My niece Melissa is expecting. This weekend is her baby shower. We’re heading to Milwaukee where it’s still winterish.
I’ll let the Weather Service forecasters try to polish this turd of a forecast.
WE WILL HAVE A PROLONGED PERIOD OF WET WEATHER THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.
We will see no sunshine in Wisconsin. Most of the weekend will be rainy. There’s a chance for snow late Sunday into Monday, though not much. That’s when we fly home.
It makes no difference. My parents are there, plus my sister and her family. Four generations together. It’s totally worthwhile. We’re very excited.
Of course I’m saying that in the abstract. A little winter might change my attitude.
Departure is VERY early tomorrow morning.
The photo (above) shows the playground where the Electchester Athletic Association had its games when I was a kid. I played softball there… poorly
I caught in a softball league that had no stealing! The Witness Protection Program couldn’t have found a better place to hide me.
It’s tough to see the field’s surface from Google Streetview, but there’s no grass. The surface is probably forgiving today, but when I played there on busy 164th Street the field was paved!
Yeah, we played on concrete.
No sliding in our league either!
Not that it would have presented a problem for me. I don’t think I ever hit the ball out of the infield.
Most folks are surprised to learn baseball can be played on the same surface used to land airplanes or park trucks. Oh yes it can. And, if I’m any indication, it can be played poorly.
As long as I was looking, I slid Google Earth a little farther down 164th to the hill where we went sledding. After a snowstorm this little topographical bump would be crawling with kids.
No!!! Who did this? I am incensed. There are now fences and hedges to prevent sledding.
Sure, we used to slide out into traffic from time-to-time, but this was our place. For a kid in an apartment this was the great outdoors.
Is nothing sacred?
I’m a tomato growing guy! Over the years I’ve raised them at home and work.
Does raising tomatoes at work where I was paid make me a farmer? Sure. Why not?
Now that we’re in the land of perpetual sunshine I’ve got a single tomato plant in a pot on our patio. Growing space is limited. One is enough.
I cheated. The pot, with a plastic tomato cage above, came from Home Depot already in bloom. So far, it has survived my questionable care.
Our patio has limited sunshine. That’s good for people, but not optimum for tomatoes. They can’t get enough sunlight.
So far the impact has been minimal. Maybe it’s that sunshine is stronger in SoCal than Connecticut. Because of our more southerly latitude the Sun is higher in the sky.
I certainly started earlier. Back in the Northeast I never planted until Memorial Day. These bad boys are close to a month in.
I had been watering the tomatoes by hand. Today I installed irrigation.
We have a tiny sprinkler system for our flowers and bushes. I tapped into that, adding ‘dribblers’ for the tomatoes and a few other plants in pots.
The dribblers are rated one gallon per hour. The system runs two minutes every other day. That’s 4.27 ounces of water three or four times a week.
Is it enough? I’ll let you know.
In Connecticut tomato season ran from late July into October. It will be longer here. And no killing frost!
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