Before and After the PICU, a Photographic History of the Garden

Before our 11 days in the PICU, the kids were really seeing their garden boxes give a good yield. But when mama's gone, well... we tend to forget the care of some things, like the garden. I give you BPICU (Before Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and APICU (After Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, naturally):

BPICU, all was peaceful in the garden. The tomatoes slowly stretched their way up the supports, the new and cheery birdhouse beckoned little birdies, and the chickens happily foraged with the promise of fresh eggs for our family...

APICU. Those tall things? They're weeds. There's stuff growing under them, but they're weeds. See the birdhouse behind them? Neither can I.

BPICU, girls gathered their bountiful Eightball Zucchini crop, enjoying thoughts of fresh zucchini bread nibbled upon for breakfast...

APICU. "Uh, Mom? What are those gigantic bowling ball thingies in my veggie box? And why do the leaves look dead?"

BPICU, lovely young ladies took pride in their rapidly growing bounty, nourished by the rich California soil and sunshine...

APICU. Does anyone know where Abby went? Abby? Abby?

BPICU, pumpkin vines grew lushly as the drip irrigation system lovingly installed by the grandfather fed their need for moisture.

APICU. WHOA! Attention all Fletcher children: the fall menu will consist of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin souffle, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cake, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin sandwiches, pumpkin on toast, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin stir fry, pumpkin omelets... you know, when you write the word "pumpkin" over and over, it starts to look a little odd. Pumpkin.