Simon’s New Music Debut

We’re having some nice rain to close out February. The great thing is that my new rain gauge is getting a workout and seems to be working just fine. It gives interesting statistics including rain rate in inches per hour, cumulative numbers for an hour, a day, a week, month and a total/total which I imagine resets at the beginning of the calendar year. The machine also properly predicted the rain in advance of it actually falling so at this point, I am really on top of all things meteorological. When Nancy says it’s too humid, I just give her the real number.

Turns out that the short freeze we had a couple days back did more damage than I first suspected. Banged the fruit trees hard enough that next season’s crop may be a no show. Now they’re predicting another cold snap for this weekend. I hate that but luckily I have held back transplanting the peppers and tomatoes so unless the corn seeds germinate in the next couple of days, I should be ok. Oops, just checked and they started germinating already – 4 days. I had been concerned that maybe the soil wasn’t warm enough to support germination. Now I have to be concerned about a cold snap forecast for this weekend.

Wednesday we went up to Gainesville to Simon’s first band concert. He decided to reprise his musical career by joining a concert band playing Alto Sax. Tom came by here on his way to Simon’s band concert and gave us a ride. We had decided to go and meet them up there but he preferred driving for us and I was just fine with that. I don’t care to drive at night, especially on that very dark, two lane road but we were going to tough it out and not miss the concert. The band he’s in is for non-music majors with a range of skill levels so we didn’t expect an evening of stirring musical performance but they were surprisingly good. The auditorium was interesting. They had preserved the old interior inside a modern facade. I’m pretty sure it was there in the original form long before I went and it’s even possible that my graduation ceremony was there. There were two orchestras and two concerts with an intermission between them. Simon’s group was second so we got to listen to both. The music was good and Simon looked great up there in a tux Tina had borrowed from Lake Mary High. We were out of there a little after 9PM and home by 10:30.

This year’s spinach crop is the best I’ve ever grown. And, for the first time, that includes the Utah garden. I think it’s the combination of soil conditions and the near perfect weather conditions we’ve had this winter. The variety is an old classic, Bloomfield. I’ve tried this variety before without much luck so it’s not just hitting on the right variety. I’ve also put down a late planting of a variety called Donkey. It’s new (to me) but so far is coming on strong. That makes me think that I’ve finally gotten the soil right. Got a big surprise on another of our surprisingly good crop this year – beets. The surprise was in Publix when Nancy called my attention to the beet greens. A small bunch of beet greens was $3.99. I had given her quilting buddy several large bags over the past month, probably $20 worth each time. This is beef lady so that works out just fine; way, way better than pitching the greens in the compost pile, which is what I had been doing.

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