I’m still here!

Hello Beautiful,

You may have noticed (or not) that I have not been around here much at all since May! At first I was just feeling very reclusive and then I was just enjoying summer. Now that I’m back I notice that all of my hidden pages are showing up in a very unattractive way on the menu bar! A problem to be solved at a later date I’m sorry to say:(

On a happier note…I’ve been spending most of my time in our gardenGardenViewSm where I am sitting at this very moment with this view.

I’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful garden, who knew it would become almost all consuming?… I’m in love:)

This morning I harvested 23, yes 23 cucumbers. What does one do with so many? (Suggestions/recipes appreciated)cucumbersI took an organic gardening class in the early spring, built the beds in May and finally planted on May 23rd. Tiny, hopeful starts.Garden052313Now lush and abundant.Garden071213We have zucchini (A LOT!), cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, beans, corn, celery, asparagus, carrots, strawberries, and watermelon. Today I discovered that there are now seven new watermelons growing aside from the one that I think may be ready to pick.

watermelonAside from the abundant vegetation our garden is a haven for bees, butterflies, wasps, spiders and all kinds of fabulous wildlife (very happy sigh).

Not bad for my first try if I do say so myself! I feel like a farmer, if I miss tending even one day I come back to find overly large zucchinis or an invasion of tomato worms, which I have to admit I do not like to kill. I was saving them in a jar, wondering what to do with them when my neighbor with chickens mentioned that they make a tasty treat for the hens. Goodbye tomato worms. It’s the circle of life, lol.

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In a little over a week my daughter and I head north to spend a few weeks on Whidbey Island with family and friends. While we are very excited about our impending trip I’m a little worried to leave the garden in the hands of my husband… He’s busy and will not have the time to play farmer.

Thank you so much for coming back here to join me in my adventures. I leave you with these pictures.Garden1

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If you’re in the farming mood I recommend this wonderful, funny book, The Dirty Life. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

TheDirtyLife

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