April 2019

April 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

An April Morning

I know that I have lived in other Aprils, but this year, this one seems almost magical. Doing the most mundane tasks seem to me as if the air glows. I walked down to the chicken house to let my hens out of their house, and as I walked across the yard, I was so surprised to see the path of diamonds sparkling under my feet. To see the rainbows within each drop of water. Each blade of grass seemed infused with its own glowing golden light. Every where I looked I could feel spring. Does it not seem sad to think it might of been on a morning like this when Jesus died? It makes it hurt in my heart. But then to know just three days later, on a even more beautiful morning, the tomb was empty. Do you ever wonder what if felt like to have God dead? The creator of all things? All things hold together in Him.  I think about things like that sometimes.

I wanted to share with you my little miracle. Well, it is to me. One of the things about living here, is the lack of bees. We have other pollinators, like moths, orchard bees, wasps and even those tiny little iridescent flies and H bees. But not very many honey bees. I had my own hive in the past but they left. Earlier in the year, I really wanted a new hive, but I was past the time when you order them. I prayed that God would send some bees to pollinate.  I wasn't praying for my own, I was just praying for some hungry bees to fly by.

A couple of weeks ago, not one but two swarms flew in. The first one was in my chicken house, which wasn't going to work for us. Thankfully, it didn't work for the bees either so they left. The second is now in the skirting in my shed. Which of course is right next to the garden. This morning I wanted to check the orange trees and yes, so many working bees. I stand out there next to the shed during the day and watch them flying home with all of the little pollen sacks filled with pollen.

Do you know how tiny it makes me feel? It makes me wonder why I don't pray about everything. Why I don't leave all of my cares in the hands of a wonderful Father, who knows me and gives me the desires of my heart. Why I think, I can do it myself or why I try to go my own way instead of His.

Can you see the tiny little orange? Isn't that just amazing? I was thinking this morning, that time began in the garden. In a perfect world God planted a garden and put Adam in the midst of it to tend it and take care of it. When I am in the garden, I am more aware of the seasons, the weather. I am aware that in the garden, the miracle begins with a seed. I remember the first time I held a seed in my hand I was overcome with the magic contained within that tiny bit of miracle. When I am running here and there and life becomes crazy. All I have to do is walk out the back gate, and all of the stress from the day goes away. Just the beauty of the shimmering leaves of the cottonwoods, the wonderful beds of growing things. The blooms on the crab apple. April has been such a wonderful surprise this year. Maybe its because this is the first year, I am not fighting God about something. Giving up what I want, so God can do bigger things than I even know.

I sit and watch this tree with its new green leaves. It must be the best tree on the block. I keep watching knock down fights over nests in that tree. So far I think the Blue Jays have won. The doves though are pretty strong minded and sneak in when the jays leave to get more nesting material. This time of year, there is such drama in the tree tops.

I hope you have a wonderful day today. Thank you so much for stopping by today.


"Of all the wonderful things in the wondeful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof."
---Celia Thaxter.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Now April...Finally!

I love it when the iris starts blooming. I know that spring is officially here. I am afraid I will be kind of boring. I haven't done much except spring cleaning and washing windows and chopping weeds.
I do love it all but it keeps me away from the computer.

I managed though to get His Eye is on the Sparrow, by Beth Twist framed. I don't normally frame the things I make just because I am always shocked at how much it costs. This time I figured I would frame this because for me it is such an accomplishment. I never dreamed I would finish. All told it was 4 years. From the time I started until this last week when I got it framed.

I also finished a rug. I have never used wool strips to bind a rug before. I thought I would try it. It looks pretty but I don't know if I would do it again. I do like the ease of using wool yarn.
It looks very pretty in my dining room.

It was a cloudy day and the colors are brighter. Just a bit. This is a Maggie Bonami pattern.
I just love spring. I am tired today from all of the hula hoeing I did yesterday. But as soon as I step out the door and I can smell the orange blossoms and the fresh spring air. I can hear the mockingbirds and the meadowlarks and I forget how tired and sore I am and I go a bit crazy. I hope that this weekend I will finally get to planting in the ground. Its my plan on Saturday to finally get to spend the whole day in the garden. I have melons coming up in the seed trays under the lights and I would really like to get them growing in the garden outside. I am going to trellis so much stuff this year. I hope melons do good on a trellis.

Here is my driveway that I worked on yesterday. I love it when it looks so clean and really working down that driveway with the smell of orange blossoms is so incredible. The sound of the bees quietly humming as I work around the trees. Yes, I still have the bees in the wall of my shed. It will mean taking off the skirting and the outside wall and we haven't been home long enough to tackle that huge job. 

I would love to be outside today, but I really much get to cleaning my pantry. I have put it off and now its reached critical mass. I hope you have a wonderful day. I hope that April is good to you. I think that is why I got married in April. Its just a beautiful time to be alive. We will celebrate 39 years this month. I can't even believe its been that long. It doesn't feel like it. I feel like my life with Ron just gets more magical and more fulfilling each year. The day we got married he had wrote a song and some of the lyrics went, " we don't know how in love we fell, if we fall for a 100 years we won't know to tell, so lets begin this arm in arm." He was such a sweet songwriter. Now he writes code and he is still a great writer just a different direction.

I wish you all the best today this second day in April.

“Every intoxicating delight of early spring was in the air. The breeze that fanned her cheek was laden with subtle perfume and the crisp, fresh odor of unfolding leaves.”
― Gene Stratton-Porter, The Song of the Cardinal

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Welcome Spring!

Good Morning! Happy Spring! Its a beautiful day here, today, finally my tomatoes will be in the ground. Hopefully so will peppers, and I will finally get my peas planted. I hope its not to late. It has been a busy week trying to get caught up with the work so we can get to the fun stuff. I have all of my flowerbeds cleaned around the house, now to add mulch. I planted zinnias this week in one of the flowerbeds. I have a few more plants in my seed tray that were just to small to plant.
I did get my melons planted too.

So far I have planted a melon called Tigger melon from Baker Creek Seeds. Some other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew and I plan on growing them on a trellis. Just to see how they grow. The one thing we have been able to always grow here is melons. The last time we grew them our kids said, "Please, no more melons."

The other day I walked up on the porch and there on the wall was this little bat.  He slept there all afternoon. Then about twilight, I was sitting there watching and he just woke up and flew away. I have always wanted to see one close up. This is really how tiny he was, when I first saw him I thought it was a big moth.
We also had a swarm of bees show up. They are now in the wall of my shed out there. We are going to have to take the outside part off to get them out if we can. We were waiting for them to settle down before we messed with them. The bee hive is all set up just waiting. I am so glad I kept all of my stuff from my last bee experience. These are very mellow bees. Unlike the kind I had last time that were part killer bee I am sure. Every time I gave them water, they would sting me. I couldn't even walk around them without five wanting to fight.
This bunch is much calmer and act like normal bees. They just can't live in my shed. I am so excited about them. Do you know how good my fruit and garden will do with bees this close to pollinate! Sasha was a young dog the last time we had bees, and she is so allergic to them. I had to keep Benadryl on hand so I could keep her from getting sick. They hated her on sight. These new bees haven't done anything to her and I saw her watching them yesterday and they didn't try to fight her, so these are a good fit.

The trees are finally blooming. For the last 10 years or so they bloomed in late February. This year has been perfect. I just love seeing everything blooming. We have planted 10 fruit trees this year. Ron is going to graft onto our crabapple trees. Our crabapple trees are nicely established so it will be interesting to see what happens.

I bought my own birthday present this year. I have wanted one of these for years. I love my hula hoe, don't get me wrong, but this is the machine for living here. I did almost the whole place yesterday. I was so proud of myself. Though last night was a different story. I got 3 outdoor bikes on my fitbit yesterday and 171 minutes of exercise. Plus the best 20,325 steps. I have never got that before.

Ron was on the tractor and I was doing this and its just amazing to me how much we can get done.
Last year, Ben did all of this with a weed eater. Poor guy, this is so much better. I can't wait to use it again.

I just took my muffins out of the oven now I can put on my farm girl hat and get outside and play in the dirt.
Have a wonderful day,
“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books, babies, birds and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them. Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find happiness so easily."
(Quoted from Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim)”
― Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Little plants and gardening

Happy Almost Spring!! This is the first spring since I have lived here that feels like a real spring. Gardening is so rewarding. I love it because it made me aware of the seasons. Living in town, it just wasn't something I paid attention to, it could also be that when I was in the middle of raising six kids, I had little time to think about the weather.

Our purty lettuce

I was thinking today as I walked around the garden. Looking at everything. When was my first garden? I suppose I always had a garden. Who hasn't raised radishes and because I forgot to water them, were really hot but really good because I had grown them. My other things I did once was made raisins on top of my Dad's storage shed. Of course they tasted better too.

  When Ron and I married, soon to be 39 years ago, our first little bit of dirt was at our apartment. We loved that little bit of soil. Ron was driving by one day and a lady was getting rid of her iris bulbs and he stopped and planted them in our little garden. When we bought our first house, the first thing we did was put in a tiny little garden in our backyard. I was so amazed at the food I grew from that little 10x10 piece of dirt.

I found this picture, this would be about our fourth garden. This is our two oldest. You can see the garden in the background.

 It must have been about 1985 or so.  So gardening has always been apart of my life. I have kept myself busy growing things. Whether is was fruit or vegetables or babies. All of the babies have crawled around in the garden while I was weeding or picking or even when I was canning all of the home grown food.

Our onions are growing nicely.

Just on a whim I bought purple potatoes. They are finally coming up. You can see their tiny little leaves.

Finally some little beets. I was beginning to think I couldn't grow beets. I have had three failed crops I think now. I know why now. Beets don't like the any heat hotter than 85 degrees. Out here in this garden sometimes it can get up to 120 degrees out in the pasture on really hot days. So poof, they just burn up. Hopefully it will stay cool enough this year I can get a crop before the heat gets here.

The berry canes are beginning to wake up. This makes me so happy.

This is a russet or a red potatoes I can't remember which one but they are growing much better than the purple ones.

Its going to be a nice day. I have to get weeds chopped and more seed planting. This weekend we have a couple of 75 or 80 degree days. I am so excited to be out in the warm weather. Now you won't hear me talking like this come June. I hope your day is lovely and you are looking forward to spring.

Thank you for stopping by today,

 "Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God nothing seems to me more
surprising than the planting of a seed  in the blank earth and the result thereof."

---Celia Thaxter