Feedly follies

I’m giving up on Feedly.  Its already hard to comment when I check blogs on my phone, but with the new Feedly app, I can’t even comment.  It literally will not let me open the comment box.  And then I hate how when you click on a link like I used to be able to in Reader, it holds everything in the Feedly app and I can still never comment.  Its like its holding everyone’s blog addresses hostage. 

Does anyone else have this problem?  Of course, if you do, you’ll be unable to comment and tell me so, so I’ll just take the resounding lack of comments as a tidal wave of agreement. So I will be deleting it and transferring everything over to wordpress, which I probably should have done initially.

In general, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to use my mobile phone for casual email and internet a lot less.  Yes, this article (and its faults) helped affirm that.  As well as this one from a while back.  A toddler who literally jumps on the computer means I can’t get on the internet if he’s awake, but hey, I’m looking for quality not quantity.  And I’ve had enough of this “Oh I can’t comment because I’m on my phone” excuse.  I’m bugging myself with that one. 

I’ve thought about the problem of having the internet being so handy is the root of this evil, but really, its not that.  Its my own lack of patience and need for instant gratification.  Yes, cut off your hand if it causes you to sin, but I feel very strongly that the advantages of having a handy internet are so great that I should really at least attempt at practicing some self control before I just go to those measures.  The mobile map option really has saved my life in Los Angeles many a time.  And now with an impending move, I know I will appreciate having access to maps in an unfamiliar area, let alone for the cross-country drive. 

My phone has been on the fritz lately so, we will see what happens if it totally dies soon.   Maybe my figurative hand will just cut itself off.

Miracles do happen

No, not that.



Thank you St. Isidore the farmer!

*Updated to say: We did not stay in this house long enough to see this watermelon ever grow bigger than a ping pong ball.  There were others that appeared as well but they withered up too.  I guess it was too hot for the water melon.  Whomp whomp.

My garden in July

Back by popular demand…(from all 2 of you, ha!)

Unfortunately, organic gardening is not all it’s cracked up to be. I didn’t get a picture of the peas before I finally pulled them all out, but they went chalky white before they went dry and brown, from the stem up. Not quite sure what that was about, but I thought it was strange it happened from the stem up, almost like root rot? But everything around them was nice and green. Maybe we got a harvest of 15 snap peas, so we were pretty much rolling in it over here. But once all the stalks went brown, I tore them out, in case it was a fungus and could transfer to the squash and cucumbers.

Our tomatoes continue to grow like crazy, but the truth is they don’t taste the greatest. I might opt for a plant with less production next year if it means they taste better. There is something eating the tomatoes and I think it came from the cherry tomato plant, which was never that healthy to begin with. I’ve also learned to splurge and buy the biggest possible tomato cage next year because they grow way bigger than you think they ever could. I went small and cheap, but its just not worth it to have your tomato plant to break in half under its own weight. I’m not exactly sure how to prune a tomato plant so I ended up just chopping off a bunch of limbs everywhere. There’s got to be a more effective method.

So while we have squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes coming out our ears, we are up to a harvest of about 6 strawberries total. Onions are going strong though! I should have planted more. It looks like they can be as close as possible. 6 inches apart my keister…




One benefit to pulling out the peas is that the cucumbers got to climb up and get a better view.



And the peppers are fiiiinally about ready to pop. Just in time for us to go on our family reunion beach vacation for about 2 weeks.


And in miracles of miracles….the watermelon is alive after all! After the last post I dug up the plants and removed the biodegradable pots (which they advertise you can plant directly in the soil). They started growing a little more after that. I’m not sure we will actually see a real live watermelon at the end of this, but at least we have seen some blooms so far.


Here’s a little view of what I picked the other day, after I made a tomato and cucumbet salad. Mostly took this picture because I thought the Siamese squash was fun.


Additionally, we are about to have a yard full of rotting figs again because I just really have no idea what to do with figs.

And about this whole “next year” gardening…unfortunately it looks like we won’t be doing it in this house or this amazing California climate. We are packing up in a few weeks and taking this show on the road to the east coast. There, it’s internet official! So I’m trying to soak up this gardening thing while I can!