Updates: Gardening & Shelibean

IMG_1342The last photo I posted of Shelibean, he was playing in snow on the porch. Here’s a recent photo of him setting enjoying the sunshine sitting on the porch. We just went through blackberry winter and it’s been more than a bit chilly, so a day in the warm sunshine was enjoyed by all of us.

IMG_1287My 3-8-2015 taking-a-break post has a photo of my roadside lilies just starting to grow. Here’s a photo of them now, grown and getting ready to bloom.

IMG_1232My Basil is looking real pretty, it was such tiny seedlings in the last photo I had posted of it. I’ve already used my basil a few times. I enjoy harvesting it because the aroma fills the air and smells so nice: oh and it’s mighty tasty too.

IMG_1302We planted only half the garden this year. It’ll be easier for us to take care of. Hopefully, if the weather cooperates, even though it’s small, it’ll produce lots of yummy veggies.

IMG_1303It’s really hard to get squash and cucumber seeds to germinate in our garden. I normally start the seeds in flats indoors. This year I thought of a new method that’s less work & low maintenance. I’m happy to report it worked like a charm as you can see from the above squash photo. Below is a graphic that I drew of the method I used.
garseedIt occurred to me that one could dig a hole in the garden, fill it with potting soil and plant the seeds. This would basically be like planting the seeds in pots, only it’s in the garden and there’s no transplanting required. Cool!
I wish I would have thought of this years ago. ~happy dance~

IMG_1264In my 2-27-2015 post, I posted a few photos of  ‘What a difference a day makes‘ in what the yard looks like, well I thought I’d share a photo and show what a difference 3 months make. Lush green foilage sure makes the area looks more cheerful.

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. I’m happy to say that over this long weekend we got all of our yard-work done and enjoyed several hours of sitting out on the porch. It’s a treasure to spend time together relaxing during the nice weather. We were especially happy that we were finally blessed with some rain. Our garden and yard was in desperate need of it.

Life has finally evened out here at the old homeplace. We’re feeling fine and doing okay. I’ve done a bit of sewing. I plan to share about it sometime (as soon as I can get fairly decent photos of my project).

Anyway, I’m back blogging and hopefully I won’t have to take another break for a long long time. ~crosses my fingers~and says a pray~

Wishing you all a pleasant week of sunshine and smiles.


After the Storms

6-6-2014-IMG_2591Our area has been hit by some storms the past couple days. Today is beautiful and the sun is shining. The clouds are amazing. It’d be a good day for lying on a pallet and watching the clouds change shapes. In the middle of my above photo, that’s a real heart shaped cloud that was hanging in our sky. It made me smile and I knew I had to share it with you all.

I went to our garden and checked to see how much damage was done by the heavy winds and rain. I’m happy to report that our garden is in good shape, other than a few stalks of corn leaning half over. The corn stalks should stand back up over the few days, so all is well with them too. I’m hoping within the next couple weeks, I’ll get to harvest a mess of fresh squash. I can hardly wait. Yum!

Wishing you all a great weekend of smiles & fluffy clouds!