Epitome of Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion

Okay.  Well, umm, I do believe I owe my neighbor an apology.  I do believe that I not only jumped to the wrong conclusion but I pole vaulted to the wrong conclusion that somebody she hired aimed their snow blower onto my garage (see the post prior to this one).  As the day progressed I realized when I went up her steps I had to make a path in the snow and it occurred to me that you’d probably take care of your front steps before you took care of an alley.  And when I finally started clearing the snow away from my garage I noticed that the snow had drifted much more on our side of the alley.  So, with a lot of egg on my face, my apologies, Dear Neighbor.

However, I only had to look further down the alley to see the evidence of a genuine bad mannered snow blower operator.  On the other end of the alley, somebody cleared the alley in front of a vacant house and created a hill of snow across the width of the alley.   So, the rant from the other day has been redirected to those that are truly guilty.

The day this picture was taken, the homeowner couldn’t drive out of her garage, but the alley on the other side of this snow pile was clear as can be.   Truly ill-mannered behavior. 

To take my mind off of snow I transplanted my tomato seedlings.  No, I didn’t cut the extras off at the soil level…couldn’t bring myself to kill them.  I teased them apart and repotted each and every one of them.  Now I am the caretaker of  20 tomato seedlings…from a hybird Campari tomato…that I don’t even know will produce any tomatoes…in January…with close to 20 inches of snow on the ground…still…because, lucky us, we had more snow today.

After looking outside at the mounds and mounds of snow, I feel so much better looking at this…

Happy Gardening!!


No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth.  No, I’m not laying in a coma unable to log into my blog.  And, no, I didn’t get buried by


Too bad my niece can’t say the same about her and her neighbors’ cars

WGN was looking for a name for the storm.  They’re calling it the Storm 2011, but I like my niece’s word much better.


We had predictions of anywhere from 12 to 31 inches of accumulation. At Midway the official total is 20.2 inches and counting.  Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with.  The city had to close down Lake Shore Drive, which is the equivalent of an expressway that travels along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.  At about 7:15 last night, there was a bus involved accident followed by two more accidents, so the city closed down the Drive.  There were many motorists trapped in their cars, and the first reported fatality happened when someone was fond dead this morning along Lake Shore Drive.  A snow emergency has been declared as of this morning.

When I looked out the front window it didn’t look so awful, mainly because I live on a main street and the city keeps the main streets plowed.   But when I walked around the corner to see how bad the snow was on the car port, I got a real feel for the snowfall and the snow drift depth.  I’m almost six feet tall, and the snow in some areas was past my knees.   I made it to the alley and looked at my garage.  My blood started to boil.

Here’s my neighbor’s car port.  Not bad at all.  She can just drive straight out of her garage.  

Here’s my car port

The epitome of RUDENESS!!!.  I like my neighbor, she’s a nice lady, but her snow removal people shot all of her snow right onto my car port.  At least four feet of solid snow on my car port thanks to those rude a%$#ed people.   I swear, I don’t know what I would have done if I had caught them in the act.   I did walk around the corner and tell my neighbor about it.  I prefaced it with “I don’t blame you because you didn’t do it, but…” 

(Walking through knee deep snow will let you know just how out of shape you are.  I sound like I’m about to have a heart attack on the video.)

This is what my back yard looks like.  Notice the almost buried composter.

Also notice the tomato seedlings.  I went to Aldi’s and bought some of the Campari tomatoes.  I usually don’t buy tomatoes because the store bought ones just don’t compare to the ones you grow, but these were actually really good.  I know they’re hybrid, only commercial growers can buy the seeds, but I’m giving them a try. 

They were planted on the 18th three or four seeds to each little compartment.  By the 25th almost all the seeds had germinated and as of today just about all of them have their true leaves.  

I need to thin them out, either cutting some of them to the soil level or, which I will probably do, separate them and put them in their own little pots.

Now, joy of joys, we get to look forward to wind chills of possibly -30 rolling in tonight.

Happy Gardening Appreciating Not Being In Chicago!!