Well, it is officially spring here. Yes, I know Ostara, the Spring Equinox, the official first day of spring was last Saturday. I did put out my decorations for Ostera (or Easter – whichever works for you).
Then, I went out and planted my herb garden – yes, in containers (I’m not ready for full blown flower beds). Let’s see – parsley, Mexican mint marigold (our substitute for tarragon), savory, 3 kinds of basil, borage, sage, marjoram, oregano, catnip, allspice, spearmint (can’t find peppermint yet) and something else I’m forgetting. Oh yes – rosemary (planted by the front stairs to keep yard and house safe). No, not all in these four little planters but also in pots all around the yard.
But, spring hadn’t actually sprung on the 21st.
However, yesterday I noticed the true harbinger of spring. The pecan trees are are finally budding out! They are always the last thing to come out in the spring, waiting until the cold weather is done. Winter is over!
Today I planted lettuce. Took a page from Bobby’s “How to Grow Vegetables and be a Success!” book and, hopefully in a few weeks, I’ll have some nice crunchy fresh lettuce!
Also, my tomato plants have produced future tomatoes (the little yellow flowers).
Not claiming “Farmer” status yet but . . . .
I never seem to get any interesting mail. You know – just bills and ads. Nothing that makes me laugh out loud or feel terrible, annoying, irritated disgust. While at Bobby’s house earlier this week, he shared with me a rather unusual piece of mail he received.
It’s from something called Saint Matthew’s Church. I mean – the envelop is eye catching all by itself! Inside was a letter with elaborate instructions, including requests for $$$, to ensure that god will answer your prayers. And, there are testimonials confirming it really works. Uh huh. There was also a paper “prayer rug” that they ask you to pray over and return to them (along with the $$$, of course).
And, yes, this is a huge scam. The leader is a former tent revivalist who has made millions preying on low-income and older people. If there is such a thing, people like this belong in the 8th and 9th circle of hell from Dante’s Devine Comedy.
What else – well, today is Pecan Day. On March 25,1775, a pecan tree was planted by George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate. That particular tree’s famous roots grow even deeper as the sapling was gifted to him by Thomas Jefferson, who had planted a few pecan trees from the southern US at his own estate in Monticello, VA. An interesting bit of trivia though I have to wonder who wrote that down and why.
And, since I haven’t mentioned many books lately . . . I’ve been reading (and in some cases rereading) many of the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. While they are a bit (ok, a lot) noir, I really like them. They’re good mysteries, entertaining, blood doesn’t drip off the pages. The first book was written in 1934, Fer-de-Lance and the last one was written in 1985, Death Times Three. Something I noticed - Neither Nero, his #1 factotum Archie Goodwin, or anyone else involved with them (Fritz Brenner, Theodore Horstmann, Saul Panzer, Inspector Cramer, Sergeant Purley Stebbins, Lon Cohen, Lily Rowan, et al) NEVER AGE. The books are all written in current time and do show changes to landscape and society but no one ages. It works so very well.
Nada much else going on here. . . .
ps: I wrote this Thursday and planned to get it up yesterday but I had a cat insisting he should sit on my arm, the keyboard, lap and gave it up as “not happening”. So here it is today.
25 Mar 2021