Monday, June 29, 2009

Garden fresh Kentucky Wonders

Our garden has a lot of green beans. But they grow so big, so fast,
that it's hard to pick them whe they're tender. In fact, even the
little ones aren't very tender. But with a bit of advice from Kentucky
native Melissa Hall (boil the hell out of 'em) I made a respectable
first batch tonight. Now, if Ned would just come home from work to
enjoy them with me.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another farmers market

Their building is nice. Vendors are funny. But I'm missing my market

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Best fun ever

A Gift from Anne Freeze

I love SFA field trips!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A date at McDonald's

In Winona, as we passed each other on I-55. Because our lives are
like that. Next meeting: next Tuesday.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hot Spot at 5:20 p.m.

With the heat index, per the news, we're the hottest spot in the state right now. 106 degrees.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day! -- from Ned

Ned's at camp, but I know he'd post this if he were in town. Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Birthday/Happy Father's Day!

Mary Beth's dad always gets hosed with the double birthday/father's day card/gift. This year, also the blog post. Today's the birthday. Check out those 1980s glasses!

What would your favorite be?

Interesting list here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Persuasive Family

Lately, I've had an itch to move closer to home. It's been brewing for awhile now, but it's bubbled up again here recently with great intensity. I keep mentioning it to Ned, knowing that there's no way we'd move anytime soon (in two years maybe?), but I want him to know that it's something I'm serious about. I hope that mentioning it over and over and over again will eventually convince him. Today, we received a letter from my sister entitled "16 reasons y'all should move to Savannah," to reinforce my petitions. Here are a few of the highlights:
--the farmer's market there needs help
--Ned wants to hang out with Brian, right?
--minor league baseball
--Tybee's up the road
--independent restaurants
--We can share Fiestaware
--Savannah has two Targets. If one doesn't have your size, go to the other!
Say no more. You had me at Tybee's up the road (though reasons 1-3 are also convincing).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last day to be the coolest iPhone owner in town

The new iPhone debuts tomorrow, which will render my iPhone obsolete. I updated to the new software today, which has a voice recorder and a cool new messaging system, but it's little consolation. The new iPhone has a compass (see the icon on the right) and the Google Maps feature will automatically rotate so that the map you view is from the perspective of where you stand. Do you know how many wrong turns that can save me? I can never figure out which way is North. I tried to be extra pitiful this morning in hopes that Ned would tell me to go buy the new iPhone tomorrow to cheer myself up, but he didn't fall for it. What can I do to persuade him? Ideas welcome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Maybe one of the best albums ever...

I haven't been able to quit listening to Springsteen since we saw him in April. He's so great. So really, really great.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Evening harvest

One of my favorite things about the garden, besides the tomatoes, is picking fresh beans for dinner. Tonight, I picked our first batch. They'll have to wait until Thursday for cooking, though, because I'd feel bad eating them without Ned. But he shouldn't expect to see all these tomatoes when he gets home. A girl can't wait for everything.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday blues and wishful thinking

Ned's in Phoenix and I'm in Vicksburg, moping. We've got a lot of travel coming up; I think we'll only see each other two days in the next two weeks. We both hate it. On to happier thoughts, I've made an important decision for us this past week: when we next move, it'll be closer to the beach--preferably a beach near Georgia. We're not putting the house on the market anytime soon, mind you, but after nine years in Mississippi, I'm ready to go home.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ned wins!

Ned's been preoccupied for weeks now, wondering who would be our
10,000th visitor to the blog. Then, today, as he was catching up on
what's been happening while he's been buried in the diss, he became
said visitor. Guess the secret prize to the winner will be easy to
grant: we'd planned to offer dinner at our house. Guess I'll just feed
Ned as usual.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vicksburg strikes again

Just got a jury summons for the week of the SFA field trip to Bristol. How will I get out of this one?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Date Night!

After stressful work weeks (has it only been days?),we enjoyed date night tonight in Jackson. We celebrated Ned turning in the first full draft of the diss and our first dinner together--unrushed by work deadlines--in over two weeks. We ended the evening at Target. Great married fun. We'll have to do it again.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy First Anniversary, Kids!

I'm guessing there's no leftover wedding cake, huh? It was too good to have any leftovers.

VFM in the paper

Photo by my friend and newspaper photographer, Katie Carter. I'm sure she won't mind me borrowing it from the Vburg Post. Article on the market here.

A Garden Update

This was a great surprise in the zinnia bed on Saturday! What looks like a weed (on the left), is actually volunteer Thai Basil. I planted some last year and loved it, but lost control at the end of the season and let it go to seed. I looked to buy more this year, but couldn't find it. And today, look what I found: one little volunteer. The seed must have survived the winter, and it's sprouted amongst our zinnias.
Aforementioned zinnias.
The tomatoes are out of control. The plants are so heavy with fruits that they have bent the tomato cages we use to contain them, and they've all fallen over on top of one another. MB tried to "tidy" the garden today and right all the problems, and we had a few green tomato casualties. But, as you saw yesterday, we made good use of them for dinner. When these turn red, we'll be tomato rich!
The green peppers. Ned wants to pick them now. I like them a little bigger. And, since we have green peppers in the fridge, these will get to stay on the plant for a few more days.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ned's Surprise!

Each day of Dissertation Madness, Ned's received a surprised. One day I stocked the beer fridge with his favorite, Blue Moon. Another day, I bought him some Klondike ice cream bars. On yet another day, I baked him some of his favorites: peanut butter cookies. On Friday, admittedly, I fell behind and he got nothing. So today -- Saturday -- Ned got two surprises. Surprise #1: three new Florida Jasmine planted beneath the windows in the living room (to take the place of all the trash weeds and dead azaleas that were there before). And, for dinner, homegrown (and home fried) green tomatoes. They were delicious! Zinnias in the back, courtesy of our garden. Tabasco, courtesy of our SFA sponsor. Blue Moon, courtesy of Ned. It's the last of his beer fridge surprise stash.

VFM Recap

The VFM was a hit today. We had probably 500 customers over a three hour period, but it was never too crowded. And this year we set up a cafe area, and people actually took the time to sit and visit. It was great!

Above, see early shoppers lined up and waiting for the market to open at 8 a.m. At the top, see the Hopes. His name is Bob Hope -- really. I love these vendors! Today, we chatted about how we longed for late June, otherwise known as tomato sandwich season.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Deadlines, Deadlines

10 hours until the Vicksburg Farmers' Market. 3 days until the diss, draft 1, is due to Maha. Folks in this house are tired.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The 2009 AC Challenge

We made it--to June, that is. Ned and I have this thing: once you turn use the AC, it's a point of no return. And neither of us could stand the thought of giving in to summer as early as May. So we toughed out the mini-heat waves in May, using ceiling fans, and we made it all the way to June without turning on the cool air. And, since the start of the month, we've only turned it on twice: both times briefly in the evenings, just to cool things down for a few hours, and we cut it off again. We've enjoyed keeping the doors open for almost two full months! Tonight, it's supposed to be 61 (thanks to a rainy day), and tomorrow night the low is 58 (freakish, no?). If this keeps up, we'll keep the doors open and the air off just a bit longer. It helps, of course, that the cold-natured half of Team Mitchell works at home. I'm not sure Ned would have survived the great AC challenge if he didn't have his office escape some days!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Longing for Graceland Too

I've been thinking about Paul McLeod this week, and wishing for a visit to Graceland Too. It's just the sort of good fun that our house could use this week, as work and dissertation stresses continue to mount.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flashback: Ireland

This is the water wheel that operated the Jameson Distillery until the 1970s. Ah, good times. Also, prayers to St. Anthony work. Ned found the data he needs for his chapter. Hooray!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Desperate times...

call for desperate dinners. We went with frozen pizza and Velveeta mac and cheese tonight (pizza for Ned, mac for MB). Tomorrow, we'll try something a little healthier. Tonight, it was about getting it on the table fast.