For lunch, we went to a restaurant that’s pretty much just across the street from one of the big wholesale markets, where trucks full of Alabama tomatoes and Chilton County peaches and Mississippi sweet potatoes and all kinds of other wonderful things are loaded and unloaded. The vegetables are always super-fresh at this restaurant (considering their location, it’s no surprise!) so I had a vegetable plate with black-eyed peas, collards, rutabagas, and fried green tomatoes. Av had their flounder, which he really-really likes. Oh, I can’t even tell you how good this is!
In this pic below, you can see that our porch ceiling is painted light blue now. I asked our painters to do that last week because it’s an old custom that’s believed to keep wasps from nesting up there. Some people call this “haint blue” (if you’re not familiar with haints, it’s another word for a ghost) because it’s also believed to ward them away (there’s even a story on NPR about it here) but really I’m from the anti-wasp school.
Av planted our windowboxes with chartreuse and purple sweet potato vines – by the end of the summer these are aways trailing all the way down to the garage doors – croton, pony-tail palm, and a new plant that I can’t even remember the name of! The windowboxes look a little sparse right now, but in two weeks there will be a huge difference:
We’re really late, but Av’s going to plant our vegetable garden and our cotton next weekend! Yay!