Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This ball of "garden string" is actually the innards of a baseball. It was all wound up into a ball and then covered with leather and sewn together. Reggie, our dog, got a hold of this poor little baseball and chewed the leather to smithereens leaving this little ball of string. I was going to toss it in the trash...but instead tried to figure out a use for it. Aha! Garden string! Perfect. Reuse. Recycle. And when it's done helping me in the garden, into the compost it will go to become food for next years garden. I love it!
Hey dmoms! I need your mailing address again. In all of my "organization" I misplaced it. Sorry!
And good job on the educated guess...you are very observant!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The picture below is of the garden path. Or...should I say...what was the garden path? The Birdhouse gourd has boundary issues and is just growing all over the place. This is one case where I'm OK with something overstepping boundaries...it's so pretty!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Ian has spent the last two nights at my brothers. Ian and my nephew, Quintin, are 4 months apart and are two little peas in a pod. They get along great and have the best imaginations when they're together. They feed off of each others creativity non-stop...it's amazing the ideas they come up with. But, all good things must come to an end, so I'll be picking Ian up later this afternoon.
Chris is working today...gotta put in some extra hours to get a job finished up and ready for install next week.
And me? I'm showered and dressed and almost ready to go my Women's Leadership Meeting at church this morning at 9am. After that...the day is mine. I'm going to get some laundry started, tend to the garden and the chickens and then take some time to start putting together my Etsy shop...again.
Oh...and that picture above? That is a Pitcher Plant. My mom took the boys and I to the Steinhart Aquarium last week. It was a good time...and lots of fun. My mom spoils us...thanks Mom!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
...these! Watermelons! And one of them was yellow inside! And it was gooood. Probably the best of the bunch. Now...I have to say...in the past I have not been real experimental with food. Especially different colored food. Even as recent as last winter I was pretty stuck on orange carrots, green peppers, red tomatoes and red watermelon. You know, the usual. Well, as you know I got a little adventurous and bought that purple bell pepper and I felt pretty fancy and daring about it. And that encouraged me to do a little more poking around heirloom seed catalogs and web sites. And really...so much of the food we used to eat is NOT "the usual" colors. "The usual" colors have been carefully selected over the years because that's what people buy the most of. Is it truly our preference? Or have we just been conditioned? I don't know. To think about it is frightening. I think the bottom line is money. It all boils down to money. (Doesn't it always?) Anyway...I didn't set out to talk about money. Because all of this, gardening and sharing and learning and simplifying, it's about so much more. It's about doing my small part to make a difference. It's about gaining a little bit of freedom with each tidbit of knowledge that I gather. And I don't know about you, but freedom sounds pretty darn good to me right about now.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The majority of this bounty is from my friend's garden...they grow TONS of food. They're getting ready to go out of town and while they're gone, we get to benefit from it! I'll be going to their property every other day to check on animals and pick fruits and vegetables to my heart's content. [Please note: the two round zucchini, the cherry tomatoes and the yellow plum tomatoes are from OUR garden. I gotta take credit when I can!] Because we had all of this amazing produce I just had to utilize it. Since I'd defrosted some chicken for another meal plan I decided to change things up a bit and make stir-fry. And I have to say, it came out quite delicious! I added eggplant...to see if I like it yet...and I'm sad to say, I don't. I ate it years ago and didn't care for it...but hoped that my taste buds had matured. Um...they're still immature. Because eggplant is yucky. And wouldn't you know I have two eggplant plants in my backyard? I hope my neighbors like them...
*******************************On a totally different note...today was definitely a better day. Things are looking up. To give you a quick look into what's going on...my husband and I own our own custom cabinet shop. As you can imagine, business has been slow. We've fallen behind on some things...and our future has been uncertain. It all came to a head yesterday. And it was a rough day... But...today was a new day. And we had an opportunity to meet with our property manager. Before our appointment Chris and I prayed...for wisdom and for favor. And did we ever find favor! Oh my goodness...the property manager was SO nice. The real estate broker was nice. Our conversation was positive and all about solutions. And our prayers were answered...we were absolutely shown favor. We're not out of the woods yet...but we can definitely see the light... Thank you for your prayers and encouragement...it means a lot. xo
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
See this planter that my sweet little chickens are in? Not too long ago it contained cucumbers and beets. But between the earwigs and the chickens the vegetables didn't have a chance. So I yanked it all and left the planter open.
Well, the girls promptly found a perfect use for this sturdy raised bed...a bath tub, of course!
Look at this mess of feathers! If you didn't know better, this scene could make you worry.
They weren't too sure about me joining in on their bath time. But they tolerated me. And even let me sit on the edge of "the tub" to take some close-ups. Eventually, Nellie's modesty got the best of her...she ended her bath a bit sooner than the others.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The plant is not very healthy. It was one of the original victims of the earwig invasion. When they got done with it, it was basically a stem and a few skeleton leaves. It looked awful. And it still does. It's spindly and some of the leaves are crunchy. The stem is a bit pinched off and scarred near the soil. I had to tie it to the support to keep it upright.
But somehow, it is still growing cucumbers. I love gardening.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I am always so amazed at how quickly everything grows in the garden.
I love getting out into the garden early in the morning. It's cool. It's quiet. It's peaceful. It's relaxing. It's a great start to the day. It would be perfect...if it weren't for....
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I was kneeling down, watering the tomato plants, when I look up and there he is, not only very beautiful but also very bold. I hollered for Ian to bring me my camera...and hurry up about it! Uh, please. (I do my best to set good examples around here you know.)
This amazing creature did not budge...no matter how close I got. At first I was taking pictures from a reasonable distance. But as I checked them in my camera I was thinking that, yes, while you could see him, it wasn't real easy and he was really jumbled in with the tomato branches. So, step by step I got closer and closer and closer. And he didn't move. So I just kept snapping away, picture after picture. And NO, he wasn't dead. Because there were a few times that the wind blew and he fluttered his wings to keep his balance. His grip on that tomato branch was strong.
I've always appreciated dragon flies...the way their lacy wings glisten, the way they hover....as far as insects go, they're alright in my book. I remember once when I was a kid, my friend Jeff and I (remember Jeff? My armpit fart noise making friend? The one who punched me in the stomach? Yeah...him.) were riding our bikes in the cul-de-sac we lived on. We were just riding and riding and riding. I don't know, I may have been pretending that I was a Charlie's Angel, probably Farrah, driving my blue Cobra. I did that now and then. But anyway...suddenly, there were, and I think it's safe to say, hundreds of dragon flies hovering around our cul-de-sac. Maybe it just seemed like hundreds because I was a little girl, around 8 or so. But all I knew was that there were a LOT of dragon flies...and we rode our bikes through them over and over, every once in a while getting hit by one on the cheek or the arm. We made sure to keep our lips shut tight! It was kind of crazy...and really cool...when you're 8 anyway.