First butternut squash harvest

This morning, I decided to harvest one of the first butternut squashes to start growing.

A butternut squash harvested from the garden, next to some bananas for scale.
First butternut squash harvested. Bananas for scale.

Might be a bit on the early side, but it looked pretty ready. It’s a pretty decent size and weight. This one came out on the oblong side and not very butternut squash shaped. The other ones still in the garden are much more butternut squashed shape, although on the skinnier side.

There are a few more that look like they might be ready for harvesting too, but I think I’ll leave them for a few more weeks.

Looking forward to seeing how this one has turned out.

Tropical Storm Beryl

The second tropical storm of the season, Beryl, looks like one to keep an eye on starting the middle of next week. The forecasts show it becoming a hurricane in another day or so.

National Hurricane Center forecast map for Tropical Storm Beryl
The initial motion is 280/18 kt.  Beryl is on the south side of a 
strong subtropical ridge, and this feature should steer the cyclone 
quickly westward or west-northwestward toward and through the 
Windward Islands during the next 2-3 days. After that time, there is 
some divergence in the track guidance as Beryl approaches a weakness 
in the subtropical ridge near and east of Florida.  The GFS-based 
guidance calls for the storm to continue west- northwestward, while 
the ECMWF and UKMET models show a more westward motion. The 
consensus models lean more toward a west-northwestward motion, and 
the official forecast follows this guidance.  The new forecast track 
has only minor changes from the previous track.

Following behind Beryl is another system that seems likely to turn into another storm to watch in a week or two

An area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of 
the Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers
and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear conducive for
additional development of this system, and a tropical depression
could form by the middle of next week while it moves generally
westward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...medium...60 percent.

First blog post + 21

First blog post was 21 years ago!

Old enough to go out to the bar for a drink most everywhere now.

Post volume hasn’t gone up like I planned or thought it might a few years ago. I’ve definitely got more projects to ramble on about, but the free time thing is lacking. I’ll just keep posting when I can I suppose.

June garden update

The leaves on the butternut squashes have been thinning out and aren’t nearly as dense as they were a few weeks ago. It looks like a few of the butternut squashes will be ready to harvest soon too.

The jalapeno plants (pretty sure that’s what they are anyway) have sprouted a few flowers. Maybe I’ll be seeing some peppers growing in a month or two.

The rest of the garden seems to be doing fairly well. The raspberry plants are getting eaten up pretty badly by the Japanese beetles. The blueberries have stopped blueberrying, but the blackberry plants still have a bunch of clusters in various stages of ripening. The two fig plants put on a pretty big growth spurt over the past few weeks, but no signs of any fruiting. They seem green and happy though.

Looking forward to seeing how the butternut squashes turn out. I think the first ones should be ready to pick in a few more weeks.

Southeast Linuxfest 2024

Another Southeast Linuxfest is wrapped up and I had a great time again. Saw a bunch of new faces at SELF this year, which was nice. Attendance seemed about the same as last year. As usual, the hallway track was pretty active.

New sponsors this year were AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux. I’ll have to try them out on some of the older hardware I’ve got that Fedora doesn’t like to install on now.

Back this year was System76, showing off some of their hardware and one of their Launch keyboards, which looked really nice. Might have to get myself one. I’d love to get one of the Thelio systems.

In addition to the great talks this year, the grand opening of the new Charlotte Microcenter happened to coincide with SELF and there was much buzz. The new Microcenter isn’t very far away away and fairly easy to get to. Very nice store, very big. I somehow managed to get out of the store having only purchased a 5 port ethernet switch and an Arduino Mega clone board.

As usual, we had the W4L special event station running at SELF making FT8 contacts throughout the weekend. The amateur radio test session went pretty well too despite the room being a little on the frigid side, with 12 out of 16 people getting upgrades or new licenses.

And of course, it wouldn’t be SELF without Fred. Joining him this year was Larry the Cat.