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Monday, October 20, 2014

Still hanging in there and Cali's Birthday!

A little bit of the garden still hanging in there!!  Greens and small tomatoes!

Two strawberries and more raspberries!  I'll take it!!  More greens and a few of my carrots that didn't do well this year!

Beggars can't be choosers now can they!  Don't want to lose a single berry!  Has anyone noticed the price of raspberries in the stores lately??  Whew!

Cali is turning five this month!  How can that be!  She had a "Frozen" birthday party.  What fun she had.

Here is a picture of her "Frozen" cake!

And here is a picture of them eating their pizza.  Cali is in the middle and Gracie on the right.  Cali went to nursery school with the little girl on the left last year.  I am afraid my "littles" are growing up!!!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oct. 19th Harvest, Book, Coco, Dehydrating & Reading

Still got a couple things from the garden this week to harvest!  That is lemon verbena on the right to dry.

Bread baked again and a few more raspberries gathered!  

A couple more strawberries!  I don't like to waste anything!

After our applesauce was canned we bought another half bushel of Delicious apples and have been dehydrating them.  My "wonderful gardener" has been helping me and what a big help he is!!

Do you read the Jan Karon books??  I checked this out from the library and read it.  It is her latest one.

The "littles" love to feed Coco.  Here they are giving her cut up carrots!  Is she spoiled or not.  She only has to be in the kennel when she is too excited or someone comes that doesn't care for dogs.  Mike and Melissa have a student living with them from Kuwait who is attending Valparaiso  University  that is afraid of dogs so she was put in her kennel.  I am hoping after being around Coco enough that he will get over that fear.  

Gracie is reading to Cali.  She is in second grade now and I am so proud at how well she can read!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short!

Here I am a day late posting my Monday Harvest!  Better late than never they say!

The garden will soon be history for 2014!  I pulled out my one green pepper plant and gave the peppers to our daughter.  Still have a few more yellow squash, one zucchini on the vine yet and maybe a few sungold tomatoes if they ripen!  A few greens growing in the cold frame.

A few raspberries are still hanging on.  Picking a few every other day and the pickings are getting slimmer now.  These needed picking the other day so I went out in my winter jacket with two sweatshirts under it and one of the hoods over my head to get the job done.  "Wonderful Gardener" has taken down the rain barrel and fountain and put in the garage.  Getting ready for the bad winter that some have predicted!!!!  Hope their wrong!

We celebrated our youngest son's birthday.  How did he grow up so fast with two children of his own now!  The two cards were made by the "littles".  Homade is best, don't you think!!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sept. 29 Harvest and Downsizing

This assortment is what our little garden is still producing!  A few small tomatoes left yet too.

We have been busy canning applesauce.  Love our thick lumpy applesauce!  36 pints are done and now we have to do apple crisp for the freezer and dehydrated apples.  The honey is what I buy from a man around the corner from us.  Yum!

"Wonderful Gardener" is removing this area along the fence to make his life easier!  He is tired of pulling weeds!

"Wonderful Gardener" and Mike moved this barrel over near the deck from that area being removed.  It has spearmint and lemon balm in it.

Plants and a few small bushes were removed from around the fountain area and grass planted.  We are leaving a little circle for flowers around the fountain and I will have to redo the flowers next spring so that it will be prettier.  This has been the life at Cozy Thyme Cottage lately besides doctor appointments.  "Wonderful Gardener" says we wouldn't have a social life if it wasn't for our doctor appointments!!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest, Vacation and Coco

I have not been faithful in taking pictures of the produce I have picked but here is a sample including what I harvested today.  I will be glad when the garden work is done for this year but not happy when I don't have anymore veggies and raspberries from our yard!

We were all out of jam and jelly so I made some freezer raspberry jam and threw a few blackberries in with it.  Yummy!  I need to find some smaller freezer containers as we don't eat that much jam at a time.

Coco snitched my only yellow tomato left and ate the whole thing! I was not too happy about that!  She said it was really yummy!  

This is the new raised bed "wonderful gardener" made to make my life easier next year!

This beautiful Cleome is growing in one of the cement blocks around the compost pile.  It adds a lot of color to the garden this time of year!

We went on a short vacation to TN.  Stayed overnight in Frankfort, KY one night.  These are the beautiful gardens in front of the governor's mansion.

There was also a beautiful floral clock in Frankfort.

Thoughts turn toward quilting this time of year.  This is just a scrap quilt I am making out of material I had.  Pinning the back and batting to it.  When the garden work slows down what hobby do you like to do???????

Monday, September 8, 2014

Flowers, Veggies, Change & Coco

  I think this is an Obedient plant.  "Wonderful Gardener" thought it was so pretty with the sun shining on it but the picture does not do it justice!

A nice big vegetable bowl full of raspberries!

More raspberries, yellow squash, cucumber and a couple little carrots.  Have not harvested very many carrots yet but I think most of them are small this year.

The mama squash and baby squash grew together.  I have never had that happen before!

There is "change" going on in our backyard this summer!!!!

My raspberry picker hard at work!

Can you see Coco back there to the left?  The Raspberry Picker's helper hard at work also!!!

Done picking raspberries!  Hmmmm.  Wonder if there is anything on the other side of this fence for me to help with!!!!  If they would only let me in to check it out!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Report!!

Here it is Sept. 1st!  Beginning to feel like fall but we are still getting lots of rain and humidity.  Here is an assortment of veggies picked.

And some more picked!  I really think the garden is about done!

Vegetable bowl of raspberries.  So happy to have them still producing!!

We hosted our Bible Study.  I am not a flower arranger but it was so nice to go out in the yard and pick these and stick in a sundae glass!  Happy  Labor Day!