Trying to Make Sense from Nonsense in the Garden

Yesterday was a very, very busy day for us. Finally, it’s sort of maybe turning into spring. Well, actually I think we’re going to ram, back end first, straight into summer. Welcome to Illinois. Our weather is terrible. Regardless, we had to do a lot in one day. I wanted my herb bed done, we had to gather some Mother’s Day stuff. I got my aunt a fuchsia and my future mother in law a calla lily as I am obsessed with both right now.

First thing in the morning I went out to start working. I am an early riser and possibly insane. The garden looks just charming:


And my hopefully-soon-to-be-herb-bed looked, um, a lot like crabgrass

wpid-20140510_073113.jpgcrab people, crab people

How fun! So I started off with forking over the garden so it could be tilled. That took a good hour or so. Then I moved over to the herb bed. We also tore down the old chicken wire fence, to be replaced when we plant, hopefully on Monday.

wpid-20140511_065641.jpgi found some dirt, you guys.

wpid-20140511_065551.jpggrow, dammit!

Beer was clearly in order after that. I did make pizza dough, which I am not really good at. I don’t know why pizza dough eludes me, but I rarely make it and I really don’t love pizza that much. But the future mother in law loves it so I got it ready to make her homemade pizza today.

I did finally get a picture of the maple tree, with the rocks around it.

wpid-20140511_065559.jpgthanks for getting rid of the plastic!

The trees are finally starting to grow some leaves! This winter was just awful.

wpid-20140511_065727.jpgcrab apple, crab apple

With any luck, the pizza will turn out, the future mother in law will be pleased, my aunt will be pleased, the garden will grow, the herb bed will grow, the former berm will grow grass,  and we’ll all have a cocktail and a good time!


Kefir Cheese…SUCCESS!

This is going to be quick and dirty as:

  1. I am most filthy from yard work.
  2. I smell TERRIBLE.
  3. I have more yard work to do.
  4. I have to make pizza dough.
  5. I am clearly insane/suffering from exposure.
  6. I need a nap and/or beer.

HOWEVER, the kefir cheese was a major success!

I took a peek at it while I was taking a short break from yard work, which we started at 7 am this morning. It includes ripping out a flower bed and the garden and God help me, planting things. But it looked like this:

wpid-20140510_151320.jpgit’s definitely a thing.

Curious, I gave it a taste and despite being a tiny bit frozen (see comments) due to being in the way back of the fridge, it was DELICIOUS! It tasted like a mix between cream cheese and sour cream. I mean, it was stupid good. I had to control myself from eating it all.

To make sure I was not just delirious from sun exposure, I asked the dude who I guess I’ll marry one of these days and he thought it was great too! So either we are both delirious or it’s pretty darn good. I tried feeding the whey

wpid-20140510_151535.jpgno whey! yes whey? I’m delirious from exposure, remember?

to Angie the greyhound, but she was not particularly inclined. Ah well. Anyway, I am back off to the coal mine! I will tell you all about it later!