Infinite Blogging

Tales of love, fertility and nourishing food.

I’ve created a monster. December 24, 2009

Filed under: House,Life,Love — Annette @ 4:58 pm

I was out shopping this afternoon, and feeling happy about being off of work for the next week and a half. Wanting to be a loving wife, I thought I would bring my husband a treat. I stopped by Starbucks on the way out of the grocery store and got us both a coffee.

I came home and handed it to him and he was happy and appreciative. Then he pulled the back of his t-shirt over his head and announced that he was Cornholio.

It was at this point that I realized that he had already had Starbucks today.

I now hear the sounds of prying, ripping and sawing throughout the house.

What have I done?


Aaaand we’re back. November 13, 2009

Filed under: Bees,Composting,Food,Growing,House,Life,Local,Love — Annette @ 9:03 am

I am amazed that after such a long lapse, my blog stats are still decent. Who are you people, and why do you keep coming back?

Things have been pretty busy work-wise since we got back from the Feast. This is peak farm trip season for us, so I spent 5 days driving out to Lexington to Fahrmeier Farms. If you’re in KC and looking for a cool place to hang out (or buy some fantastic local veg), this is it. Winery, MU games, the whole deal.

We’re looking into applying for another grant to fund a similar pre-K program called Early Sprouts. It has more of a gardening component and allows the pre-Ks to experience six target vegetables with all of their senses before tasting it. There’s cooking in the classroom, plus sending ingredients home so the parents get involved, too. It’s a very cool program. I hope we get the funding.

I’ve applied to present at a conference in Alabama in April. Plus there’s the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in May in Detroit, and I definitely want to go to that. Hopefully I can have a poster. And I’m also presenting at school health conference at the Lake in December. I’m working on trying to develop a presentation that doesn’t suck.

Our grant funding ends at the end of this academic school year, so we’re exploring how we can integrate my program into our existing statewide programs. There are still a lot of questions up in the air, and I don’t know how it’s all going to turn out. Hopefully for the best.

I’m very interested in developing some actually functional Spanish-speaking skills. I took three semesters of Spanish at Queen’s in undergrad, but it’s been a long time. In a couple weeks I’m going to be starting a Community Spanish course at our local career center. I’m looking forward to that. It’s a bonus that I get to do it on work time. I think having Spanish skills would be a huge career asset.

The garden has been put to rest for the season, but I did plant garlic. We had our first frost on our predicted first freeze date of October 17, which I thought was fairly coincidental. After that, though, the temperatures warmed up to be quite lovely and now I have some top growth poking out of the soil. That’s not supposed to happen until spring, so I hope it doesn’t affect next season’s garlic crop.

I did also build a small outdoor compost pile, using Eliot Coleman’s method of using straw bales for the walls of the pile. That meant that I got to buy overpriced straw at our local hardware store, which made me feel very farmy.

Speaking of composting, I also recently ordered another pound of red wigglers for our vermicomposting system. The half pound I purchased originally just wasn’t enough to keep up with all of the scraps we have. We do have some great-looking castings, though, so I’m looking forward to using those on the garden in the spring. Since I have a 5-tray vertical migration bin, I’m hoping to just use two trays at a time and alternate feeding the two trays.

I think, though, that either the delivery man didn’t knock on our door, or we didn’t see the worm box on our porch when we got home last night. That means that the worms sat out on our front porch all night. I didn’t find them until this morning. 😦 I don’t think it got too cold last night; it was 46 when I checked at 7 this morning. The worms don’t like temperatures below 40, so I hope they’re not a gooey mess when I get home.

A couple nights ago Charlie and I were talking and I mentioned something about having bees. I lovingly harass my husband about having backyard ducks or chickens, but he always says no. I’m only allowed to have animals that take care of themselves. Like worms. When I mentioned that people in France keep bees on their apartment roofs, though, he said, “We could have bees.” Are you kidding me?! We can have bees?? I never thought that he would let me keep bees. So now my new thing is learning about how to keep backyard bees. Did you know you can get 100 lb of honey from one colony of bees in one season?! That’s amazing!

As it turns out, there is a local beekeeping association that offers a beekeeping basics course here in town. It looks like the course is in January, and as much as I would like to take it and have bees in the spring, I think I need to reign myself in a bit. There are so many things that I want to do and so many things that I’m interested in, but I keep having to remind myself (my husband does a good job of that, too) that I can’t do them all at once. So I think for the next growing season I will focus on a) adding another garden bed, b) planting a couple fruit trees and c) building cold frames for next winter. Then the next growing season (2011) I’ll put in the last raised bed and get myself some bees. Yay bees!

House-wise, we have been focusing on trim and doors. Charlie installed four new interior doors a few weeks ago, and since then we’ve been painting the doors, painting the frames, painting the trim that goes around the doors and installing it. It’s starting to come together. I’ll post some pictures later.

Charlie’s been very busy with freelance work, which is a blessing financially but also means that it takes us longer to get things done on the house. But, on the other hand, it does help fund some of the house projects. So maybe we do need both.

Oh, and he’s taking me away on a mystery anniversary vacation in December. I don’t know where we’re going, but I know it’s within the US, we’re flying and we’re going to be away for about five days. How exciting!


Happenings. June 26, 2009

Filed under: House,Life,Love — Annette @ 8:20 am

The garden has been making good progress. We’ve got several tomatoes coming on now, as well as at least one little eggplant.

Other things that have been going on:

Charlie fixing the fan and squirrel cage on the truck.

Yesterday I put a second coat of paint on the kitchen and touched up some scratched spots from when the cabinets were put in. Then we got to working on the pegboard.

Installing the stainless steel pegboard in the kitchen. I love that my husband is handy.

Complete with pots and pans, and Roomba cleaning up the mess.

I am SOOOOOO excited about this. Yay, functionality and organization!


Work it. May 11, 2009

Filed under: Life,Love — Annette @ 7:45 am

Charlie has been sick and pretty miserable for the past several days. While I don’t doubt the legitimacy of his illness, he sure has been milking it for all it’s worth.

First it was, “When you come back from the store, would you bring me Wendy’s? With a Coke.”

So I did that, and then later I went out grocery shopping and before I left I asked him if he needed anything.

“Would you bring me another Coke?”

“Oh, and some of those Little Debbie brownies.”

“And…and…a Rice Krispie treat.”

I obliged because I love my husband, but I felt like a traitor to myself when I piled those packaged beauties on top of my fresh fruits and vegetables.

That’s true love right there.


A lesson in submission. January 16, 2009

Filed under: Life,Love — Annette @ 4:54 pm

When we realized that we were going to be homeless, I didn’t want to stay in a hotel. Charlie did. I thought it seemed like a waste of money when we had offers from people who were willing to put us up for a few days, plus there were plenty of church people who I’m sure would love to have us.

It was clear, though, that Charlie wasn’t going to consider any option other than staying in a hotel. He didn’t want to put anyone out, and, as we all know, fish and guests both stink after 3 days. So, fine, crazy husband. We’ll stay in a hotel. Sometimes you just have to let the husband buy the pink Cadillac.

As it turns out, though, the hotel was the best thing for us. We were both really stressed out after dealing with all the house stuff, and just needed a break. We were getting irritated with each other, and needed to just make the stress go away for a while. It wouldn’t have been very pleasant to be living in someone else’s house for days on end, not really being in control of our schedule or meals.

At the hotel we have a jacuzzi in our room. A hot tub and pool downstairs. Continental breakfast. And free Hotbox Cookies It’s good for us. It’s allowed us to relax, relieve some stress, love on each other instead of being frustrated, and also start planning for the rest of the things we still have to do with the house.

So it’s good. It’s good that I didn’t throw a fit and refuse to do what my husband had made the decision to do. Submitting led to everything working out in the end. Even if he had been wrong, we would have learned from it, and maybe the working out in the end part would be that he listened to my opinion more. 

So yeah, things are good.

And no, you can’t share our jacuzzi.

And this is the part where Alison’s husband David says, “WOMAN, YOU NEED TO SUBMIT!”


One bad thing about winter. December 5, 2008

Filed under: Love — Annette @ 4:04 pm

Electric shocks on the lips.


Quote of the Day. September 29, 2008

Filed under: Love,Wit and Sarcasm — Annette @ 7:27 am

Me: Trumpets is our 9 month anniversary!

Charlie: Shofar, sho good!