Hump Day And We Are Humping It!

Getting old is not for the faint of heart!!

It rained again last night, not exactly rain, but a hefty dew!  Everything was wet, so we strolled through the garden admiring Mother Natures’ work!  We have some more tomatoes that have grown out of the top of their cages, meaning we have a Home Depot trip to make.

Another fantastic day in paradise!

The tassels are coming; the tassels are coming!  Beware, whoopi is about to occur in the garden!

The corn is as high as a baby elephant’s eye!

What Is That Thing Growing on the Top of My Corn?  At approximately 50 days after planting corn, depending on the variety, you will notice a tall, thin growth coming out of the top of your corn stalk.  It starts as one shoot, then grows additional shoots with a feathered appearance.  The whole part is called the tassel and looks like a tassel you might find at the end of a pull cord.

What is The Purpose of a Corn Tassel?  Although the tassels on your corn have their beauty, their purpose is far more than ornamental.  The corn tassel is the male reproductive organ of a corn plant, so your corn will not pollinate without it.  Looking closely at the tassel, you will notice that each frond is covered with a powdery yellow substance.  This is the pollen without which your corn will not produce ears.  The pollen from the tassel is blown onto the silk, and the ear is fertilized.

Off to the Elks for Wednesday lunch with Bill and Bob!  It’s always fun to listen to these two buy and sell stocks, and Bill explains how it is done!

Bill explains…

Bob shakes his head (one can tell by the rattling noise).

Bob listens…

We were good today, having a bowl of soup and a small salad!  We want to fit into our string bikinis for the trip!


After lunch, we whizzed over to Huntington Beach for a hair appointment.  It took her 14 seconds to put a damp rag on my hair and snip two hairs.  On the other hand, Mary took a while, and it involved sacrificing two black cats, something about an alligator tooth, a single left hand bat wing, and two bags of walnuts.

We will be pretty for the trip!

Returning home, Mary decided to go shopping, and Scout came to assist.   We are having bell peppers and stir-fry this evening.

Scout took Mommy for a walk in the garden!

Mary brings her shopping bag, and Scout points to the exact location where she must pick.

“Just a little to the right,” says Scout!

I straightened out the amendment cart and ensured everything was waterproofed in case it rains.

The rolling chemical farm!!

The garden looks great, although we may have to replant the corn as it is not doing well; we planted too early, and it has been too cold!

The garden is looking good!

We will let it grow for another two weeks, but if it is not looking better, we will replant it.

Corn is on its way but it is not very green?

Mary fixed a wonderful dinner, and we watched a movie called  The Intruder”

Summary:  A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

We crashed at about 9:00 pm so we could be up early to pack for the trip.  Our grandson will join us to see us off Friday and plans to stay the weekend until we return.  Being a holiday weekend made his house-sitting easy!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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