Good Monday to all. This past week fairly flew by so here we are again. My garden is looking beautiful to me and it brings me so much joy; not to mention good food. It is exciting to see the tiny carrot and beet sprouts peeping out of the ground. While they are not as fast growers as the greens it is still wonderful to have them.
I wish you were all close enough to share in the bounty.
Several of you have asked whether I am writing a new novel or not so I’m happy to reply “yes.” I am in the process of doing rewrites to my suspense manuscript “Forethought.” Please don’t hold steadfast to that title because an agent or publisher might decide to change it. If they do it will be all right with me. I’m not hard to live with though my husband might beg to differ. I also have another women’s manuscript on the burner.
I love writing because I know what is going to happen next. While writing is fun it is also hard work getting what I see in my head down on the blank page so my readers can also see it. I think my love for writing is a gift from God and I try to be the best I can be at this task.
Many of you know I am also an avid reader. I will say now as I have probably said a thousand times and will most likely say another thousand that you don’t have to be an author to be an avid reader but I feel you must be an avid reader to be a great writer.
Now I need to get back to the manuscript or I will never get it completed. Yeah, I might squeeze in an afternoon nap as well. Thank you for stopping by and if you are a writer keep writing and enjoy it and if you are a reader keep reading.
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It is another beautiful morning here in Florida with the temps in the 70s. The birds are singing and the chickens are clucking. My garden is growing and my family is healthy. I know God is good all the time. I hope all is just as well in your corner of the world. I don’t know if the election turned out the way you wanted it to but we must all remember that God is still on the throne and He is in charge. He sets up kings and removes kings Daniel 2:21.
Have a blessed day and please stop back by soon.
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Here we are back to Monday again and life is good. My young chicks have started to lay. Not all eight are laying right now but at least they have started. Yesterday and today I got five eggs each day so that was good. It is good the young ones have started because the older hens are molting so that means no eggs from them for a while.
The young chicks scratch all the hay out of the houses. Why? I have no earthly idea. However, they leave a small amount in the little red house and that is where they have laid their legs the last two days. Saturday I found two eggs under a couple of the houses so I had to have a talk with the girls and explain the idea behind having the nest.
They are all so funny. The six older hens crowd into the little red house to sleep at night and the young go in the new house. There is a fine house the size of the newer one in the middle but they all insist on sleeping where they choose. The older hens laid their eggs in the middle house (when they were laying.) Each house has a nice run and they all join to a larger pen; plenty of room.
They love day old bread and any fresh greens that I am not using. That is their treat along with their regular food. Their eggs are so rich and creamy.
The new beets and carrots are peeping out of the soil. Plus the radishes and English peas that I planted last week are sprouting. This past week we had the first from the turnips and they were delicious. Right now we have plenty fresh green leafy vegetables. Healthy and good,
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My photos for the seating challenge.
One of my photos where I was playing around with Photo Shop.
Pull Up A Seat Photo Challenge Week #7
The last few days have been absolutely perfect here in Florida. My grandson came for a sleepover and he took tons of photos. He loves the chickens and garden as much as I do. He even took a picture of a frog that was resting on his swing. There is just something about little boys and frogs isn’t there?
The older chickens are molting right now so no eggs from them but a couple of the young ones have started to lay. Granted not every day but I do get a couple of eggs every day but I think from different girls. They are small right now but that is to be expected. The Rhode Island Reds lay nice size eggs and a lot of them from what I have heard and read. We shall see. In a couple of months we should have plenty to share since I now have 14 hens.
One on the nest. He isn’t the best photographer but he is learning and he enjoys it so that is what matters. He is such a joy and we share so many interest. I thank God that he shares my love for nature, gardening and of course chickens. I never thought I could love anyone as much as I love my sons and then he was born; what a blessing.
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God is so good all the time. This morning I gathered our first mustard of the season so we will have fresh mustard for dinner tonight. I just love being able to go out in our garden and get our fresh vegetables. My little grandson loves the star apples lol. Thank God we have a few on the tree this year; more than ever before. Last year we had some but the cold ruined them. This year the tree was loaded with blooms but not all the blooms mean fruit because the tree is self-pollinating so some of the blooms are male and some female and only the female bear fruit. But we have plenty and some to share; I love to share.
Everything in the garden is looking good except… My onions are not coming up like I hoped but I will give them time. And the first carrots I planted refused to germinate so I replanted them and some more beets last week. I think with the beets, spinach and English (sweet) peas I used too much cow manure. They were all planted in the raised beds and none of them did anything. So this week (maybe Wednesday) I will plant some more pea seeds in the side garden.
Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you. In September my husband rotator tilled the side yard for me and we had six yards of garden soil brought in so I now have a garden there. I am so proud of it because I can plant a lot more. It used to be in the shade but my neighbor had her tree trimmed so now it is in full sun; love it.
I will also till up the soil in the raised beds and try to plant some more spinach. I have just never had much luck with spinach. This year I planted turnips and they are doing well; first time I’ve tried them in ages. I don’t know why because we love turnips. I just love fresh greens period. My radishes are doing well so I’ve been able to get fresh radishes for a couple of weeks now. These are a tiny bit spicy but good and crunchy. Radishes are wonderful for a snack. I’ve planted some Watermelon Radishes for the first time and they are up but not big enough to eat yet. I can’t wait to try them. I try out new and weird vegetables from time to time.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you come back soon and in the mean time have a blessed, happy life and happy gardening.
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One of my favorite places to go and relax. The water is so beautiful and you can wade out a pretty long way before it gets deep. I don’t put my head under water; coward? Maybe.
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