Here's an exciting thing to see this late in the year.....new blooms on the white half runner green beans I planted in July.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It's been a while since I wrote about "This Old House".
This summer I focused on some serious maintenance of the wood floors. I scrubbed, stripped, and waxed them in the kitchen, dining room, and downstairs hallway. Short of having the floor professionally refinished, this was the most thorough treatment I could have given them. It took days, and when the weather got too warm, I had to stop because the wax fumes were just too much without opening the windows to let them escape. During the process I carelessly stepped through the floor vent and found myself with one leg dangling in the basement! Every time I think of how easily I could have broken multiple bones, I thank the Lord for my blessings. Instead of being in traction, I was able to get back to work after three days of icing my leg and catching up on some summer reading while I recuperated.
I love the new look of the hallway and so far we have been able to keep it this uncluttered for almost two months!
Monday, August 13, 2012
I have had a wonderful summer. I took a blogging break to enjoy this summer full of.....
Ben (looking soooo cool in his dad's old aviators!) attending the Governor's Scholar Program.
John's last day on the bench before retirement.
He started his new job as a college professor this week. This new level of less stress is a welcome thing!
Although we are both still teaching, retirement has us thinking about getting one of these in the future.
It's still a few years away....but something to dream about.
Wiley's big brother Tucker came to live with us this summer. Now we have two yorkies running around.
They both seem happy and are really a lot of fun.
My nephew Adin spent a week with me while his parents moved...I had a wonderful time getting to know him better. My neighbor graciously let us swim in their pool.
Being around young people certainly makes you feel young!
Sarah and Ben visiting with family.
Mom and Sarah and Novel's horse, Cru.
Novel (Sarah's boyfriend) in the show ring. Of course, he was the best one there!
I'm completely unbiased ;)
And the big news of the summer...Emily and Bryce are engaged!
It certainly is "A Wonderful Life"!!!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Gardening has taken a back seat this summer.
The heat and humidity have made it more than uncomfortable to spend any length of time outside,
and with most of my family gone over the summer, I didn't have a lot of motivation to keep it going.
Early in June I was able to harvest a semi -respectable garlic/onion crop. It wasn't what I hoped, but a good start for my first efforts.
Most of July, the garden suffered neglect as I focused my time working on decluttering in the house, but more on that later.
I planted green beans in mid July for a fall crop.
Two weeks later they were ready to run, but I didn't find time to give them anything to run on.
I have visions of cute little antique fences and creative verticle pieces in the garden, but that is something to work on in the future.
Swarms of late summer mosquitos and hornets have kept me away from the yard until yesterday morning. Here is what it looked like before....
And now after...
I've prepped the yard area for the raised bed garden layout and here is the lumber ready to assemble....
I started small to see if this was something that would work for me and I absolutely love it!
Even when I neglect the weeding, a few short minutes and it's back under control.
Hopefully next week I'll have exciting pictures of my raised bed garden....