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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Looking Back at Monday

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm still sore and tired from this weekend's painting...isn't that awful?  If only I were half my age again and not soon to be 42 in a couple of weeks.  Ah well.  We only get smarter and better looking with age, right?
I was out and about in what's left of the garden yesterday and snapped a few pictures for you.  The first is my crazy tomato plants that I thought were dead but, now that we got rain over the weekend and the temps have died down, they now have a crazy amount of new growth and blossoms on them.  There's no way fruit will set and ripen on these so late in the season but I just can't bring myself to pull them up.

What I was after in the garden was one of my sugarbaby watermelons, so you can imagine the fit I went into when I found it like this!

I suspect one of our enterprising squirrels or rabbits got to it Sunday evening\night and, by the time I arrived, the ants had already moved in and were feasting on its sweet yumminess.  Ugh..I'm still ticked off about that.

As always, the garden never ceases to surprise, and the newest item of interest is one lonely little cucumber.  It doesn't look all that great either, as the cuke beetles are winning the war and the vines will probably die.  To tell you the truth, I'm not really holding up my end of the battle very well.

The highlight of the day was an evening of relaxation for once.  J. had bought us tix to see John Hiatt (again!) at the Uptown Theater here in KC.  The Uptown was built in 1928 and fully restored in the early 90's.  It's on the National Historic Register and is ranked 82nd on the top 100 concert theaters.  So I probably don't have to tell you that the acoustics in there are incredible.  The seats not so much, though - I think my butt was asleep halfway through the show.
That pic above was taken from our seats in 6th row center (woohoo!).  Those are the box seats towering above us and I wanted to share the color scheme and detail that this old theater sports.  It must have taken a gang of painters a year to paint all that.  Come to think of it, I wonder if those painters are looking for any work?  Maybe on a crappy old house here in the hood?  :-)
The opening act was a young lady by the name of Samantha Fish.  If I had to describe her in one word, it would by D-Y-N-O-M-I-T-E!  I heard someone describe her as the bastard child of Stevie Ray Vaughn and B.B. King and that surmisal is dead on.  That young lady (she's only 24) can play the heck out of a guitar.  (By the way, that's pronounced gee-tar for you city slickers.)  She's playing Kuckleheads on Friday night if you're anywhere near KC.  You'll find J. and I there for sure.

John Hiatt belts out his hit "Cry Love" on the Uptown stage. He never fails to blow the doors off.
The best song of the night was "Down Around My Place".  Click here if you want to see and hear John play it.
"Down Around My Place" by John HiattThe radio is busted, down around my place
Every tool is rusted, down around my place
Creeks and rivers dried up, down around my place
My woman's tears are cried up, down around my place

Tonight, we're hitting another concert:  Lyle Lovett is playing Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College and I can't wait!  The first time I heard him sing in person, I cried because his voice is so clear.  He is truly blessed with an incredible gift.
Have a rockin' great day,

This post is part of this week's Tuesday Garden Party.


  1. Woo Hoo! You guys are livin' it up!

    I'm so glad your tomato plants look like ours


  2. Sounds like a great time :) Enjoy yourselves! Like I need to say that.


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