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FLORIDA COLD

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We’ve had a little cold snap here in Florida for the last couple of days and it zapped some of my basil and my broccoli.  Maybe the broccoli will grow back but if it doesn’t that is all part of gardening.  I’ll plant again in the spring.

This morning I gathered some collards and have them cooking so I can take them over to my son’s for dinner tonight.  He loves collards.  I also picked green beans for dinner because my eight year old grandson likes them.  I try to go over at least once a week and have dinner with them.  I love to cook since they are so busy working and what have you.  I’ve been there and done that so I know what a hassle it can be.  Tonight along with those green vegetables I am making mac and cheese and lemon-pepper chicken two more favorites of my grandson.  He loves his vegetables and I am proud of that.

I still have a few flowers blooming in the yard and that makes me smile because my goal is to have flowers all year round.  Granted my Mums might look a little ragtag but they are mine and I think they are pretty.

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I love these dark red ones.  Strange because I had forgotten I bought them.  I usually look at the marked down flowers when I go to Lowes and find some pretty good bargains.  I have to be careful because I am a plant collector.  I will buy one and figure out where to put it once I get home and I take anything someone offers me whether it is seeds or plants.  But like I said I have flowers blooming in my yard all year round. which is a blessing.

I am still working on the manuscript “Forethought” but will try to give you an excerpt in the next few days.  Sometimes it is hard to write even though I love it because I am busy with the garden, my online classes and of course work at the hospital; all of which I find rewarding.  Once I get out in that yard it is hard to get me back inside so my writing is usually regulated to working at night after I do my classes.

I just finished a great novel I have to tell you about in another post.  Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day.

LET’S GIVE THANKS

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I’m sorry that I didn’t get this blog out yesterday but I had a doctor’s appointment and time just got away from me.  We have so much to be thankful for.  I always thank God for letting me live in a country where I am free to blog on whatever I choose and I can worship when and where I want.  We know that God determines where we live even though we might think the choice was ours.  In this wonderful country we can choose our careers and be as successful as we are willing to work hard.  I saw a billboard the other day that said “The distance between your dream and reality is call action.”  I fully agree.

The garden is coming along just fine as you can see from the peppers above.  I am so proud of them.  This is the first year that I’ve had such a large beautiful bounty.  My eight year old grandson had a sleepover with me this past weekend and he was excited to pick them.  He chomped right in to one like someone might eat an apple.  I’m glad he likes vegetables.

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He was thrilled when he gathered the eggs and found nine in one nest.  The young hens have started to lay so now we are getting plenty of eggs.  Granted they are small but will get bigger as the girls mature.  He took the photo of this one on her nest.  The older girls are still molting so right now they aren’t earning their keep but that’s all right with me.

I sent in a query letter to see if I can get my novel “Defiance of Destiny” republished.  Hopefully this time by a publisher who will give more help with the promotion.  I’m almost finished with the suspense novel “Forethought” and soon will be sending it to get a copyright.  Once that is done I have to finish the women’s drama novel “Tomorrow’s Memories.”  As you can see I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble.  Maybe I’ll include and excerpt from one with one of my blogs.  Please let me know if you would like that?

Thanks for stopping by; have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep writing and gardening.

God Bless.

 

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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.

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Collards.

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And turnips.

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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.

God bless.

 

 

FRESH EGGS

DSC_0681   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.

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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.

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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,

Thanks for stopping by, please come back soon.

God bless.

 

PERFECT DAY

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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?

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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 bless.

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

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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.

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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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TIME WEATHERED OR WHAT

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The word this week is a great one for me.  I mean, heck, when it comes to describing weathered I could just put my picture out there (don’t worry I won’t, don’t want to scare the regulars) but it would be the epitome of the description.  But it brings a question to my mind.  “Does weathered mean by years or could it be by cold or heat or etc.?”

So far this year we have had the coldest weather we’ve had in several years and it definitely has taken its toll on my vegetable garden, flowers and fruit trees.  The papaya trees were loaded with fruit.  I suppose it only zapped the leaves on the trees and the roots are safe (positive thinking babe.)  If it did get the roots as well I will just replant.  I’m almost sure all I need to do to the banana trees is just cut them back to the ground and they will sprout new babies.  But it is too cold to get out there and mess with anything right now.

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Sooo… I should be working on the rewrites of the two novels I have perking on the back burner.  Maybe perking is not the right word because I haven’t worked on them in weeks.  Oh yes, I know I should and now that it is too cold to work in the garden it is a perfect time to write.  Do I have writer’s block?  No, I’m just plain old LAZY, can’t lie about it.  I even know the finish and everything; just need a good kick in the butt to get moving.  So with that said I better get busy.

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STUBBORN AS A MULE

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Have you ever heard the saying “Stubborn as a mule?”  Maybe it is just heard in the south but I’ve heard it a million times and mostly describing me.  So this week I will show you some of my stubbornness with this post.  Yeah…yeah I know it is supposed to be about a favorite photo from this year.  Well I simply can not find a favorite.  I pretty much like all of my pictures.  If I don’t like them it is so easy to hit the delete button.  So yes, I guess I am stubborn.  I think you sort of have to be if you are an author.  If you want to publish novels you must have enough faith in your work to stick with it no matter what.  Right?

I have too many interest I guess and I have neglected my writing for time spent in my garden.  Of course I love both and I also love photography and taking walks.  So, like I said maybe too many interest.

I have two novels waiting for me to finish and what’s sad I know the finish if I would just sit my butt down and work at the computer.  I should be digging in the dirt of my manuscripts  instead of outside digging in the dirt literally.  They are screaming to be finished and for me to move on to others.  Yes there are others…well other ideas that are stewing on the back burner.

Have you decided to make a new years resolution?  I will do my usual lose weight, eat healthier and get more exercise.  These are three that a lot of people make every year and like me they start off strong but a nice piece of cake or chocolate temps and all the good intentions are blown away like dust in a wind storm.  This year I will also add “finish the novels I have started and start sending them to publishers.”   Yes, I will most definitely have to be as stubborn as a mule to do it but I plan to give it the all American try.

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Please let me know if you make resolutions and if you succeed.  I will keep you posted on mine.  Some way I will try to incorporate all of my hobbies as well as succeed as an author.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy New Year!!

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SERENITY

008     I guess we all have our on definition of what serene means to us.  To me sitting quietly on a beach and watching the waves wash ashore is the epitome of serenity.  But there are many other things that bring me peace and joy.  I love sitting on my back porch and watching the wild birds.

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And working in my garden which by the way is coming along great so far.  All most all of the radishes I transplanted last week took and that makes me so happy.  It was an experiment.  I was not sure if one could transplant radishes but I knew I had to thin them out and I just can’t stand to throw away any plant.  So now I know.  And the two new rows I planted are all peeping out of the ground.  One row is the same as the others that are almost ready to gather, I got one this morning, and the other row are white radishes which I have never grew or even eaten but I will now.

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And every thing else is coming along.  We had mustard for dinner one day last week and could gather more now but I’ll wait a few days and see if my sister-in-law wants some when she comes to our family Christmas party this weekend.  The collards are also ready and I plan to have some for Christmas dinner along with the ham and other fixings (fixings is a good old southern word for what else one might cook.)

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Collards

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And as you can see the lettuce is almost ready to gather some for a nice salad but I’ll give it a couple more days.  We’re eating out tonight but my husband doesn’t know it let.  I’m just too busy to cook.

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I won’t bore you with photos of all the other vegetables but I do have a few tomatoes and one bell pepper.  I hope the critters don’t get my pepper again.  They’ve stolen the last two before they were big enough for me to pick.  I’ve put Cayenne pepper powder on them to deter the unwelcome guest.  We’ll see if that works.

Thank you for stopping by please come by soon and God bless.

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GOOD MORNING GLORY

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Morning Glories are temporary flowers but oh so pretty.  They usually only last a day but I look forward to going out in the early morning and seeing them in bloom.  It is a beautiful way to start the day.  This year I planted several colors but all that grew seem to be the blue.  Oh well, I’ll just be thankful for what I have.

My vegetables are doing well and I am so happy with them.  We should have fresh mustard for dinner tomorrow.  I wanted to have it tonight but I kept flagging around and I thought it was too late to gather some today.  I like to gather my greens early in the morning.

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The collards, onions, radishes, broccoli, cabbage all are growing nicely.

DSC_0254          Last Friday we made cages for the tomatoes and we have several small tomatoes on the plants.

DSC_0244     And I predict we will be able to have lettuce from our garden in a couple more weeks.

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This is the first time I’ve tried to grow lettuce in containers.  I researched it and they say it can be done so we shall see.  All I can say is so good so far.

I also planted some red cabbage in containers last week; just to try, I never grew red cabbage before.

My hot peppers are doing great.  We really don’t eat them so I will pickle them and find someone who likes spicey.  They are pretty and fun to grow.  The sweet peppers had a nice sized pepper but some varmint decided he needed it more than I do.  I will put cayenne pepper on the plants and that should deter him.  Those peppers are for my grandson so the varmint does not know who he is fooling with.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a blessed day and will come back soon.

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