I may have mentioned in previous posts, I keep encountering other life forms around my house.  Last week (I think) I met a green anole on the gutter on the wall of our garage.  He was hard to photograph, but stayed still for me to take his picture.  The other afternoon when I went to take out some trash, I met a tiny, bright green tree frog.  It, too, continued to bathe in the sun on our garbage can while I documented him.  As soon as I was done, he hopped away, and I put the trash in its receptacle.  Last night, when Clayton pulled in after work, he called me out to the driveway again to meet a new creature.  This one was a huge black widow spider, quickly spinning a web across the door I open on a daily basis.  It was squished without documentation, and then we ran into the house and locked the door.

Today was COMIC BOOK DAY! so Clayton and I went to New Bern to get our favorite comic books.  Before heading out, though, we dropped Clayton's Tahoe off at a dealership to get its window fixed.  Now we won't have to drive back to New York with a window that is either up or down at all times.  Yay!  Also, yesterday the maintenance men came and changed the light bulb in our living room's overhead light.  This sounds pathetic only until you see our ceiling.  The light is so far up, I wouldn't have changed it (even if we had a ladder high enough) without someone to spot me down on the floor.  The maintenance guys also left us a bag of grass seed and fertilizer to augment the grass we'd already planted in our backyard.  So after Clayton went off to work, I raked the yard (there were lots of dead weeds after Clayton had turned the earth) and then planted more grass seed.  Hopefully a couple more weeks will have us admiring a backyard with nice, thick grass.  


Edit: Click here to see pictures of the animals I've met (except the black widow, of course).
 
 
I hope you all are enjoying a great and blessed Easter season.  Clayton and I decorated our house with some paper decorations, but our walls don't like tape, so that was short lived.  I know a lot of you just gasped when you heard "walls" and "tape" in the same sentence.  Our walls like it so little, the tape didn't even take paint away.  It just fell down.  Fortunately for me, my flower arrangement didn't require tape, and the flowers I chose at the grocery store are blooming and bringing color to my kitchen. 

Yesterday, we got up and I made blueberry muffins while we looked for the Easter baskets we hid for each other.  Next, we made garlic-cheddar biscuits, potato pancakes, chicken wing dip, and rice crispy treats in plastic eggs.  Then we went to our friends' house with all this food and added to their feast of ham, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, and lemon bars.   That was just an all together pleasant, delicious afternoon.

While finding my kitchen underneath all the dishes yesterday's festivities produced, the doorbell rang.  When I answered it, I found a package sent by Clayton's mother.  It was a box full of Easter blessings and goodies!  The bundle with my name on it contained some awesome gardening tools from Fiskar, as well as several packets of Zinnias.  This reminded me to look up something I've been wondering about for about a week now: Does rhubarb grow in North Carolina?  Every book on Southern cooking I've ever read has never said anything about rhubarb, and it made me concerned.  The news has been saying strawberries should be ready very soon now, and I want to make strawberry rhubarb pie!  Clayton says pie should be strawberry or rhubarb, but not both.  However, he is wrong.  

So after a few minutes of Googling and reading, here is what I found. Anecdotal evidence that rhubarb hates heat and only works as an annual, and a five year old newsletter from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, explaining how to carefully cultivate rhubarb as a perennial, but even they say that it can be harvested for about "six weeks in the spring," which is over before strawberries are typically ready.  According to the aforementioned anecdotal evidence, even this small window is only possible to achieve in the mountains of western North Carolina, where the climate is cooler and less humid than here on the coast.  Oh well, I suppose I shall have to find other plants to grow in our gardens.  If anyone has any suggestions for plants that thrive in this climate, I would love to hear them. 

Thanks for dropping in.  Check back soon for pictures from Easter.