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Take A Peek At Our Week May 27 – June 2

Enjoy this peek at our week!

What a week! We have gotten so many bigger projects knocked off the to do list! We got our blueberry bushes, strawberries and apple trees all in the ground and they are doing well. I finished up my “Forest Garden.” The area by our back steps has been nothing but dirt and mud for a decade, but now it is my favorite place to relax! When I get to relax that is.

The school year is coming to an end for the country kids, with lots of activities and field trips. I will need a summer to recover from all the “fun” events this mama has been involved in thanks to the end of the school year.

We have also added a new member to the homestead. He (the bird) is slightly off his rocker, but the oldest country kid is in love with his new parakeet. I just wish it would stop flying all over the house, driving the cats off their rockers!

So what made me smile this week?

The temps were in the 90’s and the humidity was out of control, but we just kept going. We built, filled and planted blueberries and strawberries in our new fruit area. We eventually cleared behind it so we could put our apple trees in too. It was a long weekend and we needed ever minute of it. I am one happy camper getting this done!

 

You know your country when track and field day includes cornhole! The littlest country kid loved it. Thankfully field day was first thing in the morning for the kindergartners because the heat and humidity was already bad at 9 am. Ugh this is going to be a long summer if this heat sticks around.

 

We added a new member to the homestead family. Introducing Stewie! The oldest country kid is delighted to have a new friend and while he will never (nor could he ever) replace Bobby the quail, we thought is was time to give him a new BFF. Bobby was such an amazing little bird. Here’s hoping Stewie is something special. He has big wings to fill in his new role as side kick and companion to the oldest country kid.

 

So this is what happened when we gave the oldest country kid his new bird…… listen with the volume up. The littlest country kid cracks me up!! 
  
Why did I have to dig up all my plants, put up a fence, and replant everything? One word: DUCKS! Did you know ducks LOVE some newly emerged hostas and ferns. So tender and yummy. Grrrr And that is why I did what I did. But of course they have to test their limits, the ducks not the plants. Sorry Mr. Bill, I made sure to plant everything a duck’s neck length back from the fence. Stick your head through and stretch all ya want buddy, you are out of luck!

 

The 4H project this month was cake decorating. The littlest country kid made a hot mess!

 

The oldest country kid’s flower garden turned out better. There is so much frosting on these cakes it’s ridiculous!

 

I laid 280 square feet of sod, built a 45 foot long fence, and planted dozens of plants. The side yard is looking so much better with this “forest garden.” Sorry ducks, no more eating my plants!

 

I added a variety of ferns, hostas, lilies, and some Irish moss that hubby can use when he home brews. Cute and useful!

 

I love these lanterns. So much so, I had the paint for my herb selves tinted to match! The stay on for 6 hours and then turn themselves off for 18 hours. I normally don’t buy things we don’t need, like lanterns to hang in our lilac trees, but this once I am glad I did.

 

I painted and built an herb area so they are conveniently located out the back door for cooking. No more sprinting to the garden in the middle of making a meal. I had the paint matched to the color of my adorable lanterns.

 

All day long, no matter what bed I was preparing, Cinder was always on the other side of the fence watching my every move. Every scoop I took, every weed I shook, she was watching me! Good thing my raised beds are chocked full of yummy worm goodness so I could toss my task master a few treats for her vigilance!

 

Remember to take time out of your busy day to find your own things to make you smile!

 

 

 

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