Friday, July 31, 2009

I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately... it started with a small, teensy tiny scratchy throat... and exploded in a couple of days to a full on headache, plugged ears, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, deathly sore throat, coughing, aching, fever, so you can't sleep virus.

But, I'm happy to announce...that today, I'm starting to feel better. After two nights of mucinex, tylenol PM, advil liquigels, and Vitamin C - its beginning to subside.

Now about the house and garden that has been neglected all week.... I'll get to that eventually this weekend.

This morning, I looked out my window from the kitchen table and I think - think - think - eyes please do not deceive me - that I see some red things around the tomato plants. See here's the deal.... Earlier this week, I went out to the garden and saw that the tomato plants had a few green tomatoes on them... green green green. But, the lower section of the plants were buried with dying leaves from blight and septoria - oh I hate to admit they have been neglected as I've been harvesting loads of beans and brocolli and lettuce.

So, I hacked them. Took off all the dead parts... using the justification that the plant was working so hard to save the dying leaves that it saved no energy for the tomatoes.

There is something about me and pruning... I have a tendency to get carried away. I was worried I had this time too. But, it MIGHT be that I have opened up the plant a bit to get some sunlight to turn red. So, tonight... after work, I shall see...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

seeds

This morning as I was reading my Bible, I was thinking about what Jesus said in John 12:24 that " I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives".

So many many things went through my mind as I read and pondered about what the Lord said here. It started, of course, with my garden. The many seeds that I planted a few months ago... dead things really... now a plentiful harvest... or soon to be. It's a miracle really how a seed can produce such incredible things.

I thought about Jesus' death.... and how His death produced an amazing harvest of souls who will never have to taste spiritual death should they choose to walk with Him.

Then, I thought about all the friends of mine - myself included - who have gone through some wild and crazy changes in life this past year. The seeds of yesterday dried up before them... and planted in a new world, a new life, a new area.... to produce many new kernels, a plentiful harvest in their new lives.

And then, I thought about what Pastor John talked about this past weekend at church. I've been chewing on it for quite a while. It's one of those sermons that I am pretty sure I will not forget for a long long time.

He talked about Joshua. The first thing God said to Joshua in Joshua 1 is that Moses is dead. And he commanded him to lead the people into the Promised Land. Pastor John pointed out that the past is the past.... Moses is dead. And it was Joshua's challenge to move forward with the new thing that God had for him.... forgetting what is behind him and moving forward with what is before him because Moses. is. dead.

And the first thing he was going to have to do is walk through the water at flood level - he had to expect that it was not going to be an easy thing to do. But, trust in our Lord isn't always easy is it? Sometimes we have to walk through some pretty high waters until He does His work. But, this is the time we hear those famous words.... those beautiful words of our Lord... He promised Joshua... I will never leave you... nor forsake you....

I admit today.... I've been afraid of what is ahead of me. I've had a lot of fear to open my heart up to be sliced by human hands. And a small part of me wants back that seed that had to die for new life to be planted in my heart...even though I know it will only be rotten stinky fruit by now. Even though I know that there is no turning back for our lives.

Moses is dead.

Monday, July 20, 2009

We're back...

We're back from vacation and it was a great time.

1. I washed my hair after just 3 days. Couldn't take it. But, you'll be proud to know that I haven't combed or brushed it yet. I really did quit that.

2. We visited a waterfall and a glass church. It was all pretty cool. But, the best part was spending time with the friends we adore. Miss you guys already!!

3. When I got back, the Japanese beetles moved in to the garden and munched on my plants! I decided to wage war with pesticide. I'm gaining ground.

4. Having a bra party next week and you're all ---- should I clarify women only --- invited. (not you Nate)

5. Returned from vacation at 90 degree weather to 60 degrees! In the evening it's even been below 50!!! Happy to report that this week should be in the 70s most of the week.

6. Harvested tons of green beans and my very FIRST RED TOMATO of the season!! We ate it faster than my camera or I'd have a photo to share with you!

That's all for now.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

clarinet


Summer of 2009 will forever be known as the year she began to learn to play the clarinet.
She's the fourth daughter to fall in line with band the summer before 5th grade.
The oldest played percussion for 2 years.
The second one played flute for 5 years.
The third played saxophone for 1 year.

Friday, July 10, 2009

the day I quit washing and combing my hair

 

Today is the day.  It is so rainy and yukky out that I give up.  My entire life I have wanted to NOT have curly hair.  So, I attempt to straighten it and make it look decent and manageable most days.  If I try to wash and/or comb my hair on any type of humid wet or otherwise somewhat unfavorable day, it does what it wants.  So, today, I quit.

As of today, I will not wash my hair.... we're headed south for a week of vacation and I am determined to come back with dreadlocks. 

By the way, I wore green for this picture in honor of the first cucumbers I picked from my garden today!!! WHOO HOO!

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

peas


I harvested peas. All of them.
Yep. Every. single. one.
And here they are.
1 cup.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Septoria



















Although I do think it would make a beautiful girls name, Septoria is not my friend. I do not like her. July is the month to watch for pests and diseases in the garden and our first culprit is Septoria Leaf Spot on my tomatoes.

Septoria is one of the common fungal diseases in tomatoes. The other being blight. They usually become more severe after blossom set and develop on the older leaves or the ones near the ground first. Although the rainy weather we have been enjoying is great for watering the garden, it is also great for these kinds of diseases. Although they can... they don't usually kill the plants. But, disease significantly decreases the production of fruit.
My method of control: Daconil. Although pesticides are controversial among gardeners, I guess I prefer the prescriptive route rather than taking my chances. So, today begins the Daconil treatments. Every week for a month, I will apply Daconil to my tomato plants to get rid of good old Septoria. As a side note, Daconil also is being used in my front garden today on my roses. They have some fungus on them. And since this is the first time I've really successfully grown roses, it has got to go!











In other garden news, the pumpkins are adapting quite nicely to their new cage.














The broccoli is beginning to show signs that we might actually get to eat some this year.
















The tomatoes that weren't behaving in their cages got a little handcuffing with these handy rubber ties I picked up at the local farmers market.













And the Zinnias... by the time we get back from vacation, these little beauties will be in full bloom.

Monday, July 06, 2009

stillness

Nearly two months ago, Shawn & I went away for a week on a business trip. While we were gone, something happened to our tv and it doesn't work anymore. It might be an easy fix or a simple antenna adjustment, but we haven't tried.

It dawned on me this morning that it has been nearly two months since I've heard the babbling of a television set... and I don't miss it. This isn't the first time we have gone without a tv, and each time we do this, I realize how much of our lives are missed as we sit in a trance in front of the little square box in the living room. How many robins songs are drowned out by the news in the morning. How many chickadees I miss as I wait for the today show. How many shaped clouds are unseen as my eyes are glued to the obama whitehouse news.

This morning I wondered what must God think of me? The time and effort He pours into His Creation... the beauty and majesty of the God of the Universe... the amazing intricate designs of the Almighty... and I have chosen to bury my head in a tiny man made machine watching fantasies of another person's mind.

Last night, I tried to watch a tv show on dvd (our dvd player and Wii still work of course). I was surprised by the assault. Subtle things that I may have dismissed months ago as normal to see and hear; the language, the dress, the innuendos... made me glad that we have spent the last several weeks living the reality of our family and friends. It made me thrilled that the greatest fantasy I have right now is for my tomatoes to begin to turn color and my pumpkins to grow bigger and to see the peppers begin to flower and produce fruit. It excited me that my routine each day includes an hour of prayer to the creator of my favorite show... life.