Ahhhh Saturday. Thank you. 

I declined the offer to go to the farmers' market this morning so Ernie and Owen headed off on their own. I'm now jealous because they ran into my beloved Michael and Renee but was happy to hear that they saw them and they seemed good. And as Owen shouted in the background with excitement while Ernie was telling me that he'd seen Michael, "and he has a FIRM handshake too Mom!" Gotta love a boy who appreciates a firm handshake.

I'm thinking of making a batch of ratatouille or something ratatouille like so they arrived home with eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes to supplement our CSA share. They also got some lovely miniature cucumbers….I thought I might make tabbouli and I like cucumber with that.

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Ernie and Bob moved the two trees and the tree peony yesterday. It just made me feel so much better to have Bob do it with Ernie. I really can't explain it. There are just certain people, like Bob, or my neighbor Jeff, that just make me feel better. It's not just knowing that I can count on them…it's more than that.  Can't explain…gotta think on it. I'm VERY relieved to have the trees moved…now we will water madly and wait anxiously for the fence to be moved. Well, that will be me that will be anxious, not Ernie….I just want it DONE and over. 

Jean had asked on facebook if I could show where the area in question is. So forgive my rudimentary skills but here is a diagram. And let me say clearly that I do not question the survey or that we were using the land incorrectly. This field has a long and fuzzy history. It was originally owned by the owner of our house (several owners back) but they held on to it after they sold our house and then let it go for back taxes. We had just been going by the end of a fence that went across the field and the fact that there were plantings up to that fence. If I ever buy another house I will of course fork out the money for a survey! Of course now our neighbor and former neighbor remember it all differently. Whatever. The lot of the neighbor that bought the field is marked with the yellow star. The blue is the existing fence, the red is where the new fence will go once they remove the part on his land…the yellow line is just marking where we had assumed the line was.

It's a funny old neighborhood with zigzag lots…and our house is set back from the rest of the block and actually faces the side of a lot instead of the street. In the end I think this will be nice…the yard will be smaller but a bit more private and it will inspire us to move our raised beds to the patio area (between the house and the alley) which we've been talking about. We don't use that area at all these days and it's the sunniest so it will work much better for the beds.


So we may move some plants today or we may wait til tomorrow when it's supposed to be cooler. Ernie seems to have a bit of a cold (damn it) and is feeling kinda tired. I have been asked by Owen to take him to a fabric store to get him something for constructing some kind of Batman thing……wish me luck….

This songs seems right the day and the guitars sound so damn pretty. Thanks guys.