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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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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Here are my entries for Jennifer’s Weekly Weather Challenge titled “Fog.”
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.
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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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.
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.
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.)
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.
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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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.
The collards, onions, radishes, broccoli, cabbage all are growing nicely.
Last Friday we made cages for the tomatoes and we have several small tomatoes on the plants.
And I predict we will be able to have lettuce from our garden in a couple more weeks.
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.
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Last Friday my seven-year old grandson had the day off school and I was blessed to get to have him for the day
He and I had a picnic at a wilderness park that he loves dearly. Of course he had to share some of his lunch with a curious squirrel. I bet that rascal just hangs out close to the tables because he knows most humans have a soft heart and will give him some of whatever they are eating.
After we ate we hiked on the boardwalk and climbed the tower (I don’t like the tower but you can’t let a seven-year old go up there by himself.)
It was a pleasant afternoon and even the animals were enjoying the beautiful weather so we got a peek at the wildlife inhabitants.
I won’t bore you with all the photos but trust me there were several different gators, turtles, herons, crows, blue jays and many others. I am so glad we had this time together and took a peek at the animals’ life and homes; making memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon until then take a walk in nature, you might be surprised how much you will enjoy it.
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I promised an update on my garden, so since I will have my wonderful grandson tomorrow I thought I better get this done tonight.
As you can see from the photo above it is coming along just fine. Look closely at the mustard. I do believe we will be eating some in the next couple of weeks. What do you think? I can hardly wait. I absolutely love reaping the result of my hard work. Like collards mustard greens is an acquired taste either you will or will not like them.
Remember I told you about planting the radishes, beets and carrots last week? Well most of the tiny plants are peeping out of the soil. You can see the radishes but the other two will need a little longer before they will be easily seen in a photograph.
If you are wondering about the straw it is hay; part of the compost from my chicken pen. My chickens pay for their keep in more ways than one. It’s a good thing I get compost because right now most of them are molting and I’m only getting one egg a day. I know the egg comes from Amera because it is blue and she is the only one that lays blue eggs. And another factor that figures in to the “no egg production” is the shorter days. They don’t lay as much when they have less sunshine. However, we should change time soon; fall back, so we will be eating eggs again.
Thank you for stopping by. I will keep you updated on the garden. I’m so happy it is doing well. God truly blesses me. Until next time happy gardening and God bless.
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No pun intended. I was looking for a photo with something ’round’ for this week’s photo challenge and I found these taken a while back. They are different from a lot of mushrooms I’ve seen and I think they are pretty. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? I’m always snapping a photo of something, but aren’t we all. That is why we love our challenge every week.
I find mushrooms when we go hiking and sometimes just in my yard. I know some are edible but since I don’t know which are I won’t take a chance. I’ll just continue to click away with my camera.
Speaking of edible I know it is time for an update on my vegetable garden and I promise to do that in the next couple of days.
Thank you for stopping by and looking at my photos. Until next time. God bless.
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