Hello and welcome to the blog! With Serena’s help (she supervised), I planted tomatoes as well as a little herb garden today. The herbs and tomatoes will provide delicious meals the rest of the season. The herb garden also carries on a tradition from a previous owner.
This home base was once owned by a man named Kermit, a 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Kermit served as a hospice volunteer as well as a helper for “Meals on Wheels”. He meticulously maintained this home and Helen, his wife, was said to be an excellent housekeeper.
Kermit liked frogs. As I’ve settled in and discovered things left in the yard, shed, etc. I noticed a few garden statues. It took a while to realize the connection… the whole Muppet thing with “Kermit the Frog”. I decided to carry on the tradition and will be adding more frogs visible from the road. The hope is that people will drive by and say “That’s Kermit’s old place” and remember him fondly.
In the photo you see above, the herbs planted (from left to right) include thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. In the back there are “super cayenne” and jalapeno pepper plants. Along and behind the shed there are four cherry tomato plants and four Roma tomato plants. It will be fun to see how things grow!
The herb garden is already paying off. When I priced fresh rosemary today at The Fresh Market, it was so expensive that I could just buy a whole plant at The Home Depot, clip a sprig, and plant the rest! Supper was baked trout with rosemary and butter… good stuff!
Things are going great at work and it’s been pretty busy. Most days it feels more like a hobby than a job. After a string of graveyard shifts, Serena and I are going to do a little camping next week. We both need some fresh air. Instead of trout fishing this week, we’re likely going to do something different and maybe try catching bluegill and bass… and hiking.
Recently acquired was a pair of Columbia Trailmeister hiking boots. I had some traction problems near Decorah while trying to cross a stream a few weeks ago. The walking stick saved me from some nasty falls. Concerned by her younger brother’s antics, Sis bought me these new boots and I’m looking forward to putting some miles on them. The reviews are terrific and though more expensive options exist, the lady at Famous Footwear strongly recommended the Columbia brand.
For now it’s back to watching TV… at work and in the van! It’s not always easy to find people to work the Saturday overnight shifts but it works out great. I arrive early, grab something to drink, and watch a Star Trek episode on the MeTV network while resting prior to the work shift. When the show ends, there’s about five minutes to clock in. That van is pretty handy!
Have a great rest of the weekend. We’ve got great weather coming in the next two weeks and it’s likely there will be time to camp, fish, hike, and perhaps hunt morel mushrooms.
Take care. Happy, fun, and safe travels!
Brad, Serena, and Jesse James
Jones County, Iowa