Bye Bye Sugar Snap Peas

The plant rotation continues.  Sugar Snap Peas, you guys did amazing this year.  You grew to new heights and produced so many peas.  You continue to feed us for lunch every single day.  Sadly though, the heat is here and there was too much rain so some disease found you.  It was close to finish time anyways.   We will see you again in a few months, I promise you.
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In it’s place, we’re going to grow red yarn long beans.  This is the first time growing them so we’ll see how it goes!
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WOWZA Baked Beans + Bacon

Two weekends ago Matthew made these amazing baked beans.  I’m going to give credit where it’s due, these were the hit of the picnic.  I was in love with them, so much so that I made him save some here for me to eat later.  So when I came home from the picnic after eating too many beans, I immediately sat down and continued to eat more beans.  They are so amazing! 
The original recipe comes from here.  Matthew said he followed the ingredients and instructions pretty spot on.
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Green Beans – Hello!

We just picked our first green beans! We’ll be having them tonight along side some BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.  I can’t wait! Green Beans haven’t been easy for us in the past.  The first year our bush beans grew pretty pathetically and I think we got less than 5 beans total.  They really just didn’t grow at all.  Then last year we had extreme heat, then we thought the beans were going to make a comeback, but then Hurricane Irene struck and took them out.  So this year, we’re beyond happy to see a whole box of beans growing tall, and look at all the beans we pulled just yesterday!  This is literally just the base of the plant.. we have about 10 more feet of beans to slowly pick… YAY!
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We picked a carrot too:
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And to understand how big these beans are, size comparison:
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Brother Bear Goes to the Vet

Brother has been wheezing lately.  It started a few weeks ago and then continued to now he does it multiple times a day.  It basically sounds like this.  We bought a air purifier right away thinking there was something in the air, but it continued.  So then I came to the conclusion that I thought it was asthma or something worse, so he went to the vet yesterday.  Thankfully they were able to get him in for a emergency visit when I told them the symptoms.  So off Brother  Bear went in his stroller.  Let me just tell you about his stroller, it’s amazing.  Do you want to walk 20 blocks carrying a cat case? No.   Brother is 14 pounds and my arms are weak.  So this stroller lets him relax, feel some wind in his whiskers and enjoy a smooth ride to the vet.  If you live in the city, I’d recommend it! Yes, you get strange looks, but that’s part of the journey.
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So then we go to the vet, the first nurse, a lovely young  man asked if he was friendly.  Well, not really.  To us he’s a perfect gentleman who gives kisses, snuggles with you and is the baby of the family.  But to a vet who Brother Bear suspects where the thermometer is going, nah, he’s not really friendly and wants to rip your face off.  Brother Bear quickly senses danger and has been known to make past vets bleed, throw their needles across the room, make nurses frightened where they whisper outside the room that they are scared to touch him (I can hear them).  But honestly, he’s a nice guy, a gentle giant!  So when we told him he wasn’t all that friendly, he didn’t really believe us because Brother let him pet him and rub his cheeks.  Then came the thermometer into yeah, that spot.  Brother  Bear hardly even flinched, I was kinda shocked.  Has Brother Bear finally gotten over the fear of the vet?  Was he making me out to be a liar? Was he trying to be super strong because Matthew, his papa, was there?  Was he now a calm big bear?  No, not at all.   When the doctor came in to examine him, the nurse held him down not expecting it, then suddenly the nurse basically said the hulk was about to come out and he had to let him go immediately, grab gloves because his muscles were tensing. So quickly gloves:
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This by the way was just part of examining Brother, feeling his belly, looking into his ears, attempting to look into his mouth where Brother Bear quickly just bit the stick.
The doctor decided they were going to give him some shots.  Also would we want his nails trimmed?  I nervously laughed. Yes, sure.  You see, every single vet has failed at this, some have even declined that they can’t do it.  Brother Bear doesn’t like his nails touched.  He’s growing them out.
So as soon as they left the room to prepare, he ran under my chair because he knows his Mama is going to keep him safe.
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His starfish too:
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So then came back in the doctor and a nurse, and then suddenly another nurse.  So 3 people, to hold down 14 pounds of Brother Bear fluff. 
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And then this experience started.  They wrapped 2 towels around his head like they were committing a war crime, then the nurses wore the strong gloves.  At one point the nurse said Brother Bear was biting into his palm.  Yup, he was biting through the glove. I saw the glove said: “Cat,  Meow!”.  True.
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So they gave him 2 shots in the back, one was a steroid injection because they think it’s asthma and we’ll see if this cures this.  The other was a prevention shot incase it is something worse, so this will make sure he doesn’t get anything like pneumonia or the like.  Well I have to say, it worked.  Brother Bear has not wheezed once in the last 24 hours! YAY!  In fact, he’s laying here on my toes, looking up at me like a perfect gentleman. 
Also, he got every single nail trimmed, front and back! Man, you should have heard him. He sounded like he wanted to kill and the doctor/nurses looked very alarmed.  It took some time, but they got them all.  On the bill it’s listed as “manicure”.  Hah.
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Brother  Bear is wrapped in this towel.  So, Brother Bear seems to be better already. Looks like it’s a case of asthma or some other allergen.  Time will tell if this will turn into a yearly event of giving him pills or shots, or maybe it will be gone completely.  But Brother Bear, what a good boy you were! Mama is so proud of you. <3

Drying Basil + Window Farm Update

Today I cleaned out our Window Farm because the plants grew too well.  What do I mean by that? Well look at how intense the basil roots grew:
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That’s right, the roots grew through the entire cup and down to the next plant, which meant it clogged each bottle.  Last night resulted in a flood of water as each cup overflowed because of their intense roots.  So today I ripped them all out and will be starting some new ones soon. 
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We got a bunch of fresh basil from the plants, the smell is always the best.
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It’s all drying now which will then result in dried basil which I use so often in cooking.  The best part is these plants dry by the front door so as soon as you walk into our place, it’s the smell of basil love.
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I started some seedlings for spinach, lettuce and swiss chard, we’ll see how they do in the farm.

Goodbye Broccoli

What a great season it’s been for our broccoli plants! They exceeded our expectations by a million percent growing some of the largest and most beautiful broccoli heads we’ve ever seen.  I’m pretty sure we have enough frozen broccoli to last us until we plant the broccoli again in the fall.  The broccoli plants are some of my favorites in the garden so it hurts a little bit to see them destroyed and pulled out of their containers, but broccoli and the summer aren’t friends so it had to be done.  Can’t wait to see you guys again in a few months! <3
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Prometheus Opening Day

We saw Prometheus on opening day.  Overall I thought it was pretty good, a bit silly, but aren’t all sci-fi films?  Also, David is a amazing character. I think he should have his own web series.
What’s the best part of going to the movies? The food! Popcorn and pizza here.  We missed dinner so this is what we had, the pizza was actually good.
We are seeing one of these.
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