It has been a week filled with summerlike days which always tend to draw me to the outside. Sad thing is, the inside gets neglected. Sigh.
The garden has been amended for the summer crops and it is time to select what will go into the various beds. Of course we have to have our "salsa" garden with tomatoes, peppers and cilantro. I also need dill and cucumbers for the pickles, but our biggest summer crop tends to be tomatoes. We have always started them from seed, but several years ago we attended an event called Tomatomania. It is for one weekend a year in different areas of the state. They have every variety one can imagine plus ones that you cannot imagine. We now make sure that we attend each year and get just what we are needing. We came home with about 40 plants. That may seem like a lot, but I do a lot of canning over the summer months. It's a lot of work but so worth it in the winter months.
Each year our momma tortoise likes to dig her nest in one of the garden beds. Last year it was the strawberries. It would not be so bad except that she insists on digging many holes before she finds the perfect spot. Big holes are not ideal for a garden. We manage to work around it and she is usually finished digging by the end of May.
Of course we had Ms. R's birthday last week. She loved her dresses and I was begged by the other girls that that is just what they want for their birthdays too. The purses were a huge hit as well.
Her choice for birthday cake was an angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. As you can see, it appeared to be a favorite for everyone - including Grandpa and Ms. P.
While we were at their home, a neighbor stopped by with her mini to visit with the kids. She is an incredible gal and has made it a mission to rescue horses. I know that Midlife Mom would be stepping up to the plate for this little one.
We also got to watch Ms. H do her chores at the stable. Her new charge is Gracie whom she gets to exercise, feed, water and care for each day. She is so thrilled to be able to have chores of her own to do. Her older sisters care for Rudy and she is always tagging along to help. Now she has a big responsibility of her own.
I had to take this picture while we were watching the kid's at the stable. It just struck a funny bone in me when I saw the box that this brooder hen selected to hatch her chicks. Does anyone else see the humor in this?
As you may have noticed, I was blessed with a new award this week by Stephanie. The rules are simple.
1. Give to 3 BEAUTIFUL Bloggettes.
2. Smile because you are making their day BEAUTIFUL.
3. On the day that you send out your 3 Awards commit one (or more) random acts of BEAUTY.
I pass this beautiful award on to:
These websites, along with so many more, all make me smile. It's really tough to just pick three so if anyone else wants to pick up the award, please feel free to do so. Thank you, Stephanie for thinking of me.
I must share my beautiful bouquet of lilacs. Lilacs are difficult to grow in our area and I am so pleased to have actually been able to pick a whole bouquet this year. I have always loved the smell of them and so wish they were easier to grow here. When we lived in England our delightful elderly neighbor would bring me bouquets each day. They were just huge and smelled heavenly. I knew at the time to enjoy each and every sniff of them as it would not last forever.
One last request for all the prayer warriors out in blogland. Prayers are needed for friends of my DIL's sister. Medical tests are being performed today on David. The family would appreciate all the prayers we offer.