Sunday, June 30, 2013

Morning Blessings

There is sunshine in my soul today. 

There's so much to be thankful for:
God's Word
life in Christ
sharing this life with my best friend and soul-mate (hubby)
our children who live nearby 
our grand-daughters who now live in town
our children who still live in TN 
extended family and dear friends
precious church family
amazing weather 
awesome daily sunrises and 
beautiful sunsets 
good health
a cool 'ta-da' list
a to-do list that's super exciting
dream journals that will take a lifetime to complete! 

Life is very good.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer and Gardening

Summer time! I love it. 

  • the occasional heat (rather rare in this neck of the woods!)
  • the outside morning quiet time (Bible readings and prayer time w/ hubby)
  • the fresh veggies (squash, tomatoes, green beans, salad, etc)
  • the fresh fruits (watermelon, berries, peaches, etc)
  • water play (in the backyard sprinkler, wading pool, mountain streams, etc)
  • drives in the country-side (farmland, mountains, hither and yon)
  • picnics (here at home and parks all around)
  • hikes (love these mountains)
  • walks around town (greenway, neighborhood, etc)
  • open-air markets (cattle sale, open-air, yard/estate sales)
  • any outdoor activity!
And currently: gardening! 
this is the first year in several that I've tried to have a vegetable garden. It definitely hasn't worked out like I thought it would. The weather was cool and wet for so long this spring. I wanted to plant from seeds - using non-gmo, heirloom and organic as much as possible. Due to several factors, I planted late and also, am working with ground that has never been used a a garden before.  I've worked hard though and am persistent in my weeding - I have been given mixed advice on watering so, I definitely have not 'over-watered'. I am learning lessons in patience to say the least and remain hopeful we will reap a bountiful harvest!
Here a few photos of this years gardening journey so far:
before I cleared any space

just a twinkle in my eye

I sprained my ankle doing so much shoveling - that set me behind!

starting to take shape

I wanted it around the house ... to help with 'critter-control'

hubby did some tilling for me!
my little seed planter

and my other helper!

finally some plants!!

coming along - peppers and lettuce for the picking

I decided to have a little celebration the day most all the seeds were planted

any excuse for a afternoon tea-party!

 So, there you have it - I'll post some current pictures soon and let you see the progress. There's some good flowering happening now - squash, peas, beans, tomatoes. My next effort is getting the bamboo trellises in place - fun times!!