was still frozen solid. I reached down into one of the tubes in the wall-o-water and pulled out a solid chunk of ice.

I was convinced I’d lost my tomatoes, and after all who plants the first week in March and expects the tomatoes to survive?

Me, that’s who. They did survive all except for one leaf that was touching the side of the wall-o-water. If you’ve ever slept in a snow cave and know how warm it is, that is the principle behind wall-o-waters.

I wasn’t quite as anxious this year since I was busy tending to the seedlings on my washer/dryer but the tomatoes went in anywhere from 4-6 weeks before the last frost date depending on what source you use, and when there was still snow on the face of the mountain (that’s what gets me the tsk tsk’ing from the older generation)

April 18 before they were all under wall-o-waters.


May 8


May 15 after the wall-o-waters came off. Some people leave them on all season, but it makes it hard to weed the base of the plant and since my planter box is in the front yard I think the tomatoes are prettier without them. This is the earliest I’ve ever pulled them off, but the month forecast looks great and I needed to be puttering today.


We’ve even had these pop up in the month they’ve been in the wall-o-waters.

Italian Ice?  Honeybunch?

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I’m not happy being a stay-at-home-mom. I tried to force myself into that role several times and we never got a long in the slightest.

Working, no matter where it’s been, has always been my “break” and I’ve enjoyed it the same goes for school. It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve been able to call myself a stay-at-home-mom and I’m just now starting to feel the guilt.

It’s not the big things I’ve missed that bother me, it’s the little ones.

The Investigator played first base tonight, for the first time and got 3 outs. She has pictures on Tuesday and I’ll miss them too (leaving Dad to do her hair — yikes!) I can’t volunteer in the classroom because my schedule varies so much, and because of how long I was out sick in February/March I won’t be able to take any vacation time this summer.

I’m missing out on those quiet moments just before the sun goes down when everything seems perfect. I know that I’d be missing perfect even if I was at home since those are the moments of our dreams.


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I think I’m going to start calling my car the time machine, because I do believe that is the only way that I could have possibly made it to everything tonight.

I even had time to catch this picture on the way out the door before the orchestra concert and the Kindergarten end of year program.

Eye contact?  What's that?

I promise, I never told them to look everywhere but the camera. This does give me a lot more hope though, hope that in the near future I will be able to get a sibling picture that doesn’t involve eye rolling, pouting, or name calling.

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Garden update


Tomatoes are growing up and out of their wall-o-waters, so is the tomatillo in the background.

Last year I planted a cilantro plant (as in one plant) and attempted to save the coriander seeds. As I was waiting with a brown bag over the cilantro plant we had a wind storm (I know! Shocking that Cedar would have a wind storm!) and it blew the sack and the coriander all over. I now have probably 30 cilantro plants popping up everywhere. I hope my neighbors like cilantro…

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I realize that there should be a really awesome photo with this post, but my one bit of whining is that my camera was throwing errors at the field (that of course now it won’t that I have the manual and can fiddle with it)

Today was one of those games that everyone hopes for. Come from behind win by the skin of their teeth kind of game.

The Investigator hit a home run (distance of about 4 feet, but she made it around all the bases with the girls in the dug out going crazy — perhaps I was going a bit crazy too) and scored the winning run.

Even with their first 3 games being devastating losses she’s having fun and enjoying herself. Seeing her be so happy and on top of the world today was worth all of the long days and waiting I’ve done each summer for 6 years now.

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So many adults cringe at the thought of a lawn full of dandelions. Aisles are full of dandelion eradicating chemicals in stores everywhere.

We were walking around the block and there are two houses on the other side that could be on a weed and feed commercial. Their front lawns join and one is dotted with dandelions everywhere and the next has 1 dandelion on it anywhere. Just as I was noticing the stark difference, The Informer commented on how sad the house without dandelions must be without any wish flowers.

Somewhere along life our perspective changes. What was once a beautiful wish flowers bringing with them all the magic and wonder of spring and childhood becomes a weed, a chore to get rid of to gain bragging rights about our yard.

It has made me stop and wonder what other things in life has our perspective changed on, perhaps causing us more work and stress than is necessary instead of being able to stop and enjoy or perhaps even benefit from.

I leave the dandelions, partially because we don’t have much grass in our lawn (trying to decide what to do with it but no great plans yet) and partially because they help our watermelon patch. Their deep tap roots reach below the hard pan and bring up minerals and promote earthworm tunnels.

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