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Mute Monday: It’s Summertime!

July 6, 2015

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July 2, 2015

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The watermelons are planted at the edge of the garden next to the fence. I wanted to trellis them & keep them off the ground, so it’s easier to get around in my enclosed garden space.

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It has worked fairly well…

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From these tiny little melons on the fence…

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…to these chubby almost-softball sized beauties.

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The heat & rain should help all the vegetables continue to grow.

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I’m not too surprised that small melons are showing up on the ground along the runners.

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We should have a bumper crop one of these days…

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Hope everyone likes watermelon.

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House Construction Continues

July 1, 2015

The house? Work has continued amid the rain, fog & extreme heat.

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Some windows have been put in & I have now met our plumber, Woody, the HVAC expert, Cecil & our roofers black German shepherd, Genghis.

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Darrell, our electrician, has worked steadily hanging light cans, running wiring & guiding me where to have light switches & plugs. He even drew a palm tree on the floor in the kitchen because I was studying where the island should be placed. Funny, great guy!

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With internal wall studs in place, the place actually looks likes it’s going to be a house.

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Our neighbors Registered Red Angus come to visit each evening while DH & I enjoyed our grilled meals.

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Lucy & Moxie have settled into the routine of early mornings in the garden…

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…late afternoons under the trees to eat supper.

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Tomatoes Taking Over

June 30, 2015

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Just looking back through photos, I am shocked at just how much everything has grown, how quickly, too.

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Waiting & waiting for the tomatoes to decide to make fruit & ripen. Well, the wait is over!

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With a no-till, raised bed garden, I tightly placed plants to keep weeds down & make harvesting easier. Uh oh! The tomatoes are very happy in their rich soil & have spread toward the barrier fence, into the squash, overtook the sweet onions & then collapsed in the rain last week!

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What was supported by tomato cages fell over uprooting the cages. What was not supported has stretched out on the ground sending new roots down.

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DH helped me right & replant the cages. I still have to crawl under the plants to harvest cocktail tomatoes, Roma tomatoes & Big Boys, but that’s okay.

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Along with the jalapeño peppers, garlic & yellow onions growing, I will be canning my salsa, which I haven’t done in 2 years! Yum & yum again!

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By the way, photos are not color enhanced.

Mute Monday: Foggy Morning

June 29, 2015

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Lucy’s Favorite TV Show

June 19, 2015
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I need a break from talking about the house.

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Lucy is the most visual dog I have ever had, have ever seen!

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She barks, jumps, growls & whines depending on what she notices on the television.

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Her favorite show is Funniest Home Videos, which I let her watch most afternoons. Why do I let her watch it? It’s the best possible exercise!

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She sits in front of the TV waiting for something to catch her eye. Then she jumps at the TV, growling, looking back at me to be sure I’m watching her.

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There was a commercial she liked…the anti-depressant that had a little egg-like critter floating across the screen. It hasn’t been on lately that I’ve noticed.

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Anytime an animal is on TV, she barks & attacks. Action movies – lots of movement, jumping, running – she barks & jumps.

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Yes, there are scratches all over the TV cabinet.

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Even More Progress

June 17, 2015

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The rain stopped. The beautiful, bright sun shined. The saws whirred. the hammers hammered. You get the picture.

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Moxie now follows me to the house, even with all the construction noise.

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The 2 x 12s making the Great Room ceiling are up.

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The deck work has started.

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Wrapping the house in plastic has begun.

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