OMG! All the carrying on about how I never post! I told you all that I was boring... didn't you get that memo?!?
Even Marmy has gotten into the act and threatened that she would continue to leave comments full of twaddle if I don't say something new soon!
So now you all have to hear about the
First off, have I mentioned how hot it is these days?? The kind of hot where all the windows are fogged up with condensation at 2 AM when you take the dogs out for a potty break? And you break a sweat waiting for them to do their thing? And that you have to let the hose run forever until the water isn't boiling anymore? Okay, I guess we have established that it is wicked-witch-melting weather out here.
The mulch pile is pretty much the same as it was.
Hard to believe that I have moved about 10 cart loads and spread the mulch in the flower beds, and the pile still looks the same! With the heat rising so early in the morning, it is taking a lot longer than I thought!
This is the plan: First I put down a layer of cardboard I have swiped from Sam's Club on a regular basis. Hopefully, this will keep the weeds and grass out of the beds a bit better. If not, future archeologists with think I sure used a lot of Playtex, cole slaw, and frozen onion rings!
Oops, ran out of cardboard!
Then I haul the mulch, drag the cart over the rock dry bed, shove it up over the metal edging, and dump it out. Then get on my hands and knees and fling the mulch around until the cardboard is hidden, the bugs have run away and my cleavage is full of shredded wood.
When the sweat has soaked my clothes, and is dripping into my sunglasses, I call it a day outside. Okay, the sweat isn't dripping from my clothes into my glasses! That would be gross! And I'm not a contortionist!
Once I cool down and take a shower or two, I work in my studio. Lately, I have been working on a few gifts for some friends. here's just a little peek:
A little crocheting.
A little sewing.
That's all you get to see until they are safely sent off.
When Stud Muffin was home a few weekends ago, we attempted to deal with an ornery beaver that has set up housekeeping in the creek.
Ingenious little bugger builds to last!
Normally, "dam-busters" would call on their friend Rick to blow the damn dam up with dynamite, but this one is too close to the wooden bridge. So we used the next best thing... a shot gun. Well, Studly did. I plugged my ears (hard to do while taking pictures!) and shrieked like a little boy as we got showered with beaver creek water!
Studly doing the deed.
Moderate success was had, but without "getting" the beaver himself, I can expect that he will have rebuilt the dam, with rebar and concrete next time, by the time I check on it again.
Studly wants you all to know that buffalos are regal animals. Don't ask. I'm checking into nursing homes for people with Old Timers disease, as we speak. See, I told you I was boring!
The garden is still producing, but have I mentioned that it's hot? Even the tomato plants are wilty and sunburned.
I have bottled (or canned if you're not Marmy) some tomatoes and made and bottled a bruschetta mixture that is quite tasty, if I do say so myself. And I do, which is great since I will be the only one eating it!!
I had to pull out the Thai Pink Egg tomatoes this morning. They were producing like mad, but the high heat and humidity have burned and started to ferment them! Walking past that bed was a cross between, "What is that smell?!?" and "Hoo, I think I'm getting high!" So, out they went.
The apples are still appling! I bit one (it bit me first, Mom!) and it was tasty! Can't wait for fall when I can pick 'em all!
So there you have it. Incredibly interesting and exciting happenings from Feet First Farm. Oh, and lots of aerobic reclining and ice cream eating.
Next up, deep philosophical discussions and political commentary! Stay tuned!