Friday, June 8, 2012

Oh Summer

The living is easy but the cotton definitely isn't high- in fact my yard doesn't get enough sun for anything but a tiny patch of tomatoes to be high. My cucumbers and watermelons and everything else just sort of sits there, stunted and confused. If I owned this house I would be cutting down hackberries two seconds after the ink dried on the contracts.

The shade is nice for the bees though - in their back corner. They're finally doing great- just bustling and growing out of their space. We put the next box on them this week, after I painted the starter strips with beeswax. 

With things looking so good, I'm hoping we'll be able to get some honey at the end of July, but we'll have to wait and see. 

In other news, Chase went to Goodwill last weekend to get some speakers for the record player and came home with a 1) a giant beige cartop carrier from the 80s, which he has become bizarrely obsessed with rehabbing. To the point that this morning at 7:15 I woke to the sounds of him sanding the rust off the metal components in the garage... aaaaaannnnnd 2) a giant inflatable above ground pool: 

As long as I've known Chase, pretty much every summer, I've begged for one of these. Long before we had kids. He has always maintained that it was way too trashy, would kill the grass, would make him ashamed of any life choices that had led him to that point, etc. 

And so I was pretty surprised, to say the least, when he showed up speakerless and started unpacking boxes.  But he says that his major objection was always that it would kill the grass, and since our grass is all either weeds or dead anyway... He just went ahead and got it. 

Fair enough. The kids are obviously pretty thrilled with this, and so are the bees. They turn up on the edges of floats to get tiny little sips from the water. They seem to prefer the pool to any of the other water sources in the yard, which is fine with us. 

We're still looking for a tenant for our apartment, if anyone knows anyone.  And we're thinking about selling, if we can't rent. We're holding onto it until Wren's transfer status is finalized but it does start to feel a bit like limbo after a while. But nothing says 'We're embracing our limbo' like an inflatable above ground pool and a puppy who loves swimming and chewing things. There's no way this could end badly. 

1 comment:

The Williams Family said...

Next time we get together we can just get Chase and Trent started discussing luggage add-ons for cars. It's one of his favorite topics.

I find backyard gardening a little disturubing - we would starve in three days if we had to grow our own food. We had a beautiful "crop" of 5 bell peppers and 7 jalepenos, but after picking those I'm not seeing anything else growing.