So it's late, and I'm just getting started on this, because I've had a million and one distractions today.
First off, I had a request for a picture of my "bucket garden" so here it is...super simple. Take a couple of old laundry detergent buckets, scrub them out really good, drill some holes in the bottom for drainage, fill with potting soil, plant some plants, and voila! A bucket garden. My plants don't look so hot in this picture because they had wilted and hadn't quite recovered after being watered and before taking the picture....and again, it's been really hot here.
As the tomato plants got to be too tall to stand, I just tied them to the porch railing. It might look a little ghetto, but it works. I can't plant anything in the ground here because my neighbor has walnut trees and apparently the nuts release some kind of toxin or something into the soil, and it makes it nearly impossible to grow anything. Plus, I don't have any sort of outside water source on my house - so every day, I'm carrying huge cups of water out to dump in the buckets. It's a pain, but again, it works.
I was finally able to make arrangements with the car dealership to get my van in there to get it diagnosed. It's been more than 3 weeks since it died, and I want it back. And running. Anyway, a friend of ours came over and he and The Dude towed it to the dealership this evening. Hopefully they'll call tomorrow with a nice verdict. I don't want an ugly verdict.
And finally....apparently this is what the boys think I mean when I say "go potty, brush your teeth, and go to bed". Not quite what I had in mind....yes, they are asleep. Yes, Alex is sleeping while he is half standing up. And yes, they are both snoring.