Other things going on this week on our acre(s)---
My older daughter is away at camp. I mailed her a letter yesterday, and I HAVE to remember to send her more today. My younger daughter is finally home - she's only been here 3 nights since school got out. Bet ya she already feels like she's had a break! We took her to get allergy testing yesterday and guess what? She's allergic to dust mites. The big surprise, was that she WASN'T allergic to any of the other stuff she got poked with. Trees, grasses, shrubs and cockroaches. COCKROACHES? Exactly WHAT do you use to determine if you're allergic to those? Anyway, knowing what she's allergic to is supposed to help us help her with her upper respiratory problems. She's had 7 ear surgeries and as we speak she's potentially on the list for another ear tube in the fall. NOT pleased with that news, but it's far better than her other procedures - I'll have to do a post on that some day. It's a long story.
My sons are home from their campout in mosquito infested Eastern Oregon with the grandparents. They both look like they contracted some spotted disease, but it's just bug bites. They are a tad miserable and I'm wishing I could find the benadryl bubble bath for both them and me. For some reason spending time outside has been causing my face and neck to itch. Anybody know the signs of sun sensitivity?
My 5 yr old boy had his well child checkup yesterday. Evidently he's pretty "well" because he hasn't been to one of these appointments for 2 years. He needs immunizations to get into Kindergarten in the fall, but I wasn't prepared to hear that he needed SIX of them before the end of the year. GOOD GRIEF! I asked her twice if I was behind on his immunization schedule and she kept telling me no - the state just requires more stuff now. Sheesh! This isn't good for healthy kids, this is traumatic. He opted to have two yesterday, then two more in a couple weeks. The others won't come up until winter - so maybe he will have forgotten that he tried to kick a nurse in the chin.
About 5 in the evening, I brought home a new stirrup hoe for my hubby (and if you do not have one of these walk... no RUN... to your nearest hardware store and GET ONE!) We now have a matching set of two - so we spent the next few hours out in our
I also put in a second planting of carrots along with about 6 more beefsteak tomato plants that I raised from seed. I have quite a few more left that are about 6 inches tall, so I think I might just repot them all individually and share the love here in a few more weeks. I FINALLY have some success with the lavendar I started months ago. I have tried to grow lavendar from seed three times, and this time I finally just let it be - and ignored it, and it's looking GREAT! (I tend to think that plants are like me, they only thrive with lots of attention. hahaha) I put in a row of marigolds to keep my tomatoes company and quite a few sunflowers on the east border of our little dirt patch. Hopefully they won't hog all the sun.
Here's the rundown on my apparent (I say apparent because we're nowhere near harvest time!) successes and miserable failures in our garden this year:
Worlds Largest Pumpkin - also worlds largest chicken treat. We will have none.
Zucchini - Same story. *sob*
Strawberries - Brand new berry patch, so we're pinching blossoms and training runners. They're looking REALLY good for next year. (Hoods and Bentons)
Corn - Three rows of strong green plants. The fourth row is a later variety, so it's not as big.
Potatoes - WOW! EVERY mound has a 4-6 inch plant coming through. I am impressed.
Carrots - Two rows of LOTS and one row of FEW. I just planted 2 more Loooong rows.
Peas - Few and far between. Next year I'll overplant these guys just to get half.
Watermelon - Not looking so hot. I failed with watermelon last year too. I'm depressed. Maybe it was shock from transplant.
Cantaloupe - Directly sowed these guys, and they are happy!
Cucumber - the Lemon cukes are sort of miserable, but I'm holding out hope. The Bush Space savers look healthy though. I've got more than I planned on even though I beheaded one with my super sharp hula hoe on accident.
Tomato - WOWSERS. I might have a farm stand yet.
Peppers - These are just a novelty for me. I don't even like peppers, but I figured what with all the tomatoes we might need jalapenos for salsa or something!
Maybe next time I'll actually take pictures! So what are you doing this week?