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Those plums better be damn good

June 27, 2010 by admin

Apparently this week of rain we’re having is termed  the “plum rains”.   It’s not super hot yet, it’s just very humid and pea-soup like outside.  Just getting out of bed in the morning makes my hair frizz.   One of my favorite all time movies is “Apocalypse Now” and on some days I feel like I’m inside that movie set.  All I need is a small motor boat, 3 smoking soldiers and “I can’t get no….SATISFACTION”, playing in the background and I’d be there.  I think there might actually be enough water in the street to use a boat right now.

So anyway, I was walking Bernie yesterday in this little green area where the Chinese take their dogs at night to play off leash, even though there is “no dogs” sign.  It was late morning and sprinkling a little so no one was really around.  I knew Bernie had to go to the bathroom because if it’s raining out, he will hold it ’til the cows come home.   He goes right away at first sight of the grass, I take out my plastic baggy and pick it up and when I go to throw it away in a nearby trash can, a very old, Shanghainese man smiles and gives me a big thumbs up.   I’ve been watching too much World Cup Soccer because it made me want to do a little dance, an Irish jig, the slide or “rock the baby” move like I had just kicked in a game-saving goal.   Bernie’s poop brought me closer to someone today.

On a sweeter smelling note, I’ve been slowly potting herb plants out on our back deck.  So far things have been going pretty well.  We have mint, rosemary, thai basil, italian basil, some kind of small rose that you can eat (?) and a TOMATO plant!  If you have any advice on keeping the tomato alive, please send your comments in.


Somebody loves tomatoes so I’m going to have to keep an eye on him…



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