Sunday, July 5, 2020

New Sunroom Floors

This adorable guy turned 8.  We had a nice party for him with his friends, and then immediately afterwards, the construction zone went into effect.  We needed to put new flooring down in the sunroom.
You can see the bad section to the left. The rest of the subfloor was good, though.  We had plenty of hardwood leftover from when we did the rest of the floors, so we decided to use it in the sunroom.  Unlike last time we did floors, I didn't help.  Elijah took over my job at the chop saw: 

And Malachi took over my job of laying out the boards for Nathaniel:

Both boys also acted as general gophers.  Nathaniel does all of the nailing.  The end result is gorgeous!

Gyunay is a camera hog.  When he sees me taking pictures, he jumps right in.  He loves the new floor, and has been busy playing with his "guys" (superheroes) there:

I don't have any plants on the shelves now, but in winter, they will be well-used.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bed Frame Growing and Front Yard Tobacco

The bed frame garden is going very well.
As you can see below, the cucumbers in the forefront are nearly as tall as the corn, and the corn is nearly as tall as the dill behind it.  (The dill is about 5 feet tall.)

And here you can see that I am growing peppers!
Also, we now have tobacco in our front yard, because how can you be a barefoot Kentuckian without tobacco in your front yard? 

Seriously, though, we planted 4 heirloom tobacco plants in the front berms.  Now those that know me know that I never, ever smoke anything.  However, Nathaniel thinks it would be fun to roll a cigar for his dad, and I am a sucker for heirloom plants nobody else is growing, so we ended up with some from the farmer's market.  Actually, my sister-in-law bought two of them when she was visiting, but she forgot them, and they wouldn't survive without being planted until the next time we will likely see her in October.  And Nathaniel picked out the other two.  This one pictured is supposed to get only about 3 feet tall, and it will have yellow flowers.  The picture of it was quite pretty, so it got to go in the front yard.  Another one gets white flowers that open in the evening.  So I hope they will look nice as well as be an interesting addition.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

June Harvest

Blueberries - 1/4 c
Carrots - 2
Eggs - 146
Garlic bulbs - 78
Garlic scapes - 7
Kale - 3 oz
Lettuce, leaf - 2.5 lbs
Pea pods - 3 lbs
Peas, shelled - 1/3 c
Potatoes - 2.1 lbs
Radishes - 8
Radish pods - 7.3 oz
Raspberries - 1/4 c
Strawberries - 5.5 c

Plus, lots of chives, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, sage, and thyme

The strawberry, pea pod, and radish pod rates are actually higher than listed, because theses things are most often eaten raw right out of the garden.  The eggs went down, but we lost a hen, so it's not a shock.  By far, that is the most lettuce I have ever grown, and there is more that I will harvest this week.  The potatoes were disappointing, as usual.  I did eat one ripe cherry tomato, and it was divine, but there are no new ones in sight for a while.

Monday, June 29, 2020

More Cousin Fun

I got to watch my sister's kids while she and her husband had a weekend away.  The kids had a blast, including plenty of mud play:

And these little guys were great together the whole weekend:

It's always been so great how well the kids get along.  They love being together, and it was even more special right now, since Covid has limited social interaction.

At the end of the weekend, Lydia did step on a nail and had to have a tetanus booster shot.  It's been healing very well, though, and it only slowed her down for about a day and a half.  We spent this past weekend getting a few things done around the house, and Malachi had friends over for s'mores and D&D.  Gyunay had his after-surgery check-up, and his little arm has healed well, and the x-rays were good.  Now we are getting ready for his upcoming birthday!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Book Review - The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

The Key to Everything: A Novel
This book makes you wish there were lots of real Peyton Cabots in this world.  His character is well-written, and just so good.  I enjoyed this story, from the family dynamics to the setting.  The journey Peyton takes is full of interesting people and places.  The author describes the varied settings so well, and it felt like she has personal knowledge of the area.  I liked the 1947 setting and details.  I read this story over several days, but the characters stayed in my mind often.  Some parts of the story maybe came together a bit too well, but overall, it was an excellent read.  There is grief and suffering in the story, but the overarching tone is hopeful, and there is no better time than now to read a hopeful story.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, June 19, 2020


The corn bed is coming along nicely:

To the left of the corn are Edmundson white cucumbers.  To the right are Dragon Tongue beans.  It's been really dry lately, and I've had to water, but this bed seems to be doing great.  The tomatoes are growing very slowly.  I do have some green cherry tomatoes, though, so hopefully, we will have a small taste of summer soon. 

We've been doing VBS (Vacation Bible School) with a few friends this week, and it has been so much fun.  The kids have really loved it, and we moms are enjoying ourselves just as much.
We've spread it out, so we did three days this week, and we will do two days next week.  That has made it less stressful and tiring, and it's a nice way to stretch out the fun as well. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Cousins Part 2 and More Healing

Gyunay's arm today:
And we had visitors with dogs, so Lydia was very happy:

Nathaniel led the little ones in a game:

And Gyunay is even feeling normal enough for a light saber battle:

Naturally, we also enjoyed s'mores around the fire: