Life, Family

  1. Tomato Blasphemy, Gardener Weeping!

    Was just at my local market. Look at what I came across... That is right. Large tomatoes selling for 3 lbs for 99¢! I couldn't resist buying a bunch... All these for $1.37! Look at my small tomato perched on top. Going price for mine? Four dollars a pound. Enough to make this gardener weep. Next season, I am growing heirlooms. So the taste will definitely trump the market varieties'. But how will Penny's tomatoes stack up against these large market tomatoes? I will let you know later...
  2. Smile, It's Selfie Saturday!

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  3. Delusion Busting

    I am a delusion buster. Whenever I can, I tear down illusions and pull apart delusions. Why? Because I am a rationalist—a natural skeptic. I think it is due to both genetics and environment. My mom is also pragmatic. She is my significant role model. As a parent, there is a fine line between being a delusion buster and being a dream crusher. One doesn't want to stifle her child's imagination—only keep it grounded in reality. You want your kid to express his/her creativity and have hope...
  4. Dreaming of Red

    Waiting for my tomatoes to turn red is like watching paint dry—it seems to be taking forever. Sid has over thirty tomatoes. Penny has over forty. I can't even count them all. I've tried but I lose track. There are so many clustered together. But they are all green. Some are quite large. Looks like they are full size. As soon as they start to get a little orangeish at the bottom they are good to go. It usually takes about seven days for them to fully ripen on the vine once they start. I...
  5. Brutally Honest

    Bad personality traits/characteristics: stupidity, ineptness, laziness, incompetence, unresourcefulness. Which traits stand out in this exchange between myself and a PoF guy? So, a few days ago, I receive this message from a guy who lives a few hours south of me—outside of Phoenix: Hi where is Sedona az I don't reply because he has exhibited these traits: ineptness, incompetence, laziness, and unresourcefulness. Today, I get another message from him: You don't like me none?? My reply...
  6. Prolific Penelope

    Took these a few minutes ago. She has twenty-two tomatoes and dozens of blossoms. Eight of her tomatoes are the size of a small peach. Isn't she gorgeous. Taken yesterday after a rain shower: A little info on Penny: Phoenix Tomato Update 9/1: Penny now has 26 tomatoes! Each are expected to weigh 10 to 12 ounces. That is over fifteen pounds! I need to get a mini fruit/veggie scale. Her largest tomato:
  7. People Change

    People can change. I often hear and read others claim that people can't change: a zebra doesn't change its stripes; a leopard doesn't change its spots. This is false. I know. Because if even one person can change, it renders that statement invalid. I am that one person. Ten years ago I was sixty-seven pounds. Not dead; certainly not living. I was in the deepest throes of full-blown depression and anorexia. All my energy was spent surviving—barely—to be a good enough mom to my son. I...
  8. Sid's Succulent Baby

    Sid has produced his first tomato. Baby Sid—vine-ripened—was picked yesterday, August 22nd. Just got home from running all of my errands. Baby Sid looks delicious sitting on the counter: I think I will slice him in half: Now slice him into wedges and sprinkle him with a little sea salt: Now, for the taste. Holy mother Rhea of Zeus, he is the most flavorful and juicy tomato I have ever tasted. I am not kidding. No exaggeration here. If you can, I highly recommend growing your own...
  9. Dogs Bite

    It is no secret that I hate dogs. I mean really hate them. I'd never purposely be cruel to a mild-mannered dog. But I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to be kind to one or make any effort to save one from, say, drowning. I honestly don't know anyone who likes them less. Would I watch my parents dog if there were an emergency? Yes. That is the kind of sacrifice one makes for the people he or she loves. One of the reasons I detest this type of animal is because they are dangerous. Not...
  10. Not So Secret Garden

    Penelope and Siddhartha ~ Sid for short because he is... I have two tomato plants which I transplanted into containers to grow on my porch this past July. Very late in the season—a risk. It was an impulsive thing—to start a tomato garden this year. I was inspired by a new friend of mine who is a master gardener/scientist. But so far things have been running smoothly. I named them Siddhartha and Penelope. Siddhartha—because he looks like a compact Buddha sitting all stoically in a green...
  11. Today is the Greatest!

    [MEDIA=youtube]xmUZ6nCFNoU[/MEDIA] It really is! Because... I just got some excellent news. My bid/proposal has been accepted. I am in! Plus I just got a $1,000 bonus. Also, found out my parents will be flying out in October to see David and I. We will have a blast, I am certain, just like we did on my mom's last visit. And to top it off, David and I have decided to fly down to Florida for Christmas. Will visit my parents and go to the beach! Can't wait. Life is good.
  12. Desert Vacation

    Desert: 5. any place lacking in something. Vacation: 1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity. So, I am on a desert vacation. It started last Monday. I don't know when it will end, tbo. What have I been doing? Working! Doesn't everyone work on vacation? Also, been out shopping for a bathing suit. I have taken the plunge and joined the community recreation center. Starting tomorrow I will be committed to an exercise program of lap swimming, rowing, StairMaster,...
  13. Just One Kiss

    All I want is just one kiss and I will know... [MEDIA=youtube]id=yphvun78QAM;t=98[/MEDIA]
  14. Bridges not Walls

    In this last year, I have purposely reached out to forge meaningful connections with others. It has been worth the effort. I use to erect walls; now I build bridges. Life is so much better with friends.
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