Monday, May 3, 2010

Balcony Living

A gorgeous weekend (if you didn’t count the nightly/early morning rainstorms) meant that we spent a good chunk of our Saturday out on the balcony. We threw some Wisconsin brats on the grill and Bob made his homemade guacamole: avocado, onion, tomato, cilantro, lime, salt, pepper is all you need for a great snack. Can you believe I used to say I didn't like guacamole? I think it was before I had ever actually tried it and the color turned me off as a young child. 

The aroma of cilantro in the kitchen got me thinking back to the Salsa Bar we made for our housewarming party last summer – my eyes were a watery mess that day from all of the jalepenos, onions and cilantro added to the mixes. I am looking forward to seeing what my little cilantro seedlings produce in our balcony garden. It has been a productive 3 weeks for our starter garden. Tomato plants are sprouting, flower stems are poking through the soil and our herb seeds are germinating.
And our lettuce definitely soaked up the sun and rain as it has gone from this:
to this since planting. The label said “matures in 40-50 days” but these leaves almost look good enough for today’s salad! Not sure when we'll know exactly when they are ready for picking. . .
Leaving the balcony screen door open means the kitties can explore a bit – I believe they have finally locked eyes with the neighbor's cats who also spend the summer out on his balcony! Although this practice of leaving the door open may stop once bug season really kicks in. Sorry Sonny, you are cute and all, but I don’t want a house full of flies and mosquitoes!

Sonny hams it up for the camera
Fredo mistakes our patio table for his scratching post.

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