Master gardener may not be in the cards

Last spring I started some green bell pepper plants. Some went outside while one pot stayed indoors. In spite of living with the world’s worst gardener and being put near a single pane window in a place where winter temperatures can be 50 below for weeks on end, the plant never died. And it never produced a single vegetable. 

Flash forward to this spring when I moved the plant in the big bay kitchen window where there is sun and heat galore. A week or so ago I noticed flowers! Maybe I would get some green bell peppers after all! Yesterday morning I shuffled to the kitchen at 5 a.m. as usual and turned on the coffee pot, watered the barley we grow for the poultry and started to turn to head back to the bathroom.

Wait a minute! What was that? A vegetable on my pepper plant at long last. Yes it was and here is the picture.

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A jalapeno. Beautiful. Green. And definitely not a bell pepper. There are other flowers so who knows what will grow. Probably more jalapenos but then again with me you just never know!

In other news I got to thinking tonight about how people are often envious of this romantic life of a musher I lead. That thought rattled around in my brain while I was shaving my dog’s butt. Yup. Glorious!

Sasha is the furriest little mutt I have ever know. I have no idea what kind of dog she is but my guess is Husky, Aussie, Golden Retriever and maybe Collie. She hasn’t been herself lately so yes, I took advantage of that, to shave the matts out of her ass end. I thought maybe it would help her to feel better.

Last time we shaved her she wasn’t impressed or cooperative. Here is before.

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And after.

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Tonight she mostly laid on the floor without complaint. I know she isn’t feeling well because she hasn’t been a total bossy bitch with the other dogs and that worries me.

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There are no obvious signs of injury and no palpable lumps and bumps. I’ve checked her teeth because she did have an abcess that required vet care a couple of years ago but it all looks good. Temperature is normal. Gums are healthy, moist and pink. I am stumped and so we may be going to see Dr. Cort in the next couple of day. Hopefully my girl feels better soon!

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P.S. In yesterday’s blog I explained the meaning of Oni’s name. I hadn’t even looked it up until I wrote the post. And it made me sad. She is not a troll. She is a bad physical package but her spirit and her heart are truly awesome things to behold. Had I known the meaning of her name I would have changed it.

 

 

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