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Busy? Me? Yes.

The weekend was a whirlwind. Food shopping, yard work, chores around the house, going to buy plants for vegetable garden, my brother and husband ripping out the faux fireplace in our living room which apparently was put up in 1947. They found a time capsule of sorts from the folks that put the fireplace together and were drinking as they did it. Very entertaining. I could not get the veggies planted because I was with the little guy, it was a nice first Mother's Day :), so they have to wait until today. The bok choy went in this morning and throughout the day I hope to get the rest in as he naps or I will just bring him with.
We are trying a few new veggies this year: red cabbage, eggplants, bok choy, garlic and collards. I have the usual basil, tomatoes and kale of course. I got some sage and lemon balm to put on this one mound in our yard that has some nice stuff already. I did not have success with cabbage last year so we shall see if it grows this year. I am hoping it does as we really love cabbage.
I got dianthus for our pot in the rock garden. They look stunning in the turquoise pot as the flowers are a deep fuchsia.
We still need some hanging plants and place we bought the plants did not have ones we wanted and they also did not have cucumbers or zucchini which I also wanted to grow.

We have been watching Breaking Bad. Season 1 is taking us forever because most nights I am wiped, but the show is incredible. Bryan Cranston is amazing as Walter White and the rest of the cast is superb as well.

I have been watching season 2 of Luther as the boy naps. I was watching it as I fed him, but I felt like the violence was a bit much considering he enjoys watching what is on. No baby Einstein for my child! LOL But in truth, it is one of the best crime dramas I have ever seen. Sometimes I feel like the UK gets it better then the Americans. Americans are all about screaming and big drama. My prior rant on the show 24 went through all that. I prefer the subtly of the British shows. Not that there is not a time or place to be a freaking out, screaming lunatic, but I think we miss it sometimes.

Off I must go to try and finish a short story I want to enter into a contest with Glimmer Train Press. I have until the end of the month, but the way things are at hectic house here, I have to take any free time I can get to try and get it done.



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