I love to garden while Mike likes to cook. It’s a great match as everything comes out of my garden and onto the stove. We usually end up having friends over a lot in the summer to enjoy the grill, the deck, and the veggies.
This year I’m growing tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, green peppers, jalepeno peppers, pabano peppers, mariacchi peppers, acorn squash, potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, sugar baby watermelons, basil, parsley, mint, oregano, and chives. I have two large gardens, as you can probably tell. It’s so much fun to plant everything in the spring and then harvest as the year goes on. Our friends joke that they get shares from the “Mike & Kristia CSA” as we usually end up growing more than we can eat.
We typically end up pickling peppers (& cucumbers when we grow those). It’s great because you get another harvest around Thanksgiving when the pickling process is done!
Last year I had so many jalepenos that I made hot sauce. SO tasty.
Just recently we redid the our front walkway and added a garden, so now I’ll get to experiment with flowers again! We’ll see what ends up growing well in the new garden. Plus now that I have a front garden, I’m looking for a funny lawn ornament. So far I’m debating between a dinosaur or a gnome. I’m open to suggestions though! I’m sure our kid will have some strong opinions of what should be in the front garden. If the kids in my life are any indication, they will pick either a fairy or batman.
Holidays with my family tend to be a little more low key than Kristia’s. Another one just passed with this year’s Father’s Day. I stopped by, along with some of my siblings, and shared a Root Beer Float with my old man and some brownies (there always is dessert around his sweet tooth). We talked about the summer (which was hot), and work (which he is retired from) and golf (which he will never retire from). It was just like a normal visit to seem my parents, which I counted as a good Father’s Day. He also counted it as a good day but since he’s retired most days are good days.
On the flip side, in our group of friends we have quite a few fathers, and it seems like the day is a bit more eventful with younger kids than it is when your children are grown up. Pictures and posts from friends show a plethora of outings and cakes and handmade cards.
Seeing the two in contrast makes me excited to find out what kind of Father’s Day I would want to have. Would I stick with the low key celebration like I’m used to or would we go out and celebrate somewhere. Maybe we’d split the difference and do a little of each. Or, in the end, would I just sit in the hammock and make the kid mow the lawn for me. That one sounds particularly interesting…