June 5, 2014

garden update – a few herbs, more vegetables, and a NEW chest (sort of)

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Cooler temperatures with a nice breeze and cloudy skies made yesterday (Wednesday) the best day to be productive. And productive we were!

The B. and I started with the eggplant: Listada, Green Apple, Bonica (the classic).

We then planted the only Zucchini Romanesco which The B. had grown from a seed in the comfort of her condo. Other Zucchini Romanesco seeds were planted before we covered everything with this veil to keep the bad bugs out.

Here you have the Italian Parsley. We planted some Thyme of Provence next to it, and there’s also Rosemary growing nearby.

Isn’t this the cutest little Purple Basil baby? It will grow in the shade of the lovage plant, on the left, and whatever’s on the right (can’t remember the name). We planted basil seeds beside the tomatoes, so it’ll also be in the shade. The B. says basil doesn’t like too much sun.

And finally, remember the rickety chest The B. was stuck with? And how she was promised a better one? Well, her dream came true: introducing THE NEW CHEST.

The inside looks like the entrance to the catacombs…

I hope The Verdun Horticultural Society won’t come looking for its sign, because that would leave The B. with a dirty topless chest. HA!

June 3, 2014

garden update

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Spent yesterday afternoon with The B., in the garden, under the sun — it was 28 degrees Celsius (82F) but felt like 35 (95F) thanks to the humidex factor. Still, the grow must go on! (garden humour, haaaaaa)

Between gulps of water and breaks in the shade, we ended up planting:

Tomatoes — Pantano Romanesco x 2

Tomatoes, one of each — Cherry Black,
San Manzarno, Celebrity and Cœur de bœuf

Pimentos known as ‘D’espellette’ & Pepper – Mini mix

I was amazed to see how the lettuce had grown in just one week…

And even more amazed to learn I’d be eating some for supper!

My share of the crop — Nature’s delicious little miracles. Mmmmmm…

Follow the garden story:
(1) i’m GARdening
(2) i’m GARdening / SCENE 2

May 31, 2014

One Thing A Day In May – day 31 – Return of the prodigal Victor

Posted in creativity, drawings, humour


Me again. Victor. I’m back with Pauline. ‘Cause after being homeless for a while… after trying to fit into a rigid lifestyle… I’ve come to the following conclusion:

Better put up with a little shit
than put up with a boring life.

(or is it only the beginning?)

Follow the story:
(1) Pauline and Ruth
(2) Victor
(3) Pauline loses control
(4) The Great Escapes
(5) Vagabond Victor
(6) Life with Ruth
(7) Return of the prodigal Victor

May 30, 2014

One Thing A Day In May – day 30 – Life with Ruth

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This is Victor. Mudd is exhausted and asked me to take over.

So Ruth was birdwatching, the other day, and she spotted me just as I was about to leave Pigeon Paradise.

Seeing how distraught I was, she proposed that I move in with her. What a relief that was.

I’ve been here for a week, now, and I have to say, there are good sides and bad sides to this arrangement. Don’t get me wrong, the food is GREAT: Ruth buys only the best canned stuff there is. Honest. And I get to sleep on her bed, watch Netflix on her big-screen TV, and I sort of have fun tossing around that furry ball with a bell in it.

But geez… Ruth is so organized and disciplined and controlling — she stresses me out! For instance, every day at precisely 3:15 PM:


And she gets up at 6 in the morning, meditates till 6:20, eats a banana with half a toast at 6:30, showers at 7, checks her emails at 7:30, and starts to whistle at 7:45. And goes on whistling all through the day, either stupid songs or even stupid-er bird calls.


So I have to ask myself: Is that all there is? I even asked the question on Facebook before sharing Peggy Lee’s song, because that’s what SHE wants to know too!

Don’t know if that’s all there is to life, but there’s one thing I do know: Ruth’s life isn’t the life for me. No way. I’ve got some thinking to do — I’ll keep you posted.


P.S.: Don’t forget to DANCE.

Follow the story:
(1) Pauline and Ruth
(2) Victor
(3) Pauline loses control
(4) The Great Escapes
(5) Vagabond Victor
(6) Life with Ruth
(7) Return of the prodigal Victor