It’s been a while since I posted a general life update, so here’s what I’ve been up to:

Bella Keeping an Eye on ThingsBella went to the vet two weeks ago for a weird sore on her back and some feline acne. Both of those are recovering nicely. She also had a needle biopsy for what turned out to be a benign lipoma. (I keep wanting to type benight, which my spell checker does not recognize as a word, though it does recognize benighted.)

I’ve been doing a fair bit of cooking recently: lentil soup in the slow cooker, a slow cooker cassoulet that’s quite tasty but a bit too heavy for summer, and a shrimp and corn salad that’s actually rather good. Unfortunately, my sink is now full of dishes. I think the cat needs to get on that.

The garden seems to be doing well, though the raspberries have stopped producing. I’ve got two figs ripening on Mr. Fig (which is what I’ve named the fig tree.)

I have new glasses. They are quite heavy, but I like them anyway.

My sleep schedule seems to have been completely thrown off. I really want a nap, and perhaps I’ll take one, though I’m not convinced it’s the best idea.

Random Plans for the Future

I am already thinking about next year’s garden.

Actually, I’m already thinking about all sorts of plans for the future (aside from the rewriting I need to do for the book and the ton of reading I have to do in the next two weeks). But the other big thing has to do with biking.

Honestly, I suck at biking. I am simple horrible. I suppose I could cut myself some slack since I only learned how to ride a bike two years ago,* but I try not to do that. Plus, I know there’s a lot of room for improvement. My ultimate goal is to be able to do some biking around Europe.

Now, I don’t mean all of Europe or hard-core touring that requires carrying everything around. And I definitely don’t mean hills or large distances or hills or rough terrain or… did I mention I don’t like hills? Just some nice easy rides that would let me see a bit of countryside around a small area. Of course, that requires that I be able to:

  • Cycle at least 25 miles in a day (maybe up to 35—eek!)
  • Deal with minor repairs (e.g. fixing flats)
  • Possibly find someone to do this with me

This sounds kind of crazy, actually. I am, of course, reserving the right to change my mind. I know it will take me at least a few years to work up to it. But I’m posting this here, out in public, to encourage myself to do it.

As far as next year’s garden, I think I’d like to add some blueberry plants, some hanging strawberries, and a cucumber plant.

* I had a bike with training wheels as a kid, but never managed to get the hang of it after the training wheels came off. Two years ago, I decided that I was going to learn how to ride a bike.

Spring Planting

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and it was actually quite nice out. As a result, I wound up taking down the plastic shelter on the back patio and doing some planting.

The shelter is a pop-up greenhouse that I got to shelter my little fig plant. The fig seems to have survived, since there are green buds on the tips of the branches. There was also one raspberry plant in with the fig. That seems to be doing quite well, and is a bit ahead of the raspberry plants that weren’t in the shelter.

As for what I planted, I started with some garlic that had sprouted in the kitchen. I also planted seeds for

Most of the seeds I used are at least a year old, so I’m not sure how well they’ll germinate. I also really hope I haven’t taken the fig out too soon. I guess there’s only one way to find out, though.

*Note that sweet peas are toxic and not to be eaten.