It has been such a long time since I’ve written. I apologize. Such busy times out here on our farm. Some sad times too as we lost our Zippy boy to cancer in late July. He fought it for two years. We miss him more than we can say.
But lots has been going on so I think it will be easiest to catch you up by using pictures. So here we go 🙂
Well, by this time in the summer we had gone through two major accidents and the loss of Zippy. Hence, the “rough times”.
We still have our boy Fiat which I am so thankful for… he livens us up with puppy craziness… and our kitty, Olivia, can always make me smile. The chickens are fun to watch! Especially the roosters. I couldn’t help it… I’ve named them both. One got a name right away because he was so small as a chick and had no tail feathers and he stood straight up on his little legs just like one of those Indian runner ducks… so his name is Ducky 🙂 The other rooster I called Mr. Shy 🙂 He is so timid… except when he is crowing! Then he puffs himself up and stretches out his neck, and CROWS! They make me laugh! They are so full of themselves.
I have learned so much this summer. I have very much enjoyed my big garden. I have learned that weeds are awful in the country though. Especially the first year you plow up a piece of land. I finally gave up on pulling them all and just try to keep a space around my veggies clear for them. Next year I am going to try laying down straw after the soil is tilled under in the spring.
We are still in the midst of a lot of house projects. I am painting the bedroom. (getting rid of the hideous lilac purple paint.) I am hoping to go around the edges of the upstairs floor and finish sanding those this week as well since it is supposed to be cooler out. Then we can get the floor finished up there and I can paint the bedrooms and hallway. Then we’ll get the spare room all set up and I can finally get in and set up my sewing room! So exciting. I’ve also been working away around the house. I’m hopeful to have all the lava rock out from around the perimeter and pea gravel put in. Then I can go to town with the flowerbeds. I’ve also got to mulch around the orchard trees, expand the strawberry bed, (they have put out so many new little runners I need to make the bed much bigger) and burn the rest of the brush pile as soon as possible.
So the rest of the summer is gonna be busy 🙂
I hope all of you are well! I hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Ps. If you want to catch quick snatches of our farm life between letters you can find us on Facebook here: