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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Is it fall time??

Does it seem like we are having fall nights to anyone else?  Seems like I have not gotten an abundance of any one thing this summer.

Some of this and some of that!

The raspberries are producing more and more again.

Ugh and double Ugh!  The squash bugs arrived!

After the onions I decided to plant this pot with cucumbers in the driveway.  They look good here but are starting to yellow.  Looking doubtful.......

The other two pots that had onions I planted to beans.  They do look hopeful..........

At first glance I thought more bugs!!  Nope!  These are dill seeds that I am saving for next year.  Not that I will probably need them.  They usually reseed all over by themselves!!

I am not growing this one but she does look healthy!!  Coco loves to clean out whatever is left in the peanut butter bottle!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My tomatoes are starting to ripen!  Except for the Brandywine they are not very large.  Why is that???

Picked a few cucumbers.  The one in the middle got away on me!  Some are fat and squatty this year!

A few beans are scraggling in!

Starting to pick a few fall raspberries.  I am liking that!!

How dare this bunny eat my lettuce like that!  This is the fourth one we have chased out of the yard.  Now this afternoon I saw another one in our yard.  I wonder how many more!  Hoping the same one is not getting back in but that there must be a nest under our deck! My friend and I were just saying we had never saw a bunny eating our lettuce and that must be a myth when I saw this one enjoying herself in my patch!!! So the fact that bunnies like lettuce is not a myth!  

I just recently bought these three adorable little watering can solar lights.  They each turn different colors.  Of course that is Coco in the corner hoping to see a bunny in the garden!

Here is a close up of one.  I just love them!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week's Harvest, Sheep & Towels

I am harvesting a variety of things.  A little of this and a little of that!

My big blueberry harvest!  I am giving up growing blueberries and giving Mike my two bushes.  Maybe he will have better luck than I have had!

A yellow summer squash and a stripe zucchini.  This is my first stripe zucchini ever.  I am wondering why when all the rest are plain green!

Dug up another cabbage.  They sure do make delicious cole slaw!

It seems that there are more hibiscus flowers this year than last.  Gorgeous!

Gracie decided to give my sheep a bath.  Funny!  I grew up on a farm with sheep and we never gave our sheep a bath!!!!!

I decided even with fatigue I should sew a seam now and then and satisfy my creativity.  Here are a couple towels to button over the stove handle.  I will not be making any more because my sewing machine cannot handle the thickness.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thyme, Peaches & Lyme

I cut a little more thyme to dry.  I have not harvested a lot of things and I have not taken pictures of the things I did pick.  A few cherry and sungold tomatoes, another cabbage, a couple summer squash and a couple nice cucumbers and now a couple fat short ones.  I wonder why they are like that?

Woe is me!!!!  My peaches have Peach Scab and Brown rot!  I am so disappointed!  I had hoped we would get some nice peaches after "wonderful gardener" pruned and sprayed them this spring.  I guess we are not very good at growing fruit trees!

The hibiscus has started blooming.  It does brighten one's day to look out the window in the morning and see this.  I just wish the blooms would last longer!

This is the view looking out the kitchen window over the sink.  That black thing hanging is a parrot that we bought in Cancun.   The curtains are blue.

Here is a little different view.

This picture and the next is an article that was in the South Bend Tribune today.  South Bend, Indiana is about a 45 minute drive from us.  I have Lyme disease but I had never given it much thought until I developed it.  This article and the next picture tells a little about it and what a couple people have gone through.  

I never developed a bullet rash.  Be careful blogging friends and check for ticks.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tea Party, Harvest & Music

I could not resist this little voice on the other end of the phone today when she said "Nana, remember the tea party we are going to have with the dolls?"  So meet the dolls Megan and Madison!!

One more picture of the girls and just one of their dolls.  This one happens to be Madison!  The little blue and white tea set I purchased years ago when we visited Caprilands Herb Gardens in Connecticut.  I let the girls use real tea cups for the first time here!  They did well with them.

Well, this is my harvest of potatoes from my 4x4 foot bed except the few I ate!  Coco enjoyed a few of the tiny ones too!

I was thrilled to find this very first cucumber of the season.  It almost went undetected!

I pulled onions out that were growing in the three pots in the driveway and laid them on the cement a couple days to dry.  They were brought in the garage at night.  They are small but I will use them anyway!  The reason they are in pots in the driveway outside the fence is so that Coco does not eat them in case you have not already guessed!!  Coco would like to be a vegetarian!  

A little of this and a little of that!  Wouldn't it be wonderful to harvest a few fresh veggies all winter!

I finally had enough zucchini to shred for the freezer for zucchini bread!  Hoping to get a little more done.

Before the girls left for home we had a little music time.  This is Cali playing her song for me.

This is Gracie playing her song.  I love my piano and I am hoping the girls will develop a love for playing the piano like I have!  This is something that I can do that does not take a lot of energy.  I have been on my  Lyme antibiotics for 7 days now and no better!  My husband thinks I don't have much patience.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Little more from the Garden!

I am harvesting a zucchini now and then!  Hoping I get enough to freeze some.

Yummy  green beans!  Need to plant some more!

The biggest harvest of raspberries is over now until fall.  Will be picking just a very few each day now.

Dug up a cabbage.  We sure have been enjoying fresh cole slaw!

Another zucchini and my first yellow squash!

More beans, zucchini and I dug up some potatoes that I have been enjoying.

Sue dug up my beets.  My  sweet neighbor made pickled beets for me!  She gave me 7 pints and she kept 3.  What a blessing!!  I knew I would not have the energy to can them as I have extreme fatigue. I have been diagnosed with Lyme, Mycoplasma and Bartonella.  If any of you ladies have Lyme or have had it could you let me know.

This is the Monarda by the pergola.  I have seen two or three hummingbirds on it but not as many as I would like!  The neighbor across the street has quite a few hummingbird feeders.  They would probably prefer to go there!

I never tire of looking out at the flowers.  This is a view that I took.  

This is a little different view that Sue took with her camera!  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

More lettuce from the garden!  I am afraid that this lettuce will run out before the next planting is large enough to use!

More raspberries too.  It seems we have more smaller ones this year.  I don't know why that would be as we have had quite a bit of rain and I thought raspberries liked water.

I snitched a few potatoes from under the plant.  I think these look a little larger than they actually are!

Sue pulled out my beets and planted a few beans.  Don't know what I would do without her help!  I don't have enough energy to make pickled beets this year so the neighbor lady took them and is going to can them.

We bought 20 lbs of blueberries for the freezer.  I have two tiny bushes but they don't seem to grow or do well.  My soil is not acid enough.

I have an unwanted visitor in my garden!  He is cute but not cute in my garden!  Can't seem to get him out.  Coco runs around barking and having fits but he knows he is safe if he runs in my garden as it has a fence around it to keep Coco out!

My Garden Angel hanging on the kitchen wall that I have had for years.

We celebrated Gracie's 8th birthday today!  She had a water party and fun was had!  Melissa made the cake.  There must be some mistake!  She can't be 8 already!