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Playing in the Kitchen

Just popping in to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth:) I keep trying to get projects done before I post them and I got all slowed up last week because of Dr. appointments and my daughter’s crazy schedule!! :)It looks like I’m going to have…

On Gardens and Chickens

I’m pretty sure if you’ve read my blog for any time, you know I live in the country. I didn’t grow up in the country, though my family did have about an acre of yard with a swimming pool — an above ground up until the year I moved out and then they put…

Finally Some Relief!!

We’ve been having a super hot summer this year. Temps that normally don’t hit until August have been with us through most of July. We’ve had 100+ degree days more than I’d like to remember with other days very close to that (though we did have a few nice days here and there:). Yesterday and today have been very nice however, and it has prompted me to get out for a couple walks and get some pictures of our place and some of the critters running around here:)

Yesterday the kitties were out playing…
The gray one above is Mouser, the calico is Lily and the torte below is Tulip. They are all sisters. 
Whacha doing? 
And the horse was not out!! If there is even just a sprinkle this horse wants to be in the barn!!
And then there are the gardens…
Growing a new variety of ‘tomato’ 😂
Today I ventured down the driveway and took a very squishy walk down the road as we got a little over an inch of much needed rain. Maybe a bit too much all at once…
This little guy might look miserable, but he really loves running around in the rain and mud:)

Towards ‘town’…
A peak towards our pasture…
And a pretty little spot on the other side of a bridge…

I’ve been getting a little knitting done as well…

This is Celes by Jared Flood. I really love working this pattern and the fingering weight baby llama yarn is really nice to knit with:)
Along with the walking about and knitting, I’ve also been doing a little yoga this week. I am loving the Yoga Studio app!! 
What have you been up to this week? 

Gardening — Take 1

We’ve had an unusual Spring this year in that it’s stayed nice and cool for much longer than normal. We’ve had a few days here and there that have gotten pretty warm, even sorta hot, but all-in-all it’s been a very nice Spring.

So I decided that it was time to get into the garden and get things growing!! First we needed some plants. I heard through a Facebook post that some FFA members a few towns away was having a sale of some tomato plants and cucumber they had grown and thought it would be good to support them. Then we headed to our favorite local greenhouse and got the pepper plants…

Then I needed to clean up the garden plot. Last year we decided to abandon the big garden area we had (around 100ft by 50ft or so). It was a LOT to take care of and the soil is hard and very weedy. We build 2 4×8 raised beds instead. Now this really limits how much we can grow, we had hoped to be able to add a couple more raised beds this year, but that didn’t happen, but it is much easier to take care of…

Yes, it was quite a mess from the Autumn/Winter seasons!! I took a shovel to the outer edges and chopped, chopped, chopped away until it was all clean and nice again. I don’t know how I didn’t get this little guy while I was doing all the chopping…

He got lucky, I saw him just in time, and since he tried to go deeper into the weeds I was trying to get rid of, I picked him up and moved him to a safer place. Hopefully he’ll come back and eat lots of bugs for me!! 🙂

We got the garden planted that same day too, but the sun wouldn’t cooperate and the pictures turned out really bad so I took some this morning…

 Peppers
 Tomatoes/Cucumbers
 Dying tomatoes
Dying cucumbers
 
As you can see the tomatoes and cucumbers aren’t doing so well. Between being transplanted and the winds we’ve been having, I’m pretty sure we will be buying some new plants and starting over again. we have some rough weather moving in this weekend, so I think we’ll wait until next week:)
 
Maybe by next weekend (my birthday weekend!!!) I’ll have some pictures of the new plants:)