Road trip to Virginia

So, I packed up the dog and my bike and drove to my mom’s in Virginia for Passover/Easter weekend. Tak is pretty good in the car, once I get her off of me and into the passenger seat. She still won’t lay down and sleep. She tries for a second then gets right back up and sits. Exhausting for a little dog! At least she did lay down on the way home. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t know where we’re going on the way there, but knows we’re bound home on the way back. Who knows.

My mom’s cat, Smokey, is 21. He’s a frail old man but still gets around okay, eats, purrs, uses his box and is an all-around sweetie.

When I first got to Atlanta, I thought Piedmont Park was a shithole. I thought maybe it was just the whole “everything is inferior to San Francisco” problem. But having been to a few cities I’ve come to realize that pretty much everyone has nicer parks than Atlanta. This is the Japanese garden at Maymont Park in Richmond. I remember hopping across those rocks on a school field trip in elementary school.

A waterfall by the Japanese garden. See what I mean? Don’t get me wrong, we do have some nice little parks in Atlanta, and if you drive a little bit outside the city you’ll find lovely places like Sweetwater Creek State Park, but nothing like this. I will say that Piedmont Park has improved quite a bit since I first got here in ’98 so I would no longer classify it as a shithole. Oh, and Maymont Park is free. More pics here.

Oh, I also got in a nice bike ride, but I already posted about that.

Japanese Gardens

After walking around Pike Place Market and looking at gum stuck to a wall, and checking out the giant REI, we managed to put off eating again a little while longer by heading over to the Japanese Gardens at Washington Park Arboretum. We must have visited near or at the Fall peak. Amazing.

You can see the rest here. I would send you to the set, but Flickr Uploader crashed 3 times during the upload and completely jacked up my sets.

The start of this year’s garden

ThisĀ  year I’m going to step up my little garden a bit. Last year I had yellow bell peppers, grape tomatoes, serrano chilies, and basil. I also have oregano, sorrel, thyme and sage that hang out year round. I tried to grow squash from seed, but all it would do was bloom, no squashes ever appeared.

This morning, I headed over to a local church’s plant sale. They have people with disabilities grow the plants. They have a greenhouse on the grounds of the church. Pretty cool I think. Ah, here’s the info…it’s the Seedtime & Harvest Greenhouse of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 737 Woodland Ave SE at Ormewood. It’ll go on until 2pm today. They’re also going to have another sale in 2 weeks. You can usually find the sale listed in the garden event calendar on

So here’s my haul for today: (start back left corner & go clockwise) sweet tangerine peppers, mini chocolate peppers, basil, thai basil (heh, I cut off it’s head in the pic), cilantro, purple tomatoes, roma tomatoes and yellow perfection tomatoes.

baby tomato herb and pepper plants