How does your garden grow?

One of the best things about my summer was this little garden.  Because we were having the driveway resurfaced, I was able to rip up one corner of the driveway for a garden.  It wasn’t that much space and the dirt was like clay, but lots of vegetables grew all summer long.  This summer we had mint, radishes, carrots, kohlrabi, kale, melon, tomatoes, sage, cauliflower, onions, okra, banana peppers, and hot port peppers.  All where a little driveway used to be.  An awesome experiment!

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Lazy Kitchen: Veggie Salad

Lazy kitchen: Cooking that has no precise ingredients or quantities.  It might not look super attractive, but usually tastes pretty amazing!

The garden has been producing lots of random vegetables, and sometimes it’s hard to know how to use them.  So, veggie salad was created.  Today I had a cucumber, radishes, hot port peppers, and red peppers.  Here’s the recipe, and why it qualifies for lazy kitchen:

  1. Chop up vegetables.
  2. Add greek yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and/or anything else that would taste good.
  3. Yum!

Looks not too attractive, but tastes so good, and uses up whatever random veggies have grown.  I did not use the kohlrabi that have grown to the size of my head overnight, but I think they are aliens – to be dealt with later.

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Adiós to another year

Another school/church year is winding down.  It was memorable, crazy, exhausting, exciting.

Late night practice & Early morning practice

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Late night drives & Early morning drives

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Early morning rehearsals & services

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Late night meetings & school papers

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A little bit of lovely late night family time in between


It was a good, crazy, busy year, but it’s time for summer!



This winter as I walked to my practice time at Christ Church, I passed this adorable little snowman sitting on a park bench.  He was so cute, it reminded me that some people enjoyed this winter and built cute snow-things.

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This experience gave me deja vu to a poem I read in high school where the narrator continually passes by a dead animal on the side of the road, describing its appearance in each season, as the corpse decomposes into bones.


So I am pleased to inform you that this set of decomposing oreo cookie, carrot, and flower used to be a snowman.




This Week

Having this blog sometimes makes me realize how quickly time passes.  It reminds me that a whole week has gone by and I haven’t posted anything.  So here’s a review of life lately:

This week I did something very scary: I googled getting married on the computer.  It was pretty overwhelming, but I did come out of the experience with a checklist…  I hate that it says “ultimate wedding” checklist because neither Dave nor I want to have an “ultimate wedding.”   However, we do want to have a nice wedding.  We want to get married in a church and host a party with our friends and family, and we have to start somewhere since neither of us has much experience with planning anything.


Besides that most of this week was taken up with a very happy Mardi Gras and a very good Ash Wednesday.  This year for Lent I am working out every day – with all the driving in my schedule, my body feels like it is disintegrating.  Wish me luck!


Sunday Pics

A couple of pics to commemorate what went on in my life this week:

practice practice

Lots and lots of practicing.  Some beautiful music in my life right now, and sometimes it’s good for me to remind myself that even though my schedule is a lot of work, I am so lucky to have so much beautiful sound around me all day.

dave and video game

David got to play a computer game on Saturday – he was so excited!

albert writes paper

Ah, paper writing.  Luckily I have Albert to help me get through my reading – he’s so smart.

shere on heater
And Shere mostly lounged over the heating vents this week – she hates the cold!  She hates the heat as well, she’s a very particular cat.

So there went another week.