Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's Going On

Things have been busy.
I say that, and part of me doesn't even know what I've been doing to feel so busy.
All I know is, one minute it was May, 
 and then suddenly it's the middle of July and my summer is nearly gone.
Things have been so busy that our garden has been neglected.
It looked more like "The Garden of Weedin"
than anything that might actually produce edible vegetables.
It might surprise you to know that this photo was taken only a few days after Big E 
and I weeded the left half of the garden.
It took 2 days and a total of about 6 hours,
but we finally got the thing weeded!
I also found my nemesis: squash bugs on some plants.
This year my plan of attack is to use diatomaceous earth combined with
using duct tape sticky side out to pull eggs and bugs off plants.
It's best to try to do that every other day.
Yesterday I found Squash bugs, cucumber beetles and squash beetles on the squash, cucumbers and
whatever volunteers we have growing in various places 
(possibly pumpkin, watermelon and cantaloupe, it'll be a surprise).
Hopefully I can get a handle on things so they don't get out of control.
You'd think these chickens would like to eat some plump, juicy bugs out of my garden.
But all they want to do is dig up my beets so they can roll in the dirt
and eat the leaves off things.
I'm not ashamed to say that I take pleasure it squirting them with the hose while I'm watering.
This little guy was the first ever baby chick hatched the old fashioned way at the homestead.
Unfortunately, he didn't live longer than a couple of days.  
I had a total of 3 chicks emerge from eggs and none survived.
I'm hoping I get to the bottom of that problem 
as I would like to add to the flock when needed
by letting my hens do the work 
and not having to bring babies into the house in the brooder.
If anyone has any advice, that would be great.
We also now have a bunny.
This is Harvey.
He's named after the 6 foot tall invisible rabbit in the old James Stewart movie.
James Stewart played a man who talked to the invisible rabbit.
He was thought to be insane.
Draw your own conclusions.
Harvey's only job is to amuse me.
He also likes to torment my 2 year old grandson 
by chewing on and stealing toys.
Here he is resting amongst his spoils of war.

I haven't been able to take photos of the bathroom.
That's next on my list-
really, I've resorted to lists of things I need to update on the blog.
Problem with the bathroom is that there is no longer light in there now that the old window opening has been boarded up. 
But, we do have the wires run for the outlets and lights
(and I just thought I might ask the hubby to add and outlet along a wall I don't think I told him I wanted before he ran the wires.... ooops).
So hopefully in the next day or two, 
I'll share the bathroom updates that have happened.