5.30.2006

So - watcha doing?

Well, I have tons of half finished entries and a serious lack of time. After giving me my dream schedule for a whole two weeks, my manager asked me to switch to one that would work better for the other person in my department – effectively killing a new series of columns I was going to write. Damn damn damn.

Next, I have been working on my garden. A friend of a friend called me up last February and said, “Will you help me plant a garden this spring? My yard looks really empty. I think it’s a nesting instinct or something.” I will tell you, starting a garden from scratch is one of those things – that if you knew just how much work it was going to involve – you would just as soon tell the person who suggested the idea to go to hell. Being ignorant, I said, “Sure!”

How much work was it you ask? Well, let’s just say that when I had to get a hatchet to take out the 5” diameter tree roots, I knew I was in over my head.

Now that all the prep work has been done, it’s not too bad. I planted green beans, hot pepper plants, tomatoes, herbs, spinach and a few more misc. tasty treats. I just finished pulling up radishes. They are good – but I want tomatoes now dammit!! Salsa, fried egg and tomato sandwiches – hell, just fresh off the vine. Who do I have to kill for a ripe tomato!!??

Here is a picture of some of my plants – exciting isn’t it?! They are all...ummm….green and stuff…




So while I have been “working hard”, I do still find time to read other people’s blogs. My favorite post of late is on Cuban Bread from Raspil over at Bluecad. I am sorry that her archive of posts recently disappeared - as she had some great step by step instructions on things like veal stock and ummmm – how to make porn bread - and a lot of other interesting things.

Another bit of interesting news and then I will let you go back to wandering the net aimlessly - I recently auctioned off my chocolate cheesecake for the March of Dimes fundraiser at work. My cake has become legendary among the staff and a bidding war ensued. The final tally: Forty greenback to help ‘lil tiny babies. The gal who lost out at the last minute was kinda upset at being outbid, so I told her I would make her one too, provided she matched the winning bid. So forty more dollars for the lil babies!! Overall - our staff of 22 people raised just over $2,000.00. Sorry there isn’t a picture of the cheesecake, but they disappeared in less time than it took me to make them. Next year, I will hire guards to keep the pack of hungry scavengers at bay until I can get my camera out!

So cross your fingers for me - I want to make some tasty food for my buddies this weekend. I just invested in an electric griddle and the world has become a cornicopia of wonderful junk food I can make for my friends ...


4 comments:

sher said...

OK, first off, have we seen a picture of the cheesecake? Hummph! And you are suddenly so virtuous. "Who do I have to KILL to get a fresh ripened tomato?" Come on--there is a much easier route you can take, and you wouldn't wind up in jail for homicide! Think, think! :):)

Nice garden, by the way. Good job.

Rosie said...

Sher - One day I will actually get to take a picture of the cheesecake before someone digs into it. Everyone seems to lack self control when it comes to dessert in my circle of friends and coworkers.

Yes -I thought about breaking into Mr. McGregor's garden, but Flopsy and Mopsy were scared and wouldn't go with me!

Thanks - I have four zuchinni plants too - I should ship you some of the bounty to see what you can make of them...

gail said...

In defense of my Rosie, her cheesecake is awesome in the most literal sense of the word. I am a cheesecake purist. I like plain cheesecake, no cherries, no strawberries maybe just a little sour cream as icing. I tried her chocolate cheesecake out of loyalty and love for her, now I hurt people to get more than my share. Yes I'm just a little old lady but don't get between me and a piece of Rosie's cheesecake. I promise you won't be there long! And super KUDOS to her for making 2 cheesecakes to settle the bidding war and to help those little bitty babies. They aren't cheap to make and are time consuming. For a busy, busy lady with a hubby and a TEENAGER this was an impressive donation. Thanks again miss Rose - Love ya Gail.
P.S. Rose, why didn't you tell me the garden was from scratch. I grew up on a farm, I know I could have talked you out of it. If not I could have given you pointers for that huge root. Pretty garden, I'm glad you're doing it & not me. But I will share the bounty if necessary.

Rosie said...

Ha Gail! You just wait - I think I counted about 60 pepper blossoms and about 40 zuchinni blossoms....