Monday, August 13, 2018

Mini Trip

Nathaniel took a couple of days off of work to take a mini-vacation with us.  My parents had given us money back at Christmas for our whole family to go to the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, but we just did it last week.  That turned out to be great, because there were no crowds!

She was so happy that on the super hero personality test she got Wonder Woman!



Gyunay really loved putting the terra cotta warrior statues together.  He actually asked to go back and do it again before we left, so we did.
The kids also loved staying in the hotel and swimming in the pool.  The next day, we got to visit an old friend of mine and explored Lafayette's little zoo and park.  We came home pretty exhausted!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Garlic and Chickens

It's been a while since I posted about the chickens.  They have grown, and the roosters are starting to crow.
Five of the chickens are roosters, so we will be harvesting 2 really soon (probably this weekend?) and another 2 in a week or so.  It's been a while since chicken was on my menus, and we will all enjoy a good chicken dinner.

All of the roosters are buff orpingtons.  Isn't he handsome?

Today, I cleaned up all of the garlic that I harvested in June and early July.  It's been curing in the garage since harvest, so today I trimmed off the stems and roots.  It's a good amount of garlic, the most I've ever grown, but not enough for a full year for us.  I hope to grow more for next year, but I haven't decided where to plant it yet.  I've got some time, though.  I don't plant garlic until mid-October.

And finally, we finished painting the outside of the house.  It was a family effort, and it looks so great.

I am very pleased with the darker gray color.  I'll have to post a picture of the deck later.  Nathaniel painted it, too.  I haven't got all of the stuff moved back onto it yet, though, since we wanted to wait a week to give it plenty of time to dry thoroughly. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

July Garden Harvest Totals

Arugula - 2c
Beans, Dragon Tongue - 1 lb 5oz
Blackberries - 4.5c
Cantaloupes, Ginger Melon -1 (weighing 9.86 lbs)
Cantaloupes, Jenny Lind - 2
Cucumber, Edmondson - 8
Cucumber, pickling - 7
Cucumber, Tender Green - 41
Eggs - 130
Garlic, hardneck - 8
Kale - 1 bunch
Potatoes, Red Pontiac - 5 lbs 12 oz
Potatoes, Yukon Gold - 4 lbs 4 oz
Radish - 2
Tomato, Black Vernissage - 14
Tomato, Carbon - 7
Tomato, Dr. W. Yellow - 2
Tomato, Golden Jubilee - 1
Tomato, Old German - 2
Tomato, Pink Brandywine - 8
Tomato, St. Pierre - 5
Tomato, Woodle Orange - 5
Zucchini, Tatume - 20 (average weight of 1 is 1.5 lbs)

Plus herbs - basil, dill, mint, sage, stevia, thyme
and a few cherry tomatoes

Total tomatoes - 68  (which sounds like a ton when you consider that we ate ALL of them fresh!)


Thursday, August 2, 2018

10 lbs!

I grew a giant cantaloupe:
To be specific, it weighed 9.86 pounds.  It was good, although still not as good as a Posey County cantaloupe.  It is a different variety, called a Ginger Melon.  I have a few more on the vine, and although they are large, this was the biggest.

We've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks.  We enjoyed spending time with cousins and Nana and Pa.  Then this week, Grandma came and took the kids for a little road trip to Kentucky Down Under.  The kids had a blast.
As for me, I've been up to my eyeballs in peaches.  On Sunday, we went and picked 92 pounds of peaches and white nectarines.  We also picked up 20 pounds of cooking apples.  So I've been peeling, slicing, canning, and freezing.  I've made cinnamon peach jam, blueberry peach jam, blackberry peach jam, honey peaches, honey nectarines, and applesauce.  I've still got more to do, so back to the kitchen!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cute

You know how cute babies are when they're asleep?  Well, it turns out 6-year-olds are adorable asleep, too.
Yesterday, I snapped some pictures of the kids outside playing with the kittens.



These are Mexican sunflowers:

They make me happy.  I've been growing them for about 3 years now.  Hummingbirds and butterflies love them, too.

This is a windchime next to the new darker gray we are painting the house.  It's about half-painted right now.  (I should probably clarify that the house is brick, but there are areas of wood, plus the trim, window casing, etc.)

And lastly, some cockscomb.  It's a new one for me, and I'm thrilled with it!

Book Review - A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden's latest novel, A Daring Venture, is set in 1908 with the fight to bring clean water to New York City.  This book is the second in a series, and although it could be read alone, I recommend reading the first book, A Dangerous Legacy, prior to this one.  It will make the family feud and some other relationships easier to understand.  I have read and loved several of Elizabeth Camden's books.  While I don't think that this is her best, I still couldn't put it down, so that is a testament to her writing.  I found the story engaging, and the science aspects were well-woven into the story without seeming dull or superfluous.  I liked both Nick and Rosalind, and their romance was sweet.  I also always appreciate the historical details that are present in the book.  Those looking for a more overtly Christian novel may be disappointed, as the characters' faith is barely discussed, but it is certainly a story that involves Christian values like trust, honesty, and loyalty .  I highly recommend this story.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tomatoes and Cantaloupes!

We've been very happily eating fresh tomatoes for a few days now.  This is a picture of Carbon tomatoes that are not ripe yet:
You can't see the 3 ripe ones we picked this morning, because we devoured them.  This type is a dark purple/black type, and it is so yummy.  We've also eaten a pink brandywine, some black vernissage, a Woodle orange, and a couple of Old Germans over the last few days.  Fresh tomatoes just make life better.

And these are cantaloupes.  To be specific, they are Ginger Cantaloupes, which are supposed to get between 8 and 12 pounds!

So far, they are looking great, and they appear to be living up to the size promises.  We did eat a couple of Jenny Lind cantaloupes, which are small, 1 to 2 pound cantaloupes, and they were so delicious.

The daylillies are next to the tomato plants.  It's pretty as well as good for pollination.

And Lydia took my camera to get some pictures of the cats playing in the (dry) fountain.

They are the friendliest kittens, and we have all become very fond of them both.