Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Every year we head to the Midstate Fair to see a concert, eat some fair food, and this year ride the ferris wheel! Much to my shock, Tim has never in his life ridden a ferris wheel. I think it is one of those things in life that he had to do before he turned 30. As for the concert, we didn't exactly pay to see one this year. We watched Matchbox 20 play as we sat on top of the 15 ft. Colossal Gelato Machine (which our friend owns) while of course enjoying all the free gelato we could stomach after munching down Old West Cinnamon Rolls.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
After months of watching Tim struggle to grow tomatoes here in San Luis, he finally picked his first and only one this week. You would never know that our tomato plant wasn't thriving in the backyard by its size. It has climbed over the 5ft fence and is about 4ft wide. I have never seen a plant so large with no tomatoes on it. As many nurturing things that Tim has tried to get it to fruit, I just don't think it is warm enough here to grow. I headed home to Fresno this week to see my parents where the tomatoes are definitely ripe on the vines. They get some serious sun. My parents have oranges, plums, apricots, nectarines, avacados, strawberries, squash, tomatoes, and probably more things than I am remembering in their backyard. And to me, there is nothing like valley fruit in the summertime. I got so spoiled growing up, I will not buy an orange in the grocery store here. So Tim made sure to remind me numerous times to bring back tomatoes from my parents. There is nothing like a good bacon and tomato sandwich in the summertime!
Monday, July 7, 2008
The day after the 4th we all decided to go wine tasting in the Paso Robles area. We visited Castoro, Clautiere, Meridian, and Eberle wineries. My favorite was the distinct style of Clautiere. We walked in and they had tons of wigs and hats to try on while you tasted. (This place gave me a lot to do as I was the designated driver) The scenic pictures are from Castoro with all the vines. It was very hot in Paso, so it felt great hopping from one air conditioned winery to the next.
This year everyone decided to come to SLO to celebrate the 4th, so we got to hang around town and play host for the festivities. The 4th all started with a little lunch at Firestones, then some walking around downtown where the boys (Tim and Joe) felt the need to get patriotic. The local craft store actually has a section called "husband waiting area." In this section they have medieval costumes, hats, swords, etc. The sign on the window says, "don't forget to pick up your husband before you go." Pretty funny. After we got the boys out of there, we headed to the mission to watch the Sugar Daddy Swing Kings perform. Then it was off to the Barker's house where we played some croquet and ate some great food. To end the evening, we walked down to watch the firework show on the dunes with millions of other people.