August 26, 2007
Haven't posted in a while again, have I?
The tomatoes have been a lesson in the problems of a Seattle summer -- you just don't know if it's going to be one of those sunny and high 80s seasons or a rainy and 50-60s "did it get cancelled and I just didn't read about it?" sort of summers.
But they are turning red, finally. (The ones that are supposed to be green when ripe are becoming ripe, too.) Now the race is on to get as many ripe before it turns cooler (right around my birthday) and the rainy season starts (this year, it's probably "any day now.")
The biggest challenge has been the heirloom plant. It's had problems all year with stunted growth, bacterial cankers, and what's now looking like a blight. I've sheared off so many branches and stems it looks like a tree more than a bush. But, strangely, it's been the one actually producing, where the others are only now getting around to ripening their massive loads of green tomatoes.
I got a first harvest out of my last remaining basil plant and turned it into about a cup of pesto. And the plant is rapidly springing back, so if the warm weather holds together long enough I might be able to squeeze another cup out of it.
Otherwise, there's not a whole heck of a lot going on right now. My mother comes to town in the new place this week. For the first time in the 12 years I've lived in Seattle, she's staying with us and not in a hotel (and sleeping on my old bed). It's nice to have room. Too bad we can't afford to keep this much space.
While she's here, we're leaving Annabel with her and sneaking off to the peninsula for our tenth anniversary. Susan and I will have been together for ten years next month.