I fell off and it drove away. I’ve been wondering this morning, though, if I shouldn’t just give another go. So here goes.
(2 wks ago, during a brief respite from the torrents)
With all the rain we’ve had (2 months of near constant) I was worried about the tomatoes, most. They are, however, happy as clams with all the rain. I’m keeping their lower branches trimmed up (our vacation came during a seemingly explosive growth spurt and some have fruit and I won’t trim those) to try and prevent blight, and they’re monstrous, as usual.
They must really like being vertically trained. Even John, our neighbourly-neighbour, came over to comment on them, specifically. They've fruit, and flowers yet to pollinate, so here's hoping we have enough bees around. The strawberry beds are doing great, especially considering we didn't put any *straw* down, but there are daughters being sent out so the gaps are filling in for next year. We may have found a vole hole this morning in one of them. I hope not. Peppers are happy, also, and have lots of fruit. What do I do with jalepenos when the tomatoes aren't ready yet? Onions, to my amazement (since I've never grown onions) are doing great! Definitely going to grow them from seed next year since it must be almost as easy. Pumpkins are crazy and trying to take over the world. Black raspberries came too at the same time as the japanese beetles, and they're small and wimpy anyways, so that won't give much this year. Blueberries are starting to come in - just the early bush right now - and I figure if I keep them picked before the beetles can get them, we'll have lots.
Orchard is doing ok - not much fruit (1st yr), beetles are destroying the pear and plum trees. We're going to try a spore preventative next year and see how that goes. We've so much lawn that the beetle grubs are very well cared for.
The boys are doing great. Signed them up for swim lessons at VTC and as it’s daily and a small class (4 people the first session, just them this one) they’re learning loads!! Victor does cannonballs now! Ethan can touch the bottom of the pool! Both can do back and front floats without help! Very exciting!
We’re having the main floor bathroom remodeled from last year’s pipe crack and the holes are being patched from the wiring work (insurance dropped us, nobody would take us with knob and tube wiring, so we had a rush to update all the wiring in the house).
I’m happy to have it being done, but t-i-r-e-d of having workers in my house all the time. I can’t clean properly, and I have to wear pants. We’re also kinda broke, which sucks. We’ll manage, but it doesn’t help to know that we also need to have one of the chimney’s relined before fall (yay credit card!) and we need (yes, need) to buy a chest freezer.
We went to Ireland! (part of that “broke” thing I mentioned, but totally worth it!) Just a quick, 4.5 day trip for our 10th anniversary. Just Ken and myself. It was awesome. Once I get photos uploaded and pruned (lots of scenery) I’ll put them up.
I’ve been knitting up a storm this spring/summer. Kate (SiL) contracted me to do hats for her new son, each month, though I won’t put up pics til the year is out and the calendars they have planned are sent. I designed and knit a cabled waistcoat (buttoned vest) for my trip to Ireland (which had a heat wave, complete with sunburn, so that was appropriate), that I’m very proud of and thinking of publishing/selling the pattern for (see img above). I’m currently designing a fish sweater for V that’s interesting (orange and bright blue… bring sunglasses).
That’s about all for now. Still fighting sporadic depression (how that works I *don’t* know), it’s hottT here right now, but should cool down by Saturday. I’ve been reading Harry Potter to the boys every night, and they *love* it. Warms my heart on more than one level, since it’s something Dad and I shared.