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99 degrees in the shade

gurlz in the hood

Dude. The over-100-degrees weather I dreaded since I moved out here to the sticks (aka desert), is here.


I’d say we’re coping quite well.

Super Chic and Boo

Fitting in with the natives.

Bugalug Secret Agent Bug

But then it’s not like we didn’t have practice.

neighborhood kitten

bathing beauties

So far so good.

my dad

By the way, my dad is here. He was even here on Father’s Day! Which was really cool. We didn’t do anything special for him which pretty much sums up my dad: We love him to pieces and we take him for granted. Rapunzel is baking him an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies for him to take on the road with him. So there’s that. But it’s not even a drop in the bucket compared to how much he does for us. He fixed my swamp cooler and killed about 99 black widow spiders I had living around the outside of my house the first day he got here. The rest of the time he’s spent helping my mom move back into her old house. (Yes, we’re kinda sad. More on that later.)

I love my dad so much.

And I didn’t even make him his own Father’s Day cd or buy him that Archies album he’s always talking about (which one was it again Dad?) Sheesh.

farmer bren

He’s been raving about my sugar snap pea garden and begging me to blog it. So this is for you, Dad. Here’s a picture of me behind my row of sugar snap peas, or were they snow peas? I always mix them up. Anyway, they are not supposed to grow in the desert. It’s like some kind of freak gardening event and my dad has been flipping out about it because they remind him of living in Northern California where they grow all the time and bring back memories of his childhood.

sugar snap peas from my garden!

See! Sugar snap pea harvest!


Truth be told, my mom and I had a whole mess of seeds. Some I had ordered off the internet blindly, not paying attention to what region of the earth I live in and others were just random things that people had given us from 1986 and beyond. Most of the seeds got left in this little wheel-around card/stool thing my mom has and were the unfortunate victim of a hose accident. They got soggy, they molded, the end. But some of them survived and that is what we planted. That is how we came to have about 20 pea plants growing in my backyard. Usually they would have croaked and died under the scorching hot desert sun but because we had such an unusually cool spring they survived! You could even say prospered since I’ve picked them twice now and there are still more flowers coming.

dinner with garden peas!

They were delicious in dinner.

p.s. I’m posting about my weight and working out over on my review blog. But there’s also a little video of my dog poop and weed infested backyard you might want to spy on so you don’t get too jealous of my mad gardening skillz. And of course there’s $$ dangling at the end to make you comment.


  • mar

    I don’t know if you call them something different out west, but back East we call those snow peas – and they look awesome!

    Some of our biggest gardening successes have been happy accidents – like that year, when out of our compost, grew a huge plant with tiny ornamental gourds – they looked like Christmas lights hanging off the vines – or those tiny mini pumpkins – or the basil plant that grew to be a 3 foot wide and high bush!

    Congratulations on your garden – and good luck staying cool – at least you don’t have the humidity to go with that heat!

  • a chris

    In my experience, snow peas are like pea pods with hardly anything in them, but edible if you stir-fry them, and sugar snaps are like peas with an edible pod around them. We often eat sugar snaps raw. But we don’t grow them. Sadly, we buy them with lots of air miles on them.

  • Kuky

    Hey that’s what we did today. The whole family hung out in the inflatable pool. Nathan objected at first. Objected to having to wear a diaper that is. He tried to take out off. Must have thought it was bath time.

    And I’m sure I’ve commented before about desperately wanting to grow a garden. Yours looks great.Makes me want a garden even more.

  • Dad

    I am not so crazy about the Archies… I’d much rather have the Herman’s Hermits best hits album, or We Five “You were on my mind” I can’t find that song on iTunes.

  • Dad

    I think those peas are snow peas. Aren’t they awesome! They were great in a stir fry. Brenda’s tomatoe plants are fabulous! I can’t wait for them to get ripe. I’ll probably be on the road… Sure glad I got to get in on the apricots! We also have some huge peaches coming along on our tree… I am going to miss out on them too.. Bummer