Monthly Archives: June 2013

Perfection

Well,surprisingly I’ve come to realize it’s impossible to have perfection on the farm!  haha!  Yes I am a firstborn!  I want everything done immediately and it just doesn’t work that way.  As soon as I have one half of the garden weeded the other half needs it.  The grass always needs mowed….you get the picture.  The other night though I thought I had accomplished perfection.  My husband was actually not working that night and for a few blissful hours we were all together.  We played in the pool, grilled dinner, chased fireflies.  And I realized that perfection doesn’t come with everything in it’s place but with my family being together.

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I have family visiting from California and I wanted everything looking it’s best.  But oh no.  A Missouri wind blew threw toppling my shabby fufu cabana.  I had snapped a few photos earlier in the week but I’m so bummed.  I used lace panels from a garage sale and an upcycled pendant lamp.  Vintage sheets and fun pink accessories.  Super bummed.

 

And the weedeater decided to break so I CUT around the beds with SCISSORS!  Yes, I have a blister!  No I didn’t go around the fence line.  Super bummed.

the center of each of the 4 herb beds looks like this

the center of each of the 4 herb beds looks like this

Life will never be perfect but it can be happy.  Especially when I look for happiness in the faces of my children not the order of my home.

my little dessert garden with blooming prickly pear cactus

my little dessert garden with blooming prickly pear cactus

Skip the laundry today and PLAY!!!

Comments are welcome!

Lazy Summer Days

These are the days I long for all year.  Long days that still pass too quickly.  The boys have to drag me inside on days like these.  I’ve given the oldest the job of making us sandwhiches for lunch so I can stay out longer.  There are so many projects I have going each year.  I move about from place to place as my time and energy allows.  {April I can hear you telling me to FOCUS! : ) } Currently I am unloading a trailer or alfalfa, mulching the herb garden, pruning the fruit trees, trellising the blackberries and preparing a garden plot for a new rose garden.  And there are always weeds to be pulled and animals to tend to.  Thankfully the boys help out somewhat, although there attention span is short.  I love to watch them play Survivor Man and eat wild mulberries and build forts while I’m working outside.

We try to spend the days at home playing board games and quieting down for our daily “tea time.” While we don’t always have tea we do have a snack of course! and spend a half hour reading aloud together (Farmer Boy right now) or individually.  Evenings are full of baseball games….our main source of socialization over the summer.  As you know I am a social butterfly and love to be with family and friends.  But the days of summer and projects crave solitude and I find myself more and more drawn to the life of a quiet farmer alone in the fields.  But boy am I ready to get dressed up for a night out a few times a week.

This summer I am focusing on relishing the day.  Taking the time to look at my kiddos and bake cookies with them.  Snuggling up for a movie when there are a thousand other things that need to be done.

I feel blessed to recognize myself in this verse from one of my favorite bands, The Band Perry :  “I’ll buy a farm at the edge of the prairie/Live off the land and change my name to Cherry/

except the Cherry part : )  Happy Summer Friends!

planting pumpkin seedlings

planting pumpkin seedlings

 

my little dessert garden with blooming prickly pear cactus

my little dessert garden with blooming prickly pear cactus

 

 

 

 

Comments are welcome!

Herb Garden

Our first landscaping project was 11  years ago …. 4 raised beds with an arbor attaching.  This was our vegetable garden for several years.  Now that we have our BIG GARDEN of 28 raised beds these 4 have become the herb garden.

isn't chamomile sweet?

isn’t chamomile sweet?

 

Of course one of the first items we planted was chocolate mint.  I love that it’s a perennial.  So many herbs are.  Sage is another favorite.

sage and pineapple sage are also perennials.  we use them when cooking potatoes or chicken

sage and pineapple sage are also perennials. we use them when cooking potatoes or chicken

 

One of my favorite blogs:  Parisienne Farmgirl has an excellent Potager Series. I am ready to add more mulch, some flowers and beautify this simple space! So far this year I’ve added a dwarf alberta spruce for some height and winter color to the center of each bed.

mr bullfrog

mr bullfrog

 

We also added 3 baby goldfish to our ornamental pond next to the Herb Garden.  When I went to look for them this morning I spotted Mr. Bullfrog.  I sure hope he didn’t eat our new friends.

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What’s your favorite herb?  Do you have a special space for them or include them in your vegetable garden?  I thought this was a cute idea.  Thank you Pinterest!  Happy planting!

Comments are welcome!

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