Thursday, January 4, 2018

A taste of summer. It really does warm up around here.

Little Spotty enjoying a pleasant walk to the garden.  She loves going there and laying in the cool dirt while I weed.

It's a little walk down the hill/driveway.  I've always liked the view down our driveway.

corn and zucchini
same plants after a week or so.

Beets, summer squash and pole beans in the background
the winter squash.  The culvert in the background will one day be our root cellar.

looking up the driveway from the garden, the summer squash in the foreground with netting over the blueberries.

We have plenty of volunteer berries, blackberries and raspberries all around the property.  They make yummy muffins and pancakes in the mid winter like today when the weather is brutal.
The Hollyhocks were nonstop this year.  These came up from last year and last year they were white, this year pink, not sure what will happen next year.  I loved these reddish pink ones.  I would have preferred them to be the double variety, but they were beautiful and lasted well into fall.

A few straw flowers.  I dried some of these to use in winter.  They are odd little flowers that feel stiff even when they are in full bloom and dry beautifully.

OK... that was my little fix of warm to get me through the rest of the winter. 

I am so thankful that we had such a good harvest this year.  Our freezer was full.  Now that Mr. D cannot pick up veggies, at least not at this time, we are enjoying what we have stored.  God has surely given us plenty.  We can plant our hearts out and strive to make things grow, but God is the only one that can make these plants produce the way he has.  I'm waiting patiently to get my hands into the warm earth again.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tooo much cold

I am no fan of winter.  Most people who know me realize this.  I think it's from when I was a wee person in Maine.  I just don't like shivering and teeth chattering weather.  We've had a string of days now with temps below 0 deg F.  It's supposed to get to 23 tomorrow which is going to feel like a heat wave.  But alas it's going to take a dive again into the negative digits...

Of course every time it warms a bit, that means it will snow.  We've already accumulated 24" at our place and much more in other places around the state. 

All right.. I'll stop complaining now.  It is beautiful.  Christmas Day on the way to Heather's it looked like a Christmas card with all the fresh snow from that morning. 

We had a wonderful Christmas with family.  I cooked up a turkey that had been given to Jason and it was 26 pounds of yum.  We had the Christmas story by Joanna and Doug and then opening presents which took a long time with all the Ooohs and Ahhhs.  It's so good to have all the family together. 

Not the best picture.  I was trying to figure out why Mr. D was leaning over without turning away and yes, Brandon is taller than all of us now. This may be the last Christmas for Spot as the cancer is getting much worse. 

You can actually see the growth on her belly.  She's still active and on a special diet, but today I noticed she was having trouble walking.  I think it is not good to let her suffer, but it's Mr. D's call as she is his dog in every way.

I'll download some summer pictures next time so you can see that it is not always cold here.  It will warm me up too.  I gotta go now.

Happy New Year 2018 to all of my bloggy friends.