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The Weeds Have Won

Word of the Day: Overgrown

Every year in May, we approach our garden with great hopes. We attack the earth with a vengeance, pulling out last year’s growth, roto tilling, composting and adding peat moss. We make lovely rows and spend hours at Agway choosing what to put in it—lettuce, tomatoes, squash, basil, green beans, and peppers. We plant carefully and mulch around every walkway, and up the rows to the seed line. It’s as if we know what we’re doing.

But, alas, our garden dreams are much bigger than we can ever actually handle. Work, toddlers, and vacations take priority. And before we know it, the weeds have won again.  

Ripley and Lyra bushwhacking.

Ripley and Lyra bushwhacking.

This year, we were able to keep the wilderness out for at least two months. We remulched and got in a good batch of beans, as you’ll see above in the movie Marty shot. But August came and suddenly it was a losing battle. We would get in there just long enough to pick bright, red tomatoes that called to us from the driveway: “Pick me or I will fall and rot!” Clory and the girls took pilgrimages into the wilds to get the tomatoes every day for a few weeks. They loved them and would chow down right on the spot, especially the big beefsteaks. They stopped when it required a machete to get to the tomato section.

Now, as October turns our yard into a heap of acorns and leaves, the garden stands forlorn, at least to us. I’m sure the weeds think they’re having a bumper season.

Lyra and Ripley in the garden.

Mommy helping Ripley over a treacherous tomato bush while taking the photo.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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