Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Little Tease Of Fall At My House

I crammed about 20 hours of work
into 11 hours yesterday.
That means I did NOT get a chance to
take pictures 
and do a big long post.
So- I am giving you just a 
I will have a whole
I hope...I hope...I hope....

Oh-I have one other little thing
to show you.
I bought a tomato plant from the 
nursery this Spring.
I think it is called a Big Boy.
It looked like this when I bought it.
This is what they promised.
This is what I dreamed about.
I babied that little sucker along 
and moved it to the deck where it would
be protected.

Here is what MY PLANT looks like.
to add insult to injury
SweetCheeks:  I don't think you better EAT that tomato, Nana.
There's something REALLY WRONG with it.
Me:  Yeah! 
It looks like a BUTT tomato!
Me: Yeah!

Did you plant pumpkins, too?
Me: Yeah!
If you're looking for a part time gardner
I come cheap!
your photo name


J said...

LOL - but I am NOT laughing AT you - seriously! I am laughing at the memory of my own flirtation with growing "mammoth! 120 pounds! prizewinning!" pumpkins with my grandchildren a few summer's ago. The vines grew with a vengeance but the fruit was nothing but onion sized and onion looking and the deer nibbled them away as soon as they appeared. Guess I'll see ya at the produce stand!

Anonymous said...

oh well, there's always next year!!!

Susie said...

Diana, I love SC's comment about that lonely tomato.It made me laugh. That's what I have missed about you not posting for so long...I missed being part of the family. I love that you share a good laugh with us. I tell you, I was doing good to grow flowers this year. So we can try harder next year.xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

Hope next year is better! I'll be back to see your fall decorating.


Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love the preview and can't wait to see more! That Sweet Cheeks is a mess! Thanks for starting my day with a smile! I love Sweet Cheeks' sense of humor!

Sonny Gianetti said...

oh my goodness. I had a plumber here last week that closely resembles your tomato;; ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww even..

sorry you didnt get a bushel. I water mine with 1/2 water 1/2 left over coffee and they do great.
next year we'll all help you with tips and tricks for hearty mators.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Sorry about your gardening woes! Some years are just better than others. Give it another go next year! ... Looking forward to seeing your fall décor!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Poor "Big Boy"!!! ,-)

Perhaps you should have propped him up, with some sort of a cage or something... And did you keep him watered? Everything in pots, need more water, or so I read.

Hehhhhhh... I am the world's worst gardener. So don't pay much attention, to what I say. LOL

"Here there be musing" blog

Musings from Kim K. said...

Laughing at Sweet Cheeks tomato story! We gave up when Mr. Groundhog took over the garden. I'm sure Mr. Groundhog has been enjoying salsa for many months.

111 LaLa Lane said...

You tell 'em Sweet Cheeks! Nobody wants a butt tomato. Can't wait to see your fall décor.


Yup, don't eat the tomato LOL! Said a prayer for Ken and his family, Love your craft room and the peek of your fall decor is interesting!

Beth said...

What a tomato! Sweet Cheeks named it perfectly. This was not a good year for tomatoes in Central Illinois. Too much rain and cool temps. Even the farmer market tomatoes didn't look good.
Thank you Diana for being such a good friend!

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

We have that EXACT same tomato plant growing in our yard right now, single split tomato and all! Ha!

Junkchiccottage said...

Ha ha Sweet Cheeks tells it like it is. Love that kid!!!!! I think it just was not a good season for tomatoes anywhere in our midwest area.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Sorry about your tomatoes. We actually got more than we can handle this year -- cherry, roma, heirloom, etc. I love tomatoes but even I can't eat them all. I had grand plans to make tomato soup and fresh tomato sauce. So far those plans have NOT come to fruition lol.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

love your little Fall decor tease ;-) I grew heirlooms this summer, high yield even with growing them in containers. I'm sure your big boys will grew bunches and delight your senses. growing season for us is over. Butt crack, ha ha!

Gina said...

Can't wait to see your fall decorating! Your poor tomato plant! I won't criticize you though since I've never had much of a green thumb either.

Ruth Kelly said...

My poor little tomato plant did not even grow well and only had one small tomato on it which I just picked this week.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I have pretty much given up on growing tomatoes. My mom, however, can grow them like like crazy! I do love a sliced tomato with salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh Parmesan cheese. :) Looking forward to your fall post. I need to get mine up too.

Consider It All Joy said...

Sure am sorry about that 'mato' - Yucky!! A dear friend lost his wife this morning to a massive stroke, I'm really struggling today! Blessings to you, Cindy

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I had a dreadful year with all of my outdoor plants. I don't know if it was because it was such a cold growing season or a big case of "black thumb!) So sad about your tomato, but on the bright side it gave you something to laugh about!! Jane

Debby said...

Oh have the same brown thumb as I do. I did get three tomatoes but they are tiny. My eggplant is probably the size of a ping pong ball.
I am hear to give you good news. I have awarded you with the "Butterfly Light Award'. This award honors those who bring light into the lives of others. I really feel that you do. Check out my blog to see what you have to do. Don't kill me please.

Wanda said...

Haha..looks like some of my gardening experiences. My dad was the master gardener....wasn't passed down.

sissie said...

Don't feel bad Diana. My tomato plant was labeled a Big Boy but it ended up being Little Boys and every one of them split and looked rotten. I do not have a green thumb, so you are not alone! I think I got about three decent ones from a huge plant. Oh well next time I want one I'll just go to the market!


Linda said...

I have to agree, your 'butt' tomato looks pretty sad. On the other hand, mine looked pretty good this year :-) But I really haven't had the energy to do much with them. I feed mine several time a week when they are growing. This was a bad year for a lot of don't feel bad.

Merlesworld said...

Some years the tomatoes taste wonderful and are few and far between and other years they are everywhere but are not too tasty.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Oh that is too bad about the tomato plant Diana. How cute was your conversation with sweet cheeks!

Linda said...

Time for you to watch videos. I just found this website today, and his suggestions and videos are great. Especially the one about raised garden beds. Your Master Gardener Friend, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Gypsy Heart said...

Come garden with me! We could have a TV show of "what NOT to do" ~ :)


Nellie said...

That "if you plant it, it will grow" doesn't look like it worked too well for you this season. There is always another season to come! xo Nellie

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Thanks for the generous offer, but I don't care for "butt" tomatoes.

Missy George said...

Well. well...So you're not perfect at everything !! Hard to believe..That tomato is OK to eat...just cut out the crack...Better luck next year :)

Catherine said...

Dear Diana, You would not feel so bad if you lived next door to me. My garden looks very similar...
At least we tried!!
Blessings dear, Catherine xo

Anonymous said...

You sound like me with tomatoes and pumpkins!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

If you keep the tomato plant in a pot, you might want to buy a "patio" variety next time. I think they stay more compact and do better in pots. On a different note, if that's the only tomato you got...I would totally eat it.

Mindy said...

LOL. We eat the butt tomatoes at my house. :)
I feel like ALL my days have that schedule. I'm supposed to be enjoying these years, though. Hahahahaha
I'm not allowed to comment on the fall decor until October. ;)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I don't bother to plant anything that one could eat. I know it won't be edible or, like yours, won't produce.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Tee Hee....

You are soooo funny. Nothing's changed.

I want to get one of those topsy turvy tomato plant thingies. I'm lazy like that.

Do you know that you can get tomatoes at the grocery store now? You can. Progress in life really helps, huh? Makes things so much easier!

:) :) :)

xoRebecca (I've missed you!)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

We have tried, and tried, and tried growing tomatoes and never have much success. I don't bother anymore, I can pick out perfect home grown tomatoes at the farmers market...thank goodness!!!

Karen L. Bates said...

Oh, my, not much reward for you labor of love! I had better luck this year than most years but our season really isn't long enough for tomatoes. Love your Fall decorations.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, I have enjoyed catching up with you and your family this morning. It is always an enjoyment. I will go to the nursing home later today.Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love to watch the colors change. I don't have a green thumb and now you know why i don't garden. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Don't feel bad, I had four bushes and only two produced, if that's what you want to call it. I probably only got 6 tomatoes. And my pumpkin plant is going crazy, blooms and no pumpkins. They are going bye bye this weekend. Everyone here complained that their tomatoes were terrible this year. Crazy weather.
Have a good one.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Our tomatoes didn't do well this year. Too much rain. Too many weeds! You are such a tease Diana! I'm liking what I can see though.

Renee said...

Our tomatoes were awful looking too. Something took bites out of them, too.

I love fall decorating. I have some of my fall stuff out. Waiting a couple more days and then the Halloween is coming out :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It is just splitting from all the juice inside : )

White Lace and Promises said...

I love all your fall goodies. I could cut right around the gook and still have enough for a tomato sandwich I bet. I think I had 3 tomatoes the whole summer.

Candy S said...

Oh Nana, you are so funny. The little butt tomato may have cracked but you dear lady have not! Putting twenty hours of work into n eleven hour work day is not for the feint of heart. I do know what you mean though, that work till you drop thing is tough.