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07 June 2010 @ 10:35 am
(Ir)Regular Update  
We have been going through a spate of conventions and major house activity, which means pants are bankrupt as happens far too often.

We very much enjoyed being Music Guests at ConCarolinas/DeepSouthCon this past weekend. We had a couple of wonderful concerts and met new musicians and spent time with folks we haven't been able to see more than in passing since we moved back North. Thanks to the concom and everyone there for making our weekend so successful!

The weekend before we were at Marcon - we took separate cars, as ladyat was doing duty for the DI while I needed to both work a full day Friday and also wanted to be back in Indiana Sunday morning to listen to the race with my dad. That made for early nights - I brought instruments to the filk but I didn't ever manage to unpack them, as there were too many conversations to have.

The Race ended OK - as a member of the "Anyone But Helio" club, the outcome was certainly better than it could have been. I always wish Sarah Fisher would have done better, and Ed Carpenter almost made our day by getting up to the front but dropping back on some bad luck timing a pit stop and a yellow light. The radio coverage sucked hugely - the crew seemed to figure everyone was watching it on TV and also no longer remembers that some people keep race charts, so the status of drivers behind the top 5 was unknown for much of the race. I am seeking ways to get some comments and suggestions into the producers more effectively than just sending an email.

We have a new painter, one with experience doing historic home paint jobs in Indianapolis, and he is doing a fantastic job. The area under our porch is complete except for a tiny bit of ceiling touch-up. Almost the entire house is primed.

Now if we could just get the last bits of carpentry finished (we have about 20 feet of eave gutter that needs lined, plus some last bits and bobs). Our carpenter-on-call has been working a regular job for 60+ hours a week, so fitting us in has been challenging.

The garden is going great guns. The radishes are just about done, as it has warmed up and the last ones have pretty much gone to top or been so woody as to be inedible. We got a few dozen through April and May, though, so a good crop. Carrots are too thin, I think this will be the last year I try them, same with the full-size onions. Green onions are booming, though. Pole beans have been putting out runners but have also been too stupid to find the poles, so I need to go out and guide them into place when I tie up the tomatoes. We may very well have buckets of cucumbers and squash, which is fine with me as ladyat will make pickles with the cucumbers and I will freeze all the extra squash.

The good news with my dad in town and with so many cons is that we are having a very good time. The bad news is that the weight management has gone down the tubes, and I've gained a lot back that I had lost over the winter. I need to get back on the regular diet, as I can't really increase the exercise much more over what I already do. *sigh*

Coming up - Australia and New Zealand side trips are firming themselves up.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
judifilksignjudifilksign on June 7th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you, at least in bits and pieces at Marcon. See you again at OVFF, I hope!
Marybraider on June 7th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Heh. Want someone to house-sit for one day while you're gone - the day you leave? ;-) (Brenda and I were discussing the possibility of me staying at your place on the way to KS City LDW, and said to talk to you. You were busy, and I never saw you again.)
Robin June Nakkula: Dorsai Gardeningrobin_june on June 8th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for the origin of the "bankrupt..." phrase!

Our garden soil is so rich and thick that we've found that we can't grow skinny carrot varieties (the Nantes types). Instead we need to plant the Chantenay types that are broader and shorter. Although the Thumbelinas were a little extreme: they grew very well, but were a royal pain when you took a vegetable peeler to them..
meltatummeltatum on June 8th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
It was great to see you at Marcon! I'll be at Fencon if you guys are going to be there, but no OVFF for me this year - we've got Jim Malcolm in for a house conceret that weekend.