Garden Update

Last day of the year… went up and took some pics of progress of the garden.

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Here’s the lettuce. They are larger than my entire hand with my fingers out.

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Here’s the brussels sprouts.

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The pak choi is very strong right now.  I’m excited to see their progress…

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Remember when I told you the broccoli plants died? Well, I lied.  A few days later (after we cut the heads off!!) they magically bounced back and are healthy with all these side shoots growing..

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More broccoli.

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The monster broccoli plants looking over their little brothers and sisters.

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And then covering everything up as it’s going to start getting cold this week (17 degrees!).

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Don’t worry, ghost is in the green house to protect them. <3

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So much planning already for the spring.. have to start plotting everything out soon.

Winter Garden Harvest

Our garden has done so good this year.. even producing into the end of December.  What a great job it’s done – I give you a big hug for so many smiles you created this year.
Sadly the broccoli is done, it just can’t keep up with the below freezing temperatures every single night.. they were such monster broccoli plants too.. weep weep.  WE LOVE YOU BROCCOLI PLANTS.
Here’s 2 harvests in the last few days.

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Garden Update

Well you know the broccoli is looking good, and the sugar snap peas are growing tall  – but how about those other seedlings we started months ago?

Top row L-R: Lettuce, Pak Choi
Bottom row L-R: Brussel Sprouts, Leeks

Everything is looking great! This was about a week ago and they have grown alot in the last few days, especially the lettuce.

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Strawberries were cleaned up and we cut off the end pieces. We will see these guys again in the Spring…

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My super oregano plant was all picked and now oregano is hanging here to dry.  That oregano plant was strong, it really took over the bed it was in.

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All the flower pots were emptied and everything is covered up for the winter.

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And our harvest today, will be dinner tonight. :)

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Change of the Season

The last few weeks have been tricky for understanding what season it is.  We had a few inches of snow in late October and then a few days this week I didn’t even have to wear a coat outside.  I finally feel like Fall/Winter has finally officially arrived though, something in the air has changed, the wind has picked up, the nights are dark earlier.  Just a quick walk around my neighborhood drops leaves on me in all different shades of red, yellow, orange, green.   

Are you feeling the season change where you are?

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Sleep No More

Last night we experienced “Sleep No More”.  What is “Sleep No More”? Well I’m glad you asked.  Wiki says:  Sleep No More  is an immersive theatre installation created by British theatre company Punchdrunk based on Punchdrunk’s original 2003 London production and their 2009 collaboration with Boston’s American Repertory Theatre. The company reinvented Sleep No More in a co-production with EMURSIVE, which began performances at The McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan on March 7, 2011.

To put into my own words? It’s a interactive theater experience.  Everyone who attends is required to wear a mask the entire time, the only people not wearing the mask are the characters.  The storyline is based around Macbeth, with characters appearing in the fictitious McKittrick Hotel at random times.  It is a 3 hour experience of walking around 5 stories and opening every drawer, closet you can possibly find to put clues together, or just be nosy.  There’s rules: You can never take your mask off, you can never talk.  The only people allowed to talk are the characters who appear and act out scenes as the audience surrounds them and then chases them throughout the hotel to see where they end up next.  There’s multiple floors so there’s many characters and scenes happening at the same time which eventually ties them all together, but I found it fun to just explore for the sake of exploring.  I was sitting on beds going through documents in someone’s briefcase,  turning jars upside down, trying to find keys to unlock lockboxes, stuffing my face with candy in the candy store that is left unattended to.  

If you’re in NYC, you must go.  It ends very soon and tickets are $75 a piece, but it’s a experience you won’t forget.  Afterwards for the next few hours we felt like we were still in the hotel, it messes with your mind.  We found ourselves watching a tag football game after leaving with our masks in hand forgetting that the players weren’t actors and we are in “reality” now. 

Go see it!

Picture of us afterwards:

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And pictures I found online as using a phone/camera is strictly prohibited (and fairly so, it ruins the romantic notion if you see someone tweeting in a corner):

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99 Miles to Philly

NYC is 99 miles to Philly, so what a great name for a Philly cheese steak joint!  Pick your meat (steak, chicken, veggie), cheese (whiz, american, provolone), onions (yes, or no), then add extras (pizza sauce, mushrooms, peppers, etc).  Also you can get some amazing waffle fries on the side too!  2 cheese steaks, fries and a pop will run you $20, well worth it.  We stopped in last week and loved it, so we stopped in again today.  They even said to me “You were here last week, right?” and gave me a card so I can get a free sandwich once it’s filled.  They’re good people, check them out.

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Today’s Favorites

1. I got to go to one of my favorite stores, Surprise! Surprise! today as it was across from our lunch spot.  Surprise! is a shop of many things – mostly homewares.  It has a great kitchen section and super prices.  I got a bunch of glass jars, spice bottles, spoons, a cute bear/honey plate and a random cat Christmas card for $20.  I love this place. 

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2. I have some new favorite tights.  As seen above and below, they were given to me my friend Gerda.  Gerda is a talented arist who we’ll be collaborating with on a project soon.  I hope she’ll be selling these tights and other like goodies, they’re amazing.

New tights!

3. The day after Halloween sales.  I got these guys for $3 total.  Do you guys remember this? AKA one of the greatest days of my life.

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Snow. It’s October.

See the title of this post.  Excuse my language, but wtf? If I  knew it was going to snow around Halloween I definitely would have dressed up as a pizza making snowman. 

So yeah, it’s snowing here.  It’s been snowing since I woke up.  I woke up and looked out the window and saw snow.   I immediately thought of the herbs I was going to pick this morning to protect from tonight’s possible frost.  Well it’s already snowing, better get to the roof ASAP.  I threw on my striped socks, a mismatched outfit and hurried to the roof.

Here’s what I saw on the roof.  It’s October.

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Flowers. It’s October.

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Potatoes.  It’s October.

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GAH.  The beans! The beans, the poor beans.  They just started growing their little beans.  SIGH SIGH SIGH.

So anyways, down to business.  We got cutting and cut as much as the herbs as we could.  The oregano is tricky as it’s grown all over, so I have to wait to finish it after the snow and hope for the best.

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Hey, did I mention it’s October?

Holiday Decorating

One thing I miss most about small towns is the holiday decorating season.  Back home my family would string lights, have 4 moving snowmen in the 5×5 window space, witches and pumpkins and ghosts, garland, signs. Really anything holiday we had it.  So a few days ago I decided to start small and put this on our door.  In NYC you hardly see holiday decorations in apartment buildings…

 

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Today I walked into our hallway and saw our neighbor added this to their door. <3

Season greetings!

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Green Houses – Winter Prep

We’re getting ready for the winter.  This sounded like a good idea because the last 2 weeks it started to feel like Fall with beautiful temperatures.  Then suddenly today and tomorrow it’s 85 degrees and I’m miserable again. Gah. Make up your mind.

In preparation for the winter and attempt to grow year round, we have created 2 green houses.  Eventually it will be 3.

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They each have a door that easily comes off for access.  The green houses are quite big, I can easily stand inside and hang out (not saying I do this, ok maybe I am). The green houses make it 20 degrees hotter inside, which is great, except when it’s already 85 degrees out…

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Want to see a happy boy? Just let him make some green houses and go to work.  Then let him stand back and look at his magic.