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10:14 am: Festivals and flavors
My parents and I have been keeping busy for the past couple of weeks. My dad is making great progress on the renovation. The second bedroom's floor has been sanded, and the trim has been stained and is ready to be attached.

On August 26 we went to Palo Alto to meet up with some of my dad's friends and enjoy the art festival. I wound up spending gobs of money on art for my house. I bought two prints from Kathleen Alexander and an original watercolor of cherry blossoms from Ronald Pratt.

This weekend, mangaroo came over, and we all headed to Millbrae for their art festival. We had a brief moment of panic when megory got lost in the crowd without a cell phone to contact the rest of us, but we eventually met up again. I escaped from that festival without spending too much money, though I did see some gorgeous tables and mirrors from Hudson River Inlay, and I might order one when my remodel is finished.

I was really excited when I was able to harvest and taste my first ripe fig. It was as sweet as candy, and it had an almost tropical flavor that reminded me of guavas. I have a few more ripening, and I can't wait until the tree is larger next year to produce more. My tomato plants are also producing like crazy, so I've been able to harvest a colorful sampling. It's fun comparing all the different varieties. I'm getting so many now, though, that I don't have enough bowls to hold them all. I'm going to have to start preserving them soon.

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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 4th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Ohh, I love their inlay. I think I love inlay in general. All our tomatoes are still green, so I'm jealous.
Sounds like you're having a great time! I hope to see you in October!
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 5th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
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I really like the ceiling molding on the HudsonRiver's "specialty" projects page. That's a nice touch to a room.

Hey! I think I recognize that bowl of tomatoes! I've already eaten the heart-shaped one and one of the "sunburned" purplish ones, but even looking at the variety of color that's left makes me cheerful. I can't believe I had been avoiding heirloom tomatoes all my adult life. Thank you for sharing. Also, you forgot to mention the fresh salsa megory made from them. Whenever I'm lucky enough to eat over when she's cooking, it's like eating straight from a garden.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 5th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I really like the ceiling molding on the HudsonRiver's "specialty" projects page. That's a nice touch to a room.

Ooh, I didn't see that at first, but yes. I really like the floor inlays, but I feel like you'd have to have a pretty fancy room to pull it off. The molding is subtle enough that you could do it pretty much anywhere.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 5th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Pretty tomatoes! Our heirlooms are starting to take off now, too. They're all yummy, but the little yellow ones (yellow furry boar, I think?) are so sweet I can just eat them like grapes.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 6th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
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They're all yummy, but the little yellow ones (yellow furry boar, I think?) are so sweet I can just eat them like grapes.

I'm glad you like them! I think those are probably the Sweet Beverly. I've been enjoying those as well.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 10th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
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I think those are probably the Sweet Beverly.

You're totally right. We were confused because ours all seem to be round, not pear-shaped, and the actual furry boars weren't ripe yet (we picked the first of those this weekend).

(We actually did have the tomato plants labeled, but the plants got so big that some of the labels are lost in the jungle, haha.)
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