Girls' Night Out
Chris was off again tonight for yet another punk rock show (seeing The Business again tonight, with The Suicide Machines on Tuesday, if I overheard the plan correctly). This must be some sort of personal record for him, for recent years at least. Since starting Green Ronin, the poor man's socializing has really fallen off, especially with gaming seeming more and more like work. I'm glad he's been making time for himself and returning to the punk rock.
Meanwhile, Kate and I spent the last day of her spring break doing things together. While I have a tremendous amount of things on my plate, I just couldn't stand to "waste" her entire school break (since I had multiple meetings all week for which Kate was well-behaved), especially when the weather today was 70 degrees and sunny with a light breeze. I've spent many an Easter weekend hunting for easter eggs in the snow at my step-grandmother's home in Minnesota, so being out in the yard with the trees and flowers in full bloom was just heavenly.
Kate "helped" me pull weeds from the lawn with a cool little gadget called the Weed Hound
that I picked up last week. Works like a charm, though Kate is too much of a light-weight to stomp down on it effectively just yet. She also assisted with planning out several areas of garden (my vegetable patch, several containers, a couple of areas along the side-yard where I'm trying some sunflowers) and digging around in the soil. In the end, I transplanted a medium-sized potted thyme plant and planted some marigolds, lavender, pole beans, carrots, beets, radishes, spinach, celery, leeks, yellow crook-neck squash, bush peas, watermelon, cantaloupe, cilantro, parsley, dill, basil, and a couple of pots of mint. I have some tomato plants and a couple of other seedlings coming from Seeds of Change
in May, and many of the seeds I used today also came from them. I've still got a ton of chives and oregano that made it through the winter in the "salsa pots" I bought late last summer.
The back yard is looking quite nice, and I still have more planting I can do if I can scrounge up another decent area to put in another vegetable bed and somewhere for my wildflowers to grow. Seems like everything I want to grow is greedy for sunshine, which is in short supply in the rest of the yard. The apple tree is in full bloom, the other mystery trees along the fenceline seem to have come back a bit from their frightening near-death appearance of last fall, and even my sad, sad little lilac and Kate's raspberry vine seem to be thriving so far. Must, must get drip irrigation set up on a timer before we go roaming the country attending conventions this summer.
We additionally got the bird feeders cleaned up and filled, so now I have a suet feeder, two seed feeders (one platform, one tube) a thistle feeder, and (a first this year) a hummingbird feeder. We've also mounted a squirrel feeder on the fence away from the bird feeders, not that the squirrels have been a problem in the past. You'd think my yard was a lot bigger than it is, for all the stuff I've managed to put back there. The front yard still needs some sprucing up, and I have two large backs of wood chips to strategicly distribute, perhaps tomorrow.
After Chris left for his show, Kate and I hopped in the rental car (as long as we still have it) and went off to see Ella Enchanted
, which surprised me by being reasonably enjoyable (at least as far as kid-friendly films go). It gives several clever nods to other fantasy movies of its ilk (Princess Bride
in particular, additionally enjoyable with Cary Elwes in a major role), and with a wacky supporting cast that includes Eric Idle, Parminder Nagra, Joanna Lumley and Minnie Driver).