Of course I put real icing on it. Real cream cheese, real buttah, real powdered sugar, real vanilla. I may have another sliver tonight. I don't do the fake sugar stuff, so when I do have dessert, it needs to be real. The cake did use oil, though, so that's good, and nuts, and I was SUPPOSED to use white ww flour but stupidly reached for the wrong canister since my son had it out for his waffles.
I've been digging today, using my funky weeder thing to loosen soil so I can shovel it without killing my lower back. Went out and bought myself two small yellow rhododendrons to put in a space under my pine trees. Then came home and planted them, and moved some peonies which I think was a mistake because I ended up chopping up their roots/tubers (size of yams!) and now they look very droopy. I'll water them again today and hope they look better in the morning. Also tucked in some lettuce seeds in between some of my flowers. I went to Stonewall Kitchen in southern Maine a few years ago and they have these fabulous kitchen gardens where they grow everything for their cooking classes - flowers mixed with corn, beans, cabbage. So I'm trying that a bit. Wasn't very successful last year except for my kale.
I'm thinking I'm gonna do half the front of my house with the lasagna garden technique. Layer it in the fall and plant it next spring. Maybe lavender in front, then some other perennials behind that. Then if the rest doesn't get mowed, nobody will see it from the street because it's up on top of a wall of railroad ties. I figure I'll start with two rows of plants along the edge and then gradually add a row each year until we have nothing left to mow. At least on that part of the property. We have a jungle in another part of the front - apple trees gone wild, weeds, leaves, a mess. I told my husband that the goal is that in 5 years, we only use a non-gas powered push mower, the old fashioned kind. Right now, though, I'm concentrating on reclaiming my back yard (which unfortunately also faces a street). Swing set is finally gone, deck is built, now I'm trying to landscape on a budget.
Gardening was my exercise today. Should walk, too, since it's gorgeous, but I'm tired.
B: 2 eggs, leftover green beans
L: leftover chicken breast, asparagus
S: bread and olive oil
D: wine, beef, fiddleheads, salad, sliver of cake!