It’s been a strange summer so far, in that our weather has been very mild for the last several weeks even though other parts of the country have been anything but mild. In just 2 months it’s kind of shocking to see how much growth there is. The raspberries and broccoli are loving it, with lots of berries ripening and broccoli about to form heads. I should have zucchini and tomatoes soon as well, and the acorn, buttercup, and blue Hubbard squash have finally kicked into high gear. And I know I already mentioned this, but goats must have something that they can activate to stretch their tongues out really far when I am not looking. Cause they nabbed one of the corn stalks yesterday, and I’m really not sure how they did it since it was at least two feet from the fence.
No really big news here, though. Just a plugging along. I had my 2 grandsons over this last weekend and somehow my new phone got the screen shattered on it. I took it out with me in the morning as I was expecting a call from their dad who wanted to be able to talk to them, and set it on the back of the tailgate of the pickup. I don’t carry it in my pocket for various reasons. Anyway, I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I do know that the younger of the two boys liked the little red stretchy cord I had put on the fence gate so Ballerina couldn’t let herself and Coco out of their pen. So they were running around all wild and woolly. And I’m guessing the phone rang and one of the boys must have grabbed it off the tailgate all excited and perhaps dropped it on the ground. So when it rang again I went to look for it. That’s when I got my big surprise. There it was laying in the dirt. I admit, for a few minutes there I had to really struggle to keep it together and not jump up and down in my state of dismay. It didn’t work right anyway, so I was planning to take it back in. Thing is, now the screen is shattered I will probably have to use my insurance which still requires a fairly hefty deductible, which I will have to come up with. Damn.
But ya know, life goes on. My husband also found out that he chipped a bone in his left wrist while at work and finally went in and got x-rays when it didn’t seem to be healing up. So now he has to do physical therapy for about six weeks and has a new fangled type cast on that immobilizes his thumb. He’s finding out how hard it is to do anything without the use of your thumb. We did manage to get about half way done on the front extension to the barn that will cover the grain barrels so I don’t have to stoop over anymore. But it’s definitely slowing us down on our summer projects.
We’ve pared down what we need to get done, though, so we’re still not doing too bad. Other than painting the barns and replacing some of the OSB in a few places, we mainly have to finish the well house and put in a water line to the barn. I’ll try to get my husband to go through and explain what he did with the pressure tank he installed. It’s made a big difference already in using the water. Before the pump was either on or off, and we had no control over the amount of pressure. Now the pump shuts off automatically when the pressure tank is full, so it makes it way more easy to water everything. And we have to finish insulating and putting up the sheetrock so that we can keep the well house from getting too cold this winter. We’re just going to hook up our propane cook stove in there, and leave the oven on it’s lowest setting on those really cold nights. It’s cheaper than any other option at the moment.
And, in another couple weeks I’ll bring home our two new kittens. That ought to be interesting. I have to teach the dogs with each new addition that they are not here for them to chase and eat. It’s interesting that they do such a good job protecting the goats, yet they do go out and hunt. And I know for a fact that they sometimes are successful. But they both know that they will get in trouble if they try to chase our cats and so little Zoey takes full advantage of that fact and likes to flaunt her status by rubbing up against them, then occasionally swatting their face as she saunters slowly away. When we do finally get chickens I will probably have a few moments there, too. Yes, sometimes it seems like we are on slow out here, but I like to think everything happens in its own good time. No emergency.
I was able to go to the last herbal guild meeting where we went on a walk about to identify various weeds that are actually herbs and have medicinal qualities. It was very inspiring and I am quite motivated to start making all my own tinctures. The only problem I am having is if I took every one of them that I could benefit from, I would have to have a production line. I’m thinking I’m going to have to make a few combinations of various herbs so I don’t have to have fifty bottles sitting around on the counter. I am truly in awe of nature, though, and the way it produces everything we really need to stay healthy, if you know how to take advantage of it. I learned that chickweed is more than just an edible weed, and the one lady who was taking it for something, can’t remember what, said she noticed that her hair was getting back some color. Amazing!
I am lagging behind on mulching everything up, and so that is high on my list for this week. I admit, there are some jobs I have trouble motivating myself to do. We did find the little boom box we have so I’m hoping maybe some music while I work will help. And, I do have one really exciting thing to look forward to here in just a few weeks. One of my nieces that I am fairly close to has actually pulled together an amazing feat. Her mom, who sort of decided to have a falling out with me many years ago, is going to come with her on her upcoming vacation. She has already reserved a couple camp sites at a camp ground about a half hour away from us, and my other sister is coming too! It will be the first time in probably over 20 years that we will all be together. We’re even going to try and take our little 25 foot sailboat out for the first time. If it does come together it will be quite the momentous occasion. I honestly didn’t think it would ever happen in this lifetime.
Guess I’m about out of words for now. No ranting today. In fact, I think I’ll just be turning everything off and trying to spend as much time outdoors as I can today. Let’s see what I can get done. Till next time : )