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Musings on home, family, friends, and pets.

Angry Man Farm 2019

I had a really good experience with my herb garden last year. I stuck with it and watered it every morning and weeded it every night and it worked.

This year, Angry Man Farm is going BIGGER. You can tell I’m serious because now … I HAVE A NOTEBOOK.


In addition to the 2 raised herb boxes I already have, I’m going to build a 2×4 foot raised bed for the yard. I’m going to … somehow … wrap it in chicken wire so the rabbits, squirrels, and Murphys can’t get in and eat my seedlings. Note: I don’t know how to do any of that yet, but that’s a question for next month and if I get stuck trying to figure that out, I’ll never move forward.

Last month I ordered a sunlight meter because I have no idea how much sunlight various parts of the yard receives in a day. On the second day of measurements Murphy broke the meter so we are going with “part sun” and hoping for the best.

I fretted over which seeds to buy that wouldn’t give any profit to Monsanto, but after a week of comparing I just went to Burpee and ordered a bunch of seeds. When I’m better at this I’ll go for the heirlooms from independent seed shops.

Herb boxes

This plan is for the 2 herb boxes. This year I’ll be planting:

  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Lavender
  • Mint

Funny enough, my thyme plant from last year never completely died, even with the snow and muck. When it gets warmer, I’ll trim off the dead branches and see if I can get it to grow back. If it doesn’t, I’ll plant a new thyme.

I laughed at my father when he did this very thing this decades ago.

In the 2×4 raised bed, I’m planting:

  • Regular tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet peppers
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Carrots

I’m planting cucumbers into a large pot, and I still have garlic bulbs from the fall in another pot.

Out front, I’m planting red and white impatiens and California bluebells.

About half of the seeds need to be started inside. My original plan was to start the seedlings in the garage, but it’s been cold AF and I was afraid they’d freeze. Instead, they’re up in the guest room in this cute little tray.

and room for more!

How do I know which plant is where? I HAVE A NOTEBOOK!

I just realized the tray is upside down in the photo.

My 2019 garden goals are simple:

  • To can ONE JAR of tomatoes for the winter
  • To have more basil in the freezer for winter
  • To harvest vegetables that I will actually eat
  • To have enough food that I can give some away

I’m pulling a lot of my guidance this year from the Sow Generous challenge at The Art of Doing Stuff.

Next month, I go into the garage and BUILD. But for now, did I mention I HAVE A NOTEBOOK?


Love Your Pet day?

Yes, it’s a real-ish holiday. Like, shouldn’t that be every day? But, any excuse for pet pics I suppose.

Ollie is 11 years old now and after a pretty crummy year medically, has rallied quite well. Lately, Murphy goes outside a lot more than Ollie does, because Murphy has a chronic case of the zooms. Ollie’s zooms days are pretty well behind him.

When it’s rainy or snowy (every day, lately) we’ll towel Murphy off when he comes bounding through the door. After we’re done and Murphy runs away, Ollie is always patiently waiting his turn. Even when he hasn’t been outside at all. Because he LOVES to be toweled off.

And so we towel him off, even when he’s bone dry.

Ollie, our gentle old man.

Murphy is a trip! Whenever I think he’s too much, I think back on what he used to do. “Remember when he’d bark at open cabinet doors? Remember when he’d tear up dollar bills? Remember when he would chew on my office chair?” He’s growing up quite nicely, zooms and all.

His newest trick is something I call “Exorcist” where he’ll sit atop the sofa and turn his head all the way around and rest it on his own rump.

Is he part flamingo????

He is also the SOFTEST dog I’ve had.

Harry the fish who lived is doing well. I never did bring him back to work. It’s better this way. He gets 3 meals a day now, even on the weekends.

He’s hard to photograph, but he’s almost an inch long now!

They are soft and slobbery and sometimes stinky, but they’re the best pair of dogs on Earth.

Murphy and Ollie, 2019

How much do I love my pets? I put their names on any fundraiser flag I can…no matter what day it is.

(sorry, Harry)

If PJ Whelihan’s ever gets rid of their Sweet Chili wings I will be heartbroken. And thinner.

Life with Dogs

I’m pretty sure anyone with a dog or cat has been here…

“u poopin’?”

It took Ollie 10 years to learn to nudge a door open so I’ll let him have his victory.

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