December 19, 2015 – First Tomato!

I have read through Big Creek one more time yesterday and today.  I found and corrected a lot of things, many of them, as I suspected, I had introduced while changing the tense. I had a hand-written list of things I wanted to double check. Every season we spent in Big Creek, I would explain some things anew: bear jam, iron ranger, bear-proof locker, dispatch, and more. I went through making sure I only described those kinds of things once. I added a description of the bat research.  I searched for two spaces at the end of sentences.  (It is hard to break old habits!)  Surprisingly, I had about a hundred double spaces within sentences. I guess I did that when I would rewrite a sentence to make it better. Yes, I feel like I am making some progress.

The weather here in Marathon has been in the mid 80s F since we got back at the beginning of November.  Yesterday and cold front moved through and now it is in the mid 70s F.  The wind has been blowing and rocking the motorhome a bit. It feels great when we take our walking breaks.

We walk to the waterfront for the walking breaks and yesterday saw a shower out on the horizon. We had a small chance of rain and it fell down like a waterfall for a few minutes. That was after I had watered my garden.

b Shower on the Horizon
Rain on the Horizon

Today was a day for the record books, so I must record the event here.  I harvested the first tomato of the season!  It was a cherry tomato.  I plucked two basil leaves to go with it. I carefully cut the little tomato in half and added a mozzarella pearl to each plate and then put a few drops of olive oil on top. Andy got a big laugh out of my plating, but we both enjoyed our ceremonial one-bite of tomato.

b First Tomato
First Tomato


16 thoughts on “December 19, 2015 – First Tomato!

  1. Debbie December 19, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Yummy nothing like a first tomato!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Susan Gehris December 19, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    I’m laughing at your harvest. It reminds me of the ad running on tv right now for something called Prevnar. I think it’s a shot that provides added protection against certain forms of pneumonia. I guess I should know because my doctor gave it to me. Anyway, the ad says if you could eat one piece of broccoli to protect you or do one sit up….hence, your one tomato.

    P.S. If you need a proof reader I’d be happy to do it. English major, super grammar fussy, proof for our community online newsletter, proofed many communiques when we had our own company. I’d be happy to help.

    Susan Gehris Sunset Beach, NC Currently in Stuart, FL

    Sent from Susan’s iPhone



  3. Neil Jordan December 20, 2015 / 12:08 am

    Re the one or two spaces after the end of a sentence punctuation, the following is from an email I sent to someone in the writing group I was participating in. I had experimented with scanning and character recognition of typewriten pages, and that raised the question of what to do with the two spaces required after typewritten (but not other printed) sentences.

    On 12/10/2015 11:07 PM, Neil Jordan wrote:
    Attached is a scan .PDF of one type page, and the corresponding page saved as .RTF. The .RTF imports perfectly into Scrivener, although I have to take care of some of the spacing and tabbing issues. I finished importing one short chapter. It’s much easier than fighting with Word.

    You will notice that I type with two spaces after a period and ?, but the conversion to .RTF treats that sacrosanct space indifferently. That prompted me to investigate current usage, for example here:
    I downloaded and attached, with comments.

    This reference traces the custom of not-two-spaces to the Linotype mechanism:

    The first reference suggested grabbing some books that you use regularly.
    Handbook of Hydraulics, 1914 Two spaces
    Open-Channel Hydraulics, 1959 Two spaces
    Open-Channel Hydraulics, 1985 One space
    A History of Pi, 1971 One space

    The ultimate authority and tie-breaker, of course, is the typing book that my mother-in-law gave me with the portable typewriter: “20th Century Typewriting”, 1937. Two spaces in the text and typing examples.
    [end quote]
    So, two spaces are customary but one space is acceptable if you are using a cast iron Underwood or engineer-approved equal. One space otherwise. Some word processing and editing software override two spaces and put in one space regardless.



      • leggypeggy December 20, 2015 / 3:40 pm

        I’m in Australia and planted in about the middle of October. Picked 14 tomatoes yesterday—10 golden cherry tomatoes, two tiny tims and two grosse lisse.


      • Dinata Misovec December 20, 2015 / 4:20 pm

        I bought plants and set them out in the beginning of November. I won’t have another one ready to harvest for a few days more, at least. It is fun (for me anyway) to compare.


    • Dinata Misovec December 20, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Winter is tomato season here in the Florida keys. The summers are just too hot.


  4. Frank Wilmer December 20, 2015 / 8:37 am

    hi Dinata….I told Frank that I would volunteer to proofread for you, but it sounds like you have it under control. If you need us, we would love to do it. (Every time I see mistakes down here, I am tempted to inquire if the outfit needs a proofreader!)


    Sent from my iPad



    • Dinata Misovec December 20, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Jane. I can use all the help I can get. Ten eyes are better than two.


  5. Lynz Real Cooking December 20, 2015 / 9:11 am

    It sounds like you made allot of progress! What lovely weather for you, it is now 28 degrees here haha! I love your pictures and the tomato is lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. milliethom January 4, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Hi Dinata. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog since before Christmas. I had a long period off my blog untl New Year’s Day, when I just posted my 2015 review from Amazon. Now I’m playing catch up everywhere! The weather you’re having down there is making me so jealous – even if it has gone down to 70 F! To have your own tomatoes at this time of year seems unbelievable to me. Good news that you’re making such progress with your book. I’m doing the same now, so will only be posting every so often. Now I’ll get on with reading what I’ve missed!


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