Weather Girl, Mary-Katherine. Go to: http://mywabashvalley.com/content/weather then click on Weather Summary, then click on 7/29/09 Valley Showcase Weather. Listen for the pitter-patter of her little feet as she runs to hug me when she's done. She was sooooooo happy.
We will have a yellow squash to add to our dinner tonight! We picked our first one today. There is another one growing and should be ready before long.
We've been enjoying potatoes. MK doesn't want to let them grow to be very big -- she wants to eat them now! At least she is enjoying them.
The tomatoes are getting bigger but are still green. More of them are showing up, too.
We've been enjoying the leaf lettuce. They look so pretty when they haven't been beaten down by the rain. Washing each leaf sure does become tedious at times, but we enjoy eating them. I'm thinking about head lettuce next year.
The carrots are about an inch long now, so we are still waiting on them to grow. We are hoping for watermelon some time, but don't see any signs of them yet.
We went to the downtown farmer's market Saturday. I was a bit disappointed. There didn't seem to be much produce to choose from . . . and it seemed expensive. $1.00 for a small tomatoe seemed like a lot to me . . . and it wasn't even a pretty tomato.
I bought a pound of rhubarb. That's 3 stalks. $2.75. I couldn't resist. I haven't had any for years. I once had rhubarb growing behind my garage in Robinson and loved picking it whenever I wanted and making miniature rhubarb cobblers.
MK didn't want me to buy the rhubarb. She had never seen it in stalks before. When I bought it, she said she didn't want me to cook it that day . . . maybe some other day. She nearly begged me not to cook it. I ignored her (of course) and cooked it, then while it was hot, put a spoon of it and some of the juice on top of strawberry swirl ice cream. Do you know, she LOVED it and asked for it several more times. Needless to say, we ate 1/2 gallon of strawberry swirl ice cream and the 3 long stalks of rhubarb in two days.
I finally have completed the semester. I took an extension on one class, and I just this minute, 11:46 p.m., turned in all I had on the last portion of the work. Basically, it is the beginnings of a fiction book. It is far from complete, but it would be a great project to work on, if only I weren't so busy trying to get an education so that I can write books. It is a vicious cycle.
June and July were an endless sea of camps, Bible schools, and things of that nature for MK. She had two or three things going on every day. She is done now, so time to focus on her math and some other things.
I have one month until my return at St. Mary's. I wish I could say I would be enjoying time off, but I have far too much work to do to be taking time off. (I do plan to sleep as late as I can tomorrow, and I don't plan to work at anything, except for trying again to get the mower running. I couldn't start it the other day and decided to let it go until I completed my final project for class.)
I found a new setting on my camera for shooting flowers!
So far, we have three bean pods. Bugs are eating the leaves.
The birds found the first strawberry (pictured yesterday) and ate right out of the center of it! This is a new one that showed up today. I'm sure it will be gone soon. We have buds for more.
Actually, squash, lettuce, flowers, and grass where we planted what were supposed to be flowers! This is what happens when children help you garden. But, the squash looks excellent!
Our Recession Garden & First Harvest
These are the beautiful squash plants growing where we planted what the package said was FLOWERS! Actually, I think MK may have mis-labled them in the spring planter box we started everything in.
The peonies were beautiful only a few days before being ruined by rain.
Recovering from being beat down by rain
First Harvest from Recession Garden
This is actually from a "thinning" of the garden.
One and Only Strawberry
The birds had not found this strawberry, and so far, it is the largest one we've ever had left on the vine.
We planted MANY onions, but this is the only patch growing well. We thin it to get our green onions and they are tasty!
They are growing like crazy!
Aren't the leaves pretty?
Potato Plant Blooms
Pretty light purple with bright yellow centers. I've never seen any before.
Our First Recession Garden Salad
First White Rose of Summer
This is the first bloom on the white rosebush this spring.
Max the Mouse
Max the Mouse in Cinderella, Cinderella
Another one bites the dust
Oh, that's gotta hurt!
And yet, another one bites the dust . . . er, snow.
Notchtail and The Mystery Nest of Grass Clippings
Nutter and Butter
Window Headed to Chicago -- AGAIN!
Installer dropped the first window over the top of his ladder, so I had to rebuild all of it except the flower sections. Owner also decided to switch to white background instead of clear, and it sure makes the numbers pop.
Window Headed for Chicago
This is not a good picture, but here is the window to go above the entry door to a house in Chicago.
This opossum created a stir last night. I heard a dog barking furiously, and it was the dachshund that lives near here. It had sort of "cornered" an opossum, which was actually perched upon our fence. The opssum wouldn't budge, even after the dog left. The neighbor was out too. He slipped around past the opossum to shut his back gate to keep the dachshund from returning. It was way too close to the bunnies' cage, so I threw rocks at the fence to scare it off. It still sat there. Finally, I threw bigger rocks, a handful at a time and it did a highwire act to the far end of the fence. We've seen this guy hanging out in the yard two houses down several times this summer. I wonder just where his home is.
Look what we found among what was supposed to be our "yellow" squash!
MK practicing piano with Lionel.
First Yellow Squash
Here is the first yellow squash. We have another one that should be ready soon. Hopefully, there will be more.
He loves peanuts. He buries the walnuts and other nuts. He seems to like almonds, too.
We have a new friend.
So far we have found one squash.
With Friends at Tennis Camp
MK with H, L, & S at Tennis Camp. She's so happy to be there with them.
MK at Tennis Camp
MK Leading the Group
MK is leading the others in her class into the arena for the show at the end of Bible School Horse Camp.
Squash Plants are Getting Big
This is one squash plant of two that are getting really big. All the rest are growing well.
We have one plant that has tomatoes starting, and I accidentally knocked one tomato off. Sorry, the pic is sideways, but you can still see them.
Our First Potatoes!
These are our first potatoes. They are little new potatoes. MK really enjoyed eating them. She thinks they taste much better than store--bought potatoes.