Expanding My Horizons

I’m noticing a trend in 2009.  It’s the year I expand my horizons.  For example – I watch Star Wars movies.  My newest form of expansion is gardening.  Growing up in a rural home I’m familiar with gardening.  Mom does it all the time and we have hastas covering most of the property.

Until recently, gardening hasn’t really appealed to me.  I’ve been living downtown Indy and trying to live the urban lifestyle.  I am starting to realize how much it cost to buy fresh herbs.  I’m a big proponent of fresh herbs when I cook so this was getting a little costly.  Mom helped me out by setting me up with a pot of herbs for me to care for.

In my excitement to nurture to grow life I bought another basil plant and tomato plant from seed from Silver in the City.  I followed the directions on the box and stared at my new pots in the window sill with excitement.  Then mom broke my heart by telling me that it would be about February before I had basil or tomatoes.  But I didn’t give up hope.  I water my pots every day and treated them with love and affection.

Then one day, when I was feeling pretty tired from work I came home to the most amazing site in the world – A SPROUT.  Both basil and tomato started sprouting!  I did it! I succeed in growing something.  My tender affection and knack for keeping them watered spawned life.  HURRAY!!!!

They have since grown to be about an inch tall.  Mom decided to help me actually have my own tomatoes this year but getting me an organic tomato growing kit.

This is a beast of a growing machine:

37-852Please note this isn’t my exact plant.   It’s from the website, but see what I have to look forward to!

37-852_aSee, it’s uber scientific.  I’m a cutting edge gardener.

37-852_bmore science

37-852_cWHAT?!?!?!  I can have a tomato plant as big as a grown woman!  I’m for sure to win the blue ribbon at the state fair.

Well, I got my box of organic goodness this weekend.  On Sunday, I thought, “What better to do after a day of watching Golden Girls than set up my tomato planter.  This is going to be so easy.”


Lies, vicious lies.  I was sweating and I have cuts on my hands from trying to get this set up.  Here are photos of my progress.

photoHere’s how I start – putting together  the cage.

photo 2Other side of my start:  soil and such

photo-3Confusing do-dads and instructions

photo 4Here’s how it looked after 1 hour of attempting to assemble (no joke).

Finally, I gave up on the #$(FJHE)#$*@% cage part.  After an hour of trying to get it to snap in place I was pounding on it with my red patent leather wedges to no avail.  I finally said, “SCREW YOU,” and just put the soil in place.  All I need now is the tomato plant and I will be on my way to a delicious caprese salad.  I will invite you all over to enjoy in the late summer.

Things I dislike

Food poisoning or something similar to it.

I took Friday off of work just to relax and get stuff done. Well, as luck would have it. That same day I came down with a terrible stomach something or another. This resulted in me laying on the couch all day and rejecting the veggie sandwich from Hoaglin. I NEVER REJECT THE VEGGIE SANDWICH FROM HOAGLIN. That’s like saying, here’s pure awesomeness on a bagel now toss it away. That’s how good this sandwich is. You know I was sick if I turned my nose up at it.

So that pretty much killed my weekend. Before I became completely bedridden, I did sit on the pourch and help my mom plant flowers in the yard. She did a great job. Now the neighbors will hate us a little less! Yippee! When I get the energy to take a picture, I’ll post it. We even have a flag hanging on the pourch. Just call me Patriot Patty (well Patriot Bess, but that doesn’t sound as clever as Patriot Patty).

One thing I did discover in my weekend on the couch was the AWESOME tv show, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway on the Style network. What great television. There was a marathon on Saturday, and this show single handedly kept me from going stir crazy. I tried to get a clip from the show, but I could figure out how to imbed it (or whatever tech lingo word that would fit appropriately).

The show follows two weddings and two planners per episodes. The show has it’s main planners that it features. It shows the struggle between bride and planner. Sometimes the problem is with the crazy family, sometimes the bride is too indecisive. Sometimes the wedding gets canceled (that was a good episode).

Let me paint you a picture of one of my favorite episodes. The bride is crazy. She decides to have a St. Patrick’s Day wedding. Yes, a St. Patrick’s Day wedding. First off, who really wants to have a St. Patrick’s Day wedding? Everything is decked out in green. Not the most romantic of holidays, and frankly, if I was a guest, I’d probably be annoyed that I couldn’t be out at some pub drinking green beer. This is an EXPENSIVE wedding too. Granted it didn’t look as trashy as I pictured it to look. On the wedding day, the bride starts bitching out her planner.

Bride: “Your my wedding planner. You need to just be calm. You don’t need to answer me all snippity. Work it, that’s what I’m paying you to do.”

Ahhh shit.