“Gardens and chocolate both have mystical qualities.”

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, my, oh my, what a wonderful day. I don’t know how exactly, but I managed to get my computer back. Whatever was loading disappeared or loaded. I have no idea. I left the computer on when I went to bed. It said 13 more hours to load. When I woke up, 9 hours later, all was well. I cheered when my screen saver loaded.

Today is damp and a bit chilly. It must have rained during the night. Outside is quiet. I don’t hear a single sound, not even a car.

Yesterday I bought my flowers for the front garden and the herb garden, and I bought a hanging tomato plant for the deck. All the flowers are perennials. Three of them are native plants which attract butterflies. I know one of them is a kind of milkweed. I also bought tall plants for the back of the garden. I couldn’t buy basil yet as it is still in the greenhouse. May 31st is the official date to start planting in New England, and because basil is susceptible to the cold,  the plants will stay in the greenhouse until the 31st.

A woman working in the garden chose some plants for me. She even used their Latin names. I was thunderstruck and quite awed.

I don’t remember when I first discovered you could buy live herbs. It was quite the revelation. I grew up in a pansy garden house. My dad dutifully planted them in front every year. They were evenly spaced and in a variety of colors. Years later, in a different house, my mother planted a garden right by the kitchen windows. It was filled with flowers and a statue of St. Francis holding his seed filled hands out to the birds. Maggie, another dog of mine, discovered the garden. She horrified my mother by wandering among the plants which were so tightly arranged they left little room for visitors. I had to go get Maggie several times. My dad finally put up a fence around the opening. I loved that little garden right outside the windows.

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6 Comments on ““Gardens and chocolate both have mystical qualities.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Congratulations to getting Your computer back 🙂

    They day started foggy and hot here but now it has cooled down and thunder is nearby. It even started to rain now when I wrote that. The thgunder is the lazy kind that gives away a flash once in a while but it moves so slowly that it seems to hit at the same places all the time.

    Herbs doesn’t like me, I really have the perfect soil in my garden but as soon as I plant some thsy just wither and dies 🙂 I think I can hear a quiet scream as well. Especially basil dies fast here 🙂 Milkweed doesn’t like it here either but still I do ttry it every now and again just in case 🙂

    The scientiffic names are so much easier to use, we have a few wildflowers here that have over common swedish names here, it is impossible to know what plants we are talking about sometimes if we don’t have the scientiffic names 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Thank you! I’m quite content.

      We are still damp and cloudy. It stayed in the mid to low 50’s all day. The weatherman says no more rain until the weekend. It is the long weekend so nobody wants the rain. They are warning us that it will get summer warm the next couple of days-maybe even the 80’s.

      My herbs are always nice and healthy. Basil needs to have only a couple in window boxes or they won’t thrive. I also add herbs which keep the mosquitos away, like catnip. I haven’t ever planted milkweed before so I’ll have to see what happens.

      I think here it is easier to name the plants by their common names. We all call them by the same names so no confusion.

      Enjoy the evening.

  2. sprite Says:

    Today is a bright and beautiful sunny day here in D.C., where we’ve suffered through rain and clouds nearly every day for a month. Blue skies for nearly a dozen straight hours now. It’s a miracle. I sat outside and read during my lunch break and it felt luxurious.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      The spring is slow to come to the cape so we haven’t had many warm days. We too have had days of glum weather and rain.

      Tomorrow the sunny days will start. We won’t get out of the 70’s but Boston and towns around will be in the high 80’s.

      My deck still needs to be finished. It is waiting for a couple of coats after it was power-washed. With warm days coming, I want to be outside.

  3. Richard Says:

    A Story Of Loss and Redemption … kinda-sorta, but it has nothing to do with early toilet training. Today is a mixed bag of ‘blessings’ and ‘let-downs’ – to wit, the re-discovery of a favorite New Orleans seasoning, namely Zatarain’s Shrimp-Fri. For about a year now it’s gone missing on the shelves of Wal-Mart, Target (which I no longer shop at), Kroger, or the more ‘high-tone’ groceries around town (i.e., Fresh Market, Whole Foods, etc).

    During my trip to the Meximart for staples such as onions, green onions, tomatillos, tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños, etc, I browsed the newly-added ‘American’ section (that’s what they call it). What to my wondering eyes should appear on the shelf but Zatarain’s Shrimp Fri. It was in a plastic bag and not the traditional cardboard box, but hey, it’s Shrimp Fri! Who cares? I got two. After prepping the pork loin (cubing it), I put the Shrimp Fri into a 1-gallon ZipLoc® bag and added the pork, after which the shakin’ began.

    Elation quickly turned to disappointment as I saw the ‘batter’ form on the walls of the bag. The corn meal was so finely ground that it no longer possessed the ‘crunchiness’ of the original product. Disappointed was I. However, money had already been spent on Shrimp Fri and the other ingredients, and if I’m anything, it’s cheap (others may say ‘frugal’). I don’t waste anything – especially food. Sure, it may not be exactly what I wanted, but it’s (a) paid for and (b) mighty damned tasty, even if the ‘crunch factor’ is missing. I’ll just accept the fact that the REAL Zatarain’s Shrimp Fri is something that now exists only in memory.

    The MRI have came and went. The tech gave me a CD and said I could open it and look at the images. HA! When I put it in my Mac G5 and opened it, all I saw were ‘.exe’ files, which mean ‘PC’ … and the file labeled ‘autorun’ didn’t ‘auto’ anything. When I called the facility and told the tech I couldn’t use the CD for anything except a coaster, he was puzzled and said they’re set up to run on dual platforms. When he checked the settings as we talked, he noticed that someone had set the ‘Burn Disc’ function to ‘PC’ and removed the dual functionality. He’s burning me another and said he’d mail it to me. Still waiting to hear from the doc’s office as to what it shows.

    The live herbs thing wasn’t a surprise to me since my aunts grew those along with the orchids and other plants in their hothouse. Basil, rosemary, thyme, green onions, etc – they were all there for the harvesting.

    For a change of pace, here’s a bit o’ ‘grocery-related’ music … it’s The Uninvited, and they tell us in song that things today are ‘Too High For The Supermarket’ … and now, to begin …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I know the name Zatarain because there are commercials on TV for one or two of their products. I just don’t remember what. It might have been shrimp boil as that does sound familiar. Old Bay seasoning is big here and comes in cardboard boxes or glass.

      I don’t think I would have tried the shrimp with the pork. It sounds too chancy to me, but I know you’ve been cooking a long while so you know the whats and wherefores.

      I never saw the MRIi files from my last one. My surgeon had one which he used to decide I didn’t need any more surgeries.

      I didn’t know anyone who had a hothouse, but a few people now have greenhouses they built themselves. I’ve had an herb garden for a long time. I love going outside and snipping fresh herbs.

      I don’t eat tuna fish anymore as I had it so often on Fridays when I was growing up so this song gave me a chuckle.


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