Good Saturday mornin' to ya! A hour ago I dodged the raindrops to survey the good and the bad after our big rainstorms. I don't need a crystal ball to see what I'll be doing this next month.
The Good News:
- everything is glorious green
- wisteria, roses, hydrangeas and peonies are all in big fat bud
- the herbs and fruit trees are right on schedule
- our local reservoirs are filling and the Sierra snow pack is great. Thank you El Nino.
- the recent storms have made us feel brave enough to plant a vegetable garden
- weeds and moss everywhere, e v e r y w h e r e !!
- a leaky pipe discovered
- a gopher discovered
- rampant ivy overgrowth
There's more good news than bad, and really, the bad is just par for this time of year. The rain has been beyond wonderful and we are supposed to get even more, and if rain means weeds and moss, I guess I can put up with them.
Last week I took a train ride from my home in Northern California to Southern California (then back again) on the Coast Starlight--a train I love to death: the seats are super comfy, the views cannot be beat and a long train ride means 8 hours each way of quality knitting time. Train knitting is the best. I visited my daughter who is a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen and she fixed some super scrumpy dinners which I'll share soon. She also told me about the Mississippi Pot Roast, which is apparently super popular all over the internet with all the cool moms making it, but I'd never heard of it. She could not believe that and swears it's good and that her daddy would love it. Guess what's cooking in the crock pot today? (Edited on Sunday morning to add: the pot roast was indeed delicious. It is salty though, so don't add any extra salt. I served it with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots and we had plenty of the meat juices to serve alongside. This is one of the better crock-pot meals.)
Enjoy my Saturday morning pics and have a great weekend!
Now from the garden to last week's train trip: here's some shots of the Pacific from my window. I don't arrive back home until after 8:00 PM. My husband picks me up at the Amtrak station in San Jose, and right around the corner is Henry's Hi-Life Bar where we always stop to share a fantastic platter of ribs.
|I'm knitting Lisa Richardson's Montreal with Rowan Kidsilk Haze.|
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