Remember my Room of Shame? I finally got the new closet doors installed by my contractor. They are solid core, so I can hang stuff on them, and now they swing out instead of just sliding left or right so that I can actually use the closet for a small office/craft closet (not that I craft- just writing that makes me cringe, but that's what they call those things...I just want a place to stuff all my crap and be able to lock it up). I can't get to it right now, because other projects have higher priority, but once it's done I can work on turning the Room of Shame into a Den of Comfort for Guests. But that's a long way off.
Then tonight for dinner we're having the first of the asparagus from my asparagus bed. This is rather exciting for me. I know. What a gardening geek. Actually, I can't tell if it's because I love asparagus and it's the inner foodie in me that's excited, or if it's the gardener who brought forth from the earth that's excited. Either way, both are getting a share in the booty.
This is a picture of my attempt at producing white asparagus, which is a European delicacy. The Germans call it Weiss Spargel. I'll let you know how it turns out, if it turns out.
Then last but not least, I found some nettles growing in the park on our walk this morning, so I nabbed a couple of stems (good thing I was wearing gloves). I've been looking for nettles as I walk the paths for awhile now and today was the first I'd ever seen them.
I planted seeds for nettles and comfrey a couple of weeks ago (borage, too) but so far nothing has come up. At any rate, I put the leaves of my specimens in a cup and poured boiling water over them, and then steeped them like a tea. It's supposed to be a good spring tonic. They smelled delicious, sort of like a cross between asparagus and celery. The flavor was weaker than the aroma, but I can see how a bunch of this stuff would make an awesome soup. If my seeds don't come up, I'll have to try again, but at least I now know for sure they can be had in the park. I wonder how they'd be with pasta?
I am working on drawing plans for my dining and breakfast nooks, which are taking awhile. It's good to get all the mistakes made on paper and out of the way so that I can get the construction done fairly quickly and painlessly.
So not much else is getting done right now.