#WeekendCoffeeShare – 4th of July Long Weekend


Hello, welcome to #weekendcoffeeshare. Grab a chair, something icy and cold to drink because it’s going to be a blistering hot day today 97-degree-Fahrenheit (36-degree-Celsius).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have finally begun transitioning my garden from spring to summer. I pulled out the portion of the snow peas that was dying to let the pole beans grow. A lot of the carrots and a few daikon radishes were also pulled out. I posted this picture to the relatives in China and they all asked whether I pulled these too soon.

The answer is no, I didn’t pull them out too early. The daikon were sowed in late April while the carrots in March. They didn’t begin to grow until late April, early May. They didn’t grow well because of the temperature swings and the sudden transition from spring to summer. Now that the temperatures are in the 90’s, they won’t grow anymore. So what’s the point of them occupying my precious garden space?

Mom called my carrot harvest pathetic. “What am supposed to do with these? I can’t eat these.”

Her remark made me angry. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not good to eat. I don’t know why I keep putting in an effort to please her. She’s never satisfy with anything or anyone. All she ever does is complain. She’s been complaining about my garden, saying it’s not enough to feed her and that I’m wasting my time and money on such an useful thing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m excited for this weekend. Mainly because it’s a long weekend and this means I get to sleep in. I will tell you what I’m not excited about. The fireworks. It’s going to get so loud here. Despite being only allowed to set off fireworks 2 days before and after the 4th of July, my neighbors have already begun setting off fireworks on Tuesday, 28th of June.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it’s been a sleepless week for me because I’ve been having skin flare-ups – little tiny bumps that burn and itch like crazy – and it’s always at around 2 AM. I was diagnosed with subcutaneous skin lupus in 2016 and since then, every summer, I’ve been having flare-ups. This year has been especially worse because of the dry conditions and hot temperatures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I enjoyed the airshow last weekend. It was hot, sunny, and crowded. It took my mom and I around 2 hours to get into the gate. I don’t think it should’ve taken this long if it wasn’t for the line to get onto the shuttle. Mom was walking around complaining the whole time, like usual, as she rushed me from one place to the next when all I wanted to do was stand in one spot and photograph the show. I’m glad I got some great shots. You can read more about my experience at the airshow here.

I appreciate you stopping by and reading this week’s #weekendcoffeeshare, hope to chat again same time next week.

14 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – 4th of July Long Weekend

  1. Great photos from the airshow.
    Yea – your veggies look smallish but will taste fine.
    You got more than just the mouthful of good food – you got the calming that comes with gardening and learning ore about how to succeed with it.

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    1. Thank you.
      These veggies weren’t meant to be grown in 90-degree heat. So I don’t blame them for being small.
      My mom keeps trying to get me to give up but there’s just something about gardening that’s very addictive. 🙂

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  2. The air show looks like so much fun!! You should be proud of your harvest, its exactly like you said that the ups and downs with temperatures affect the growth. I am sure your veggies are delicious.

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  3. Great airshow shots. Small vegetables can be more tasty than large ones. You aren’t trying to feed your mother; you have a hobby you enjoy. I hope your rash clears up; I have never heard of skin lupus, but it sounds very uncomfortable. I hope it goes away soon, but it sounds like the heat will keep it there. Happy Fourth of July!

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    1. Thank you.
      Skin lupus is like a step away from becoming systemic, which is the kind people usually hear about, when one mentions lupus. I hope you had a great 4th of July.

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  4. I’m not too familiar with root vegetables. I would suspect because they’re more abundant in the winter time, they would be bigger then? I’m not sure when they’re sowed. You can always use the carrot green tops to make some delicious pesto :-).

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    1. I, too, suspect they would be bigger in winter because carrots and radishes like colder temperatures. I think I started mine a little too late. I’ll have to try again in the fall.

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