Gliding

So I have been MIA for quite a while now and I really have no excuse. I’ve been busy having fun and have been out-of-town almost every weekend and I let my blogging dwindle.

BUT, I’m back and ready to get back to it :) I miss my blog and I miss all the WordPress peeps. Today’s blog post is short and sweet. I am checking off one of the items on my bucket list today- “Become a wakeboarding rockstar.” Okay, so I’m not quite a “rockstar” or a pro by any means, but I am getting much better than I ever thought I’d be. When I started wakeboarding I was horrible and couldn’t even get up on the water. Now I get up easily and am getting comfortable enough to jump the wake. For me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment. As one of the least coordinated and athletic people I know, jumping the wake on a wakeboard is kind of a big deal.

This is definitely my new favorite hobby.There is just something about gliding through the water and spending the day on a boat that puts a smile on my face.

Now if only I could be as good as my husband ;) Someday?

In the Garden

I am SO excited for this year’s garden to start producing. So far we have eaten a few artichokes and a ton of raspberries from the yard and we have about 10 jalapenos ready to be eaten. This year is the first time we planted our tomatoes in wine barrels and raised beds instead of directly in the ground and I am anxious to see if they turn out as well as they have in the past. From the looks of it they are doing fairly well so far!

Tomatoes in April

Tomatoes in June

                          This year we tried to make the garden a little less maintenance since we are constantly out of town, so we really didn’t plant as many vegetables as we have in the last few years. We tried to focus on planting flowers and trees that would come back every year and be a little less demanding.

Right now we have fresno chilies, jalapeno peppers, green onions (we have those all year), cilantro, basil, rosemary, tomatillos, artichokes, raspberries, and my favorite, an asian pear tree. We bought the tree last year and it is already producing!! I snapped a photo of it on my iPhone last night to send my friend in New York who loves them as much as I do. I cannot wait for them to be ready for harvest!

We also planted grapes two summers ago and they are now TAKING OVER. I love it! We planted 4 plants, one at the base of each of the posts on our overhang in the backyard. They have been climbing and climbing and now are growing over the top and grapes have started poking out through the wood and hanging down. They have given us some much needed shade on that side of the house and they look green and pretty all summer long. Not to mention the grapes are delicious!

Stay tuned for lots more gardening photos and of course some recipes with all of the delicious tomatoes.

Missing Summer

I cannot wait for spring and summer to come so we can get outside and start gardening! Our yard looks so sad and dead right now it’s kind of depressing. And it’s only January! I think I may be in need of a tropical vacation… These are a few photos from our flower garden last year.