Plants, projects and a rescued turtle (yea, you just never know ’round here)

Saturday, August 29

Today was a partial day off. Or maybe I should say a partial day of work. I only worked three and a half hours and I didn’t have to go in until mid-afternoon but those three and a half hours seemed to dictate the whole day. I did manage, however to spend the morning hours playing in the dirt. I planted the two Zinnia’s I had gotten off the clearance rack at Lowes by the other Zinnia and the Hydrangea.

After that I potted the Purslane that was also gotten off the clearance rack…

After that I barely helped CountryBoy put the trim down in the greenhouse since all I really did was move stuff out of his way and retrieve whatever he needed. He also found some scrap pieces of the wall board we had used as well as some salvaged insulation and he finished out beneath the tall windows and the one corner by the door.

One day I’ll get around to painting them white. I don’t know what we’re going to do for the other corner since Lowes hasn’t been stocking the wall boards anymore. It’s coming along though. It’s amazing what the finishing touches do to a room…

Once I was finished with the sweaty jobs I took a bath and relaxed until time to go to work. During that time I started crocheting a dishcloth. I had found a new pattern that I really liked using the waffle stitch so I was anxious to give it a go. So far it is working up really nice. It uses more yarn than my typical dishcloths I’ve made in the past which makes it nice and thick…

It’s hard to see the waffle stitch in the photo but it’s there and it’s quite prominent in actuality. In the past two days I’ve had requests for dishcloths and another baby blanket. I’m so glad people are enjoying hand made items these days because I do enjoy making them.

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Work was good. We had an extra girl helping out so things went well and fairly smooth. After getting home I finished up all but one load of laundry. I kept thinking it was Sunday evening (probably because I worked today) and wondered how I would get the last load washed and dried before going to work in the morning then it would dawn on me that it was only Saturday. I told CountryBoy I hoped I didn’t get up tomorrow and go in to work at the newspaper. ha!

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Farm news: 22 eggs

Sunday, August 30

First thing this morning I threw the last load of laundry in the wash which were the towels. They were almost dry by the time we finished our coffee.

We spent the morning relaxing in the greenhouse and on the front porch until time to get ready for church. It was a nice, peaceful morning. My allergies, however, were not nice nor peaceful. sigh. I have been drinking a mug of hot tea with an herbal concoction of lemon ginger loose tea, dried peppermint and some of my lavender buds with a spoonful of local honey in the evenings and it has helped keep the worst of it at bay. I figured if it is beneficial to diffuse lemon, lavender and peppermint during the heavy pollen season then why not drink the same combo?

Work went well and I was finished in a coupla hours. I came home and gathered the eggs and fed Mabel before working on the dishcloth.

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Farm news: 24 eggs

Monday, August 31

This is it. The last day of August. Weather-wise, it has been a good August so I’m kinda sad to see it go but I do enjoy September so bring it on! I’m really hoping for a nice, LONG Autumn. It seems that Spring and Autumn are so fleeting while Winter and Summer linger until we’ve had enough. Wouldn’t it be great if Spring and Autumn lingered? oh my, it would be lovely!

Work was work. Monday’s are typically busy with last minute ad submissions, phone calls, emails, etc. Add the fact that’s it’s the last day of the month which means it was time to close out the month and do the billing. I single-handedly did the billing today. I take that back, I did not run the postage – the boss did that. I thought it would just be easier if I was left alone to do it and it was. For the most part. I still managed to get a jump start on most of the pages I typically lay out before the days end.

I stopped on the way home to pick up the tiller I had dropped off last week then came home to the smell of fried okra! CountryBoy had made a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, fried okra and a small skillet of corn bread. It sure was yummy!

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We got our first booking for December today. Can you believe it? December! I’m sure the only thing running through CountryBoy’s mind is the need to start gathering wood. We need to almost double the amount of wood we typically use because the cabin uses wood heat as well. Now that it should be cooling off in the upcoming days we’ll start concentrating on finding the time to gather the wood.

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Farm news: 27 eggs

Tuesday, September 1

September is here! It’s hard to believe that there are only four months left of this year. Most would say ‘good!’ I would have to say it’s been a pretty good year for us so far. We have stayed healthy, my allergies are under control for the time being, I’ve continued to work both jobs throughout COVID-19, the cabin is doing well, projects are being worked on, our families are healthy and doing well so we can’t complain about a thing when it comes down to it. We are definitely looking forward to a little cooler weather. For two people that moved here from Florida you would think we could handle the heat and humidity but apparently not. Neither one of us do well in the heat anymore and I really don’t know why. I do know that if the humidity is above 60% we are both a hot mess complete with sweat rolling into the eyes. literally. Now how did I get off on that?

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Work was quick and fairly smooth today. My head wasn’t in the game today as I was prepping the pages to be sent the printer and I saved one of the pages in a different folder making it MIA because I had no idea which folder it might have been in. It was an easy fix and other than that it was an easy day.

Our guests arrived right at 3 o’clock as we were relaxing in the greenhouse. They quickly settled in and we got started on the fixins’ for Taco Tuesday. yum!

After supper I wandered around checking the pond and the flower garden and ended up working on the top for my nightstand. I did the final sanding with 220 grit on the top and on the edges then put one coat of polyurethane on it. It’s looking really good…

… those age rings and the chainsaw marks…

… SO much character! I can’t wait until it’s finished. If time permits tomorrow I will lightly sand the top and put another coat of poly on it. Although I may just leave it with one coat. I’ll determine that tomorrow when I see how it dries.

While perusing the flower garden I noticed some lightnin’ bugs foolin’ around on some volunteer flowers/weeds…

I have no idea what plant or flower this is but it’s quite pretty with its ruffled petals. And the plant is tall. Very tall. I will have to google it unless some of y’all know off-hand what it is.

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Farm news: 24 eggs

I tried to get a picture of Speckles so y’all could see how big she has gotten but this is how she usually is when we are out there…

… all up in your face wondering what we’re doing and constantly moving that head! She’s a friendly and curious one. I did manage to get a decent photo of her but she was looking down. You’ll get the idea, though, of how big she has gotten…

I’ll keep trying to get her full body. Sadly we lost Snow White, the white turkey. She started having trouble walking and it wasn’t long after that when she passed. It’s just heartbreaking. I wish they could talk and tell us what’s wrong.

While I was in the paddock I just happened to glance over to the corner by the barn and noticed something unusual. Something that shouldn’t have been there. Upon closer inspection I discovered it was an upside down turtle…

Don’t ask me how it even got there let alone upside down. I can’t figure that one out. I picked it up and carried it out of the paddock and set it down in a nice patch of grass, er weeds, actually…

I noticed one of its back legs didn’t look right in the photo so I checked on it before locking up the chickens and it had moved on. I’m glad it was OK. There’s no telling how long it has been there.

Wednesday, September 2

What.a.day! It started out nice and relaxed and then continually picked up speed until I made it home around 6:15. Here’s the recap…

CountryBoy no sooner made it back from the barn this morning and it started raining. It came down hard for a couple hours. We enjoyed our coffee in the dripping greenhouse while shuffling pails and rags and plants to catch the rain. It stopped around 9 o’clock and the sun slowly made its way through the clouds. We ventured outside to check the pond and the water flowing from and to it. Here’s what we found…

Water is coming off the mountain and hillside in two noticeable locations as you can see above which means it doesn’t take it long before the already full pond begins to overflow…

The other day the ditch on the other side of the road was clogged with debris and weeds and the rain was running down the driveway like it used to. CountryBoy cleared the debris and it flowed across the road and into the ditch as it’s supposed to…

One day we’ll get around to making it all nice and pretty but for now we’re just tickled that we have some decent drainage and the barn is mostly dry.

Of course I had to stop by and check my flower garden. I’m really enjoying the Cosmos…

After a hearty farm breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast I decided to work on the top of my nightstand since I didn’t have to be at work until noon. I ever-so-lightly hand sanded the top again and applied another coat of polyurethane. The first coat had basically been absorbed by the raw wood. The second coat held promise of looking the way I had intended. Time would tell.

By the time I finished it was time to get ready for work. I grabbed a bag of peanut butter pretzels (my go-to on busy days), filled my pink cup with ice and water, made sure I had my mask and keys and flew out the door. From there the day steadily picked up speed. I walked in the door and had to update the Rates image again. I spent an hour working on that before I was even able to go downstairs to turn the iron on. Once down there I discovered there were no sheets waiting for me to iron. Luckily, one of the girls had put a load in and they were just about ready to come out of the dryer. I threw another load in, took a few of the dry sheets out and started ironing. Since I was working dinner tonight during the times I had to wait for something to iron I would go in the kitchen and do some food prep then go back to ironing when the next load came out of the dryer. Back and forth I did this all afternoon and evening – washing sheets, drying sheets, making tea, prepping the dinner items, and so on. By the time dinner was ready to be delivered to the cabins I had one sheet left to iron. whew. It was a crazy day but we got it done. Although, my boss just emailed me to let me know that I had left one of the cabins off the Rates image. I know I double-checked it but things were a bit chaotic at the moment so I may not have checked it as thorough as I thought I did. I will stop by tomorrow on my way home from work and fix it. Either way, it’s going to be a long day.

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I had a request for the Watermelon Soup I mentioned a few days ago. I’ll do my best but it’s one of those recipes that is a pinch of this or a smidgeon of that. Well not really but nothing was measured so here’s the general idea… I sliced and chunked enough watermelon to fit the bowl of a food processor then I started pureeing it. The lowest speed is fine. Once it was pureed I squeezed about a two inch long stream of ginger paste out of the tube (you can find them in the produce section of your supermarket) and pureed it some more to incorporate the ginger. Now the rest is up to your taste buds. You can add more ginger or watermelon and when I made it at home I did add a pinch of some pink himalayan salt. Once it is to your liking pour the mixture into a freezer safe bowl, the bigger the better (a size that will hold all the soup but still only be half full) because you want it to become slushy. Check it in an hour, stir it and let it freeze some more. You want to serve it when it’s got some good slush to it but also some soupiness too. Make sense? I told ya, it’s not a recipe set in stone so just have fun with it and good luck! Lemme know if you try it.

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I was sweaty and sticky when I got home but was immediately informed that our guests that left this morning had left the place in complete shambles. I’m thankful these type guests are rare. Other than a cracked hurricane glass (which may have happened during transport to be cleaned) everything was able to be cleaned and put back into place. I have been researching alternative lighting options and it looks like I will have to ramp up the research. The oil lamps are charming but just not safe for everyone.

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After I took a quick shower to wash the sweat and sticky off we enjoyed a nice spinach salad. My eyes are itching even after the shower so I think I’m going to make some lemon, ginger, lavender, peppermint tea. I thought my eyes were bothering me because of the sweat that rolled into them throughout the afternoon but apparently it might be allergy related. I’m hoping all this heavy rain will clear up the pollen especially the ragweed.

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I brought home a bag of goodies for the chickens – watermelon rinds, cabbage bits and corn cobs. I took it out to them and on my way back I checked my nightstand top. It looked exactly how I wanted it to look so I brought it up to the house. It needs a good 24 hours to completely dry. Since we’ve had so much rain I thought it would dry better inside. I’m so excited and pleased with how it turned out! After it’s good and dry I’ll show you how it turned out and my plans for it.

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Farm news: 22 eggs

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