Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tim's Baptism

After a full day of rain yesterday the sky was completely clear for baptism this morning. Tim, with Mason, Erin, and Abby had a great day.

Here they are with Joel, their Youth Pastor, who baptized them.

and waiting on the blanket for the service to begin...

and being asked the baptism questions...

Here is the video of the questions and answers.


And here is his actual baptism.


It was a good day for all of us. These are terrific kids who are obviously committed to their faith.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Garden News

Harvest began yesterday.

Today it is raining.

The boys helped me in the garden for an hour yesterday morning. The priorities were:
  • finish mulching the vining crops that are susceptible to squash beetles and get the row covers in place
  • finish mulching the tomatoes and get the cages put up
  • pull the weeds in the corn (it is too wet to hoe)
We accomplished the first, ran out of cages for the last three tomatoes, and pulled the weeds in the corn rows that were the worst. In addition, I discovered that my onions were disappearing because the tops were dying back, so I dug them up and spread them out to dry off a bit.

A puzzling part of my garden has been the utter failure of the spring vegetables. The snap peas came up and mostly disappeared. The spinach was dismal. I saw a few sprouts one day, but a few days later there was nothing. The beets were exactly the same as the spinach. But the chard...that was the biggest disappointment.

I love chard. It is the leafy vegetable that keeps producing all through the summer. It keeps well in the refrigerator too, so I was using fresh chard in stir fry until into last November. I planted the chard and it came up pretty well. But yesterday I could only find a few tiny plants.

We'd added hog compost to the garden. I wondered if it was too rich and was burning the plants. When I mentioned the disappearing vegetables to Chuck he pinpointed the problem. He'd seen rabbits in the area where the beets and chard were planted. They eat it off right to the ground.

I had some extra seed for chard (unfortunately not for beets), and some areas in my flower beds where I'd pulled out some flea bane.

Flea bane is a very tall wildflower that produces masses of tiny daisy type flowers with tiny petals so fine it is more like white hair around a yellow center. They produce large quantities of seed, which germinates readily, so if you aren't careful, a little flea bane this year will translate into a garden overrun with it next year. So I pulled all of it out. Enough seed was spread that I'm not worried about whether there will be any next year.

But I digress. There is space in my flower beds. I heard the rain begin and decided I did not want to wait for drier soil, so I went out in my pj's with my seeds and a hoe and got the chard planted in three of the flower beds. I so hope it grows. It is a pretty vegetable so I don't think it will be out of place with the flowers.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Kittens have a hard time on our farm. We have an outdoor dog who finds them so fun to play with that he accidentally kills them. That's George above. He looks like a puppy but he's already two years old.

Anyway, a young mother cat had five kittens this spring, and made the mistake of moving them up under the back porch to raise them. They would get curious and explore, George would find them, he would play, they would die. Except for this one.

This one was content to stay hidden behind the tallest of my flowers at the back of the flower bed for weeks. Now she is big enough to get away, and she has come out to get acquainted.

She is a Siamese calico spotted kitten with a blaze on her face. Cute as a bug's ear with bright blue eyes. Does anyone want her?

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Recent activities

There has been a lot to do lately and I'm not keeping up, but here are a couple of things I've been doing. This is a baby blanket I'm working on for the newest grandchild due in September.

I have a garden behind my house that is continually neglected. The grass has taken over and is chest high. I've been pulling it up by the roots, filling wheelbarrows with it and hauling it to the compost pile. The following picture is an area I've finished. When I started the chest high grass surrounded that tree and filled the area between the tree and the day lilies.

Below is what still needs to be done. I don't think I need a long walk to nowhere to do my aerobic exercise for a few more days.

If you see one of these in your back yard, it's probably going to rain soon

snapping turtle