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Adventures in Spanglish.

Posted 7/1/2013 3:28pm by Tom & Linda Schwarz.

Hello. Hola.

I say it both ways now because, according to Armando, our greenhouse worker man, I'm basically bilingual (not true, by the way). He is always in the process of teaching me something in Spanish and I am constantly in the process of forgetting whatever it is he last taught me. I have retained a few gems. Esta pesado (it's heavy). Necessito dos personas (I need two people). Albahaca (Basil).

It's almost the 4th of July and I'd like to be able to report that everything is in full swing here, but in some cases, that just isn't the case. Don't get me wrong, we've got purple bell peppers coming out of our ears and a few white pumpkins the size of small boulders, but our tomatoes just haven't gotten with the program and some of our peppers just don't want to ripen up. I think it's all the weird weather we've had. I named this season Winsprimmer, because it's as if Winter, Spring, and Summer couldn't agree on when they were going to happen so they just picked their days by throwing darts at a calendar. Yesterday and the day before were very cool days, which is bizarre for June/July in Nebraska, especially considering the Western half of the country is living in a furnace at the moment (es muy caliente).

But I'm not going to dwell on the lack of ripe tomatoes. No siree bob, I am not. I am going to tell you about the 7 BILLION onions (cebollas) we have growing out here (that's only a rough estimate, don't hold me to it). Sweet yellow onions that are JUST ABOUT ready for eatin'.

I'm also going to tell you about the glorious sugar baby watermelons (sandias) that are plumping up nicely. In fact, I ate about half of one for lunch (lonche) today. It wasn't as ripe as we'd like them, but it's getting there. Just wait until our Golden Midget watermelons ripen! I cannot wait to share them with you all! And eat them, obviously.

In addition to onions (cebollas) and watermelons (sandias), we have some marvelous kale and swiss chard. Fun fact about kale: You harvest the leaves off the stalk, and it keeps growing up and up and up. Right now we have a bunch of kale plants in our 48' greenhouse. They look like tiny palm trees. If only Alex had his GI Joes out here, we could pretend they were on a mission (a la Clive Cussler) in the jungle. It would also help if we were 18 or so years younger, I s'pose. But as the immortal Aaliyah once said, "Age ain't nothin but a number" so if I am 26 years old and want to play with GI Joes in my Kale Jungle, that's cool, right? Right.

Ok, now I need to go pick a few tomatoes, so I'll leave you. If you have any questions, you can ask me here or on Facebook.

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