I didn't know what to post for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real today but the idea is, after all, to be intentional with the camera each week- so I knew I had to find SOMETHING to take pictures of. First thought- go to the flower garden to see what is (or about to be) blooming. Are you terribly surprised?
And since it was early dawn, there was plenty of dew. I took more than one picture. Again I ask, are you terribly surprised?
|A self-portrait. Can you spot me?|
|Diamond lily spikes|
The strawberry patch is...well, patchy. But it will fill out in no time. I am happy because the biggles and I weeded it this past week. I can't describe to you how horribly weed-ridden it was. Let's just say that no one would have known there were strawberries in there. 'Nuff said. It was A LOT of work, but for now, it once again looks like a strawberry patch.
Matt was mowing and Judah followed along the entire time, which is a long time considering the big yard that Matt mows! I especially liked Judah's "work gloves". He has to be just like the Papa.
The biggles and I planted roughly 80 tomato plants (brandywine, celebrity, beefsteak, roma, yellow something or other, cherry, grape and a few heirlooms), 40 pepper plants (purple beauty, ACE, sweet italian, sweet banana, jalapeno) and 18 basil plants this morning. I don't know what I was thinking with the peppers. 40 pepper plants?!? Sheesh.
Last year I planted well over 100 tomato plants, but like I said, many tomatoes were wasted due to improper staking. I am nervous that 80 plants won't be enough for us- but, let's hope without wasted tomatoes this year, it will all even out.
Now I am....exhausted. And hot. A friend of mine returning from Guatamala brought back with her some of the coolest headband things. I want to make some for myself and the girls. They would certainly help keep my punkrocker/shaggydog hair in place while I garden (seriously, it is SUCH a pain not being able to get my hair pulled all the way back...especially when I am doing dirty work.) She let me borrow it so I could fudge a pattern. I wanted to do that today too-but I don't think I will. I think this afternoon I will write a few letters in the shade sipping sweet tea while the kiddos drain our well playing in the hose.
And if I can muster the energy, I will make chicken salad sandwiches for supper. And smoothies. Definitely smoothies.