Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I have a 12 x 12 kitchen garden plot that is enclosed with boards. It can be weeded by hand. Because of weather and it needs more woods dirt (will be added this fall) it has not done as well as I wanted it to. But it is enough for me and maybe my Jamie when she visits.
Yesterday I picked a few yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers and my first 2 ripe (small) tomatoes and Basil. Have 2 green peppers ready to be picked. Earlier in the year there were green onions and lettuce. Also planted a small row of green beans which did not do good. A row of sunflowers seeds planted outside the square were washed away by heavy rain along with some cantaloupe seeds. Have one lone sunflower that is growing. In a few months I will sow turnip green seeds in this square. I could eat turnip greens daily. I do not like what you buy at a store or if they are large. Can pick a small bowl full and it is enough for a meal or two for One Woman.
Also have a blueberry bush - which the birds beat me to the berries. In the city I had a small row of strawberries and some raspberries. I do not think I will plant them. Want this little kitchen garden to be a pleasure and not become a burden. Oh, I have potatoes growing in my compost pile!!
The corn in front is on my land and a neighbor plants. Rotates between soy beans and corn and sometimes wheat.
My small front porch is great in the early morning and evening. Later in the day and if the sun is shining - too hot to sit on that porch. From about 4:00 in the morning and through most of the day - Callie stays on the screen porch - when she is not roaming the woods in back of the house.
Callie's dog pen is perfect. She does not seem to mind it at all. I picked a perfect spot as it is nice and shady but in the winter the sun will filter through the trees.
I was in the garden at 6:00 this morning - weed and deadheading some plants. Will be in the house most of the day as I got to hot yesterday afternoon. Took trash to dumpster and on the way home I stopped at a several mile long yard sale. I spotted something as I drove down the road and after parking had to walk further then I wanted to. Love my new trellis but I was soaking wet when I arrived home. With the auto-immune disorder that I have I seem to just sweat on my face, neck and chest. I did not have a good night and I must not be out in the afternoon heat like I have been. I drink a lot of water and have added coconut water and some Gatorade.
Enough shared. I really know my grandchildren will love reading about Grandma's time in the country :)
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
So you retrieve the shop vacuum from the garage and go over the ceiling of the screen porch. All kinds of critters on that porch.
A thought keeps coming into her mind - what was going on a year ago. I know it was about the time I moved a few items to the country.
I like this post from one year ago and still feel the same deep sense "that I am where I belong."
I clicked on emails early this morning and it put a smile on my face to see some uplifting "cheering on."
Last night decided - I needed more help both physically and emotionally. Guess who came to the rescue ---- I wonder what would this mom do without him. My special son!! Last night he loaded his vehicle with a number of things I did not want on the moving truck and this morning will bring a cooler to transport groceries to put in my new refrigerator. I truly needed someone with me.
This independent One Woman who for years has always been able to coast on her own has tears in her eyes as she admits her weakness. Guess it is the time of my life and age. I must also add that this is a dream that is becoming a reality. There are all kinds of mixed emotions taking place. The moving people will arrive in two hours and then I am on my way for my first nights in the country.
Where in the world does the "stuff" come from? Especially when I have been continually downscaling for a number of years. This home looks great and I will not miss one single thing that is being taken out of it. Why am I so emotional? Is this normal? I guess normal for One Woman. A dream coming true and I have the thoughts of - how long will I be able to enjoy the life I am headed for. Painfully aware that I am in the gift years. The Bible says we are granted 70 years and anything after that is a gift. Enough of this melancholy sharing. On a happy note is the fact that my 7 year old granddaughter wants to go with me for the day and night. She will be truly welcome. My daughter and husband will be in that old home place area tomorrow and will pick her up. So my first night will be with my little one.
Thank you so much for the continued encouraging. To think I questioned having a journal and revealing myself so openly. Revealing the past, present and what is to come. This journey has been a learning experience and a joy that came with many new friendships. Will be back on line the end of week. Imagine no television, land line phone and computer - I think it will be great!!!
I do not wander past my wall,
but someimes, when the moon is late,
I wonder what is beyond my gate
Morning is a Little Child by Joan Walsh Anglund
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Every plant - grew inches. The corn must be 8 feet tall and the grass not far behind.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
My talented daughter told me that most people do not change their header's - like mom does - so often. She is probably right.
Sooooo - I will post something and leave it for a longer time.
Will educate myself on sizing and other photo issue - when I am not in the garden all the time.
Have a great day. It is hot - humid and pop showers almost daily in my area.
I love feeling good - must be the coconut water :)
come out HUGE and only a partial of the picture.
Any - answers - out there?
I edit to smaller and it does not change!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I just arrived at my apartment - it is about one a.m. tuesday your time....
no problems on the way over with my back or anything else - just got an email that I will teach 3 yoga classes next week - which is good.
I am also going to start language classes in a week or 2 - but only go once or twice per week -
ok off to roam about in the sweltering thai heat and stock up on stuff
Hi mama !
That book sent you sounds really interesting. So sorry about your infection - take care of yourself and I know you already know to take the proper medicine to get rid of it ! I am taking lots of vitamins and drinking lots of coconut water to lessen the stress on the body resulting from long flights and moving and such. Your new high speed connection is being greatly appreciated I am sure ! I am getting settled in nicely here - next week will start looking for an apartment to move into July 1 - a small studio near the skytrain most likely. My back is 99% better and even attended a really good class yesterday, less then 24 hrs after arriving - have a bit of chores and roaming about to do, but will space it all over the coming days and weeks - this month will get a physical and a new eyeglass prescription, next month teeth cleaning . Today am going to my teacher's wife's yoga class and then into downtown for some chinese food and then a mocha coffee at my fave lil coffee house near the university. In August may attend a 10 day meditation retreat on an island nearby - and will certainly do the occasional 3 day weekend meditation retreat - ok off to class - have a great day !
An unexpected and touching gift received today - "The Meditative Gardener" Cultivating Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, and Mind by Cheryl Wilfong
Needless to say this touched me deeply. Mama
6/4/2010 - The more I read about coconut water, which I started drinking alot of here about a year ago, the more impressed I am with it - so healthy it can take the place of plasma.....ect....They have it at Whole Foods, but I have not tried it stateside. I start teaching Monday - did not take long to be asked. I will attend a 12 hour teacher training course one weekend per month, observe one class per week, attend 3 or 4 classes per week, substitute teach when called upon, and practice in my apartment some too. I have already been scheduled to teach 9 classes in the next 2 weeks - 6 of them for the owner of the studio. Just went and looked at the big mall that got burned down - most unfortunate - it was very huge and modern - I attended a wonderful jazz festival there in March - the newspaper today said they were going to rebuild it immediately - so that is good - also one of my fave old arthouse movie theatres got torched too for some unknown reason. Things are calm and peaceful now. There was a nice article, which I saved, in yesterdays paper about traveling by train around southeast asia - one can go from Bangkok to Malaysia and then Singapore for example and can book your own little cabin which someone comes to and makes up a little bed at night for you - I shall definately head north or south by train sometime soon - probably to Penang, Malaysia - I have to leave every 90 days and get my passport stamped so a train trip is a fun cheap way to get to a border and beyond. OK all for now - have a great weekend !
Your email - welcome - this early morning.
It rained during the night and everything looks so fresh and clean. Days are so hot - in the 90's
I have a dentist appointment for crown this morning. Have rescheduled several times and need to take care of this.
You mentioned coconut water - I put that on my grocery list.
I read an article about it. You have never mentioned it before. The article shared how good it is for the immune system and less sugar then gatorade. Hope they have it locally or will get it at Whole Foods.
One Woman, sharing some special words