Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Garden in August

I transplanted my geranium into a bigger pot.
Wow! Did it like that! From doing nothing all summer, it exploded into bloom.

I replanted the remainder of my pumpkin seeds. Their large leaves look so exotic. Hopefully, I will actually get some pumpkins this time. I spy a little one beginning.

My marigolds and small zinnias are looking fabulous since I got them weeded. They are attracting lots of butterflies.
My slicing tomatoes are just not keeping up with even one person (me). But my paste tomatoes are going crazy. I've already made 20 spaghetti sauces, 16 of which have made it to the freezer. And still they produce. I've tried a couple of salsa recipes, but nothing ever turns out how we like. Hmmm . . . I guess I will keep on experimenting.
My watermelon patch is producing. I just hope I can figure out when to harvest better this year.
I planted some giant zinnias in the potato patch. They should be blooming soon.
Peppers are doing fabulously.
The bees love the basil.
My carrots I just did not get harvested in time. The carrots themselves are too big, tough and woody. But the ferny foliage looks pretty, so they will stay in the ground a little longer.
I finally got the onion patch weeded. I had only little onions because of my neglect. Without the weeds, I would have had a bounty of onions. Resolving to do better next year!

And that's the story of the garden in August.


Monday, August 21, 2017


So cool to see the moon eclipse the sun. We weren't in the path of totality, but we got to 94%. Enough to recognize a reduction in light, but not all that dark. Like a cloud covering the sun. It did get noticeably cooler, but not a great deal. No stars visible, no animals starting their evening habits.

We did wear cool shades.

We did the colander as viewer.

A friend brought over a box with pinhole viewer.

My hanging plant made cool, lacy shadows.

Then Miss Adventure tired of the show.
Time for play!

Next eclipse we are definitely traveling to totality. What we got to see at home was pretty cool, but we want to see the real deal. So in 2024 we are hitting the road.
See you at the next eclipse!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer of Moving

The Chemist got a job in a closer town! Yay! She is very glad to leave the bigger city. She is a small town girl. But that meant packing up and moving.

First, we moved her home as she had a job, but hadn't found anything to rent that she liked yet. It was a bit of a commute, but doable.

Then, we helped Ben and his Sweetie move. Same town, just a nicer apartment, now that they are graduate students with teaching and research assistant jobs. 21 steps down to move out, then 5 up 8 down to move in. At least we were carrying stuff down the big set of steps.

Once Ben and his Sweetie were settled, the next weekend was moving the Chemist to the apartment she had found. 8 steps up. Getting easier?

Getting her set up so she can access weather reports should things look stormy.

Her front door.

The young one is getting restless.

But, at least the neighbors are quiet. :-D

Whew! Three weekends of moving in 6 weeks. I didn't need workout class those weeks. It's nice to have everyone settled.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Garden

So here is the story of the garden in July.

Lovely cosmos . . . and weeds.

Lovely marigolds . . . and weeds.

There is an onion patch in there somewhere.

My tomato plants are being gobbled up by these ugly creatures, blister beetles, I think.

My lovely pumpkin plant just up and died one day. Probably borers.
My poor bean plants nibbled to death by rascally rabbits!

But the cantaloupe plants are doing well.

The morning glories are half way up the wall.

My chives are blooming.

And the cherry tomato looks cheery.

And potatoes! I harvested 30 pounds of potatoes!

I *will* get the garden weeded soon. And that's the story of the garden in July.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Miss Adventure Turns 10

This summer Miss Adventure turned 10. I had promised her a "friend birthday" for the first double digit birthday. Those promises are so easy to make when that day is a couple of years away.

She invited 4 friends an afternoon of fun.

"It's so fuzzy I could die!"
 Then the highlight of the day was the pinata! Ben was such a huge help with the girls swinging a big stick!

 I think My Guy was doing a little peeking, but we needed a few really good whacks!

Soon it was candy scramble time.

Finally, pizza and birthday rice crispy treats.

Later that week, Aunt Judy sent a crafty package. Miss Adventure had a great time with that project.

Happy birthday to a growing up girl of ten!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I Love the Fourth

I love the Fourth of July.
Daytime fun.

Yummy treats.

Night time pretties.


I love the Fourth of July.