Sunday, May 18, 2008


Good news, everyone, the irises are blooming!


...more irises

...and the hope of more irises!

This weather is like heaven. There is still a bit of ice running through my veins from the long, long winter. But I am hopeful, at least, that there may come a day when I do not have cold feet anymore. (At right: loving irises since 1982!)

Yesterday I went to the farmers market for the first time this season. It was fantastic. Still not a whole lot of fruit and vegetables there, since its so early yet. In the spirit of Barbara Kingsolver, I bought some fresh asparagus. I also bought a few herbs (nothing fancy, just some basil and cilantro) and then a couple of native prairie plants (ie, weeds): wild bergamot and asters. This rounds out my garden to include: various kinds of tomatoes and eggplant (thanks to Cara and John), cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, jalepeƱo peppers, kale, zucchini, chamomile (the German variety), and lavender (I don’t know whether its English or French). We’ll see how much of it survives. I’d still like to get some more herbs, but I haven’t been able to find what I’m looking for.

Today I did my last “long” run before the marathon—just 8 miles. It was nice. I love my new Mizunos. A week from now, I’ll be done with the marathon and probably planning my next one.

Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

The IRIS are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! ( are they the ones from Dennis?? or Andy and Kim???) The color is incredible----- They are certainly an added CANVAS to your 'blooming' yard, of flowers( soon the peonies will be in bloom)-- and garden produce!!!! Barbara Kingsolver would BE PROUD!!! That is one of my fav. photos of you , as a little person.......You liked IRIS 'waaaaay ' back then, too!!!!!!!! Hope the weather is this great next sunday for your marathon!!!!! Hope you have some energy left 'after' the marathon to play with Logan B!!!!!!! Luv you, foxy mama

Anonymous said...

AH Hah!!
I just now figured out why you named your car IRIS...
Now I get it!

Your iris' are beautiful. Enjoy this season, it's just a "teaser" for the Nicaraguan weather we're getting ready for... Then you'll be happy again...

amypfan said...

My irises just started blooming too, but they're not as pretty as yours yet. Love the little girl picture!

Anonymous said...


I loved the irises - and the shout-out to Barbara Kingsolver. I just finished her book about eating locally, but I haven't had a chance to hit a farmer's market yet. Now I'm jealous of your garden - and you're veggies. :)