Friday, April 24, 2009


You've heard of the fairy-tale poem, which is directed at Mary & asking her..what's up with your garden chi ca, how's it grow'in??

Well, I'm working on gettin' me one of those-there gardens too...for the fun of it and hopefully to save a little money, instead of purchasing these things from the grocery store all the time.

So far it is actually going well. And I don't say that in a boastful, bragging way...but instead in an OMG, I'm surprised type of way. The green peppers have started flowering (I can't wait), the rosemary is loving it, the basil and lemon thyme are singing also. I have had some problems with the cilantro and parsley. Something keeps digging them up and I find them bare-root naked laying in the pot, where hours before they were planted. I'm not sure if it is a bird, squirrel or cat..but whatever it is had better watch out! I also have some green onion, sweet basil and about 4 other herbs. I am also trying a tomato plant in an upside down planter. It is growing fast, has 1 baby and 5 or 6 flowers on it. But it has some leaves with a powdery film, so I am a little concerned. Inside I have seeded red, green and hot peppers, which didn't cost a cent. We are using recycled containers and seeds saved from previous veggies. (No sign of life yet). Last night we made our first meal with the herbs. I used the lemon thyme and rosemary on some chicken breasts. They turned out great and the house smelled wonderful with the aromas. I have also planted some lavender. Mark my words, one of these days, I will be running care free in a field of lavender.....of course the field may only be 2'x2',...but I will. Wish me luck

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saying Good-bye

Hello again. I realize (and am ashamed) that it has been since January that I last posted. Although things have been hectic and our days and nights very busy, that is not the reason for my delay. Of course I wasn't totally blog-absent. I have been collecting links, ideas, stories, etc. all this time to share with you. But I was determined for the next blog to be business related and many topics were discussed as options, but the most obvious business news to be discussed was what I was avoiding. So no more avoiding it's time. For anyone following the blog, who doesn't already know, Kenny Ervin has passed away. He was my step dad and business partner. His passing has left a large hole to fill, for many people who knew him. He was highly known and respected in the termite and pest control field, both in Florida and Illinois. His high energy spirit and outgoing personality was unforgettable to all who met him. If you would like to read the obituary, it is available from the Bradenton, Fl. paper or the Belleville, Il. paper, however, they were each entered on line with omissions. So you may want to read both. His loved ones are each handling his passing in their own way, but of course, only time will help heal the ones hurt the most. We appreciate the overwhelming amount of thoughts, prayers and condolences from everyone. The stories that have been shared by those who knew him are priceless and we have enjoyed listening to every one of them. So, while Kenny may have watched his last beach sunset, we will think of him, each time we watch the big fireball go down in the sky.