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Garden Update

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I thought I would share a few garden pictures.

Everything is growing very well so far. These are two of the different types of squash I am growing this year.

This is a something called a patio tomato. They are supposed to be good to grow in containers or baskets. It is looking good so far.

We have been harvesting salad things for a good while now. Check out the pretty purple radishes. Fresh salads almost every day. Yum!

My friend Vicki came over Saturday and we finished putting down all the mulch. Well all until I buy more. I absolutely LOVE how the garden is looking.

While the Horns were here, we also burned the huge brush pile from the catawba tree we cut down earlier in the spring. It looks so much better in the field with it gone.

Yesterday, I went with Jess and family to get this girl a new bike. She loves to ride and her old bike had to be replaced due to much use. She picked this one out and, of course, a new helmet to match.

We also got the supplies needed to build this firepit at their house. I think it turned out really nice.

Everything is so green now. This is a picture of our driveway. I love how it looks when it is freshly mowed.

And last, we have had a beautiful moon the last few days.

God bless.


Today we made strawberry jam at Jess’s.

We used a different (to us) recipe using honey as the sweetener instead of sugar.

I think it tastes really good and looks so pretty in the jar.

I took this picture the other day. I really like how it looks, showing the swing and arbor in the background.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a good evening and God bless.

Strawberry Picking

Grace and I took the kiddos strawberry picking yesterday.It was a little chilly but not too bad. Our jackets soon came off when we started picking.Of course, no outing would be complete without pizza!We also had kinder joy eggs for a special treat. It was a great day packed full of happy memories. God bless!

Mother’s Day

Vicki came over yesterday and helped me put down mulch in the garden.

We got a lot done!

The picture doesn’t show it really well but if you look close you can see the solar lights on the arched trellis. I think they look really pretty.

Grace got me this toaster oven for mother’s day. She completely surprised me with it. I love it!. I also got a new bible from Jess, a carved soap from Daniel, handmade cards from Katie, Sam and John Luke. David took us all out to eat at this really nice restaurant in town.

John Luke had to take a rest during the meal!

I think that’s about all for now. Enjoy your week and God bless.

A Good Days Work

Hello everyone! Look at these beautiful arbors. I want to thank Dave for all his help building these.I love them!We put up solar lights on this arched trellis after I took the picture. I can’t wait to see how it looks at night.We also had a beautiful rainbow yesterday. God bless.

Happy Monday

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

I spent some time last week working on garden things. I filled up these raised beds with dirt.

I am looking forward to planting beans in them today.

I have also been filling up some pots with different things. The middle pots are a new squash I am trying and the outer pots are flowers. I think they will look pretty.

These two hanging baskets contain patio tomatoes. I have never grown those before either. Hopefully they will do good.

The pots on this bench are squash as well. I will be putting more pots on here. I’m thinking of cucumbers maybe and some more flowers. I’m not sure how all these containers will work for me. I think they will give much more produce but also will require me to keep up with watering them. We’ll see how it goes.

We were blessed with this wonderful gift. Our friends, Richard and Brenda got us this beautiful apple tree.

Grace has been busy doing some art work.

I think they are so good.

Enjoy your week and God bless.

Play Date

Saturday I had a playdate with this handsome young man. We spent the day together while Mommy and Daddy took the other kids to the movies. We had so much fun. We spent some time at the playground at our church where he totally impressed me with his bravery by going down the big slide.(many times)Going up to the big slide all by himself!I love this picture of Dave and Jess.Also the hummingbirds are back. I love to sit and watch them.I have reclaimed my front porch.The greenhouses are officially moved to the deck and the plants will soon be put in the ground. Let the fun begin!!I have been letting them get used to outside a little at a time during the day. Tonight will be their first night out of the greenhouse.High wind destroyed the cover on the big greenhouse again. Thankfully no plants were in it. It definitely needs a better plan to be usable. Oh well, the smaller greenhouses worked great inside the porch. I’ll probably just use them again next year.We are getting some asparagus out of the garden and the rhubarb will soon ready for a first cut.I started this post with a picture of John Luke so I thought I would end with one. He was playing in his play area. Katie was coming toward him to play with him. Look at his hand. He is making the sign for friend.God is good!

Violet Jelly

Grace and I had a ton of fun yesterday picking violets with this crew.

Look how beautiful they are!

The end result. Beautiful violet jelly.

After the jelly was finished I spent some time watching these two play. The boys were busy at their fort playing while Jessica and Grace did some bird watching in the front yard. It was a good day!

God bless.

Pink Moon

Hello everyone! I took this picture the other night during the pink moon. It was so pretty.Dave and I had a project over the weekend. We built a play area for John Luke. First we went to a local farm store and got our supplies.

It turned out really nice. He loves it. He wants to play outside all the time.

The kids came over last week for a little while and we got to take a ride in the bumpy truck.

Wild mustard is blooming so pretty. I don’t suppose I will ever look at a field of wild mustard without missing my sweet Julie.

God is good though ALL the time!

Grace helped me get the cover back on the big greenhouse. Hopefully it will stay on this time. I need to start moving the little plants outside some so they can get hardened off. It will soon be time to plant them in the garden.

We have also been busy catching up on the mowing. Grace mowed a path to the pond. It is so wet in this section that I think a path is all we will be able to mow.

As you can see, it is very wet and the grass is very high which makes it so hard to mow.

I hope you all have a good week. God bless.

Good Morning

I hope you are all having a good week. We had some storms pass through over the weekend but no real damage here. I think some trees were down blocking roads in some places, minor flooding and some power outages but nothing severe.

I’ve been busy with my plants. They are doing good so far. I moved some of them up to solo cups. Hopefully they will do good in them. We have about another month before our last frost date. I think I will start hardening them off about the first of May.

Some cucumbers and squash I started from seed. They grow SO FAST.

A new squash I want to try this year. Isn’t it pretty? I probably will save the tomato to try next year. I think it would be too late to start the seed for this year.

My helpers!

I have a birthday coming up this week. We celebrated with the Horns on Sunday after church. Madison made me this cake and Grace drew the bird and the flower. I LOVE it! Dave also has a birthday this week. We will be celebrating both our birthdays at their house this weekend. It also happens to be Easter weekend so it will be a big celebration. I think we are going to work on fencing in a play area for John Luke as well.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a great week and God bleas.