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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Odds and Ends


I keep taking pictures of the hydrangeas so that I can look back this winter and remember how pretty these bushes are and how many blossoms there were on them.  I have enough I could cut a few and bring them in the house, but I really do enjoy seeing them grow.

I have worked in the garden all week. I have to go outside and start working before 7:00 A.M. because on a hot day, working to 9:30 A.M. I come in the house I am a bit shaky. The heat is incredible out there but the plants love it. Then I start my house work. It feels so nice to be doing spring/summer cleaning. To be cleaning out cupboards, drawers and closets.

Here is some pictures of the garden.

Here is the gourds. I do hope we get lots of luffa  sponges. I really do enjoy using them to scrub every thing from bodies to sinks to what ever I have that needs scrubbing.


There are also lots of other kinds of gourds planted. I had some seeds from those kind that produce giant basket gourds. I would like to carve on those.


All the lovely pumpkins. I worked out here about three hours, getting them all weeded. After a year of no pumpkins, it is a labor of love. I have such plans for those pumpkins.


This is one of the middle beds, it has squash, corn, green beans and cucumbers. Every thing I want to can is growing here. I should have maybe planted more corn, and I still have room and plenty of seeds. I also need to plant another row of sunflowers, but it has taken so much time to keep this weeded I just wonder if I have the energy.


The beets are coming right along and I do have sunflowers out here and okra. I am thinking of letting my hoe slip on a few of the okra plants. I have never planted it before and I have heard that it is prolific., so maybe I don't need so many plants.


That is a tiny Japanese egg plant. I just love watching egg plant grow. This has doubled in size in one day.
I spend way to much time out here I think. It is such a peaceful place to me. The last two years, I was loosing my sight so fast, I didn't enjoy gardening. For one thing the colors were all messed up because of that first cataract being yellow. The sky instead of being blue was a dirty brownish color. I would try to weed and I would miss so many weeds that it would look that I hadn't done anything, so it felt I could never catch up. My plants all looked ill because it was me that was seeing something that wasn't there. Not to mention always, the feeling of impending doom that I just couldn't get away from.   Not to mention out of a seven day week, three of those days would be spent with migraines. I haven't had but one since that first surgery. To me that is a bit of a miracle. Not to mention seeing blue sky, and green plants and stars. I couldn't see stars either.


I was sitting out on my knees weeding the pumpkins, and I was listening to the birds, and the ground was still cold on my knees and the wind was blowing and I could see the trees shimmering in the sunlight. I could hear the sound of the wind in the trees and such a feeling of blessing washed over me. Being thankful for all that has happened. I am constantly amazed at the world around me. Fear of the unknown is a terrible thing. The what if games that I play in my head. All of it takes away the joy of living. The beauty that brings surprises every day. I feel like I have been gone for so long. One of the things I had to do, as my sight left, was I had to keep buying bigger and bigger tapestry needles just to thread the needle. Last night I used a needle with a tiny eye. Each time I threaded that needle, I just laughed to myself, seeing the eye of a needle is such a gift.

I have rambled on an on. Time to get the day underway. I really do like short weeks, but I have been behind a day all week. I hope your Thursday is nice.

Thank you for reading along, on these ramblings of mine.

~Kim~


" We will wait, For God is in the waiting."
---The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric P. Kelly 1928

22 comments:

  1. i really have trouble threading a needle these days. *sigh*

    love your morning glories! and i do hope you're drinking a ton of water while you're working out there in that heat! don't wait until you come indoors!

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  2. It's been so hot! My basil is growing like gangbusters, though. M so glad you can see again.

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  3. Your garden looks just amazing and so large. I can't imagine that you can use all what you grow.

    I love your hydrangeas and you're like me, I'd rather look at the flowers where they grow as opposed to bringing them in the house. I always say that I should have a cutting garden.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  4. Garden is looking great! And you have a way with words.... sight is such a lovely sense we take for granted. xoxo

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  5. Beautiful post. ..enjoy each and every minute in your garden and with your sewing. I believe in miracles too.
    Blessings, Catherine

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  6. Oh how I hope my hydrangeas bloom this year! I just love them!

    What a garden you have ... Makes ours look like so, so tiny! We have a tomato and several blossoms on a couple of our tomato plants! I can't wait. Our zucchini is holding its own.

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  7. Yes, so wonderful you can see again Kim!
    And what a wonderful way to pass your days-in the garden.

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  8. We love okra here, so my hoe would not be slipping around the okra plants.:-) If you gather okra often, that is what motivates it to bear more. The hydrangeas are absolutely beautiful! xo Nellie

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  9. Everything looks so good! I didn't know you were growing luffa. I might steal a couple for soap. ;) I'm so glad you have a big garden this year and you're enjoying it.

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  10. And you have morning glories in your garden!
    I like to have flowers scattered among the vegetables, too. Where I planted fennel as a vegetable, those seeds don't seem to have sprouted but volunteer nasturtiums are coming up! I don't suppose nasturtiums will grow where you are? I never knew what one was until I moved away from the Central Valley.

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  11. Kim, your gardens and plants look wonderful! I can tell from your post that you are a woman full of gratitude for all of her blessings ~~~ big and small.
    Thank you for sharing your feelings of gratitude with us. Makes me stop and take more notice of all of my blessing too :)

    Best of luck with all your gardens this growing season!
    Hope the luffas work out great too. I've wanted to grow luffa gourds, but never have. Maybe some day.

    Smiles :)
    K.

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  12. You are such a gift to us. I love hearing (reading) about your garden and your plans for it. xo

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  13. No wonder you spend many hours in the gardens!!!
    Your morning glory are beautiful. The center just glows. I planted some seed yesterday, but I don't have too good of luck with them.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  14. Wonderful garden things growing! Your soil looks very sandy. Is it? My garden is finally in and beginning to come up. We have a pretty short growing season, but I enjoy it. Every bit of homegrown food we get is a gift! Loving your thoughts about enjoying all the moments.

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  15. Hello friend! I did not know that about egg plant! I must buy one and put it in the Peter Rabbit garden!
    Your garden is so ambitious! You are so ambitious! I can't believe you come in from all that sweaty gardening and THEN clean your house. I think I'd have tea and a nap! And THEN second breakfast.

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  16. Yes, okra is prolific! It will grow tall and you will have plenty to freeze, sell and give away!! ha! ha! Hope you have lots of pumpkins and I would like to see the loofahs!

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  17. the gardens look fabulous kim, that must be a ton of work to keep up with.

    your hydrangeas are gorgeous, mine have not bloomed yet!! have a wonderful weekend!!

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  18. I love your garden. Thanks again for sharing this year's pictures. I took some similar pictures this morning...my first morning glory and yellow sunflower. I hope you are doing great and I am hoping to be back to visit more often. Blessings and hugs

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  19. Holy Moly your garden is huge! I bet it keeps you busy. It looks like you have big plans for everything. Can't wait to see your harvest.

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  20. Kim, I am so very happy for you.. Lovely :)

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  21. Although you might have not been able to see clearly all the beauty around you, I think you had it deep in your soul. Until you wrote about not seeing well I would never had suspected it. It goes to show how positive you are.

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