Monday, July 21, 2014

In the Garden 7.21.14

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Well, we had a small amount of rain this past week during the night, but not enough to water everything very good.  Dragging around the water buckets and hose is a daily routine around here.

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We cleaned out some of the veggie beds this past week.  The sugar snap peas, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach all came out.  I am hoping to plant some fall veggie seeds sometime this week.

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milk thistle

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echinacea

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citrus marigolds, zinnias, cosmos

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zinnia

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yellow transparent apples

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green beans

(I think that we will be getting a good harvest of these this year)

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heirloom tomatoes

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heirloom tomatoes

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persian baby cucumbers

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small sugar pumpkins

(this plant is loaded with baby pumpkins)

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pickling cucumber

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nasturtium, marigold

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raspberries

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rhubarb, raspberries

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dill

(hoping it will last a bit longer so I can use it with the cucumbers to make pickles)

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cilantro

(turning in coriander)

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carrots

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cherry tomato, green beans

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garlic, onions

(the garlic will need to be harvested soon)

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zucchini

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more zucchini…and more zucchini…and more zucchini…lol

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blessings

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Today we were blessed with a very beautiful granddaughter!

Claire Elaine

7 lbs. 9 oz. – 20” long

I looked up the meaning of her names:

Claire – clear, bright

Elaine – shining light

She is a clear, bright, shining light…how cute is that?!?

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Our daughter, Sarah, started having contractions yesterday morning and gave birth to this sweet, little girl at 1:15 am today.  Mama and baby (and daddy) are all doing quite well!  It was a very long night, but the happiness of welcoming this bundle of joy made up for any lack of sleep that we were experiencing!

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This photo on the left is of Sarah when she was born.  I think her little girl looks a lot like her mama!

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This is a photo of my dad holding Sarah when she was a newborn baby.

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Today is a bittersweet day for me.  It was a year ago today that my dad passed away and was called home to be with Jesus.  He has been in my thoughts throughout this day and I really wish that he was here to hold his great-granddaughter.  Although I miss my dad dearly, it was truly a blessing to welcome our precious granddaughter into the world today.  I believe the love and joy of seeing this new little baby come into our lives today has helped with the sadness of missing my dad. 

Thanking God for His blessings!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

Psalm 127:3-4

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Proverbs 17:6

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Holding hands with sweet baby Claire…my heart is overflowing with love & joy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In the Garden 7.12.14

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We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Western Washington.  The temps have been in the upper 80’s to low 90’s.  I myself would be happy with temps in the low 70’s!

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The plants are enjoying the heat, as long as they are being kept watered.

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blueberries

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raspberry patch

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red raspberries

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golden raspberries

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tomato  hoop house

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cherokee purple heirloom tomato

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la roma tomato

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pickling cucumbers

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green beans

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the ladies

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yellow zucchini

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broccoli

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golden oregano & parsley

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yellow transparent apples

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sugar snap peas

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persian baby cucumbers

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small sugar pumpkins

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echinacea

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mints, echinacea, small sugar pumpkin, & milk thistle

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zinnias & citrus marigolds

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I did my first canning of the season.  Why is it always so hot on the day that I do my canning?  I probably will freeze most of our berries this year, as we still have plenty of jars of jam in the pantry.  So most of my canning will be pickling and making tomato sauce.

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pickled beets

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pickled zucchini & pickled beets