Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What a farmer!

I had scheduled a vacation day to attend my son's field day at school - a day during which the kids can participate in all sorts of track and field activities. With the school related struggles my son and I have this year, field day is a definite highpoint and much needed break.

However due to the frigid temperatures and rain--and very possibly, snow--field day was cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday which is also a scheduled vacation day for me.

So today I did some long past due work on my garden and my little farm. I weeded my herb garden, and the peas, planted more peas including some snap peas, I planted potatoes and I really hope we are hit with a bounty of potatoes this year! I planted some more spinach and cleaned up some spots where I plan to tuck some additional veggies, probably tomatoes.

As you can see, my chickens enjoyed my efforts! Within minutes of planting the peas, the chickens were pecking them up! No problem - I don't mind sharing but I did replant and then cover with some pieces of chicken wire I had around.

I covered the potatoes after placing a tire around each for protection. The blueberry bushes are also looking healthy. After all these years, I learned that two bushes are needed to survive! So here's hoping that in a few years, we'll be enjoying fruits from our bushes!

Monday, May 10, 2010


Where have I been? A long, long way from here.

Some big decisions, some life changes, some gains, some losses..........


Animals are all well. My silkie has produced two little chicks. It is amazing to watch her caring for these babies. They sleep underneath her. They follow her. If they end up on the opposite side of the fence from her, she peeps loudly.

Dolly as as friendly as always.

The dogs are well. The little deaf Casper had a near-death experience that forever will haunt me. He had a reaction to a bee sting. All I can remember is my husband saying "he just died" and then turning on the light to see Casper staring at me. Several doses of Benedryl, a shot of epinephrine, and a few days of prednisone brought him back to us. I love that dog.

The kids are well. My daughter and grandson are moving away. To finish her college degree at my University but at a faraway branch campus. And she is dating a beautiful man from Canada. But I'll miss my grandson.

My son has decided to remain in school another two semesters to complete a 2nd degree. He just started experiencing college so I agree with his decision.

I'm going back to school for another undergraduate degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy. It seems a crime with my tuition discount to not absorb as much education as possible. I'm so not a science-strong person but sustainabilty and the environment are so very important to me that it just makes sense.

Over the past few months, I've been beat-up and dragged-out. I continue to question my spot in this world. But blogging is important to me. And I need not to forget about it.

A torrid love affair

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