Sorry about my absence.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here lately.
Last weekend, I went home to St. Augustine to do some chores that Mom had reserved for me. It's been a stressful week or two for my folks, lots of medical testing and I could tell Mom needed a dose of BEARDOG medicine.
So, after school on Friday , Bear and I jumped in the JEEP and lit out for the ancient city.
We had an uneventful trip and soon were hanging out on the back porch with the folks. Bear worked his magic and the happy chatter went on until bedtime.
It rained that night and the next morning I found this little critter resting on a bit of fence, still covered in tiny droplets.
The chore list included trimming the holly away from the powerlines to the house, edging the confederate jasmine away from the sidewalk it coveted, and weeding and then mulching Mom's new blueberry patch.
On my last visit, Mom was going to let Dad's old veggie garden patch go to forest since he wasn't gardening anymore. At the time, the thought of Dad's rich black, compost enriched soil not being used to grow food was painful to me as I have nothing like at my place.
"What about blueberries?" I asked her. "You guys love blueberries and they are easy to grow."
That was appealing to her so we planted 4 young blueberry bushes, but did not have time to mulch them correctly on that visit.
So, last Saturday we put down a weed barrier and placed pine bark mulch atop that.
At lunchtime, we had wing culinary smackdown between Zaxby's and Dick's Wings. I bought some from each place and brought them home for their lunch.
If I had known how sad Dick's Wings were, I would not even have bothered. Boring, GREASY, and almost no sauce.
It was an easy victory for Zaxby's.
However, Zaxbys could take a lesson on making fried dill pickles from Junior ... yes, Junior is a great pickle fryer!
Zaxby's is NOT. Blecchhh.
After lunch, Bear schnuzzled his grandma a few more times and then we hit the road for PFHQ ... mission accomplished.
Back at PFHQ, I found this backlit grape leaf at the end of the day.
And, when I walked out to check on my datils and tomatoes, I found a snake had been busy under the blueberry bushes.
Apparently he dropped his pen.
Sunday, I scrubbed and sterilized my old tilapia tank in preparation for my personal prawn farming experiment.
The prawns in the classroom RAS are doing so well and growing so fast that I just can't stand it ... I have to grow them myself.
More on that later ...