She’s baaack!

Guess who I saw this morning in the bathroom – Curly Sue!

Curly Sue, aka my long eyebrow hair

This picture does not really do her justice, since I had to take it by myself in my abominably-lit bathroom.  You’ll have to trust me when I tell you that she is a thing of beauty.  Me, trying to get a picture of an eyebrow hair in the bathroom mirror without accidentally pulling it out – not so much.

Other things I’d like to talk about today:
Harvest – The harvest has begun! This weekend I picked my first cucumber, along with a handful of green beans and a small-ish yellow squash. I may have jumped the gun a little on the squash, but I’m nothing if not impatient.

If you happened to be peeking out of my neighbor’s upstairs window last Saturday around 9am, you would have seen one ecstatic pajama-clad girl skipping around the garden clutching beans in both hands and pausing periodically to shake aforementioned beans in her dog’s face, singing (in the style of the Go-Gos), “We  got the beans, we got the Beans, we got the BEANS, YEAH! We got the BEANS!”

Um, yeah.  We got some mutha fudrucking beans.

The cucumber became part of a delicious mango salad, but the squash and beans are still on the counter, taunting me. Joke’s on you, veggies, ’cause you’ll both be a stir fry tonight!

– You may have a distinct noticed lack of Dexter up in this piece as of late. He is in South Carolina, getting some one-on-one time with his former mommy, Danielle. It’s pretty obvious from the pictures she’s been sending me pining away for us, right?  Right?

[Cue weeping]

Apparently he’s having such a good time he’s already on his third chew toy. No squeaker in SC is safe.

Dex on vacation

He’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

And yes, that is a hand-crocheted afghan he is wrapped up in.  Hand-crocheted by moi, no less.  I’ll be happy to start taking orders if, by some chance, you don’t have the time or the inclination to waste spend 12+ hours of your life looping yarn around a hook while watching the first four seasons of Lost.

Call me!

8 thoughts on “She’s baaack!

  1. I can’t believe you have produce already! I AM JEALOUS. My lima beans JUST SPROUTED.

    Okay, so you live like a thousand miles south of me, but whatever.

    It’s a trade off – longer growing season, suffocating humidity.

  2. Okay, don’t judge, but I had my own Curly Sue on my forearm. Out of curiousity, I let it grow and grow – it grew like 3 inches before somehow falling off. So weird!!!

    In other news, I crochet too! Do you know you can make blankets for animal shelters and children’s hospitals and stuff? So you know in your spare time, when you’re not grooming Curly Sue or growing beans or drinking with the boys (I’m so jealous that you have dog friendly bars BTW), you can make some blankies for doggies who are orphaned 🙂

    I won’t judge you! You can be in my club; all you need to do is show me a picture when she grows back. Curly Sues for LIFE!

    And you crochet? Girl, we need to be friends IRL.</b.

  3. You did a great job picking the squash. Read this:

    The size of summer squash can become rather large, but you will enjoy them more if you pick them small. The best time when to harvest squash of these varieties is while they are still small. The size of summer squash when it is ready to be picked is around 6 inches long or wide, if it is the patty pan variety.

    Beyond this size, summer squash begins to develop a think skin and become bitter. The flavor is not the best for cooking. Frequent harvesting will also encourage the plant to produce more fruit.

    That’s why I keep you around, Ash – you make me feel good about the decisions I make! Some of them, anyway (we will not discuss the night I made Deb cry by making out with Habib).

  4. I’d totally be your friend IRL, but I just moved to CA 😦 I was sort of in your neck of the woods before, living outside of Memphis, but not now.

    And while two of my three dogs probably aren’t bar friendly, one of those two realllly likes alcohol. Maybe I could train her to not bolt if she knew she could have a sip of beer or wine (her fav)?

    Positive reinforcement – works for me! You should see how well-behaved I am in the bar.

  5. I can’t wait until my veggies grow, we just planted in May so we have a while yet. If you get tired of just plain cooked green beans you can tempura them. Tempura green beans are the bomb.

    You speak the truth. Tempura anything is the bomb.

  6. Please send me some broccoli.

    What? It’s delicious!

    Don’t look at me like that.

    So, not to be a garden nerd or anything, but check out this broccoli:

    F-ing amazing. I’ll be growing that next year for sure. Because you’re right – it is delicious.

  7. I envy your garden. I think any real food we would try to grow would be quickly devoured by the city rats; E found them one day walking down from our second-story deck stairs.
    I love how relaxed Dexter looks on his vacation. And warm from the throw.

  8. I was googling really long eyebrow hair and came across your blog. LOL, at least I’m not alone and there are people out there with freakishly long eyebrow hair. I have one or two grow on my left eyebrow and if it wasn’t odd enough, would only grow on the left eyebrow…

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