Thursday, May 29, 2008

Radishing

Well, here's the first of the produce from our garden. Radishes. Lots of 'em. They're planted in the same row as some carrots; in the row next to them, there are peas and tomatoes and lettuces of several varieties. The garden is sort of scattered around the property: an old wheelbarrow converted into a planter holding herbs and more lettuces and cucumbers, two enormous black rubber things for potatoes, several raised beds with strawberries, asparagus, and rhubarb, and a bunch of other planters with pumpkin seedlings and so on. I'm really looking forward to the peas.
Mr. Vincenzo--named after the cranky newspaper editor from the television series The Night Stalker--is still alive. I called DNR today and left a message saying yes, I would like to speak to a conservation officer at the earliest convenience, but no, it isn't an emergency. This was after I called county animal control. County animal control does not, apparently, deal with wildlife, and the lady I spoke to suggested taking Mr. Vincenzo to a vet in Purcelville, VA. Vets--at least, some of them--do accept turtles as patients. Mr Vincenzo, however, having been so traumatized by his encounter with the neighbor's dog, will be remaining here for another day or so, or however long it takes for the local DNR people to call back. Eastern box turtles don't have any special status as far as conservation goes, but it's possible the folks at DNR will want to take him. I sort of hope not. I've gotten used to having him around.
I hoped he'd start using his hind legs, but they're still tucked up inside his shell and he's still getting around by using his forelegs to drag himself. I'm not sure the problem is that they don't work at all; he had them out this morning and promptly pulled them back in when I gave him a little chopped up broccoli and hardboiled egg--thank you, Katie, for the suggestion. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
Otherwise, I was able to watch another two episodes of Supernatural. I was a little disappointed that the boys didn't leave Gordon to the vampires, but I'm guessing this means he'll be popping up again at some point. I've known a couple people who are poisonous enough to wither potted plants simply by being in the same room with them... I'm pretty sure they're among the living, though. I hope. Ick.

4 comments:

Rachael said...

Oh goodness! I had thought I had commented on all of your recent entries, but I think I must have not.

Those are really good looking radishes! I love them in salads...

I hope you post pictures of your garden soon. It sounds completely charming! And so many things you've planted! I'm totally jealous of the potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus and pumpkins. We can't get them to grow very well here.

Oh, don't you worry about old Gordon... He's deliciously psychotic. Sera Gamble loved writing him. (I would tell you more, but it would all be spoilers...)

Interesting thing about "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things." Poor Jared really broke his wrist when filming that last fight sequence, and that's the take that's in the episode. It happens when the zombie chick tackles him and he falls. He hit the ground wrong and snapped his wrist. He had to have surgery to fix it even and they couldn't splint it or set it for several days, and in the last scene, he really is holding that shovel with his unsplinted broken wrist. All that pain in his face was real and they had to write it into the show. Poor, darling Jared...

La Duchesse said...

That's what I would call a definite "Ow", which is probably the understatement of the year. :(

Mom's got pictures of the flowers on her blog, but I'll go out and take some pictures of the vegetables over the next day or two. So far she's had limited success with pumpkins because the soil is sort of poor, but she's trying something new.

Yup. No spoilers! :P

Rachael said...

Well, tell your mom "good luck with the pumpkins!" for me, please.

Definite "Ow!" *nods* It was the second time he'd broken that same wrist while filming Supernatural. The first time was just after season 1 started filming. Jared and Jensen were at a bar, hanging out, minding their own business and some drunk asshole in the bar started throwing punches because his girlfriend said that Jensen or Jared (or both, the story isn't really clear, I don't think) was really cute. They were completely unaware of this and had to defend themselves. Jared got away, but then 4 guys jumped on Jensen (who is capable, but not that capable) and Jared had to wade back into the brawl to help him out, and during the fight, Jared broke his wrist. But he didn't know that it was broken (inexplicably), never had it looked at and so it healed wrong, which was why it broke so easily and so badly the second time. Poor Jared...

La Duchesse said...

*winces* Eek!