We planted an artichoke last year and got one single solitary … fruit? flower? choke? from it. What a bust, we thought, but we left the plant in the garden to try for another year. The plant divided and the new section rewarded us with this:
What you can’t see are all the smaller chokes clustered around the main stem. There are at least eight more baby chokes, and maybe more starting lower down. The original plant is showing no signs of producing, but I was told that we should cut it back pretty hard in the summer. It takes up a lot of space for something with no fruit on it.
This one is just about ready to eat this weekend.
Last night I noticed the light in the tv room was out so I got out a new light bulb and…… nothing. Then I noticed that the computer was dead. The sun was going down so I ran out to check the breaker and… nothing was thrown. Ok, so the sun’s going down, the power is out in the tv room and my bedroom, and Mr Pie is out of town and I’m a big chicken. And I’ve got cats who love to make strange noises when it will be the most entertaining, i.e., when it will make me jump. I was kind of annoyed because the tv in the breakfast room won’t work without the cable box working. I called Mr Pie at his conference, hoping that he’d just volunteer to come home (how pathetic is that? I’d have to go pick him up which I wouldn’t have minded a bit at that point) but no, the genius told me the most obvious fix for the moment: the extension cord! Right. So, no “Oh, honey, do you want me to come home?”
So, what did I watch while I was home alone and every little noise made me jump? CSI and Bones.
I slept on the couch in the living room until the sun started to come up and then moved to my bed. For some reason I’m bothered by going to bed in a room that’s already dark. The electrician is coming tomorrow, so I’m going to check the breakers one more time just to make sure I didn’t miss a thrown breaker, but I’m certain they were all in the “on” position last night.
He called this morning to see if I was still alive. Maybe I’ll eat that artichoke tonight.