I planted a tiny little cantaloupe vine in the small raised bed that is against our house in late May and mostly forgot about it. But this morning, as I walked by our basement window, I noticed for the first time that the fruits were starting to form. There's one tiny one in the middle of the photo and a slightly larger one on the left side. Melons ( apparently ) love heat, so we've had a good summer to grow them, but I'm wondering how long it will take until these will mature. Ready by Labor Day? I sure hope so.
Showing posts from July, 2012
The Babe and her cousin got busy making their own pizza pies at the Addison Home Run Inn restaurant. Once a week, they run a special that allows kids to put on chef hats and build their own pizza pies. The dough comes out already rolled in the pan and they give you a tin cup of cheese, sauce and your toppings. We had sausage and pepperoni in these two pies. Couldn't have been more fun.
It was just a few days ago that I posted a photo of our Golden Hops vine shooting upwards on the trellis. Taking a look at the photo above, you can see that the vine has almost doubled in height. Just counting the number of whole 'diamonds' just to left of the center point on the trellis, we can see that the vine has shot up the height of five full 'diamonds'. It was at 3 full 'diamonds' on Monday. It is listed as a fast-grower, but the conditions must be right this week. The only disappointing part of this whole experience is that the gratification is going to be delayed. FOR A YEAR. That's right....everything I've read says that we shouldn't expect to see any hops until the 2nd year after the vine has been established. Coupled with the very late planting date I put this in the ground, and we have to cross our fingers that by late next summer, we'll be swimming in golden green hops.
Came home to find my aloe plant had taken a tumble and the pot cracked down around the rim. The pot was a McCoy and I *think* came out of my Dad's collection. Bummer. Now...Nat's never been a huge fan of my Aloe plant, but I don't think she had any hard feelings toward the pot. If she did and there never was a storm, we could have had a "Ralphie's mother breaks the Leg Lamp" type of situation here. " Not a Finger !"
Less than one month ago, I planted a Golden Hops vine on the north side of our house right under a new trellis. Then we went on vacation for more than a week to Michigan while we were in the hottest part of the summer. When we came back home, the Hops vine was sad and brittle. I've since given it a lot of love (and water!) and we're now seeing it climb right up the center of the trellis. Everything I've read says that we won't get much in terms of a Hops harvest this fall, but in year two, we'll be loaded with some green beauties that my brother-in-laws can turn into a Christmas Ale.
We were in Williams Sonoma yesterday and came across these Brookster Pans. I consider myself to be someone who somewhat keeps up with baking blogs and the like and I had never heard of these things. A quick search on the web and it looks like everyone is pointing to the same place that I am - Williams Sonoma where they sell a Brookster mix and - as you can see above - a Brookster pan. So, did W-S create the Brookster? Are they trying to build something of their own like the Whoopie Pie? Pretty neat idea, if that's the way this shook out.
The City of Elmhurst came by and marked our tree with a big white "X" signifying that they intended to take our tree down and replace it with some little tiny baby tree. I've been in touch with the Forestry Division of the City of Elmhurst and it looks like we might be able to find a way to move forward without killing the tree.
Hauled in the first *real* tomato that wasn't an early variety or grape/cherry with that very pretty Golden Jubilee . Those medium-sized red ones are from a plant that The Babe picked out herself called "4th of July" that is breed to ripen early. Although we didn't get them by the 4th, I blame the fact that I got them in the ground in late May to be the cause, not the plant. Also, our Zucchini plant continues to throw off enormous fruits that we can't keep up with. I put a few of these outside on our curb with a sign that said "Free Zucchini" and they were snatched up within the hour. And, those of you with sharp eyes will spot the two cucumbers. With salads being made around here all the time - and my mom's adoration for cukes - those will be eaten up in short order.
This is our couch. And...yes...it is currently located in our garage. That's a thing, right? A garage couch? I hope so. Because, we bought a new couch for our family room thinking that we'd take this couch downstairs to our recently-finished basement. Only to find out that it won't fit down the stairs. Hence, why it is currently sitting in our garage.
There's 20 ounces in a G2. They list a serving size as 8 ounces. Meaning there's 2.5 servings per each bottle. 8+8+4=20. But, somewhere, their calorie math got lost. If there's 20 calories per 8 ounce serving, that leads me to believe that there would be 10 calories per every 4 ounces, right? So...the first 8 ounces has 20 calories. The second 8 ounces has another 20 ounces and the last 4 ounces *should* have 10 calories. That adds up to 50, right? Not according to Gatorade.
Although it is a bit late in the season, we're finally getting our yard in shape for the year. All my focus has been on the garden while Nat has had her hands full with our two girls. The beds will be getting mulch in short order and we'll have two expanded beds in the back to fill out with some new plants and shrubs.
Today we celebrated my dear wife on the occasion of her birthday. We also got together on Thursday (her actual Birthday) to celebrate along with my Mother who shares the same day, but these celebrations at the Moran Household are always very special. I certainly don't say it enough, but my God, this is one special woman. She's an amazing wife, a heroic Momma, and a spectacular Best Friend. Love her more every single day.
We're sitting on my niece & nephew's goldfish they've named "Goldie" for a few days. He's sitting on our counter in his (apparently from this photo) not terribly clean bowl. The Babe has been feeding Goldie every morning and has taken to talking to him. From a parent's perspective, me thinks this might be enough to tell me that taking on a huge fish tank is just not the right move for us right now. Who knows...maybe I'll get impulsive, but for now I'm going to stay out of the Petco's around town.
Like everybody else in Elmhurst, we've opted into the switch from ComEd to a different electric supplier through the City of Elmhurst. They've promised some savings, which would be very nice, but I have a feeling that cities and towns that *don't* switch away from ComEd might get their power back on faster than those of us who've spurned them for cheaper rates on power. I'll be watching my bill for the savings and bracing for the next outage!
Just two and a half weeks ago, I stuck a variety of pumpkin/gourd seeds into the ground in the far reaches of our yard. After some TLC (once we got back from vacation), we finally have some nice seedlings that have popped up. I *believe* these are the Boston Marrows, but all three varieties have sprung up seedlings. Mid-October is going to come fast and we're not getting any luck with rain, so I'm going to have to babysit these with the hose every few days.
Al's Hobby Shop, a mainstay in Downtown Elmhurst is shrinking a bit. The store's awnings currently cover three store fronts. 121, 123 and 125 Addison Street. They kept their model trains in the 125 store - separate from other things - but that space is now vacant. When I walked by this morning, I couldn't tell if the trains had moved into the other stores, but I've been in there before and they were packed then, so it will be tight if they consolidate. I have to believe that the Lionel and MTH stuff sells. Maybe just at Christmastime, but there aren't many places where you can find it, so I'm assuming that Al's cleans up from those involved in the hobby.
Last night, along with my sister and Equation Boy/Man, we took our five kids to see Wilco at the Kane County Cougars Ballpark. We started in the bleachers, but after a few hours, the kids grew pretty restless and we made our way down to the field for some frolicking and running about. We all got pretty tired, and thanks to WXRT we were able to listen to the second encore from the car. The first one, we listened to while we hustled to our cars to beat the mad crush of Volkswagons and Suburus out of the parking lot.
When we got back from Michigan after being away for more than a week, I pulled this enormous zucchini from the garden. The bananas - which I should note are pretty big themselves - should give you some idea of the size of this thing. I've had mixed results with big vegetables. Sometimes they taste good, other times the size works against the vegetable and loses some of it's flavor. Too bad the Bird isn't eating quite yet. Back a few years, the Babe was getting into soft foods like pureed vegetables right around the time we were pulling these things from the garden. She ate home-grown for a while. We'll have to wait until next summer for her younger sister.
After (what her site says is) 29 years in the Day Spa business, Deborah Davis has hung up her tools. The storefront at 131 N. Addison is empty and the sign in the window says that she retired on June 30th, 2012. This storefront is right next to the proposed Addison Street Development which looks to be a massive structure that will bring a lot of life to Addison Street. Wonder if that had anything to do with her retirement? Either way, there's at least one new empty storefront on Addison Street. With Rouse opening across the street, maybe there's hope that this new space can help lead the way to bring action to this quiet street?