Friday, March 26, 2010

The Bunny Gets A Star

 Bob with the knife he made for 
Dennis' character on "Crash."
They were having a good time together.
The knife is even upside down in this photo!

Today marks Hollywood's Walk of Fame with Dennis Hopper's Star.
I wanted to post the link, and say it's bittersweet for me.  I really can't gather my words after
seeing him today.  I prefer to remember him like this.

I found out through email this morning that my "Bunny" pendant made Etsy's front page.  Some of you know Dennis was lovingly nicknamed by me "The Bunny" when working on Crash.  So when I saw the email, I burst into tears.  I believe he gave that to me.

So for now here's the link:

Dennis, you are so loved and so admired by cast and crew who have worked with you. 
XOXOOXXOO  to you. 

Thanks for reading. I'm still amazed that you do. 


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Black Dirt--The final Frontier

 Waiting for dirt!

Weeks ago I called a very local landscaping company and asked for prices on dirt for the raised beds.  Our problem is that our property is fenced, and there is no easy way to get the the beds.  But a pickup truck fits just fine. I have driven many a load around to the back of our house.  I know a 350 size truck will work.  They said "Tom" would be out to see what truck of theirs would work.  The landscaping company has no idea the woman they be "dealin' wit."  :-}   I drive by their place at least 10 times a week. I know all of their trucks.  That's why I called them.  Tom never showed.

So I called again, and they said "James" would be out.  I know James, he's a native Californian and landscape designer.  I also knew he would be here on time, and give me the price per wheelbarrow.
And he did!   James is a treasure trove on information.  As much as I like him, we can't afford a thousand dollars to put dirt in.   Yikes.  That makes a tomato about 5 bucks a pop.  On to plan B.

2 at a time for each load
I called back and asked Mike for a "Firewood Truck Load" and his estimate with delivery of 3 cu.yd. was in our raised bed ball park.  So, here we go!  Like the boards  I hauled 8 at a time...I'll do dirt 3 cubic yards at a time.  Before I know it--they will be filled.

Now I have to go water the peas and the trees.  I hope your garden is springing to life. 

Thanks for reading. I'm still amazed that you do.


Monday, March 22, 2010

The Apple Pie Tree

The Apple Pie Tree

Granny Smith, Winesap, and Gala arrived today.  Osuna Nursery sent a lovely young man out and he planted our new trio. Ross had shovels, ground cloth and soil amendments and the 3 trees I picked out last Saturday.  He lovingly planted the trees along the fence line.  Berms around each hole.   He was a far cry from the "surly Lowes guy."  Delightful, interested, neat, organized and I really couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

Anyone who knows Bob very well, knows he loves Apple Pie. Every time we are out to dinner he always asks if they have apple pie.  I have baked many an apple pie for him.  Hopefully one day I will be able to walk out of the door and pick apples for his pie.  That is why I planted Granny Smith.  Winesap for applesauce and apple butter.  Gala, just for munching. 

Last years peach blueberry from our tree!
Ross got a full tour of the shop.  Buddy decided Ross was his new best friend.  I decided Ross and Osuna Nursery would be our new friends.  I've lived in NM for 9 years.  This was clearly one of the best transactions I've had since I got here.  I scheduled the delivery and planting for this morning.  He called to say he was leaving the Nursery.  Arrived ready to work.  Did the job as promised.  Done.   For a moment I thought I was back in the Midwest where "Let's do lunch" meant you were going out to lunch in the future.

I had an idea while  Ross  was planting.  This Easter Abby Kronberg and family are coming to our house.  I will take a picture of her and the tree that is just about Abby's age.  Oh, wait...we were having dinner tonight.  I'll do it then, and on Easter. I can't wait.  It's so fun to have kids around.  I must go look for bunny ears or something springy for the kids to wear, and maybe one for me. :-)  So below is Miss Abby Kate posing with the sun blinding her for the photo.  She said she'd grow the tallest.  I said we'd see.  We'll document their growth together.
 Abby (3)

I will have to water every day now.  A drip line with emitters, chicken wire to keep the jack rabbits from gnawing on the trunks, and ground cloth and mulch to be added within the week.  

Orders to fill in the shop and setting up Danny's new Etsy shop this week will keep me from blogging for a few days.  There are little buds on these trees.  If the temperature doesn't fry or freeze, and transplanting them now doesn't shock their roots to pieces...we will have apples next year, and lots of apples the year after that.  I continue with my quest for dirt for the raised beds.  I keep visualizing dirt and trellis' and rows of vegetables.  They will come. 

It's beginning to feel like spring.  When I wake up in the morning I will have to water every day now.  The excitement to see what's grown in 24 hours propels me out of bed every morning.  On our farm I could go out in wellies and my nightshirt.  But on Eagle Rock I'll have to be a bit more dressed.  Coffee in garden gloved hand, Buddy and I will make the morning rounds.  I can't wait to wake up everyday.    Hey Ross, how's your newly sharpened knife?  

Thanks for reading.  I'm still amazed that you do.