Tuesday, July 8, 2008

hold on to your hats, people....

...this is going to be a doozy!
Let's start here...remember that lady? Well, she has calmed down a bit, but is still baffled. The monstrous big pile of brush has long since been removed from my yard and the street in front of my house, but check it out now!

This was Thursday morning...yes, right before a long holiday weekend.

This was Saturday morning...more stuff in the pile.

What can you do? This time it was all placed on the road not in my yard, so technically I have no right to complain because I don't own the road. But come on! Why not pile it in front of your own house...that would be the right thing, the good neighborly thing, the normal, the nice thing to do. As I write, the pile remains...and it's raining.it's been raining.all.night.long. I just have to laugh about it now, because getting fumed about it doesn't make the pile disappear, neither does crossing my arms and blinking at it like her!

On to happier things...our garden is growing like crazy! We harvested our first eggplants. Only two to start with, and they are Ichiban (Japanese) Eggplants, not those really big ones. But they were yummy. I found a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan that was gluten-free! It was really good. I'll be making it again when the other eggplants ripen. If you want to try the super-yummy, super-easy recipe, just click here. We also have some cherry tomatoes turning red! Ooohhhhh I can hardly wait!

Oh, remember these little sunflowers that we planted? Well, one of them has bloomed! We had a pretty big storm a week or so ago and the next morning when I went outside the very tall sunflowers were leaning over. OhNo! I tied them to the fence to hold them up and tamped on the dirt to push the exposed roots down. I think it helped, but one did bloom early, so it's not as mammoth as I had anticipated. It is very beautiful though. The other sunflower is still growing and hasn't bloomed yet. Here are a few pictures.

One more thing, yesterday was my birthday. Now I'm 35 years old. I've never really cared about getting older. I don't feel older. The only thing I notice is that my girls are getting bigger. They are growing so fast. For the most part my birthday was really nice. I am fighting some sort of cough so my voice is deep and raspy...not so pretty. Then Miss E wakes up in the night screaming because she has scooted down under her covers too far and can't get out...then as soon as I lay back down it begins to lightning and thunder...keeping me and her awake. Finally I drift off only to hear Miss O calling for me. *you may want to skip the next part* She puked in her bed. Ugh! She sleeps on the top bunk. Daddy to the rescue...he took the sheets and everything off the bed while I pumped up her readybed. I am so thankful we have readybeds for the girls. She was fine five minutes later. I think she had too much birthday fun and she was all sweaty from being way under her covers too. What's up with that?! Anyway, since the girls share a room we were all awake for 30 or 40 minutes in the middle of the night. Finally we were all back in bed. We needed to sleep. I didn't hear a peep from the girls for the rest of the night, I, however, had several coughing fits...I feel a little better today and the girls seem to have gotten enough sleep. There hasn't been any major whining. Oh I just remembered, last year on my birthday I had to take Miss E to the ER because she was having a bad allergic reaction to peanuts. Scary, yes, but a reminder of how diligent I must be. I hope this doesn't turn into a birthday trend for me.

Anyway, now I'm off to wash all the yucky stuff and all of the regular laundry. The sun just came out so I should be able to use my clothesline not the dryer.


Anonymous said...

Well, happy birthday to you! I saw you at Target yesterday on your birthday and didn't even know it...you should do like kids do and say, "today is my birthday!" or wear a birthday ribbon or pin! Have a wonderful day-after-your-birthday today!

~ANG said...

Maybe I'll do that! But I don't think they make pins that say "I'm 35 years old today" :o) Thanks for the well wishes!

Anonymous said...

Hey.... I need a new couch. What street do you live on? hee hee JK!

Happy Belated Birthday! You are one year ahead of me.-- I will look to you for wise counsel. ;)

The Daly Family said...

I AM SO SO SORRY that I didn't call you yesterday. I said to Mark, I have to call ANG but I didn't. I even forgot to tell him Happy Birthday in the am b/c I had been up with Norah the whole night before...double ear infection again. I am kind of a zombie. I have hit the part I was concerned about: in NJ out of control of my life. Oh well! Pray for me to COUNT IT ALL JOY! Missing you and the day to day normalcy. LOVE YOU!

Zoƫ said...

Ok first you need to put a stop to the street dumping thing. Call the city and see what rights you have. I think that your "not so nice" (see how I made that kid friendly;) neighbors are getting into a really bad habit and will keep it up until you put your foot down!!!

Happy belated b-day. I know how you feel about the b-day gone wrong thing. I do hope that you get a break this week.

Erin said...

Happy Birthday! We are almost exactly the same age. My birthday is in 10 days. I love having a summer birthday!

Your sunflowers are beautiful!

Sorry about all the other stuff going on... what a bummer!

~ANG said...

Thanks to you all for the birthday wishes and advice about neighborly things. Have a great day!

Hurrayic said...

Oh, I feel for you! We don't have piles in front of our yard, but we do have teens (I have 2 teens myself) unhitching our gates and strolling (mostly running at top speed because they know it's wrong) right through our backyard to get to the road behind our house! I am not a yeller, but when I caught 2 of them, I yelled. Now they probably think I'm that 'nasty old lady' (not really nasty or old, but from their perspective...). Sigh. Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for visiting my blog too.

~ANG said...

Oh, those stinkin' kids! I tell ya, I wouldn't mind the neighborhood kids cutting through or playing if they would just ask first instead of assuming that they own the place.