June 20, 2008

Each morning when I get up I stumble over to the backyard window to see if there’s anything out there. This morning something was amiss – one of the squash plants was GONE. G.O.N.E. No trace. I thought for a minute the husband might have moved it to another part of the garden….until I saw the hoofprints . Those damn deer!!! It was so sad – like crime scene. I sprayed our other (bigger) 3 plants with more Deef Off before I left. I sure hope they’re there on Sunday!

I slept until 7:30 this morning since I didn’t get in bed until midnight, which pushed my whole schedule to leave by 9 back and made for quite a busy morning. I was literally whirling around the house getting things ready to go.

I had a piece of toast with PB before I left for the gym –

My hour at the gym was the most relaxing all morning! I did 30 minutes on the Stairs, 10 on the rowing machine for a change, and ran a fast 1/2 mile lap around the track.

Once home, it was rush, rush, rush. I ended up leaving 2 hours later and didn’t have time to eat breakfast or blog, so I quickly threw together a smoothie to take with me:

  • 1/2 cup wheatberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup leftover honeydew + blackberries
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • tbsp flax

NOTE: Wheatberries do not fit in straws!!! They didn’t really get blended (which was fine with me for chew) but I couldn’t use my straw and had to gulp it down.

A few hours later I’m headed to a late lunch and shopping with my mom and sister. Whew! Hopefully I can relax with my Chem take home test this afternoon. We’ve got 7:30 dinner reservations with some friends from high school.

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1 Tracy June 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Kath I am so sorry about your squash!! As I was reading I was thinking – who would steal a squash plant!! I had no idea a deer would do it. Crazy!


2 Tina June 20, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Damn deer! Bummer about your squash!

Have a nice time with your family! :)


3 arielle June 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm

That’s the irony of living in a city…I have no place to grow a squash, but if I did, I wouldn’t have to worry about animals eating it. Well maybe pigeons. I don’t know if they like squash.


4 Beamer June 20, 2008 at 1:16 pm

HELP! I have to go to dinner to a hole in the wall mexican resturant. This isn’t like some of the nicer places where you have more options. What the heck am I supposed to get. There is no fish or anything like that. We are talking bare bones mexican food. Don’t get me wrong, I love mexican food but I hate places that I feel like won’t work with you. This is the kind of place where people go for dirt cheap authentic mexican food.


5 caitlinbo (in FL) June 20, 2008 at 1:27 pm

black bean soup! mmmm!


6 Heather June 20, 2008 at 1:27 pm

OMG- that’s crazy! There’s no trace of that plant in the picture… just a sad little hole in the dirt :(

Have fun at home!

Beamer: Maybe just chicken fajitas without tortillas or the extras? Ranchera and tomatillo sauce (on enchiladas w/o cheese) are usually safe too.


7 Justy2003 June 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Stupid deer! I can’t believe they took your ENTIRE plant! I thought someone came and stole it while you were alone last night or something…like that whole “watch out when you’re alone” discussion from last night had some merit…guess you just need to watch out for the deer though! 😉

Beamer-My boyfriend LOOOOOVES Mexican and, being in Texas, there’s tons around here, so we have it quite often. I usually get chicken or veggie fajitas…you can use as much or as little of the sides that come with it as you want (cheese, guac, tortillas, etc.). Watch the chips and salsa bowl…that gets me every time! I just mindlessly munch away…especially after a margarita. Ugh. Enjoy the food though…one dinner won’t kill ya 😉


8 mh June 20, 2008 at 1:37 pm

get chicken fajitas..they never fail me!


9 haya June 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm

you need some of those really big diameter straws like the ones they have at bubble tea places for your wheatberry shakes. nothing gets stuck in those.

sorry about the deer! that would make me very sad. i put a lot of care into my veggie plants and would be sad to see any of them be snatched (by anyone/thing).
i am reading michael pollan’s second nature (a gardener’s education) now though, and there is a bit on backyard “pests” like deer, woodchuck and weeds, really have just as much right to the plants as we do. interesting.


10 Sami June 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

I am in love. . .with wheatberries.
This is an amazing recipe!
I added fresh herbs and tomato instead of red peppers.
[We didn’t have any.]
You could just add whatever you feel like.

This is for anyone who wants a really yummy, healthy, whole grain salad.,1977,FOOD_9936_33102,00.html

P.S. Kath, I’m so sorry about your plant. =[ I’ve been growing tomatoes from seeds. They’re about a foot tall. I know I’d be devistated if something happened to my babies, haha.


11 Katie June 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

OH NO!! That’s AWFUL about your plant! I’d be so upset! My poor dad had his ENTIRE garden wiped out last year, totally randomly. So he put up a huge fence he built out of the bamboo growing in his side yard (he’s too cute) to make sure they don’t get at it this year. LUCKILY you have a plant left! Better cover that sucker up! :)


12 Ashliqua June 20, 2008 at 2:29 pm

So sad about your plant!! My dad and I are growing a garden this year and working so hard on it, and I’m so worried that some creature or other is going to feast on it before we do. I hope you have a great weekend anyway Kath!


13 Hayley June 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Wow…that was some smart deer to completely uproot it! What a bummer!! Hopefully the “deer off” will do its job!

beamer – I’m with everyone else…chicken fajitas are usually your best bet, maybe just stick with 1 tortilla and eat the chicken and veggies?

Kath enjoy your time with your family! My husband is going to Hog Day without me…I’m so bummed I can’t go!


14 amy June 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Oh dear! Sorry…could not resist! I know that was bad.

beamer- Def. go with veggie or chicken fajitas! Yummy!!!


15 deer June 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I’ve had a vegetable garden for the past 3 summers, so I know the disappointment of animals taking off with your dearly loved and nurtured plants, but it surprised me that you would respond with chemicals – have you thought about more natural/organic methods of fending off the critters? Human hair works great for deer, and there are all kinds of homemade remedies for different bugs/animals that are all natural. After all, whatever you’re spraying on your plant is what you’re ultimately putting in your body.


16 Suzanne June 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Oh no! Those darn deer! I can’t believe it took the whole plant! (sorry I had to chuckle a little when I saw the pic).

My parents have trees that line the back of their driveway, and the deer literally ate all the leaves except for the tip tops where they couldn’t reach. So they had these ‘mushroom-topped’ naked trees! It looked awful!

Not only that, they nibbled everything in my Dad’s garden. They reached right into it – right over the chicken wire my dad had.

So I understand your frustration! But, at least you still have more plants, right? :)

I have a quick question: How do you read on the elliptical? Aren’t you moving too much? I haven’t tried it, so maybe it’s not as hard as I’m imagining. But, is there a special technique or way to do it?


17 Y June 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm

“dirt cheap authentic mexican food” … what’s that supposed to mean?


18 PS June 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I think it means authentic Mexican food at very inexpensive prices. What else could it mean?

Sounds like my kind of place!


19 Kath June 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Are you the one who ate it!?!? I would love an organic item that works – I’ve heard human hair, but frankly we don’t want to risk “trying” it and have all 4 of our plants eaten alive. Have you had good experience with it? I would only want to use my own though…other people’s hair is gross. Yes, I am disturbed by putting chemicals on the plants, but I guess it’s a desperate action.

No trick at all to reading on the ET. It takes about 60 seconds to get used to. If you get car sick easily, might not be for you, but it’s never bothered me. Same as watching TV while ETing!



20 sirenjess June 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I think she means “real Mexicans” make the food. I can say this because I AM A MEXICAN. And proud.

Hey beamer do they have shrimp you could get that or take the advice given earlier try chicken fajitas. Get corn tortillas eating like two is about 120-150 calories. Get frijoles a la charra skip the rice. Don’t eat too many chips and salsa. Just a thought.


21 Romina June 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Deer?? That’s crazy!! Rabbits eat all our flowers. =( But they’re so cute, so I can’t blame them.


22 Sidi June 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm

This year it’s my first year I planted more than tomatoes in my little garden. This afternoon I noticed that the letuce is eaten by who knows what little animals (rabbits, squirrels…) that are walking around the neighbourhood. I am sooo sad. :)


23 Beamer June 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I meant exactly what I said. “Dirt Cheap Authentic Mexican Food” Cheap food that is Authentic Mexican. Sheesh! :)


24 mh June 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

human hair near food is too much for me..yuck! do you lay it by the plant or what?


25 Y June 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm


I have never heard that expression of things being dirt cheap that is why i was asked what you meant by it. I did not mean anything by it. The race card was brought out by someone else.

Hope u enjoy the authentic mexican food tonight. :)


26 adria June 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm

The deer were just hungry… I bet those squash were yummy! Hope the Deer-off works… they can get annoying stealing all the veggies


27 tiedtogetherwithasmile June 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I’m sorry about your squash! I was really confused about who would steal vegetables, but the deer make sense..hopefully your Deer Off works. Good luck!


28 Kim June 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Aw, that’s too bad about the stealthy deer! But I guess it’s tough to get too mad about, because after all, “they were here first.”

Beamer – I worked in a (totally non-authentic) Mexican restaurant, and the amount of oil they used in the fajitas (in order to make them sizzle) was heartstopping. But if the place is as bare-bones and unaccommodating as you say, maybe you could order a regular entree (veggie or chicken burrito, tacos, etc) and only eat half of it? Maybe ask them to hold the cheese or rice, or load up on the veggies/beans?


29 sirenjess June 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

Y, I was making a joke. I was not in any way throwing out the “race card”.


30 Ange C. June 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Re: mexican food:

YUM! For low cal mexican, go with the Chicken Tacos al Carbon, which is basically grilled chicken strips in corn tortillas (think u have to request the corn ones) You can dress it any way you like b/c the condiments come on the side. I prefer to order this instead of fajitas b/c the fajitas always seem to be greasy. Yuck! Then gets beans as a side and i think you’ll be just fine. And enjoy those chips and salsa…one dinner like this won’t ruin you! 😉


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