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  •  Caught (11+ / 0-)

    The Douglas squirrel inside the storage shed.  I'd chicken wired every opening, too.

    I'll take the exam a little later.  Neat diary, especially since it provides knowledge in a field where I knew little.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 12:58:57 PM PDT

    •  Oops. What's your plan for the squirrel? (11+ / 0-)

      I've been finding low hanging tomatoes in my greenhouse getting nibbled lately. I'd been hoping that the wealth of ripe sunflowers right outside would distract the chipmunks who are usually the ones who do that. I guess I'll have to get out my have-a heart trap. I've even left a plate of split tomatoes on the ground for them. C'mon guys.

      How are your outdoor tomatoes coming along? I'm surprised by how fast the season is turning this year...often summer melts o-so-gradually into fall. Not this year. It's not even October yet, and there's a gale in the forecast. I guess I'll be bringing in my delicatas very soon.

      •  My big beefsteak tomatoes (8+ / 0-)

        are ripening well, but are splitting on the bottom when fully ripened, so I'm picking them when they are still a little green.

        The romas are ripening slowly.  I was hoping for a big weekend tomato sauce making marathon, but they're only ripening a couple at a time.

        We stopped watering them a couple of weeks ago to force ripening, but it's rained every other day since then.

        I gave Doug the squirrel a good talking-to about staying out of the shed.  I could not find a loose spot in the chicken wire where he is getting in, which upsets me.  The last time squirrels got into the storage shed, they dragged in branches and made a nest the size of a tire, along with damaging the roof

        I haven't caught him in the garden yet.  I'm hoping he'll stick to the giant pinecones in my neighbor's trees.

        “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

        by 6412093 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 02:59:18 PM PDT

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        •  That's what's causing the splitting, the rain. (7+ / 0-)

          My Romas turned out not to be as flavorful as I'd hoped. I've been making gazpacho out of them instead of sauce, since I have a lot of cukes and green peppers too. Several batches now in the freezer.

          Good luck with your squirrel. They do have a mind of their own.

          •  Mrs 6 and I (2+ / 0-)
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            discussed the fate of the dozen romas I picked today.

            BTW, Ocean, thanks for mentioning tomatoes; I went right out and picked.

            We may be making pasta tomorrow. You're invited, it's only a 200 mile drive. (a little snark)

            “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

            by 6412093 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 09:53:48 PM PDT

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          •  Sorry about your romas (1+ / 0-)
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            We had spaghetti tonight, ours were very good.  But more rain today, dunno how many more will ripen.

            We're eating the green peppers as fast as they ripen.

            “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

            by 6412093 on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 11:01:08 PM PDT

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