on my tomato plants, you silly blog readers πŸ˜‰

a friend showed me how to pinch off suckers from the tomatoes. evidently, if you pinch them off it allows the plant to have more energy to put into making yummy fruits. (yes, tomato is fruit).

i was planning to do this on sunday, but things got a little busy since last week πŸ™‚

so, my bracelet-making daughter and i spent some time in the garden, weeding and anti-suckering, and chatting about life in general. it was so nice to spend the time with her after the crazy whirlwind day we had. tomorrow’s going to be even busier (!) so i’m glad we stole the time tonight. she even took some photos of the garden, and my husband is going to be posting them soon.

my hands smell like fresh tomatoes. we have a tiny baby zucchini that we took a picture of, a tiny baby pea pod that i hope i hope will grow big and inspire other pea pods to grow- yum!!! we found some red pepper plants i forgot i planted (today on canadian radio i said that we had some mystery plants. i didn’t realize how weird that sounded until the host repeated it over- like, wink,wink… oh, dear- more grist for the rumor mill… πŸ™‚Β Β  ) we have a respectable amount of green tomatoes (ok, there is no such thing as a “respectable” amount of any vegetable in oak park- i know, i know). we have cucumber flowers and zucchini flowers and plain old flower flowers that are still doing great!

someone asked me to be on a gardening show to give tips- HA! i told them they really should interview ryan, instead…

today was a pretty incredible day all around. in addition to keeping up with our multiple media appearances (hahahaha- SO unreal to even say that…), we managed to make a double batch of sugar cookies, make chocolate lollypops and free form chocolate candies, do 3 loads of laundry, make an actual meal for supper (sweet and sour meatballs and rice), wash only 2 loads of dishes (not including the ones in the dishwasher), stay dressed and dog hair free for most of the day, respond to nonsensical nonsense, AND return almost all of my phone messages. YAY!!

i spent a lot of the day wearing my “migraine glasses”- a set of snazzy green plastic huge wrap around sunglasses that are probably just a little too uncool for my 90-something year old grandma to be seen in… my daughter joked that we should all be wearing them now, with big hoodie sweatshirts and baggy clothes. super incognito, that would be. i could just imagine walking into target with my possie, all tricked out in movie star fake camouflage. nothing screams, “don’t look at me!” like 8 people in huge dark glasses and giant sweatshirts in the summer!!!

i am getting down to the last of my homemade laundry detergent, and i keep meaning to post the recipe here to give some street cred to me being all homestead-y and whatnot. i can only ride the coattails of the strawberry jam for so long before it gets old and i have to prove up again…

because you, dear readers, deserve only the best πŸ˜‰

and now i am off to answer comments so people won’t put mean things on facebook about why i am ignoring them (i’ve mentioned i don’t actually check facebook, right?). i hope you all have a wonderful night, and please keep sending anti-migraine vibes my way- i think it’s starting to work!

hurray, you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -julie