Almost June 2019

Almost June 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Welcome June!

I love that today finally feels like summer. Today the skies are blue, the wind chimes are singing softly to itself. The yard is green and my flowers are spectacular. We won't talk about the weeds, that really enjoyed the rain we had in May. I have always been thankful for spring, but this year I am happily looking forward to summer. My beets are ready to pick and get packed in jars. That will be next week's project. We had moved our berries this winter and I knew we wouldn't get very much, but I thought maybe enough for at least one cobbler. Nope, something went out there and ate every single berry. Every one. It was kind of startling to go out and not even a single red one left.

We have these strange foxes that have moved in so maybe its them. They don't have fuzzy tales like a fox, more like a dog/fox hybrid. We were working in the garden and it was noon and I had my chicken out with us and it wanted a chickens so bad it was willing to take the chance with us there. Even Sasha spotted it. I haven't lost any chickens so that's good.

Here are a few of the garden pictures I took.

Our first bell peppers.  I don't think we have ever grown bell peppers that looked like this, and I know we have never had them this early.

The plums are getting ripe. We just haven't had many warm days yet. I wanted them to be ripe with Ben and his family were here and I would check to see if any were ripe but they never were.

I can't ever seem to get the whole garden in one shot with my camera. Its becoming such an oasis to me to be out here in the early morning. There is always something to see. I couldn't go out last evening and this morning when I went out I was surprised at how much things had grown in the night.

I planted 18 tomatoes from seed this year. All eighteen are loaded with tomatoes. I am going to have my hands full when they start to get ripe.

I think the cattle panel arches are my favorite thing in the whole world. What a easy thing to have for arches. I can't wait until all of them are covered in vines.

These are called Tigger melons. They are kind of a personal melon. I think they like really warm weather and I think next week when we start flirting with 100 degree temps these will finally take off.

I planted pumpkins just one row and in the hole I also planted sunflowers. I am hoping the pumpkins will climb the sunflowers. I tried it one year and it worked pretty well. The pumpkins were good because they weren't on the ground and the squash borers didn't go up on the vines off the ground. That is why I am doing vertical gardening this year. I have dug and read and watched videos of the different things people have tried to keep their vines safe. Only in one place did I see where someone said, that "an old timer mentioned he used sulfur around the base of the plant." We found food grade sulfur on Amazon and I hope it will do the trick. I am desperate to not have the bugs win.

This year I decided I wanted Elderberry trees. At our first house we had a very nice one, but since I was a very new wife, mother and gardener. I told the kids to not eat the berries. So they called it poison berries. Years later, when I was learning about herbology. I came across one of the best things to have in your garden is an elderberry tree. Everything on a elderberry is good for food and medicine, the bark, leaves and fruit and even the roots. In one of my herb books  was a picture of the poison berry tree we had had in our back yard. Boy, did I kick myself. I decided this was the year I was going to put some in and I bought four different kinds. They really like it back here. I am so happy to see them growing like they are and hopefully someday I will get berries to make syrup.

Welcome June! I am so glad that you are here and the weather will hopefully settle down.
Thank you so much for stopping by today,


It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.
---Maud Hart Loveless

Monday, May 27, 2019

Almost June

Happy Memorial Day! Its been a long time since I posted. A really long time. Life happens, and I didn't want to miss a single drop of all of the things that were going on here at home. Having Ben and Megan home with the kids was such a gift to me. I won't go into detail about things but if you are so inclined here is the link to what is going on in their life right now. This one is called:
"They said we shouldn't be alive."

We had a nice visit. I am praying now they get home in one piece and that they will have no more anything on the way home. The weather sure isn't cooperating. We had 13 inches of snow here in California over the weekend. I haven't been able to find just how much rain we got. My plants love it though.

  I just had to show you this crazy hydrangea. It is way over my head now and look how high it is on my windows in the back. It really loves this weather.

Last night I fixed Chicken Scampi and I used some of our new bell peppers. As I cut open the first bell pepper, it smelled like roses. It was so sweet and so pretty. I always forget how wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables are fresh from the garden.

I wanted to share the mix I have been putting on my plants this year.
I buy this in bags.
Blood Meal
Bone Meal
I mix it all together in a large bucket and I just put a tablespoon around the base of the plant. Its dry by the way. With all of the rain its been getting washed down. I have never had tomatoes or bell peppers in May. I was looking at my tomatoes this morning and they are covered in blooms. No blossom rot which has been my bane for a few years. No splits either. I crawled all over the garden on my knees feeding everything on Saturday because I knew that we were going to have rain. I just didn't expect so much rain.

I am almost ready to pick beets. They are getting to be such a nice size. When the boys were here they helped me in the garden. They helped me plant sunflowers and some Indian corn. We planted pumpkins and cucumbers and dill. Its all up now. They were such fun to have be my helpers. We spent a lot of time out here. They are such good helpers. It was barely warm enough for them to swim. They could only swim a couple of days because it rained the rest of the time.

I just love it that the beans are climbing like this. Its going to be so much fun when the arches are covered in vines.

I have to tell you a story. I have never really shared much, but I am obsessed with all things bigfoot.

I listen to stories and I read anything I can get my hands on. I was going to the library on Saturday and there was a man on my way selling these wooden signs. He only had this one bigfoot. I told myself all the way to the library, I did not need a 8 foot big foot. As I drove back from the library it was still there. I stopped and he came home with me. I laughed the whole way home. When I got home Elliot was putting stuff on the lawn and I said, " Hey come help me with my big foot." He stopped and never said too much when Mom opens the back of the  car and we have to carry it where it is now. I asked him, " Is Peter coming home for the weekend?" He said "Yes I think so." He went back to the lawn, and I was laughing to myself as I went and found Ron to show him what I brought home.

He is so good, he didn't even get mad but laughed with me and I admit to chortling quite a bit every time anyone tell me how it scared them. So the stage was all set for Peter to come home. Peter lives in San Diego and gets off work at 11:30 P.M. and drives home. He will get home depending on L.A. traffic sometimes between 2:30 and 4:30 in the morning.

This is what he said on Instagram. " That's all fun and games until you get home at 2am and it scares the daylights out of you. "
I have laughed and laughed.

I have plans for this big foot. His name now is Harvey. Like in the movie by the same name. I am going to put him in the garden so he can be a scarecrow. He is going to go out in the yard around Halloween. I am going to put him out in the trees in the pasture. Lots of plans for him. Right now though, this is his home for now. Until the rain stops.

 I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.  Remembering those who have gone on and given us the life we have today.
Thank you so much for stopping by today,


You must have a garden. Wherever you are. ---Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patrica MacLachlan, 1985

Friday, May 10, 2019

Guess What?

Guess who will be coming in the driveway today? Only the other direction. Isn't that exciting? Well it is for me. After a whole year of traveling the United States, in every kind of weather, they are going to be home. Of course, we would be having downpours and thunder and lighting today. The storms have chased them home.

I will get to hear all about the travels. I will get to hear all about their new place in North Carolina. I get to feed them. I get to bake and bake. I am so excited. I feel like today is better than Christmas. I am sure the boys will be taller than me.

So a very busy day today, I need to get myself in gear and get about a million things done before they make it home.
This grandma/mom is counting her blessings and feel like its the best Christmas present ever. Tonight they will be sleeping at our house.
God is so good!!


Today, God gives me the desires of my heart, my kids will be home. I will not count the days as they pass, but embrace every tiny bit of time we have. I will not look to the goodbyes, but to the joy of the moment. In every grain of sand, that pours from the bottle. I won't even try to catch the sand in my hand, but open my hands and give back to God freely. Following God is always better, than safety and wishing things were this or that. Dreams are hard work, and full of sweat and tears.
I am glad that our kids all have dreams and they have had the guts to accomplish those dreams.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Spring Notes

Good Morning, How are you on this day? I had my birthday this week. It was so nice. I felt very spoiled and loved. One of my sons went on a job interview. I was so happy that it happened on my birthday. Ben and Megan started for home too. Emilie and Nik made it home as well.

It looks like they spent a little time hunting Bigfoot in Northern California.!

Nik and Emilie, look like they had a nice vacation. So glad they are home now.

I even hooked on my giant rug this week. I really spent a lot of time hooking and it felt so nice to be doing what I love. Well I guess there are so many things I do love its hard to isolate just one thing.

We have a hummingbird that built a nest right outside our bedroom, on the porch. On a light bulb. 

She sits out there on it, I wonder if she will chase us away when her eggs hatch. Right now she watches every single thing we do. I find myself staying away from my bedroom during the day and not sitting on the porch.

We put in a sun shade this weekend. Its helped so much with shading the patio. So you can see why this puts me in a weird place, because I really want to sit out there and hook. But not disturb Mrs. Hummingbird.

I don't know why we didn't do this sooner. Its made it so nice in the living room in the late afternoon.
When we went to Tucson, that house there had one, and it was amazing how much shade it provided, I had never even thought about one before.

Our bathroom is back to being a bathroom and not a greenhouse. The last of our plants will be planted this weekend. The ones we grew from seed. The ground is warm enough now. Some of the melons I have planted already have blooms. That just amazes me.

I should get outside. I need to grab my little shovel and my plants and get to planting. Its May now, so I am going to be planting sunflowers. This morning we had a green parrot flying over scolding because there were no sunflowers to eat. I normally have a few that came up over the winter but this year I don't for some reason.

Have a lovely day,


“You have, to dream things out. It keeps a kind of an ideal before you. You see it first in your mind and then you set about to try and make it like the ideal. If you want a garden,—why, I guess you've got to dream a garden.”
― Bess Streeter Aldrich, A Lantern in Her Hand