Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Artist on his way

Today's post doesn't need too many words.  Here are some photos of an artist on the rise -- Sergio Ortega's first show at the Rockwood Music Hall -- and I got to be there to take photos of him.

The Rockwood is a great venue -- intimate and very, very musical.  The beers aren't too expensive, and there's no cover (at least any of the times I've been there).   So, tip your bartenders well and have a great night.

Check out Sergio's music.  He's on Facebook and he spends a fair amount of time tweeting on, you know.  He's a talented musician, singer, songwriter who has what it takes to make it.  His new CD is being mixed, the artwork is being designed, and I got to take the photos for it, too!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

more tomato-ness

My little tomato flowers are getting bigger and brighter.  I'm planning all the ways I'm going to use the tomatoes from my two San Marzano plants!  Maybe I'll get at least a batch of tomato sauce from them.  I wish I had paid more attention when my Mom and Dad had their huge vegetable gardens in our backyard when I was growing up and learned some basic gardening skills. 

My lavender plants are growing, too.   My little balcony garden is very happy this afternoon.  Happy Father's Day to all dads!  I lucked out and got the best dad of all!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

summer treats

Summer is my favorite time of year.  It makes me happy to do little things like water the tomatoes, sit in the sunshine, get a little sweaty (well, at least when I'm not dressed for work).  As soon as I finish this posting, I'm heading down to the pool to take a nap on a lounge chair...What do you love the summer for?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tomatoes in New Jersey

Obviously, it's been ages since I posted anything on this blog, since the last entry concerns snow. It's been a very warm spring, and I've enjoyed every second of it, even as the humidity creeps up. I'm armed with hair products to prevent too much frizz, and I go into mirror denial anyway in the summer.

I'm excited to announce my tomato plants -- all two of them -- growing on my balcony seem to be making tiny, tiny flowers. With luck and lots of water and some attention from the bees, I might have some tomatoes of my own to harvest later this season! San Marzano, organic, and growing side by side with a cute little basil plant. If I could plant some bufalo mozzarella, I'd be in heaven! Here are some pics of my little weensy tomato flowers, shot with my 60 mm macro lens just after I watered the plants today.

If you have any, I could use some how-to-grow-great-tomato tips.