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August 2017.

As it happened at the beginning of the garden season, I was very late with one of the posts. So it happens now, simply too much to do and not enough time to organize the thoughts.

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I will start with the sad news. Molly went to the big pasture by the Rainbow Bridge.. We’ve had her for 10 years or so, and she was old when we got her. She had a good sheep’s life for the last 10 years. No more babies, eat all the grain and hay you want, get out into the garden. Treats like cucumbers, apples and squash were her favorite. She moved with us from Colorado. And she had the cutest little wrinkle on her nose. She will be missed, like all that went to the Bridge before her.

 

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On a lighter note, Comfort, the dachshund is 17 and Puzzle , great dane/mastiff is 12 and they both lived another year. Here they are charging in the sun. We are grateful 😉

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Some garden pictures and a tub of cucumbers pickling. I don’t can them, for one reason, they never last long at our house for the other, well…I am not very good at it and they come out cooked. And this is not a very tasty, believe me 😉 so I just put them in the fridge after  24 hours.

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Frank and I were off for the whole two weeks! We’ve never had two weeks off together, even when we got married, only were able to get one week off work. It was a blast! We left the house three time in this whole time and simply enjoyed our life. Something to be said about getting old 😉 simple pleasures are so much more attractive and enjoyable, to us, anyway.

We helped the child move to the dorm, went to the Doll show and worked on the projects around the house and garden.

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Alice went to the State Fair. I want to go every year and every year I end up not going. mainly because , I think I ‘faired out’ in Alice’s younger years, when we did 4H 😉 It was fun then, but we went to Colorado State fair every weekend (4hours drive one way!) with different projects, not to mention the whole week on the county fair before that. And I am thinking I had enough of that to last me a long time. 😉

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This month’s doll addition is  Dino Bambino. A little pink Dinosaur, that came all the way from Poland, made by a talented artist Mirella von Chrupek. She came with her sister, who by now has moved away with Alice and lives in St. Paul. So we have a country Dino and a city Dino.  She announced that her name is going to be Clover and she will have her own story posted on the doll Page some time later, when the garden is put to bed, tomato sauce is mage and squash is in the freezer 😉  But meantime here are some pictures.

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We did not touch the Bees in August at all. Just let them bee 😉

 

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Life is good

Tat 😉

 

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More July 2017 pictures.

Sour cream pancakes. Big ones for people and micro ones for our grand ratties, Alice got two girls, Ivy and Poppy11999

The Child came over and was changing her break fluid. And the bug show in our driveway 😉

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July 2017.

20170702_214937To read about Bees and Dolls please click on the links, or go to the pages.

 

 I want to start this post with something cheerful. Like strawberry shortcake manytails style 😉  We had quite afew strawberries coming in and it was perfect timing. It was made in a pie dish and cut in wedges. Homemade whipped cream and lightly cooked strawberry preserve to top it off

The recipe can be found on this link http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/strawberry-sheet-shortcake/

 

 

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Molly ans Suzy got sheared. I must say, sheepn sharing is one of a very few tasks I am not fond off. It is hot and sticky business not enjoyed by either a sheep or the person. It is easier when they have horns, to use as handles 😉 However, this year the girls were a model of sheeply behavoiur and it did not even take yus an hour to do them. They are a lot happier now, even though it is difficult to tell with sheep 😉

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I found a little rat baby crawling in the barn and simply could not let the chickens kill him. So I brought him in and fed him formula for a few days. He was about two weeks old, eyes were closed still. It was great fun to watch him open his eyes and start taking solid food. We named him Jolly Littlebottom. However, a few weeks later I did not latch the cage door tight enough and he was gone. Probably by now has joined the barn rats family. Oh well, so long Jolly, stay away from chickens!

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Ugh…roof again! If I never have to touch another roof shingle, it will be too soon.

That was truly an adventure, which, thankfully,  ended with success. A fallen tree branch knocked down some of the shingles on thye garage and it started getting pretty wet inside there in rainy weather. The pitch is rather steep and it was super scary just to think about climbing up there. But here is Dear Husband smiling broadly after having tackled the problem and I could breath again and take pictures. After all, it did not happen if no pictures to show 😉

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Some more pictures from Frank’s point of view.

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Half the hay is in for the season. We have been wanting to start putting up our own hay, but after careful consideration decided against it. Some things you just should not be doing and it is importaint to realize that.

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The garden is doing it’s thing. A little bit of everything starting to show up and now I wish that I should have made a bigger garden this year. But on the other hand, I am glad that we are able to spend time on other projects, planned and otherwise.

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Below are just some pictures and a couple of dog videos.

 

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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June 2017.

Another month gone. It started with sadness. Wasabi died. We’ve had her for 8 years. They said she was anywhere from 4 to 6 when we got her from the shelter.  She went fast from kidney failure. Our only consolation that we have given her 8 good years. She will be missed… 20170601_071236.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20170612_191947 On a lighter note, Comfort is 17 ( or so we think, we’e had her for 10 years) and still going. She just had a bath 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie cat, called so because she is still around against all odds. After all the surgeries, steroids and antibiotics she is held together by homeopatic remedies. Tiddles is 13 years old.20170608_121956

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We built a pergola! Well, Frank was doing the building, while I dug in the garden, took pictures and occasionally held a board or helped with constructive criticism 😉  Now to help the grape vine to understand that it needs to climb up there!

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The Garden Tower Project 2. We won a coupon for $100 off the price. Which still was very considerable amount. Oh well, I do hope it will prove useful in having greens in winter. Providing we can get it into the house at the end of the season.

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Some of the harvest for June. Mushrooms, wild strawberries and honeyberries.

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To read more please click on the links below.

Bees

Dolls

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Tat 😉

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May 2017.

May is my Birthday month. And as I get older (and older) it becomes more enjoyable. Gone is the anticipation of something magical that you think is going to happen and it never does. Gone is the anguish of opening the presents that you won’t like and the disappointment of finding out that not all you supposed friends remember the date.

A card from the Child, toys from the husband, a home made cake…what can be better than this?

 

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Coffee and ice cream with the Child, always a good thing.

 

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Our two Muscovy ducks hatched themselves a little duckling. Just one. Then they promptly forgot that they had another ten eggs to sit on…bird brains…20170516_111652

 

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Wine caps are coming up in one spot. The one that was planted with little wooden plugs. The one seeded over sawdust is still dormant. Funny thing how the night before you don’t see anything and the next morning they are the size of  dinner plates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is my tomato plant, one of 25 ( so much for the smaller garden), looking all big and brave, ready to go into the soil.

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Here is the same little puny plant in the raised bed. Good luck, little buddy!

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Please click on the links below to read more about:

Bees.

 

Doll page.

Thanks

Tat 😉

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April 2017.

Wow, it’s the middle of may and I20170408_151459 am still working on April post!

It is definitely getting busy here. And it is the way we like it. There is , though, always certain anxious feeling that there are so many fun things to do and not enough time to do them in. Like a kid in a candy shop having a tantrum because he can’t have all the candy at once…

20170408_151442 These are my Gerbera daisies, by the way, Frank got them for my birthday last year. I am really pleased that they last and come back every spring. In pots inside, of course. I made a mistake once and planted them out, and, of course, they died in winter.

20170408_151241 Wintersowing is great! I tried to control myself and not start a ton of seeds, as I really want the garden to be smaller this year, so we can concentrate on projects around the property. Here are some of the jugs sitting in the sunroom.

 

20170408_151324-1And tomato and pepper seedling, of course, these I simply enjoy starting in cups and watching them grow. There are some marigolds and calendulas as well.

 

 

 

 

This is our beautiful laundry room addition all finished!

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The brains of the operation

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Me helping out with the trim

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The last snow

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Molly, Suzy and the chicken

 

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Daisy duck and her favorite hens, unfortunately this duck became foxes breakfast.

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Tat 😉

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March 2017.

March 31, 2017.

It is warm and no snow. We’ve had it as high as 60 degrees! Of course it did not stick around for long, but the fact itself is pretty amazing 😉

Of course now I am kicking myself for not starting the seeds sooner, as it appears that we might have an early spring after all. On the other hand, it is nice to feel that you are doing something when you are ready,  and not because you have to. And I do have a feeling that I am getting very close to catching my tail after all. It is still too far for comfort, but I can see it getting closer 😉

One of the nice things that happened this month is that we bought a new couch and an armchair. Here is Phoebe on the chair, she likes it a lot. wp-1490730610644.jpg

It gave the whole living room a nice old english feeling with wood paneling abd ceiling beams. And added bonus is that Alice does not have to take allergy meds any more when she stays over, as leather does not get as dusty as the fabric. It feels nice to buy something new, we have lived off of Craigslist for so long!

So as far as seeds go, I started tomatoes, peppers, some herbs and flowers. Seriously downsizing this year to concentrate on other projects. It was heartbreaking not to sow all the tomatoes I wanted. And it will be more so not to plant all that came up.

Bees.  Please click on the link for an update.

It was nice today. I filled the pools for the ducks and threw the rest of our pumpkins for the piggers to play with. Circe liked it , I think.

And here is the bathroom wall being put up. Like I said, the tail is getting closer. We started making a short list of projects for every weekend we are off together, and were able to stick to it pretty good. The key word is ‘short’, so it is not overwhelming.wp-1489352658822.jpg

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Tat

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