May 24th, 2018


Emotional Intimacy Question: Dreams

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. I'm starting with this list.

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

Most of the things I want to do that I haven't done are unfeasible with this body (spaceflight), unaffordable (building an intentional community), disallowed (visiting Stonehenge), or otherwise seriously out of reach.

Yellow Dragonfruit

Tonight I tried the yellow dragonfruit.  They had one in the store that was cut open and looked yellow inside, but this is more white to translucent.  The seeds are black and bigger than those in the other varieties.  The flesh is considerably sweeter.  It's less like cucumber and almost more like lychee, a very delicate tropical flavor.  :D  My new favorite.

Thursday Yardening

Today is sunny and mild.  :D  Regrettably I won't have as much time as I want for either yardening or writing, as we have multiple houseguests coming over.

I started by making drain holes in the new large trough and square pots.  Closer examination revealed that they all had punchout circles for drainage.  Leave those alone and you have a solid potcover; punch them out and you have a pot to plant in.  We punched them out.  The squares went fine, using a hammer and nail around the edge of the punchline.  The trough had ones with a raised X that looked like it was meant to hit.  Don't do that.  The first one punched out effectively, but the second one created a crack across the bottom of the trough.  I reinforced the crack with duct tape inside and out.  It will probably shorten the life of that trough a little, but I expect it will still last a while.  Chalk it up to a learning experience.

I ran out of potting soil.  The original plan was to pot up a four-pack of peppers (in the trough) and a four-pack of cherry tomatoes (in the two squares).  After filling the trough I realized I was running low, so I just put the four Cubanelle peppers in there and reassessed.  I decided to fill the smaller new trough and I put the Ghost peppers in that.  That one also cleverly includes a wire across the middle to discourage it from spreading.  So not bad, but now I'm out of potting soil with a ton of things to plant.  >_<  I shall have to focus on ones that don't require potting soil; the bareroot stuff from earlier in the week needs planting soon anyhow.  

Cubanelle is a new variety to us.  They are advertised as sweet rather than hot, but the foliage  has a harsh peppery smell.  I am curious whether 1) the flavor description lies and 2) whether the smell will discourage pests.  Last year a hornworm got in my plants and ate some before I found him and smushed him.

Ghost peppers are among the hottest.  Well, this ought to be interesting if they actually fruit up.  My partner likes the crazy things.

EDIT 5/24/18 -- In subsequent rounds, I planted 4 more privets along the south edge of the south lot, then covered, mulched, and watered them.

Poem: "Words on the Tongue and Action with the Hands"

This poem came out of the May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart and [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "hero" square in my 5-1-18 Roles card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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