Well, staring at our peppers doesn’t appear to help them turn fully red, so after being home a week and a half and no changes in color, we’ve harvested the rest of our pepper plants and the husband gets to enjoy the green ones (I only like red and yellow). For the greens, I prefer to slice them, lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then after they’re solid, pile them into canning jars and freeze them for later use. Easy-peasy.
One week and our new girl Ruby is both charming us and making us a little nuts. The plusses are that she doesn’t dig, bark, or chew, and is super easy around kids and other animals. Oh yeah, and this charming little thing of offering up her paw when she wants attention. The negative is her bullmastiff stubbornness which on every walk causes her to suddenly balk, and often just sit down right where she is (even in the middle of the street), and the fact that she also is a 10 year old dog in the body of a 5 year old in terms of activity level. That and the Oregon Humane Society having done a crap job of assessing her health, not mentioning her bad tooth or dealing with her incredibly fungus- and yeast-filled ears which have required some pretty spendy medication. But she’s a sweet girl, and we’re going to do our best to be good pet parents. 🙂
Grabbed a Ziptruck and used our gift card to help finance six “sky pencil” Japanese hollies to go along our fenceline. We recently invested in an electric corded chainsaw to take out several of our gargantuan laurels which grow out of control (and are really exhausting (and expensive) to maintain), so after we get the stumps ground out we’re going to plant these nice, narrow, slower-growing hollies along the fenceline to create a more controlled privacy screen. (example from Pinterest shown above)
And while most of the weekend was spent sweating (yes sweating – it was close to 80 here in PDX) in the garden in the middle of a massive revamping of our raised beds and much more (before and after pix to be posted when we’re done!), we did also decided that in the spring we’re going to use our frequent flyer miles we’ve accrued to go to Paris! As 2015 is our year dedicated to starting a family, what better place than the most romantic city in the world to kick that off?! (image credit)