Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Green Thumb, Take Two

It's been a while since I've updated you on the state of my tomato plants. Well, unfortunately, it seems my tomato plants are barren - they've grown rather tall and produced yellow flowers, but either the flowers got eaten off, or fell off, I'm not sure which. Regardless, I've not seen any tomatos, which is really sad. Here's a picture of my original plants.

So, I read that one way to grow tomatos is to plant them in a bag of miracle grow potting soil, punching a lot of holes in the bottom for drainage. So I decided to give it one more go - if I could just get ONE tomato, I'd be happy (one of my own, that is - Genny's given me a few from her non-barren plants, and they were delicious!). So here's my second attempt at growing tomatos. If it looks like it might be successful, I'll get some mulch and cover over the unsightly bag, but for now, I'm just gonna wait and see what happens.
Oh, my pretty red gerbera daisies were not so hearty either, and they died. I think it was the storm where they got beat down with the rain pouring off the top of the roof that started their demise. So, I decided to go with a more durable plant, and replaced them with red petunias. We'll see how long they last. It might be that I just don't have a green thumb.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A sad night for the Braves

Last night a group of us went to the Ballpark in Arlington to see the Rangers take on the Atlanta Braves. I was really excited, because the Braves are my team, so of course I was talking trash and saying how the Braves were going to win. Well... not so much. We got there a bit late because of traffic on the interstate, and the Braves were already behind 2-0. And it went downhill from there, until the Braves were down 7-1 at the worst point. Thankfully they came back and the final score was 7-5. At least it was a respectable loss. I enjoyed getting to see Chipper bat (he wasn't playing 3rd base like normal, but at least he was designated hitter).

So Norman and I, Lance and Amanda, and Taryn ended up enjoying the game and the company. The weather couldn't have been better. Storms earlier in the day made the temp nice and cool (around 75 degrees), and we actually got rained on a little bit even though the sky was blue and had very few clouds - odd. We had a good view from our seats (and they looked straight down on the Rangers bullpen, so Taryn loved that). All in all, it was a fun night at the ballpark. The only thing that could have made it better would have been a Braves win (in my opinion, at least).

(Braves rightfielder Francouer) (Braves outfielders, resting during a pitching change)

(Norman enjoying the game)
(Taryn texting during the game)

(I'm known for taking pics of my feet at places I go - last night was no exception)

(Texas Rangers bullpen, directly below our seats)
(Lance and Amanda)
(The Ballpark at Arlington at night)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sunday afternoon at the lake

On Sunday after church Dave and Dana invited a group of us to hang out at Benbrook Lake with them. It ended up being a small group - Dave, Dana, me, Norman, Alan, and Melanie. We spent all afternoon by the water, chilling in the shade or sitting with our feet in the water, walking around the shore, watching the jetskis and boats, chatting, having a picnic dinner of Chicken Express (complete with sweet tea!), flying the kite, and watching a lovely sunset. It was surprisingly not too hot, with a lovely breeze coming off the lake, and we all appreciated the time to just relax and fellowship. I enjoyed spending time with new friends and others that I rarely see. Definitely a perfect way to spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon.

Friday Night Softball

This spring I decided to join Wedgwood's co-ed softball team. We had games every Friday night from the week before Easter until mid-May. My regular position quickly became catcher, which is my favorite, because you actually get to handle the ball quite often. Let me tell you, I was SO sore after the first few games - all that squatting is hard on the quads! It was a lot of fun getting back out to the fields, playing softball for the first time since intramurals at the University of Alabama ten years ago. It was also good to make new friends and get to know others better. All in all, we had a successful winning season (we only lost 3 or 4 games). Here are a few pics from the last couple of games.
(weary catcher)
(notice the bloody knees and chalk-covered shirt in this one?
my season ended in a bang, a nice fall right on the first base line!)