Garden Update #3

Fall is coming. Very slowly. It is supposed to be around 90 degrees today. I am ready to break out my sweaters and scarves. Obviously I still haven’t stopped wearing shorts. I would rather be cold. Most people I talk to would rather roast all year long. Again, I heart change, so there you go.

I went to the Candy Dance last weekend with my mom, sister, daughter and niece. I would love to live in Genoa, where this is held. It is literally in the mountains. So beautiful. And they get more cold weather and snow than hot desert weather. Someday I will move there. At this event they have tons of vendors that come and set up and sell all of their handmade and just plain cool stuff.  I bought this little garden lizard to put in my flower pot.

And when I went out to take a picture I found a real one. So cute.

And it must be lizard day because I went out to the garden to take some pictures and found these tracks. It made me giggle to myself.

The garden is still growing like its summer….kinda. I guess cause it still is here in the desert.

I haven’t been really looking around in the garden and then this weekend I was busy in Genoa and visiting. So, Monday when I came out to water and check it out I freakin found so many big huge cucumbers growing under the leaves. I was like a kid on Christmas. Digging and gasping and pulling.

My pumpkin’s vine has died. Does that mean its done? It still has a tiny bit of green on it. But I am so excited to bring it in or out on the front porch to display it for Halloween.

I am looking in to building a compost box. And we are thinking of building another garden box like the one I have so that next year we will have more stuff and be able to separate certain plants.

I saw a beautiful garden in Genoa. Someday I will have one there too. I hope.

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…Because I need another project. Right?

Turns out, I LOVE to crochet! I bought a book to teach me how. I was going to have a friend teach me but when I went to the store to gather my supplies, I saw the books and decide to get one. Then as soon as I got home I was in crochet land. Come to find out there’s a whole language and everything for this crap! But I love learning about it.

My mom said that some people are just naturally meant to crochet or knit and some aren’t. Like its a love it or hate it thing. She also said that my great grandmother would love that I am crocheting. I have some of her work that my mom gave me. Its kind of neat knowing that I am doing something that my great grandmother loved to do. I do believe I am meant to crochet. I have started a blanket. Maybe I will get it done before Christmas so that I can give it away as a gift.

Anyway, I am HOOKED. HAHA!

I also bought knitting needles…..we shall see….

I will post pictures of my crochet creations along with all of my other stuff.

 

 


Joy

It really is about the WAY you think. Your perspective.

I was painting my bathroom yesterday. YES I KNOW. Totally getting it done FINALLY. (I will post pics later.) I was thinking about life…as I do when I paint anything. This is one of the reasons why I like painting. (Those pics will be up soon as well. I have lots going on here, though I haven’t been posting it..yet.) And I had a moment. It was awesome. I have had moments of sadness or anger where I have gotten overwhelmed and had to cry. Haven’t we all? But never have I been thinking alone like this and gotten so overwhelmed with joy and contentment that I cried. I cried tears of joy and gratitude. I was so thankful and happy. I cried and then I smiled and I was amazed and excited and I cried more. If you ever thought I was a weirdo, I guess this just gives you more reason huh?

I am a pretty emotional person. But I have recently been learning so much more about myself. What I “thought” I was and what I thought my “story” was are actually just those. A story. A thought. Its not a deep weird unexplainable thing. Its really very simple. And yet it was so hard for me to see it.

Inquiry into my thoughts, being present, being open to stepping back and looking at my feelings and emotions and impulses, Seeing the truth of the present moment…..

I have changed my relationships, abundance in my life, peace in my mind, the world around me. And it all happened inside me. And I did not do it by controlling anything…..

Thank you all for reading my blog. I love you all. You are all part of my life.


Garden update #2

There is a day at the beginning of every season when I am outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. I can smell the new season. I can feel it in the air. I remember doing it this summer. I just stood outside sucking in the air. Closing my eyes. Feeling the promise of what will come.

Each season has its own smell. And today I stepped outside and took a deep breath and said to myself “…mmmm fall.” I have been able to see the changes of light and the way the trees and plants look, but now I can smell it. Cool and calm, still a hint of summer, but fading summer. And if the way a leaf smells changes when fall is coming, I think that’s what I smell too.

I have seen the changes in my garden. Growing is slowing. And my pumpkin is almost completely orange now.

Still flowering though. I had to fight a bee to take a picture of this one. He was pissed that I was in his damn way. I moved though, and he went right back to work on the flower.

My Marigold is just really taking off now. A little late man. But I won’t complain.

Lots of tomatoes going, only some turning red. I don’t know how many will make it before it freezes.

I pulled some carrots. Like I mentioned in the previous post, the dirt was too compacted I think. But it made for CUTE carrots.

And I am in love with the ones that are intertwined. They are hugging. So much love in my garden!

I love that all this was going on underground and I get a surprise when I pull them out.

Oh, and beans…..never thought that was even going to happen! YAY!

I am so proud of how good my garden is doing even with the damn little life suckers that won’t leave it alone. I still haven’t figured out what they are or how to get rid of them.

I can’t get a picture of them. They are way to fast and tiny. But they remind me of these guys.

Except waaay smaller of course.

All in all its starting out to be a great fall.

I always love the change when it comes. That’s how I am at heart. Change is good.

 

 


Changes

My garden is doing good. Fall is for sure in the air. I literally can smell it. LOVE it. I am excited for Halloween and the fall colors. And picking my pumpkin! I am going to pull all of my carrots soon too. I pulled some the other day and they are short stubby little guys. So cute. Next year, another thing on our garden list will be to have looser soil. I will post pictures and a bigger update this week.

I am gathering art supplies. That makes me so happy. I will also have something to share with you soon. And to sell. I am so excited to work on it and I think I will have to designate a time for my art during the day because it I usually end up doing a hundred million other things and the next thing I know its dinner time. So, a schedule is in the works.

Speaking of painting. I have paint for my bathroom too! So, I will be painting that soon too. And then, doing the floor…..and then putting in the tub. Good thing cuz mama is gonna need nice long bath soon.

Fall is awesome. It always inspires me.

 


Sad Lilacs

My poor Lilac bushes have a disease or something. It makes me sad. The only thing I THINK it might be is Bacterial Blight. But that’s only because I can not find anything else online that describes close to the same symptoms. Mine seem to be a little different than what they describe though. Or maybe its just wishful thinking? Because if they have this stupid thing, then they are done for. I am thinking of just treating them with a anti- bacterial/anti-fungal type spray (which is how you treat this crap) and see what happens because if they are jacked then what could it hurt? Sucks man…..

Tell me what you think? Seen this before? What to do?

This one is the worst. It started a while ago. It keeps growing new stuff but it soon starts to turn yellow from the tips in and they die and fall off. The brown parts are crunchy. They are not thirsty. They are not burned by the sun. Wondering if it could have been our water, we gave this one more nitrogen. Then I read that if they have that Blight crap that nitrogen will make it worse. Nice try Dea.

This one started to get it next. It is NOT near the bad one. This makes me think it is NOT the Blight thing too, because they “catch” the bacteria from other infected plants. Not to say this couldn’t happen, but you would think that the other two that ARE next to the bad one would have caught it first right? Then I was thinking maybe it is something they all had before I bought them??? I dunno…

Then this one..

And now one of the really healthy ones is getting it. 😦 See how it starts on the outside?

I will keep you updated on whats up with them.

Just trying to freakin grow SOMETHING here…..and I WILL win. Damn it.


Some of my favorite quotes

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” ~ Gautama Buddha