April Showers (4.17.2007)

If April showers bring May flowers, what do nor'easters bring? Flooding and washed out ballgames!

We had tickets to the first Sunday home game at Shea this past weekend, but unfortunately, it was rained out. The good thing is that they made the decision to postpone the game between the Mets and Nationals early in the day, so we didn't have to travel all the way to the stadium before finding out they weren't going to play. I wasn't particularly looking forward to sitting through a wet and chilly day when I could be nice and warm at home.

We are going to try to take the train from New Jersey to Shea this year; I have never done this before. Because they are building the new Citi Field, parking is going to be limited, so thought we would give it a try. Plus, it's another way to cut back on our energy usage. We'll get a chance to try out the train route next Sunday, when the Mets are supposed to play against the Braves . . . but maybe we'll get a blizzard this time!

This is a perfect example of why I usually don't go to Mets games in April -- too wet or too cold!

So what did I do on Sunday instead of watching the game? I finally e-filed my tax returns. They have been ready for weeks; I just needed to review them before transmitting.

Once that was taken care of, I had the whole afternoon free for sewing, and I took advantage of it.
My garden is looking quite dismal. It has been too cold and too wet for me to do any kind of clean-up or preparation for planting. I did manage to start some seedlings indoors 2 weeks ago and they are looking good. I have started two varieties of tomatoes: Big Mama and Sugar Snack. I ordered seeds for an heirloom variety called Rutgers that is supposed to be "the authentic" Jersey tomato, but I have yet to get those seeds started. I know, its late, but the whole season is gonna be late this year. I also started some pepper plants for red and green sweet bell peppers and False Alarm and Salsa Delight mildly hot varieties. I couldn't find seeds for the cucumber varieties I have grown for the past few years, so I'm trying two new ones: Pickalot Hybrid (for pickles) and Sugar Crunch Hybrid (for salads). I should be starting those outdoors around this time of year, but its still too cold; maybe next week.

We are in the early stages of having a solar water heater installed in our home. We already have solar panels installed on the roof which generate electricity and reduce our electric usage. Our contractor will be adding more panels dedicated to heating our hot water, which will help reduce our use of natural gas. First, we need to get some permits from the town; once those are in place, it shouldn't be too long before we are up and running.

Now, onto some sewing . . .


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