The Horticultural Whore Is Getting Restless

…for sun, seedlings, seeds and shovels

Unlike past years, when I have foolishly let Northern California’s screwy winter weather seduce me into starting my spring gardening too soon, this year, I’ve stayed inside reading my gardener’s porn. (aka seed & nursery catalogs and various gardening mags) However, with January and February behind us, it’s time to once again enter into my annual S&M relationship with Mother Nature. A list of things I need to do looks like this…

Kill about 7 billion weeds that have sprung up in the last few months…prep veggie beds…divide and replant daylilies, cannas, lemongrass, garlic and sedums…build a structure to hold my new “hanging garden” (lots of veggies growing from big buckets hung up about 7-8 feet off the ground)…start cool weather veggies in coldframes…mulch, mulch, MULCH…do massive amounts of pruning to the plants that were hit hard by our record setting 10 days of freezing…remove the plants the freezing killed…buy and plant way too many new herbs and flowering plants

Yeah, baby, I loves me some gardening.

And now, a questionnaire yoinked from mylescorcoran.

1. What is your occupation? Pizza Delivery Driver and Freelance Game Writer

2. What colour are your socks right now? White. All of my socks are white.

3. What are you listening to right now? Modern Marvels on the History Channel

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Milk & Girl Scout Cookies

5. Can you drive a stick shift? As easy as I can walk, baby!

6. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? I’d be the naughty color:)

7. Last person you spoke to on the cell phone? I do not own a cell phone.

8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I sent it to myself. Still, I suppose I like me, despite my being an egotistical, stubborn, hot tempered, goofy old horndog:)2

9. How old are you today? 53 years and about 1 month.

10. Favourite drink? A properly made chocolate malt

11. What is your favourite sport to watch? I pretty much hate team sports. I do like watching the Summer X Games and, during the winter Olympics, curling.

12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Between about 1977 and 1983, I dyed it many times. Since 1983, once.

13. Pets? 2 Basset Hound mixes: Daisy & Winker, AKA The Girls

15. What was the last movie you watched? In the theater? Ghost Rider. On TV? Jurassic Park 3.

16. Favorite day of the year? My birthday, I guess.

17. What do you do to vent anger? Swear, yell, stomp about, swear some more.

18. What was your favourite toy as a child? Any toy that you could make stuff out of…Tinker Toys…Erector Sets…Lincoln Logs…Legos.

20. Hugs or kisses? Both

21. Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries

22. Do you want your friends/family to email you back? Only if it involves them telling me they’re sending me money.

23. Who is most likely to respond? To give me money? Nobody.

24. Who is least likely to respond? See above.

25. Living arrangements? 4 bedroom, 2 bath house in Carmichael, California.

26. When was the last time you cried? A couple of weeks ago.

29. What did you do last night? Played Civilization 3, cooked dinner with my wife, watched tv, surfed the web, played with the girls.

30. Favourite smells? Fresh baked bread, vanilla, chocolate, fresh tilled soil, women

31. What inspires you? A great many things…some of which I can’t tell you.

32. What are you afraid of? Bad things happening to my loved ones and friends…dying a long slow wasting death…crazy people with guns…losing my ability to think properly

33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Spicy with at least 2 kinds of cheese and made using a blend of beef and lamb.

34. Favourite dog breed? Basset Hounds, Retrievers, Terriers

35. How many years at your current job? 14 years, 6 months. Sweet Jesus on a bagel!

36. Favourite day of the week? Saturday

37. How many states have you lived in? Countries? States: California & Oregon Countries: US & Guam

38. Favourite holiday? Halloween

39. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? Yes, many times

40. Do you have a house phone that is NOT cordless? Yep

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