Tuesday, April 26, 2016

mad scientists

Monday, April 25, 2016

gone fishin'

Sunday, April 24, 2016

tomatoes and peas

Our cherry tomato plant is doing well.

The Juliet roma plant is having a harder time. I'm hoping it's just slower.

The snow peas are coming along nicely. The shelling peas (planted to the right, out of the frame) are looking like a lost cause, though. I probably should have cleared out the daisies before planting the peas, but the daisies looked so happy, and I couldn't bring myself to uproot them.

I planted sugar snap peas—the actual peas, not seedlings— all along the bottom of the trellis, hoping to get a delayed, second-wave crop of peas this year. So far, I think only one has come up.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


With big brothers off to a birthday sleepover, these little brothers had a quieter, calmer and smaller sleepover.

Sunflower: Day 28

Over the last week, two of our four sunflower seedlings self-selected out of the race to be our best bet for a 10-foot sunflower. On two separate mornings, I went out to check on the seedlings and found that one had withered away. The two that have survived are the ones that looked the strongest last week, and so I guess that sometimes looks are not deceiving. The survivors were battered down by a rainy day and haven't sprung back up all the way yet, though.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Tuesday, April 19, 2016


hurry-up cake

Soren's very first hurry-up cake.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

weird bee activity

We have one spot in our garden where a bunch of bees are hanging out on the ground.

We're used to bees, because our neighboor keeps bees. But this is something new. The bees are hanging out under some Artemisia that is new to our garden.


Our first California poppy to bloom.

This morning, it was just emerging from its calyx (which rendered it too narrow a target to get my phone's camera to focus on it).

I helped it along by finishing the removal of the calyx.

Sunflower: Day 22

Two of our sunflower sprouts are growing straight up, but two are meandering. I wonder if this means that the meandering ones are being outcompeted below ground in the battle to establish a good root system.

We're still pretty far from our next pruning (down to two, when two have grown to 1 foot).

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bar Crudo

Birthday breakfast.

For dinner, we dropped the boys off at Tree Frog Treks and then walked to Bar Crudo for dinner. The "crab fat" might have been the star of the show.

The arctic char and tombo tuna were pretty good, too, though.

The uni toast was beautiful.

We also had lobster salad and roast crab. And XOX truffles for dessert. Yummy!

it's been a while...

...since we had a lost tooth in this house.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


When parents scribble on the wall...

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunflower: Day 15

Today, our sunflower seedlings, each of which now has its first set of true leaves, moved outdoors permanently. I rolled the jute bag down a bit more so that I could bury the whole bag. (The bag should biodegrade in the ground, and the roots should grow right through it.)

You can see there are four seedlings. We planted six seeds, but only five sprouted. And we thinned the five sprouts down to four on Friday. The sprouts had been spending days outside (at least when I remembered to put them out in the morning). Here they are when they still numbered five, spending some time in the sun last Tuesday.

And here they are yesterday, after they spent the morning and afternoon in the rain.

Now that they are in the ground, we'll wait until they grow a foot tall, and then thin back to two. When they make it to two feet tall, we'll pick our best bet to take it the rest of the way. The kit said that they can grow to ten feet tall!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Anders is (almost) 8

His actual birthday is still a few days away, but it's the weekend and Grammy is visiting, so we figured we'd have early birthday crepes this morning.

Ready, set...


Mission accomplished.

Friday, April 08, 2016


While Soren was hard at work on this project, I asked him what he was building, and he replied, "not sure yet." It's finished now, but I think the answer still applies.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Sunflower: Day 8

The Easter Bunny left a sunflower kit for the boys. The kit had a jute bag, some potting soil and six Russian Mammoth Sunflower seeds. We poured the soil into the bag, and rolled the bag down until it was just above the soil.

Next we slowly poured 3/4 cup of water into the soil, and planted our six seeds at a depth of about a 1/2 inch. Here they are on Day 1, right before we covered them.

We kept the jute bag inside near a south-facing window. Yesterday, we saw some sprouts. Today, we saw five sprouts.

When the sprouts get to about 3 inches, we'll pick the 3 or 4 most vigorous, and thin the rest away. That's probably about the time we'll plant the jute bag in the ground outside, too.

At a foot, we'll bring it down to 2 plants, and then at 2 feet we'll pick our hardiest stalk. We'll see how it goes.