I know I haven’t been blogging very much lately. We haven’t been sitting around like vegetables, though–there is plenty to say, but words are failing me. I’m well into my second trimester (nearly 16 weeks now), and I have been feeling better. I still get nauseous sometimes, but I have more energy and my appetite is slowly returning. I had enough energy last weekend to help Nate with the yard and garden work. I pruned all of our bushes/small trees (wisteria, crepe myrtle, etc.) while he mowed the back yard. Then I tilled the garden while he mowed the front. After tilling, we seeded the garden with clover as a winter cover-crop. We hope the clover will increase the nitrogen in the soil and will keep weeds (and grass!) down over the winter.
tilled and seeded
Mojo has gotten so much bigger–here’s a complimentary photo (with a tail-wag-blur!):
Around the hosta (what’s left of it, in some places, anyway), some red spider lilies are popping up:
I have been knitting and crocheting, but both are secret projects. One is a Christmas gift, so you won’t see it for a long time. The other will be revealed Monday, but here’s a sneak peek!
I basked in the warm morning sun at our new patio table on the back porch while sipping coffee, munching peanut butter toast, and catching up on some much-needed Bible reading. Mojo was curious, but obedient to the command “back up.” Afterward, I went out to photograph the daylilies that showed their beautiful faces today by the shop.
daylilies by the shop
A certain golden pup wanted to be the center of my attention instead, so I obliged for a short photo-shoot.
posing by the daylilies
But I really wanted a picture of one of these new blooms, so I commanded him to “back up,” then “sit,” then “stay.” This is the result of his constraint:
Thank you, Mojo. He was rewarded with about 15 minutes of Frisbee tossing which he seemed to enjoy. 🙂 He is currently resting on the porch. Obedience is wearying… hm, that applies to my obedience to my Heavenly Father as well. Wearying at times, but unbelievably
This morning I noticed the first two blooms on the squash plants, one on each.
After shopping today, I went outside to photograph them and decided to take more pictures and give you an update. Mojo was thrilled to have company in the backyard and wanted to play, so I threw the Frisbee for him a few times to settle him down.
Here is the full garden. The tilled grass in the garden makes the pictures hard to make out.
garden on 5-13-2013
squash, broccoli, beans, tomatoes, onions, corn
We have probably lost one of our cucumber plants, and the other is looking kind of sorry. We aren’t too disappointed, though, because we still have many quarts of pickles from two years ago! Our bush beans have already cast their flowers and appear to be setting fruit, though the plants themselves are not very big:
Most of our tomato plants are looking great, but still have a lot of growing to do. We still have not caged/staked them yet.
The broccoli (along with the squash) looks the best: dark green and growing fast!
The onions are weak, but growing. The carrots are too small to photograph. They are visible to the naked eye, but in a picture, the little plants get lost among the decaying grass. The corn, like the broccoli and squash, is excellent. I love seeing it get big enough to lay out another set of leaves. 🙂
That is the garden progress today. We won’t be harvesting for a while yet, but are anxious to have fresh vegetables. I’m especially hoping for a good tomato harvest!
Now that I have a library card, you may see more posts from me in the coming weeks (provided I don’t get too busy at home). I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce you to a very handsome fellow by the name of Mojo!
looking rather pathetic
He is a yellow Labrador retriever with a good-natured, but occasionally rambunctious personality.
He enjoys the sun,
rub my belly!
and good belly rubs!
He watches birds and squirrels and sometimes barks at crows.
I can fit here
ah, sun AND sleep!
But most of all, he likes to sleep! His formal education at the moment consists of stay, come, and fetch. His behavioral training includes not licking, not snapping, not jumping, staying out of the garden, and leaving things alone that do not belong to him. He is eager to please, which makes our job much easier.