This weekend the annual lavender festival begins in Sequim Washington. It was so wonderful to go to the festival in years past. In honor of the festival and other lavender festivals around the area here are the lavender plants on our acreage at our country bungalow.
Today is my second cataract surgery on my left eye. We left home at O-dark-thirty again to get to Spokane in time for the surgery. We will be in Spokane all day as my follow-up appointment is on Friday afternoon. Back to drops and more drops 4 times a day for a while.
We are under severe fire warnings right now and there are several wildfires that are making our skies cloudy with smoke not pretty fluffy clouds. The air quality is not good so we stay inside as much as possible. Hoping for the containment of all the fires in the Northwest! Hope the skies are clear where you are.
We are novices when it comes to garlic and harvesting garlic. All the garlic that appeared in our raised planter was put there by someone before we moved in. It was a surprise last year when they popped up and our Daughter in law informed us what they were. This year we were a wee bit more informed and were told if we removed the scapes as soon as they appeared we would get larger bulbs. That advice was timely and good.
This is what the scapes look like and you remove them before you harvest the bulbs. They are good for eating, too. You can see the curly stem with a single bulb on the plant and you can remove them easily.
Next year we will be even smarter about how to pull up the bulbs and what to avoid. I watched a lot of youtubes on the subject after we pulled the bulbs up. Why not before you might ask? That’s the way I roll. Hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes.
Hanging the harvest in the Cold Room that we have in our garage using the deer hanger. It’s dark and dry (hopefully). We’ll check them in about 3 weeks to see how they are doing. When they are good and dry we will cut off the stalks, trim the stringy roots and brush off the dirt. Then we’ll store the bulbs in mesh bags like lemons or oranges come in, something airy. Then we’ll store them in a cool dark spot.
Going into the cold room this morning to take the photo I was hit with that pungent fragrance of garlic. It smells like an Italian or Greek restaurant in there!
On the weather front: Our little digital window thermometer tells us our high yesterday was 107 degrees. Today they are predicting 111. Time will tell. Dear is mowing today very early (6:30 am). Our neighbors aren’t close enough to mind too much. We continue to water in the coolest part of the morning.
On the Cataract front: My eye is doing well and Dear is administrating the 3 different drops 4x a day. Tomorrow we move to only 2 different drops 3x a day. Thank you all for your encouragement!
Can you see the stalks in amongst the weeds?
Freshly pulled . I’ll probably pull the rest later this week.
The head of garlic on the left has been sitting for a couple of weeks. The one on the right was just pulled. Not sure if it will change color once it dries.
On our honeymoon in 1974 we drove through Gilroy, the garlic capital of the World (California) and then in 2010 we drove through again our our move back to Washington from California. We enjoyed some very garlicky dishes in one of the Gilroy restaurants.
There is an annual 3 day Garlic Festival in Gilroy each year. Not this year because of COVID but they are planning on the Festival in 2021. It usually begins on the last Friday of July.
Cream of Garlic Soup at the Garlic City Cafe and…
we split the garlic chicken sandwich which was the special of the day. Both items were delicious.
If you have any suggestions for our many bulbs of garlic I’d be interested.
We have one Iris bush and it’s always a treat when it blooms. When the plant is spent this year we will try our hand at digging it up and putting it in another spot where it will be enjoyed more. Right now it’s position is between our garage and new shop. We also have 4 Peonies to move.
Wednesday I finished up JJ’s 1st year Memory book and then went out to mow the front and back. When we were done with our outdoor work we decided on enjoying a meal out at Backyard Barbecue in Kettle Falls. They opened up to indoor seating today and wanted to support them during this hard time. The food was delicious.
Thank you dear blogging friends and others who check in and wonder how we are all doing during this time. You remain a good normal constant in our lives right now when the world seems to be turning upside down. Keep shining God’s light in these dark times. God is still in control and that’s not to say things will be easy on us but we will make it through.
…our property to see what is blooming on Monday May 4th, 2020. In the midst of Stay at Home COVID-19.
In our front planter these pretties popped up.
Is it a variety of a daffodil?
The Hostas are breaking through.
The White Bleeding Heart.
Our crooked bush that the deer like.
A lonely daffodil with one of the rocks Addy painted.
The Red Peony. We have a few of this red variety.
The White Peony.
Our Star of Hope that shines every night.
We had a full day of rain on Wednesday. We were busy indoors and then had a babysitting date with our grands so our kids could have a couple hours on their own. Those grands are such a joy in our lives. I’m happy to be back to hugging. No kissing but the hugs are amazing.
The pain was real without those hugs. This photo was taken after his self-will was tested and his nap time was late and he was teething. A trifecta of pain. We love this boy!
Psalm 119: 9-16 (ESV)
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
On the letter O today and I’m using an old saying to show our tree service chopping or felling two trees we were concerned about on our property. Two Douglas Fir trees came down in a jiffy with the right equipment. The grinding of the stumps took a bit longer.
We didn’t like how this tree was leaning towards our bungalow.
Our experienced tree service guy said it was a really good choice to take this tree out as the base of the tree was rotting on the side of the trunk towards our house. We were thankful for that decision. We were only going to have the one in the back taken down until the tree people offered to do this one for half the price since they were on our property with all of their equipment already. They got in a full day of work with good pay and we got two down for the price of one and a half! We are counting our blessings!
There are more photos I’d like to share from the grinding and the chipping but my country broadband is acting up again. I’ll have to also show the wide open spaces we now have with these two trees gone. Dear and our son chain sawed the logs into manageable rounds that have been hauled up to our sons place to be stacked to dry. Our son will have enough wood to keep his place warm next winter from these two trees and then some. We haven’t had to burn wood to keep warm at our country bungalow.
Today is Friday y’all. I know some of us need to remind ourselves each day about what day of the week it is!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
I love it when Auntie Lolo comes to visit because she keeps us supplied with up to the minute photos of the happenings in our little corner of the world. Thank you, Laura, for your eye on the happenings and your skill on selfies!
Jamie is our family gardener and you can see why our greenhouse should live in her garden. It’s not put up yet but all the pieces are on site and ready to be constructed.
This little guy has discovered his feet!
Our skies last evening on the way into town for Addy’s Granny’s birthday dinner.
New fire and more smoke in our neighborhood. I’m staying inside resting my eyes and avoiding the bad air quality.
Happy Friday to you!
I took all the photos in the collages on Memorial Day.
The magic of digital photography in avoiding the weeds and making spaces look better. Oh me oh my, we do have weeds galore.
On Tuesday we had the pad for Dear’s shop prepped and what a lot of work it is to get the ground ready for the cement slab. We had excavators, dump trucks and a huge roller on the property working from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. The material that they dug up to begin with was dumped into our empty pond shell. Win, win. They also took some of our rock away for another family at church who can use it. A very productive day! I’ll feature a whole post on the beginning of this project but here is one photo from Tuesday.
The roller was huge and the vibrations from it shook the whole house.
Hope the last week of May is filled with good things for all of you!
Last Friday we were mowing the lawns in the morning and were in a rush to finish up before the rains came. We put all the equipment away and later in the evening we noticed a deer in the yard. We have never had deer in the backyard because it is totally fenced off. We realized we had forgotten to close the gate in the back where we have started a compost pile on the other side of the fence.
The deer seemed quite delighted with all the new things in our yard that it could nibble on.
When the deer began to eat our clematis it was time to shoo it away.
My Dear had to go out and scare the unwelcome deer back to the gate and out of the yard.
We secured the gate again and the deer went off to wherever the deer go in the evening.
It’s been nice having a relatively secured back area but today Dear took down 40 feet of our fence in the front because we are having a space prepared for his future shop to be built on. I might be chasing more unwelcome deer away from our clematis, soon.
If you look through the tree you’ll see the fence sections Dear has taken down already. Our backyard is free range now.
On Monday I got to enjoy both our grandchildren. Addy is getting more and more articulate and it’s fun to hear her full sentences. Jaymison is still having some digestive and elimination issues but he’s gaining weight and doing better. We’ve had some periods of heavy rain through the weekend. We are warming up and expected to go up 10 degrees tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll be putting our Heat Pump to good use. Hope you all have a good week.
In the Azalea world these Rosebud Azaleas are my very favorite. We have two mature bushes and two newer struggling bushes. The Azaleas are waning and other things are thriving. Spring is such a beautiful season in the Pacific Northwest.
Our patio covers are up, too.
We’ll bring out the patio furniture when Dear gets home from Chicago just in time for the next batch of rain showers, wink wink.
I’m in want of another dose of this little cutie pie.
While Dear has been in Chicago I’ve been able to sort through a few more boxes of papers we do not need to store. Lots of shredding, recycling and dumping going on. Amongst the sorting I found some jewels and some journal entries that were wise for me to dump, worthy of the dump. The middle to late 90’s were some years of suffering that brought out the worst and the best. There was darkness around us but I’m happy to say God’s light overcame the darkness of these years and He brought us through.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I hope you are depending on the light of the world.