March is almost over. And April is right at the door step.
Last night, Kevin, Sara, her friend Mia and I went to the NASCAR Truck races at the Texas Motor Speedway. But before the truck race started, the NASCAR drivers had to qualify and raced for the starting positions for this Sunday’s MENCS O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race. Jimmie Johnson was the front runner in every round. Therefore he will be in the first position.
The VANCOR 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Race began at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace (he visited Sara’s Elementary school in April 2017,) and Jesse Iwuji (he will visit Sara’s Elementary school this Monday,) were in this race. Sara and Mia waved and cheered for both drivers. Unfortunately several trucks didn’t make it through the race. One of them was Anthony Alfredo’s truck. He hit the wall after Turn 2, the truck spun out and caught on fire. Anthony Alfredo is doing well. But the truck got pretty banged up. At the end of the race, Kyle Busch was first coming through the finish line. He beat Stewart Friesen by 1.269 seconds. This was Kyle Busch’s fourth consecutive win at the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
… or was it in reality more of a brainfart???! Well, let me put it this way: This afternoon, I walked through our garden, checking on our plants, and there was a flower, I haven’t seen in our yard before. I did some research, and couldn’t find anything. So, I asked in a Facebook group for identification. And once I’ve got the ID of this little plant, it dawned on me that I planted exactly these bulbs in early December 2018. I guess, I had one of these “I’m getting old!”-moments again. 😀 But at least, now I know what blooms in our flower bed in the backyard. 😉 This Grecian windflower looks gorgeous.
This morning, the Moon and Jupiter “shined” bright in the sky. After I dropped off Sara at school, I took my camera and captured our natural Earth Satellite and the big Gas Giant in our frontyard.
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In the beginning of the month, we experienced a few frosty nights in North Texas. I had to cover the salads and vegetables with a good layer of straw and put the branches of our Christmas tree on top of it. Now, the temperatures are in the high 60s/70s during the days, while we still experience low 40s to mid 50s at night. It’s the perfect weather for our cold season crop to grow, before it will get too warm. The Iceberg and Romaine lettuces have been grown quite a bit. The spinach is deep green. And the broccoli shows tiny heads. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I can’t wait to dig into fresh salads in a couple to a few weeks. We pick some leaves, already. 😉
We had some storms coming through North Texas, this evening. While neighboring cities had up to softball-size hail, we’ve got some rain. Before the storm came in, I saw the clouds building up, right at sunset. After today’s high temperature of 81°F (27°C), the storm brought a cooler breeze with it. Now, we are in the low 70s (22°C). If feels fantastic outside.
Sara stripped her bed, so we could wash her sheets and a few plush animals. She loves a fresh smelling bed on Sunday night, after a busy weekend; and so does Joshua. As soon as I fixed Sara’s bed, Joshua jumped up and took a nice Sunday snooze on the sweet smelling bed. It must be nice being a cat in our household. 😉
Every day, I worked on the first bed a little bit in the evenings. Yesterday, I finally got it done. First I built the wall from cinder blocks, I had sitting in the garden. After the wall was in place, I filled the bed with compost, soil, and topped it off with some mulch. I dug big holes for the tomato plants. But before I planted them, I dropped more compost, corn meal, Epsom salt, expanded shale, and worm casting in the holes. Then I picked off the bottom three tomato branches and sat the tomatoes deep in the bed. That way, the plants can produce more roots, which can get more water and nutrition from the soil. Next to the tomatoes, I planted some marigolds to keep the Tomato Hornworm under control. Last year, I had one eating half of my tomato plant in one night. They are pretty looking caterpillars. But they are evil little boogers. The bottom cinder blocks, I filled in with old mulch. I wanted to save on the soil. Usually herbs don’t need deep soil to grow well. Now, we also have lavender, strawberries, orange mint, basil, lemon thyme, parsley, and dill. The parsley and the dill will be for swallowtail caterpillars in Summer. I’m glad, I’ve got this bed done before the rain storm came in.