Open Thread: Thursday Night Menu

Take it away, Bad Horse’s Filly

We had snow two days in a row and today was still 20 degrees below normal temps. My tomatoes have been living under black plastic and have their own hot water bottle. So far, so good. Despite that, this weekend looks great for grilling in my neighborhood, so here is something just a bit different to spice up traditional hamburgers. As usual, this is a quick and tasty dinner, don’t want to spend what nice weather I have stuck cooking. I’d probably add chips to the menu – have to balance out those green beans. Also, I’d love to know how your garden is growing this spring and summer and if you’re growing anything unusual.

On the board tonight:

1. Italian Hamburgers
2. Crusty Sandwich Rolls
3. Green Beans
4. 3-Layer Bars

As ever, recipes and shopping list at the link.

P.S. from Anne Laurie: First of two shipments of tomato plants arrived in the mail today: Rose de Berne, Oxheart, Pineapple, Black Cherry, Juliet (all of which we’ve grown before and loved); Chocolate Stripes, Black Krim, Carmello, Vintage Wine, and Opalka (which are new to us). Of course, after an unusually warm April & May, our area north of Boston has been under a frost advisory ever since the plants were shipped from Alabama Monday… but at least we haven’t had to worry about snow!

Monday Open Thread

Sorry for the lack of posts, but the others have you all covered nicely. Had some work work to do today, then I had some stuff to do in the yard that was irritating me.

Off my back porch, where I have hung the feeders, is a large white pine that had the bottom six feet of the side facing my house with nothing but dead branches and bramble. The only living thing that might have found that attractive would be turkeys, and the only turkey around these here parts got himself stuck on the roof the other day. So I hacked that all down and hauled it away, cleaned up about ten years of pine needles, repositioned the feeders, and then went and bought a couple trays of pachysandra, which is a nice ground cover, works really well in acidic soil, and is native to the SE United States (although not the kind I bought). I figure I will plant that there and it will serve as attractive cover, and I won’t have to spend the rest of my adult live trying to grow grass under a pine tree. I also transplanted a bunch of wild spearmint to some flower boxes to contain it until I can figure out where I want to put it.

How was your day?

Volunteers Wanted in the Gulf States

The National Wildlife Federation is soliciting donations and volunteers to fight the oil spill through the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana:

… We do not know the location or the extent of impact to birds, wildlife, and habitat at this time. What we do know is that we need to be ready with on-call volunteers in the event that they are needed. National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are building a list of volunteers prepared to help with this response.
Volunteers can fill a variety of needs, from oiled wildlife recovery, to monitoring and photographing oil movement, to providing a boat and driver for response activities. No specific training or experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Some tasks, such as food preparation, may require no training. Other tasks, such as washing oiled birds, may require specific certifications or skills. We encourage pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and anyone with HAZWOPER training to volunteer. Anyone with experience in dealing with wildlife handling, rehabilitation, or hazardous materials clean up is also strongly encouraged to register…
Once you have registered, we will contact you as soon as opportunities arise. The severity of this spill may require a long-term and ongoing response, so if you don’t hear from us immediately, it doesn’t mean you won’t be contacted or that your efforts won’t be needed. With your help, we can meet this challenge and reduce the impacts of this spill to habitat and wildlife.
Note: If you encounter oiled wildlife, please call 1 (800) 557-1401. Please do not touch or disturb oiled wildlife, for your safety and theirs.

I have no prior experience with CRCL, but would be most interested in hearing from those who do.

The Silence of the Dandelions

Day two of the anti-dandelion counter-insurgency at the Cole household has ended with me sunburnt, exhausted, and with only half the yard done. I put down 12 bags of mulch and got the second herb planter done, hung some wind chimes, and mowed and de-dandelioned half the yard before the shoulder started to ache. I’ll finish the rest tomorrow. I’ve also decided that I need a compost heap.

Also, still no songbirds, but with me outside raising a stink, cackling while throwing dandelion carcasses all over the place, I can’t say I blame them. Some of you wanted to know what kind of feed I picked up, and i looked at the bag and it was Kaytee Ultimate Songbird. Having run a blog for a decade, I am fully aware that this is when you all are supposed to leave 100 comments about why my choice in birdseed sucks/is bad for birds/hazardous to other animals/bad for the environment/all of the above.

I’ll be back in approximately 1/2 bottle of wine to fight back.

Greatest Tool Ever

Done with the work-work and now am going to spend the afternoon venting my authoritarian impulses on the yard. I figure politicians don’t listen to me, you all don’t listen to me, my friends and family don’t listen to me, my animals, whose continued existence relies upon my generosity and good will, don’t listen to me and actually actively defy me at every opportunity, so all I have left is my yard, and I am going to go impose my will on it for the better part of the afternoon.

Not to mention I am now heavily armed with this implement of destuction:

How awesome is that! You won’t even hear the dandelions scream, it will be that quick.