Saturday, May 24, 2014

TToT27: Spring!

I love fall the most of all, but right around this time of year, I wonder if Spring is slightly better.

1. I first learned about peonies when we lived in Asheville and bought a house with a yard full of prolific peony plants. I was heartbroken to leave them behind so I surreptitiously dug up some of the plants and carried them north with me. They didn't have much to say for themselves last spring since they'd lived in a cardboard box full of peat moss most of the winter, and then I went and transplanted some of them again this year (which I think stressed them out all over again), but the ones who are enjoying their second spring in their new homes are rewarding me with lovely blooms. How can you not love a peony? (In rural areas of WNC, people call them pe-OH-nies. Funny, huh?)

2. Ramps are another thing I grew to love in WNC. I think of them as so Appalachian, I didn't think I'd ever find them here. But lo and behold, someone hunts them up and sells them at our neighborhood farmer's market! Turns out little Maggie likes them, too. Such a strong taste for a five year old to enjoy!

3. Time for my annual rhubarb pie! The Dude doesn't care for pie, or for rhubarb, for that matter. Fortunately, we are having dinner guests this week so I can get them to eat some of it, and I won't be forced to eat the entire thing myself.


4. Speaking of, aside of the obvious reason of knowing correct proportions, these notes are so lovely
to read from time to time. I remember the occasion, and I remember the dear friends. And I don't have to guess how much sugar.


5. This is the perfect season for park play. I'm not shivering or sweating. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and I don't resist the idea. We just go. But you know what I want? One of those wagons so I can pull the kids along. It's like herding cats when we're all on foot.

6. A family down the street decided to give away their outdoor table and chairs set. The table has a bit of green paint on it, but otherwise, the whole thing is in very nice condition. We did look hilarious carrying a table down the street together, Brian in his suit and me on my bare feet. But here's what I know about our neighborhood listserv: people are willing to give away valuable items so they don't have to cart them away themselves, but you must act fast. Neighborhood mooch, that's me.

7. Speaking of bare feet, it's now seasonal! Not that I didn't still walk outside with bare feet in the winter (the the amazement of the parents at schoolbus pick-up), but now I'm not in danger of frostbite. Shoes are cute, but I'd rather go without.

8. We got two high school graduation announcements in the mail this week. Such fun! One from a former student of The Dude's and one from the daughter of a childhood friend. Hard to believe either is graduating but so flattering to be remembered.

9. Our neighbors across the street are starting up their outdoor movie projections again. And Maggie is taking a nap so she can stay up and watch Night at the Museum.

10. And now I will dance. Watch out, Seven Guard Virgins! Watch me go!

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35 comments :

  1. Ramps? We grow rhubarb as well... I always think of it as the Agatha Christie plant as the poisonous leaves were always the modus aperandi of all the old lady killers....

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    1. You know, I once read a lot of Agatha Christie, but now I can't remember this one. I sent you a ramps link.

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  2. Or was I frist?
    I love peonies! I just hate the ants all over them, so you can't bring them in the house.
    There's not enough sugar to make me like rhubarb.
    Free stuff is free stuff. Cool!
    Love bare feet.
    Dance away!

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    1. Oh, too bad; Zoe got FRIST. Yeah, that's what Brian thinks of rhubarb, too, but he doesn't like any kind of pie anyway. Yay, free stuff!

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  3. I love peonies, too. We don't have any in our garden, so I always admire the gorgeous flowers our neighbors are growing.
    I like taking a walk in my neighborhood, looking at various flowers in their gardens.

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    1. Peonies are the very best. Someday I will have an enviable garden, but it take several years, and I'm just getting started.

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  4. What's a 'ramps'?

    The photo of Maggie and the peonies is GORGEOUS and I love how involved she is - one of those true 'in the moment' captures. Beautiful.

    Glad you won't get frostbitten on your beautiful slender-ankled feet. But WHYYYYY bare?! Oh no that would not be for me at ALL! I have soft, cosy feet which go in slippers in the indoors and in all kinds of pretty shoes in the outdoors. Or boots. Big ones.

    YAY for free stuff and dancing and rhubarb pie :)

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    1. Smelling flowers is most definitely a 'thing' these days. She's finally getting a reward for all her sniffing with these peonies. They smell so delicious.
      Yes, my ankles are lovely, but people need to look past the fact that one of my big toenails is gone. It hear it takes ages for it to grow back too.
      I actually love my shoes, but at home, it's all about the bare feet.

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  5. I like to eat everything, with the minor exception of rhubarb.

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  6. spring is the best! Forget about fall. Spring is where you want to be. :)
    I have never heard of ramps either!
    I must admit, peonies are not my favorite. The flowers are pretty, but they are too big for their stems. I hate that they all just fall over and lay on the ground. I actually cut out the few we had in our front yard.
    This is the perfect time of year for going to the park, even if we have to herd cats.

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    1. That's why you have to support 'em, Christine! I put the supports in when they're still small, and that keeps the blooms off the ground. Wish I could have taken those peonies off your hands!

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    2. Aha. If a plant can't look it's best with absolutely no help from me, it's not meant to be in my yard. :) I still have one in the backyard. If you are ever in Indy, you are welcome to it.

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    3. If I am, I will come get it. :)

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  7. I have NO idea what ramps are!!! But I'll take that pie!!! (Anything that will have the crust and ice cream, no matter what's on the inside!! lol)

    Love the flowers, the movie night and you DEFINITELY need a wagon!! I'm sad you didn't live near me a few years ago, we had a great one that I would have given to you!!! :)

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    1. If I knew your email address, I'd send you a link, like I sent everyone else. Google "ramps," and you'll get a Wikipedia page.
      Ask and ye shall receive! I put something out on our listserv, and the next thing I knew I had a dirty, but perfectly usable wagon with sides!

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  8. I see I'm not the only one who doesn't have a clue what ramps are, but I didn't see the answer to the question, either. What are ramps? (Besides an alternative to stairs, but that definition really didn't fit the context.)

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    1. And now you know. Have you learned any more today?

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  9. What a great list - love the picture of Maggie with the flowers. I have a very similar one of Zilla. How creepy?
    I'd like someone to give away a set a free outdoor furniture - ours got so rusted this winter and it's just hideous. Since a new one is not in the budget, I'm going to see what I can do to make it look better.
    Send me a piece of the rhubarb pie, please!

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    1. Our set was pretty bad too. It wasn't a set but what we pieced together from other giveaways and nothing was in good shape. I'll send a pic of the pie. I make a good pie.

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  10. I have never had ramps, in fact I don't think I'd ever heard of them until I saw them on Chopped. I'd like to try them though! I'm glad your peonies are making it. Barefoot is the way to go!

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    1. Yeah, they were kind of trendy for awhile. That time may have passed, but I still like 'em.

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  11. Guess I'll be Googling ramps when I leave here! I went through the comment thread to see that nobody else knew what they were either! Lol! The peonies are gorgeous. I love flowers but I'm not very good with plants. I grow a mean herb garden though! You know, I don't think I've ever had rhubarb at all. I may have to try it one of these days.

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    1. If you do, add lots of sugar. It's quite tart. An herb garden is a must, isn't it?

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  12. The first year after a transplant peonies are still recovering. So, I am betting even the most frequently transplanted ones will be fine next year. Love them! Also, love the idea of a neighborhood outdoor movie night.

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    1. Yes, I think they will recover. I was warned it would take at least a year. Thanks for commenting!

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  13. Ramps??? The only ramps I've heard of until rightnow are the kind you roll up when stairs don't work. And I prefer bare feet to shoes, too! YAY for this weather! Pretty soon we'll be able to complain about how hot and icky it is...

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    1. Speaking of hot and icky, it was. And now it's cold. Weird.

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  14. Hahahaha! My question has been stolen 47 times here. Already. R A M P S ????

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    1. I'm just gonna hafta post a link, I guess.

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  15. Those peonies look so lovely. And that rhubarb pie ... mmmm. You can send me The Dude's portion anytime!

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    1. Ohmygosh, three people ate it ALL last night!

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  16. Today's weather was perfect for me - if only it would last. And rhubarb - my husband and I went out to dinner last weekend and had rhubarb three times. It was in the cocktail (yum), it was a sauce-y thing with my meal (yum) and it was a tart for dessert (double yum). It's a farm to table place, and rhubarb is in season! Good thing I like it, but I've never made it. I'd eat your pie...

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    1. Well, that sounds like a delightful meal!

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