Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sickness and 48 Hour Movie

I apologize for the lack of posts this week. I've been sick with a nasty cold. I'm getting better, but I'm still all stuffy. I've been in bed for the last few days. It's been rather yucky!

This has nothing to do with gardening. (I haven't been able to do much in the garden this week due to the cold). But I thought I would share my 48 hour film project.

In July, I participated in the Nashville 48 hour film project 2008. Basically, we had to make a short film (5-8 minutes) within 48 hours. We were assigned a character that had to appear in the film, a line of dialogue we had to used, a prop, and a genre.

Prop: Calendar
Character: Rob or Robina Hatch, Security Consultant
Genre: Sports
Line: My brother had one just like that

Here is our film. "Leaps and Bounds: The Skip Hopwell Story"


Gardening-related posts coming up on Monday. I hope I'll feel better by then!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

28-lb Watermelon... "Barney"

Following Skeeter's great comment about naming my garden babies after the Flintstones, I'm going to name this new baby "Barney."

Below: My younger sister with Barney

As you can tell, Barney is a big ole watermelon! He grew from a small watermelon seedling that I bought at the store. And the watermelon vine spread... and spread, until it overtook my yard. But we let it grow because we wanted to eat juicy melons this summer.

After my mom came home safely from her tip in Missouri, the family decided to harvest one watermelon in her honor. We're going to wait a few days before we split "Barney" open, but he is one big melon! He came in at a whopping 28 pounds!!!! It took two people to lift him from the garden into the house!

I don't know what variety he is. He looks like a black diamond. I think he could have grown bigger on the vine, but we have about 5 or 6 other watermelon currently growing on the plant. So we decided to harvest Barney to give nutrients to the smaller melons.

I'm sure he'll be delicious. We did thump, and it does sound ripe. We shall see, and I shall post pictures!

Below: My sister doing a little "thumping"
And finally, this post would not be complete without, yet, another photo of Luka... trying to escape Barney's grasps.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Introducing Betty

I hope everyone had a great weekend! As you probably know by now, I try not to blog on the weekends because I try to relax.

Happy Monday to everyone.

Although my dear cantaloupe, Freddie, was delicious and so juicy, he was not the lone cantaloupe (as I've recently found out). As Freddie matured, a new cantaloupe formed. I didn't know if it would die (as my other baby cantaloupe did), but it survived!

It's growing strong! Already starting to lose its fuzziness ("babyhood").

Below: Introducing "Betty"

I've decided to call this new cantaloupe "Betty." I love the "ie" sounds, lol.

Betty is now the lone cantaloupe on the vine, unless another baby forms. I'm thinking that she'll be the last one of the season. But you never know, I might get pleasantly surprised!