Are you doing anything unusual this summer?

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  1. Tired Teacher

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    I decided to grow a vegetable garden.
    Didn't have a clue of how to do it. I watched you tube videos on how to grow broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, strawberries, radishes, potatoes, and more. Often I learn how to do things by looking on you tube.
    Thrilled watching my veggies grow! Such a satisfying feeling! :)
    I am hoping to grow a 100 pound cabbage! I'll upload a picture if it grows that big!
     
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    Liking your gardening ideas! I would kill everything. But you seem to know how to do it! Surely you will have good results. A 100 pound cabbage! Really amazing! Extraordinary! That would be quite a picture. Upload it here, if you can. Rewarding activities are so much fun. Don't give up--you can do it! Seriously!
     
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    Unusual #1
    This summer I'm forced to be that old guy who has a classic muscle car in his garage and never drives it.:(. It takes premium gas at well over $5 per/gal.

    Unusual #2
    If gas prices don't improve, I may be forced to buy a new car. That is the last thing I want to this summer. My primary vehicle is a Honda Pilot SUV. It is getting expensive to feed the V6. We have discussed me getting a newer, more fuel efficient 4 cyl car, that is reliable in winter conditions on rural roads.
     
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    I like Pilots. Yeah, Gas is over 6 a gallon here. If you need a good winter rig with good mileage, a Pilot is hard to beat.
    So sorry you can't drive your cooler car! :) Those gas guzzlers would be killer to fund nowadays. Maybe drive it to the mall and park. :) You could still sit in it.
     
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    I hope you are right. I started it the end of May. I am blown away by how quickly it has grown.
     
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    Nothing really unusual. I'd love a garden but alas, it would have to be indoor plants only as I don't have a yard and my porch really doesn't have the right set up for serious plants.
     
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    It is very satisfying. I had never done it before. I can't have indoor plants because my cats like to eat the plants. I have 1 hanging potted plant inside and I am amazed it has not yet been destroyed. I need to give it away. The innocent looking gray cat actually ate and destroyed a beautiful cactus arrangement. You'd think the thorns would have deterred her, but she really liked it. I tried to hide it, but she found it and ate more. I just put what was left of it in the trash a few days ago!
     
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    I grew up with parents who raised a big garden every year. I also helped my mom can and freeze many of the things we grew. I have a big yard, but it doesn’t get much sun due to all of the trees. We grow some tomatoes, but that’s about it.

    Our goal for this summer is to buy a boat. We are waiting for our driveway to get finished so we will have a place to park it. Unfortunately the asphalt places are behind schedule. We were supposed to have it done at the beginning of June, but nothing yet.
     
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    I'm hoping to have quite the garden haul this year. We've got blueberries, raspberries, pineberries (a strawberry variant that produces white berries), a dwarf blackberry, green beans, banana peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, a jalapeño, and a cherry tomato. We've got a few red currant bushes and a jostaberry (cross between a currant and a gooseberry) that are doing great, but won't produce fruit until next year. Everything is in a fenced-off area because of the deer. They'll eat EVERYTHING, even the stuff they supposedly don't eat eg. geraniums. Went out yesterday to water and found one sitting just on the other side of the fence staring me down.

    I highly recommend the Bushel & Berry blueberry cultivars. They're bred for container growing and the foliage is beautiful. Last summer, I kept one on the porch for decorative value.
     
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    A new boat sounds exciting. I am remodeling a house and I can relate to workers being off schedule. It has been a REAL hassle to get things done. We don't have enough workers here, so they can afford to just not show up. :(
    I want to grow tomatoes next year. I have never used the greenhouse. I'll figure it out next year. Tomatoes only grown in the greenhouse here.
     
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    Raspberries grow wild here. I have to be careful not to let them take over!
    I have 1 moose who has shown particular interest in my new garden. She goes up to the fence and I have to shoo her away. She is not easily shooed either. I have never done it, but a relative says you have to shoot them in the butt with rubber bullets to keep them out. If she takes down the fence and chows down on my veggies, I am going to be annoyed. If it wasn't a crime this time of year, she'd be dinner for the year.
     
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    My husband I listened to a presentation about growing mushrooms and since we were the only ones in the class with an oak log, the teacher gave us a gallon bag of mushroom spore which we'll be able to use in another 4 or 5 days. She says we'll have either shitake or hericium. I don't know when we can harvest.
     
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    That's awesome! I am sure you tube can tell you when to harvest! :)
     
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    I was going to say I’ve been gardening too, but right now it’s more like un-gardening because I’m trying to reclaim the overgrown mess of flower beds at my new house. I’m making progress, but it’s a lot. I did plant some native flowers in front though, so that was fun!

    Home ownership is giving me all kinds of new and unusual things to keep busy this summer. We accidentally bought a fixer upper lol. BUT! It has a pool, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
     
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    Oh, the 1 luxury I'd love to have up here is a pool. They have to be indoors here and are expensive. I am sure you'll enjoy it.
    Yes, home ownership does entail more than some can imagine! :) I am fixing up a place to sell now and I had no idea how much work would be involved. I am avoiding ( procrastinating) right now! :)
     
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    This is only unusual to me: I’m taking my time and building a fire pit. I’m also resolved to cut my grass every eight days (at least). I have a small chain saw, and I’m putting that puppy to work clearing back brush and low-hanging branches of trees. So far, the brush is falling into its rightful place along the side of the road.
     
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    Oh, and I’m eating out more. Doing my part to keep other people working. Had lunch at Chick-fil-A yesterday. Going there for lunch again tomorrow. Great place.
     
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    Way cool!!! That is on my list of things to have too. I have eaten out more the last 2 months than I have in 2 years! :)
     
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    I have completed the training to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to look out for the best interests of a child whose parents/caregiver are being investigated for abuse and/or neglect. This is a volunteer position, and is used in many counties in my state, and many states in the US.
     
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    That is a very kind thing to do. I have some friends who have been doing that for a long time now. It helps the child have 1 stable person there for them during hard times. I have been playing around with the idea of providing long term foster care for 1 child only.
    I think I could make a difference with 1. I think it would be really hard with more than 1. The kids usually need a lot of attention and sibling rivalry is a real thing especially with neglected kids. There are so many other responsibilities that go along with foster care that I have not made up my mind 100% yet.
     
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    Foster care is definitely needed! My county does not have enough foster families, and sometimes a child must be placed several hours away. This makes the situation harder on everyone involved.
    Good luck with your decision.
     
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    Jun 24, 2022 at 9:13 AM

    I love the garden stories! I had a fabulous spot in a community garden last year, but I had to give it up when I moved out of that neighborhood. Now I have peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and some herbs growing in pots. Unfortunately the animals are loving them. I'm spraying cayenne pepper spray with dishsoap, not sure how else to deter them.

    Long lunches with teacher friends - unusual for me! Also going to Maine for the first time! I got into an NEH seminar that takes place there, so I'll be attending that. Trying to make a trip out of it!
     
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    Jun 24, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Inadvertently becoming an expert on construction engineering. So construction is underway at the high school (that I’m now principal at and I’m very excited about) and I’m near constantly translating what the construction crew gives me into something the school board understands. And Vice versa.
     
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    Jun 28, 2022 at 1:31 PM

    Probably not unusual for me, but for others--writing a play. I'm also designing lights for a local community theatre.
     
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    Need to do an excel advanced course. Is it unusual?
     

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