This week’s comic brought to you by AntiuXixona Heladaria y Cafe in Cabo Roig! The second ice cream shop we had to visit to find working wifi. I was prepared to visit only two or maybe twenty more ice cream shops to post this week’s comic.
This morning we walked past a building undergoing renovation and workers were dumping old floor tiles into a dumpster. The black and white checkerboard immediately caught my eye, but the backs of each tile were covered in cement and the tops of a lot of the tiles were covered in a shitty faux-wood laminate. We walked away but on the way home we decided to give the tiles another look. It turns out the cement on the back fell off quite easily. We took home four as a test and after I cleaned one I went back to the skip with a hammer and two of our strongest bags. I stood there hammering cement off tiles until my noodle arms turned to mush and brought home ten more tiles.
Allotment update continued! The biggest avocado seed has sprouted a root! As a reward we’ve given it the biggest tallest jar. We got rid of the sickly basil and instead I planted a chirimoya seed from my seed bank! We’ll see how that goes. Everything’s onto its second set of leaves now which is really exciting. Growing by leaps and bounds! There’s a few plants we still don’t know what they are, three different types of sprouts came out of the strawberries and the chamomile so some seeds might have gotten mixed up somewhere.
Still no sign of the oregano, how long do we wait before we plant something else there?
Allotment update! The arugula seeds were doing so well that I pulled out the old stringy arugula and planted more. The avocado seeds were all sharing a glass but I spread them out to give them room as they start to split open. Little guys are popping up everywhere except for the oregano and the lavender.
A strange thing happened yesterday. Sometime during the late afternoon I went to make myself a cup of tea and something didn’t feel quite right when I picked up the kettle. I put it down again and stared at it. It was the same red plastic kettle it had always been, fitting neatly on the same red plastic base as always but something was off about it. I was sure I hadn’t noticed anything unusual when I had made my morning tea and I hadn’t left my studio apartment since that point. I started to feel panicked as I picked it up and put it down a few more times. My heart started beating very rapidly and I grew dizzy. I wondered whether the feelings of temporary insanity I was suffering from presaged a full on migraine when my attention finally settled on the number of cups the kettle contained. In a move reminiscent of something out of Roald Dahl’s The Twits, Matt had spirited a new and bigger version of our existing kettle into the apartment and switched the two under my very inattentive eyes, hiding all evidence of his actions back out in the hall. His intentions were for the best - our previous kettle needed to be boiled twice to fill a single teapot or hot water bottle and we’d been on the lookout for a new one for a while. His delight in hiding presents in plain sight and waiting to see how long it takes me to notice them is becoming perilous.
I knew Damhnait had found the new kettle because she was laughing. Not laughing like a joke, laughing like her sanity was unraveling, an unhinged cackle really. I recognized the same laugh coming out of Ingrid Bergman while we were watching Gaslight for the first time tonight.
Suddenly this all seems super sinister now!
Dug up all the dead plants and threw most of them away with the exception of one basil and some arugula that hadn’t died yet. We finally got rid of the cherry trees from last year, they weren’t coming back.
The avocado moved to the big cherry tree pot. And we found a little ceramic dish for that dumb pantry onion to move into. We planted carnations, mint, strawberries, oregano, lavender, more arugula, chamomile, and what might have been a nectarine seed from my random seed jar.
I can tell you as a spoiler for next week’s update, the arugula seeds sprouted first. They were so impressive that we’re considering tearing up the scraggly winter-arugula and just planting more seeds.