Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
NOTHING BUT GARDENS
BUT WE DID ENJOY THE HOME GROWN GREEN BEANS TONIGHT
AND I FINISHED THE EUROBAG LAST NIGHT
TOO TEDIOUS TO MASS PRODUCE
BACK TO THE SOCKS - EASY MINDLESS SOCKS
AUGUST 12 I GO BACK TO THE CABLE KNIT SWEATER FOR THE STUDENT
Time to tell the brain - time for sleep...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
You are good at prayers I know you are - and if no words come - just lift the name to the heavens and God will know what to do - just be the elevator.
Keep a good thought - it has been a most unusual day.
See you tomorrow....
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I did sneak into the garden after I walked the dog. The tomato bushes, cukes, melons and zuchinni needed to be strung up some what. I needed to lay paper under the green bean bushes. Weeding is eternally needed. I trimmed back the lavendar bushes to small circular shapes and cut some blossoms. I water boarded a mole hole but tomorrow morning I will gather all the hoses together and get the rest of the contingent living near the west wall of the garden... where they think they want to eat my lavender plants and the zuchinni - - what they do not want to have to do is to eplain to my eldest daughter who loves zuchinni that they ate the plants....
In the next few days I will be starting some sections again - second plantings are fun. I haven't done this for a long time (since Wheaton where I canned a lot of stuff) but it will be good - the growing season lasts until October - so I have plenty of time for more beans - beets - lettuce - spinach - swiss chard - carrots and whatever else I have in the seed bag that can function in 90 days!
OK I am exhausted.
Long week - five full work days - I think in summer the work week should be 4 days long every week - give us adults time to rest and play...
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Here is the routine and I do mean routine!
Home from work - belly rub the poochy poochy after all he is a belly rub whore!
Eat dinner - do dishes.
Change clothes and Jackson starts dancing at the very sight of me headed to the bedroom to change clotes.
Sit down to tie shoes and Jackson is so over joyed that he insists on helping.
Get plastic bag!
Get leash on dog!
Walk for 30 or so minutes.
After the walk Jackson likes to lounge in the yard on his long tether.
Fine and good. I staked up some plants and generally enjoyed what I saw. Here is where life gets tricky...
As a rule - Jackson can be let off his leash and usually can be trusted to go the 10 or so feet without being touched or guided. He just goes in the house. Tonight I guess the door was not open enough. He hit the door and said to himself - humph - guess I am not going in there - turned around and darted for the wide open spaces. Dammit!
So I go in the house and DH asks me "Did you let him go?" "D'oh"
I invented this trick and 99 times it works - but not tonight. So I get a leash and Jackson proceeds to take me on a cruise of the neighbors yards. The neighbors have some interesting yards!
He slips into a very thick part of the woods and I opt to walk around to the other side - where I find him on the deck - he looks at me and bolts down the stairs. Dammit!
I tour the yards - nice work guys! and while he is sniffing yard 4 or 5 I lost track - I clench his neck and get the leash on him again.
Home we wander - all the time I am telling him "you should not piss off the momma" and lecturing him on the finer points of not running away from me - it is not prudent at this juncture to piss me off...
Well, he comes in the house and I ask the DH if he thought he would have come if I crinkled a plastic bag the way he comes before his walk... we just laughed...
Jackson is not to be trusted and at that point he looks at me with big brown eyes and says "What?"
That was that - tonight we got dog!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Definite witness that there are voles that are making the holes.
Plants were helter skelter and I had a hose.
I filled the holes. I comically refer to this process as water boarding. I understand the Geneva Convention I just prefer to take no prisoners. Early in the spring I did this process and the lawn is clear. Guess they moved under the tree. I am resisting getting the peanut treats for them that worked for my neighbor so well. But this is war. I will win.
And now the day lilies... there are others but these are my two favorites!
Sweet garden dreams to you....
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
We will be eating healthy for the next few days. I imagine by the 15th there will be the favorite item "Home Grown Green Bones" (green and wax beans)
After that there will be other delights to have. I can start some fall crops soon enough and enjoy some root vegetables most of the fall and winter.
I read where some are harvesting the chamomile for tea already. My seeds just sprouted... My celery is also just sprouted. I guess I planted a little late in the season - Memorial Day is not that late - but next year I will be able to get the garden in early because the fence will be up and hopefully the soil will be much enriched... April - I am thinking April - before the 15th - that should be soon enough to plant spinach and peas!