Friday Thoughts – The Day Before…

Actually, it’s 2 days before. Tomorrow will mostly be spent in travel with a 90-minute flight to Los Angeles, endure a nearly 4 hours layover before hopping on a 10-and-half hours flight to London.

Last night, when I found out our seats got assigned, I thought, that just made the trip more real. We’re flying to London in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I’ve flown on the 777 before and didn’t like the seats at all – too narrow and not enough legroom. I’ve also flown on the Airbus. Personally, I prefer the Airbus with its roomier leg space. I’ve heard good thing about the Dreamliner though, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

There are 9 seats per row and my mom and I are in the middle. Since we went with the cheapest option, we didn’t get to pick our seats. So far, there’s no one sitting in the third seat and there are 40+ empty seats on the plane. I hope it’ll keep it this way, then mom won’t be squished into me. I like my personal space, if you haven’t noticed.

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I planted 9 tomatoes last night. 9!

If you told me I would be able to plant 9 tomatoes in an hour a year ago, I would’ve told you you’re crazy. I probably wouldn’t be able to stand the next day.

My back has been sore since December and I’m currently going through physical therapy. My therapist has been teaching me to stretch in the appropriate places follow by electro-stimulation at the end of the session. The stimulation is nice. It’s like 4 pairs of gentle hands loosening my tight back. I feel better afterwards though it’s always been temporary. Oh well, I have 18 more sessions to go.

Anyway, back to tomatoes. Thankfully, I invested in a set of auger that can be attached to the drill. It’s a lot easier to press a button than to dig the hole myself.

I’ve also gone minimalistic when it comes to the amount of amendments I put into the planting holes. Last year, I’d put bone meal, blood meal, vermiculite, perlite, so many others but last night, I just scattered a few handfuls of worm castings and fertilizer. As much as the initial planting matters, I now believe in the importance of subsequent fertilizing. Besides, after spending so much time and energy last fall adding manure compost and amendments, the soil was incredibly rich and full of earthworms – a sight any gardeners would love to see.

Anyway, I just drilled, threw in worm casting, fertilizer, and plop went the tomato plant. I’ve also put cages around the indeterminate tomatoes, hoping to keep them tamed this year. Wish me luck.

As a documentarian, I have to document the garden before my trip. Otherwise, what would I have to compare when I return 2 weeks later?

I will also note that 2 of the broccoli plants in the new raised bed is beginning to head, will I return to beautiful broccoli heads?

#WQ #19: Mother’s Day

This week’s Wednesday Quotes is a tribute to all the mothers out there.

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Sunday Poser #131 – People Pleaser

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Share Your World – Week of May 8, 2023

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Monday Peeves – Hats

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#WQ #18: Grow

This week’s Wednesday Quotes is all about the concept of growing and I am choosing plants for my muse.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #248: Mood

Happy Sunday! Sofia from the blog, Photographias, is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she’s challenging us to incorporate moods into our photos.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Tomato Seedlings 2023

Good morning! Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare, thank you for joining me on this gloomy, cloudy, and/or rainy spring day.

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Sunday Poser #130 – Dreams and Desires

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#SundayStills: Difficult yet Rewarding #Roads

This week’s topic for #SundayStills is Roads, paths, and streets.

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Hello May 2023!

I cannot believe May is finally here!

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#AtoZChallenge 2023 Reflection

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #247: Backlit

Happy Sunday! This week, Ann-Christine is the lovely hostess for Lens-Artist Photo Challenge and the topic is one of my favorites – Backlit.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – The Anticlimactic Spring

Good morning! Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare, thank you for joining me on this summery-feeling spring day.

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#SundayStills: Spring is Finally Here! #Earth

There is no better feeling than to know Mother Nature is finally presenting us with signs of spring.

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Sunday Poser #129 – The Weekends

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #246: Still Life

Happy Sunday! Patti is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge and it’s all about Still Life.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Seedlings Starvation and Another Trip Planning

Good morning! Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare, thank you for joining me on this hopefully-better-than-yesterday spring morning.

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Share Your World – Week of April 17, 2023

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Sunday Poser #128 – Arguments

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #245: Environment

Happy Sunday! This week, Tina from Travels and Trifles is the lovely hostess for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge and she asks whether we’re a city mouse or country mouse as in what’s our favorite environments.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Simple Pleasures and Garden Woes

Good morning! Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare, thank you for joining me on this beautiful cool spring morning.

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Sunday Poser #127 – Rules of Life

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