Gardening & Book Launches

Thought I'd give you a break from the posts about the trip and blog about other things.

We've planted a garden. That's big news. I wasn't aware we were going to. We've talked about having a garden for years, sort of like the way we talk about our need to eat a well-balanced diet. I never expected either of them to happen.

But Blair came in last Saturday covered with dirt and a grin on his face and said, "I dug us a garden."

"Why would you do that?" I asked, alarmed.

"You know. So we can plant things."

"What things?"

His face clouded over and he appeared momentarily stumped. Then he brightened. "Leafy things."

A good idea, but I think we're a little behind in getting started. Every seed packet I read said to plant after the frist frost. Please. Like I really  have the ability to plan that far ahead.

So we picked up some tomato plants and a lot of herbs - oregano, rosemary, basil, chives--and planted those.  It's a start. I'm pretty sure we just spent a lot of money on food for the rabbits, but I'd be most pleased to eat a tomato we grew ourselves.

Other big news is that my friend Pamela King Cable had her book launch last night for her magnificent book of literary Southern Fiction short stories called Southern Fried Women. Pat Conroy's wife, Cassandra King (no relation to Pam) blurbed the book and Pam deserves every word of praise. It is an astonishing book and I'd recommend anyone pick up a copy and give as a gift to the "Fried Women" (Southern or not) in your life.  I got to introduce Pam and it was an honor.  

I have placed myself on a strict exercise schedule and--dear God--my body hurts. I've doing cardio and weights 3x/week and yoga 3-4 times a week. I have a family wedding to attend in September and the goal is to be fit, firm and fabulous by then. (or anything close to that--I'm not picky).