This was our sunset last night. The clouds were in layers, and there were all different kinds of clouds. The Lad's Dad knew them all by name. I don't know their names, but I still love to look.
Dark clouds, like it's going to rain, and then blue sky. Such contrast. I hope it signifies that the dark days are over and sunny days are here. It's my little world...a girl can dream.
For those of you who don't know, this is BFF. We were very young ladies when we met. Now...she is about to be Gma for the second time. There is a line in a new Kenny Chesney song that says, "Got your number...got your back". That's the way it is for us. I am so blessed to call her my friend. So today...I would like to say, for all to know, that she helped make me the person I am today. Do you hear that? I am blaming you for how I am. LOL! Naw! It's not your fault...but you helped! Happy Day to you Girl! Love ya bunches!
I decided that, instead of complaining about my seeds not coming up, I could go get some plants. So I did.
Friday I went to Lowe's and they were getting in their brassicas family of plants. That is, I got 4-packs of Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, Broccoli, Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, and Chinese cabbage. Some of them I bought doubles (NOT the cabbage).
So...today I planted them. Yesterday I worked on the beds. I also planted more yellow beans, green beans, and peas. I have a bed in the West wing that I may plant some more brassicas. OR...I could plant beets and some more Oriental veggies. Maybe, I will do both.
This picture shows the first bed of peas that are already up, and the new bed I planted today.
The two closest little plants are red cabbage. The other two are Chinese cabbage. I have been looking online to see what I can use to make collars for these little beauties. Some use tin foil. Others use carpet padding, roofing felt, and some use cardboard. The purpose of the collars is to keep cabbage root flies from laying eggs in the soil. It is also suggested to net the cabbage to keep off the birds, and the white cabbage flies.
This area is where I decided to plant one or two of each of the kinds of Brassicas that I planted in the other beds. This area gets a little more Sun and I wanted to see if they do better here. Next...I would like to plant some of these in the West wing. It may get more Sun there. That could be better.
Anyway...I am tired now. Maybe I need a nap. Or...just a rest.
I love the internet. It gives me access to anything I am interested in learning about, as fast as I can type and read. I call my research trips...going down the rabbit hole. I am very good at research, and it usually takes me from one place to another.
A while ago, I was researching Farm Aid. Actually, I was researching Neil Young, which took me to Farm Aide. Some how I ended up on this site: www.farmrescue.org
It is a site that helps farmers in need. If they are trying to plant or harvest, people come and help. Volunteers. To save these family farms. Some of these farms have been in the family for 5 generations. Someone gets sick or hurt and these volunteers come in and save the day.
This site is a wonderful place to visit. It shows that there are people out there who really want to make a difference. To save a family in need.
The reason I am writing about this is because it was in an article the the paper today. I went back to the site to check it out. It made me cry to see how grateful these people were for the great kindness that saved their farms.
It is the American farms that helped to build this great nation. The kindness of neighbors. Communities banding together to make life better for all concerned. It gives me hope for the future.
A friend of mine told me he thought that this was a watermelon plant. It was sold to me as an acorn squash. None of that matters now, anyway. Something made off with it in the night. Broke it right off the vine, and made off with it. With nary a trace.
I wonder...if whatever ate it, ate it there...or did it take it somewhere else to savor it? It was getting pretty big, so what was big enough to carry it off? Did they roll it away? At least that is something I could 'see' happening. Especially if it were a rabbit that made off with my watermelon/squash.
That too, is something that doesn't matter. There is no way to know for sure. So the mystery fruit was eaten by the mystery creature. What a mystery!
Another thing that happened was I found a big black cat in my garden this morning. I scared it out with the garden hose as I was watering. Actually, it scared me, too.
HE...was so scared, he jumped the fence to the acre to the West, and kept running full bore across the two acres...and down the street. As fast as he could. He was practically to the street before the dogs even noticed. Then they were all frantic cause they missed it. Too funny!
This morning, I also replanted some more yellow beans. I have the next few days off my job...so now I will try to catch up with my planting, and writing, and taking pictures, and baking. I have lots of zucchini bread to make.
Today, I also secured my booth at the Duck Races in Pearblossom for Sunday, October 3rd. It will be my 3rd Duck Race. Hope to see everyone there!
So...I'll be back soon.....Love...Trish
Here is an Armenian cucumber. This one is about a foot long. As you can see, something is eating the leaves. I adjusted the fence a little in hopes that I can keep the rabbits out. We shall see.
I have had very little luck with my garden this year. I guess I am learning all the things I don't know about gardening. With the end of summer, and the Autumnal Equinox this week, it makes me a little tired of gardening for a while.
I know by January, I will be chomping at the bit to get back in the dirt...planting. Growing. Trying to figure out how to make it a bigger, better garden. I think preparation and planning is the key.
So...I will be amending soil and fencing off the new beds. Getting ready for the Spring planting. I sure wish I could plant in the acre next door. The County has been tilling the soil for weed control. It just needs some manure. AND...permission. A Girl can dream!
So...I have resorted to buying my zucchini for my zucchini bread. Is that sad...or what? I planted zucchini three times this year. I gave it a valiant effort. That is all anyone can ever do...their best.
AND...not give up. Quitting is not an option for me. I just can't.
Today, I was thinking...the anniversary for my web-site is coming up the first weekend in October. A whole year. It is a milestone. One I am proud of. A lot of effort and heart has gone into this place. Of course, that is how I do everything. With my heart. Fitting for a Gal who's birthday is Valentines Day. I have always led with my heart.
Just so everyone knows...I am feeling much better. I believe that I had an allergy to something blooming around here, and that was a big problem. I also believe that the Cipro antibiotics, were very hard on my body. Once I finished taking them...I felt better. But not while I was taking them. I am still a little tired...so I am resting, and not pushing myself so hard. Plus...BFF chewed me out and told me I needed to rest more...so I did. She knows how I am.
This beautiful flower lives in the West wing of my gardens. It is now in full bloom, so I wanted to make sure I got a picture of it in all it's glory. Each little flower looks like a star.
Right in the middle of this flower is this little yellow moth. In fact...
...it was covered in these little wonders. It is these little blessings I get to witness that show me how lucky I am. Watching nature do its dance. Feeding the moths. What is it that this plant needs that the moths provide? Pollination? A place to grow babies? I am curious...but I still feel blessed.
I always figure when I see a lot of 'something', like the moths, that something 'special' going on. Nature is showing me a miracle and I better pay attention. It makes me feel special, too.
So...today I would like to witness more miracles like this one. I will pay attention and adjust my focus from large to small and back again. Notice the little things, but not lose focus of the Big picture.
My path leads me, I know not where. I just keep asking for a sign that my path is true, and I keep moving. Until it is time to stop. I also ask that it is for the highest good for all concerned. Now, I don't know who 'all' is, but that doesn't really matter. I just don't want to leave them out. That's just the kind of Gal I am.
I went around the yard and took pictures of my newly planted beds.
As you can see...my peas are up!
Hopefully...they will be growing up these sticks.
I am trying not to be too disappointed about how my garden turned out this year. I did get some tomatoes, but not the glut that I was hoping for. The same goes for the cucumbers. I was hoping to have lots of them for canning, but I can't seem to keep those pesky rabbits from eating them. Then there are the black beans and the red beans. It seems the ants have destroyed most of them.
I am consoling myself with the thought that I am 'learning' how to rotate crops and build beds. In a few years, my dirt will have better soil from all the added compost. I will also have enough beds to accomplish the vision in my head. Not that I will ever have enough beds...I will just have a good start at the beginning of planting season.
I am worried that I won't get the harvest out of this new crop that I am planting now. Maybe it will get real cold at night and freeze my stuff. I have never planted much of a winter crop before. I might be pleasantly surprised. I might have better luck getting things to grow in the cooler times. So...I keep planting. What can I say...I can't stop myself, anyway. It is as much of an experiment, as a hope for the future.
Welcome to Monday! I have been taking it way easy since I found out how sick I am. I can pretend I'm not so sick, till I find out how sick I REALLY am. Then I need to take care of me. So...I am...taking care of me.
It was relatively easy since The Lad was gone all weekend. I mostly just laid around and watched The Lord of the Rings, trilogy.
I read those books when I was 21, and lived with my brothers in San Bernardino. Jones got me started on them. I think he may have been reading them for High School. He gave me all four books as a gift...birthday...I think.
I remember when the movies first came out. I remember that Viggo Mortensen said he had never read those books...but his son, Henry, had. When he was asked to be in the movie, he almost said no. Henry said that Viggo had to do it, or he would be sorry he passed it up. It is good to listen to your kids, sometimes.
Also, Viggo was married to Exene Chervenko. She was the singer for the Punk band, X. I find it amusing that two people, with exotic names, name their child such a plain name. I wouldn't call it a common name, but it is certainly old school. I wonder if they call him Hank.
Shortly after Viggo finished the trilogy, he did the movie, HIDALGO. I read he now owns the horse he had in that movie. The Mustang. I am just a wealth of knowledge about stuff that really doesn't matter...but is interesting. At least it is interesting to me.
Yesterday, I finally went to the Dr. I have been needing to do this way longer than I care to share with all of you.
I have this aversion to Dr.'s. I think they aren't really Dr.s...just drug pushers. When there are so many side effects to the drugs that you have to take...it is hard to know what you need to take, and what just causes more problems.
So, I was just after some antibiotics. It seems I also have bronchitis. So...she wants me to take, Claritan D, an inhaler, cough medicine, and the antibiotic. I passed on the Claritan (26), got a cheaper inhaler (from 45 to 8), and the other two were four bucks apiece.
The thing about antibiotics is it messes with your whole system. So I am starting mega doses of yogurt today through all the antibiotics. Plus, I will be taking a homeopathic candida med, cranberry, vitamin C, acidophiles, maybe some garlic with parsley. This will help support my healing, and stop some of the side effects of the antibiotics. Hopefully. Cause...damn! Antibiotics have done a number on me before!
When I was pregnant with The Lad, I got a staff infection. I was five months pregnant. It took the Dr's 2 months to figure it out. AND only after I asked them to take a swab of a spot on my ankle. That is when all my medical problems began.
The antibiotics they gave me were intravenous, and for four hours a day for five days. That gave me a yeast infection in my intestines (candida) that went unchecked for YEARS. Which caused back aches, foggy brain, weight gain, among other things. For years, I researched, and finally decided to do the homeopathic way...because it was easier on the body.
Now, it seems, I have come full circle. I am again on some heavy antibiotics. So to keep from going through all the same problems, I hope to 'head them off at the pass' , so to speak. After all the medicine has done it job, I hope to do a full body cleanse/fast that will stop any chance of candida. That is, if candida even gets a chance to get started.
At least that is my hope. The thought of going through years of trying to get my body balanced again, is not one I want to entertain. I have lost forty pounds and don't want to start gaining weight again. I just want to 'feel' better.
So, if you have been wondering why I have been a little goofy, it's the drugs! It makes it really hard to write. But...I like the cough medicine. It helped me sleep.