Expect posts to be a bit sporadic for the next few days. I’m 36 pages into the Trip Guide and working as fast as I can to get it off my plate and out the door so I can get to work on some other projects.

When I get time, I’ll Photoshop the pictures I shot on Route 66 the other day and post a few of the best.

In the meantime, here’s a quick update from the wilds of Red Fork:

1. I saw a scissortail flying across the road in front of me when I was on my way to Stroud yesterday evening.
2. I’ve got tiny narcissus flowers blooming, and I’m thinking about filling the front flowerbeds with Corsican mint, which likes shade and wet feet — two things I can just about guarantee it out there.
3. It’s been very warm lately but started to cool off tonight. If anybody planted early, thinking the risk of frost was over, you should probably start rounding up five-gallon buckets (and bricks to weigh them down) now, so you’ll be ready to turn them upside-down over your tomato plants this weekend. Big milk jugs or Gatorade bottles with the bottoms cut out will also make serviceable cloches in a pinch, especially if your plants aren’t too tall.

I’ll be back as soon as I finish the Trip Guide and catch my breath a little bit. I plan to reward your patience with little tutorials on how to drought-proof your tomato vines, how to get a compost pile to heat up, and how to tease maximum fire out of homegrown hot peppers.