Well, folks, hardly two days passed after my last posting about the pumpkins that the green beans sprouts made their entrances into the world!  And, boy, are they growing fast! So far I have counted seven green bean sprouts.  The two pictures right below are the first day they popped out of the ground and then today.  It will give you an idea of how quickly they are growing.
That's a pretty significant difference between the two, am I right?  I'm right.  In no time at all Jack will be able to climb our beanstalk to get a better view of the city from here.

In addition to the kickass green beans, the cherry tomato plant now has two very tiny tomatoes on it.  In the picture below you can only see one because I took it first thing this morning.  It wasn't until this afternoon that the second started to take a round shape.  But you know what that means, right?  Very soon we will be able to make a spoonful of homemade tomato sauce!  Or make a tiny caprese salad.  Yeah!  That's what I'm talkin' about!  

Well, kids, I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  It's supposed to be a very nice one out here in the Bay area.
 
 
The cool thing about planting a garden is that you can just go to the store and buy plants for your garden.  No need to start your garden from seeds.  That's what Laurel and I did for the most part with the one we recently started.  You can see an array of pictures of the initial building of the garden in my post entitled, Green thumb: nature or nurture? (you see what I did there?).  

Of the variety of things we planted there were two that we actually did start from seed, mini jack pumpkins and green beans.  We planted the pumpkins first.  The package indicated that it would take between 7 and 14 days before they sprouted.  About two weeks later we planted the green beans and that package said the same thing.  So we waited and watered.  Seven days go by, nothing.  Fourteen days go by, still nothing.  Since we have never grown vegetables in this climate or geographical location we decided to give it some more time.  Was it too cold or did things perhaps just grow more slowly here?  We did a little research on how to care for these plants and changed our watering patterns.  Another week went by and still nothing.  We took the rest of the seeds and planted them, hoping one more shot at growing them would do the trick.

One week after that (aka this weekend) I was brushing away the area trying to either find seeds that never grew or something resembling a sprout. Lo and behold, I found four sprouts!  One I accidently brushed too hard and it popped out of the ground, but I stuck it back in the dirt and hopefully it will continue to grow.  It actually felt like a miracle had occurred!  The pumpkins were growing!!  Since the beans were planted later I'm still holding out for them.  

I used to grow tomatoes when I was growing up in FL. It's pretty cut and dry on how to properly maintain vegetables/plants in FL.  Out here in CA you never really know what the weather is going to do.  You can look at a forecast but it's not particularly accurate.  Also, in Sausalito, it can be 85 degrees and sunny and then all of the sudden the wind starts up and it can drop to the 60s in no time.  One is certainly never bored with the weather here!
 

Wake Up

04/17/2013

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Yesterday I woke up feeling happy.  I'm not implying that I don't usually wake up feeling happy (it's actually something I don't necessarily think about when I first open my eyes in the morning).  Why did I wake up feeling happy, at least, consciously happy?  First of all, I had a very vivid dream of securing great employment.  This has been my challenge over the last few months.  Not only am I trying to get into the startup industry in the bay area, but I'm also trying to switch career paths.  Suffice it say it's definitely taking longer than I had hoped, and it was a nice dream to wake up to until reality kicked in.  So back to my story, the dream was great...felt very real.  As I've noted in earlier posts, when you look out any window in this house, all you see is green.  Once my vision came into focus and I peered outside I saw a deer.  Never in my mind did I think that I would see a deer in Sausalito.  And it was huge!  Florida deer are tiny, so this one was practically as big as a horse. 

At first I couldn't believe what I was seeing and then excitement and haste overcame me.  So I quickly got out of bed and raced upstairs to tell Laurel what was outside.  Immediately she reached for her camera.  It has moved behind a tree so we weren't able to get a great shot of it.  There are a couple below.

Seeing as how seeing a deer when I first awoke could be symbolic, I looked it up online.  I'm always curious about the meaning of things in the bigger picture of life and why we feel connected to some things more than others. So the meaning behind seeing a deer is symbolic of opportunity and new adventures just around the corner. I believe that is very appropriate for my life right now.  And hopefully sooner rather than later I will embark on a new adventure.
 
 
I've always wondered if the infamous green thumb turned green as a result of genetic makeup or exposure to its powers.  Having given it some thought over the years, I always end up thinking myself in circles and have not come up with the answer.  For me I think it's a little of both.  On my pop's side of the family growing plants and whatnot is just what they've always done.  In fact, my grandparents had a greenhouse in their backyard. Yeah, it was pretty freaking awesome even though it was pretty run down by the time I came onto the scene. My dad can take a clipping of pretty much anything and make it grow. When I was younger I always loved playing outside in the dirt (and I have pictures to prove it...unfortunately they are currently in a storage unit in FL).  As a teenager I used to grow tomatoes, and as soon as they were ready to pick the bugs always got first, and subsequently, last pick of them.  But it was always fun to get them to grow.  There was always a great sense of satisfaction.

So this weekend, Laurel and I planted a vegetable garden on the upper deck where the sun shines for a few hours everyday.  We did the research and figured out what plants could be planted together, how long each would take to start producing vegetables, types of soil/compost to use, watering needs, plant spacing, and flowers that would attract pollinators to the garden.  Marigolds are wonderful flowers to plant in your garden because they attract a lot pollinators, just so ya know.

Now you're wondering what we planted.  I would be at this point.  Alright, so we planted big boy tomatoes, husky cherry tomatoes, crimson sweet watermelon (red inside), charleston gray watermelon (yellow inside), zucchini, bonnie green bell peppers, and mini jack pumpkins.  We have green bean seeds somewhere but they are currently MIA since the move.  Having two types of watermelon was not our intention.  We were so excited when picking out vegetables to grow at The Home Depot that we accidently forgot to put down the yellow watermelon plant and pick up an eggplant.  C'est la vie!  Holding all things constant, we should start seeing vegetables on our plants in as early as 40 days. Below I have pictures of the process of creating the box and planting the plants.  As they continue to grow I will post more pictures of their progress.
 
 
Being able to safely walk around the neighborhood makes getting out and exercising a LOT easier.  My older sister, Kate, who lives in Connecticut, and I decided a couple of weeks ago that we would take the month of April to walk a mile every day.  We also added some ab exercises in there as well, but that's neither here nor there.  So this past Sunday I started walking.  Yes, it was a day early but it was beautiful day for a walk!  There are all sorts of places to walk.  The cool thing about Sausalito is that there are unmarked stairways and paths all over the place so that locals can get around more easily from street to street.  For instance, if I walk out the front door and hang a right it is 8/10th of mile to the next street. Well, not all streets have these connecting paths (like the example I just used doesn't have a path because it's sooo steep and a little more wandering than most of the other roads around here), but there are a few.  On my walks with Peach, the golden retriever (my sister's dog), we've found four of those paths so far.  They are pretty nifty and one of these days I'll take a picture and post it...scout's honor even though I was never one.

I've been doing well with the walking.  We've been averaging about 1.3 miles a day.  It would be higher but I had to give my legs a break yesterday.  The day before was quite painful and close to the shin splints danger zone.  But taking the day off was exactly what I needed.  We made great time with a 1.74 miles walk today.  Climbing hills is definitely a challenge and something I am not used to.  I grew up at/just above sea level, so going on a walk and gaining a total of 433 ft during a 35 minute walk can be miserable at points (and always the point in the walk when someone wants to stop and talk!).  But at the end of the day, I'm 100% glad I did it.  And so is Peach!  

Here are some photos of the view from my walks.  Enjoy!