I was off to the gym this morning and when I returned, it was to a mind exercise. I had to trick the dogs into going into the upper pasture that is now secure so they would be with the sheep. They’d so much rather be close to the house. So I felt that I had exercised both the body and the brain.
Then it was time to read email and download the grocery freebie. Our grocery store offers a free item every Friday. It can only be downloaded on Friday. Often it is something we don’t use, so I pick it up and it is always welcome in the food collection basket at the church. Some of the items are things the grandchildren will enjoy – like the gummy bears.
By then it was lunchtime. So that accomplished, I went to the grocery store and bought some petunias for the front yard as well as the few groceries. Petunias always look so happy. I will try to get them planted Monday, because it is forecast to be in the 90s for Saturday and Sunday. So I’ll leave them in the shade until I plant them.
Does heat encourage you to take a siesta? We did and then it was time to feed animals again. I am not complaining about the heat, but I do go just a bit slower. The weather is certainly not typical as June is often a very rainy month. These are August type days. So I just keep watering and try to keep up with the most important things and my sewing/quilting has to take a back seat, just as the plants did during the winter.
The grandson’s visit was a treat. The weather was perfect, with the sun shining, and for a bit we sat on the deck and visited with our daughter while they went into the pasture to visit with the pond, the geese and the new ducklings. (tragically, there are now only three). Then I took them (they are nearly 12 and 13+). up to the barn so they could help catch sheep and read number tags. They had a lot of fun doing that. Of course whenever we have to catch sheep, it is a circus which the boys enjoyed. The Cormos don’t mind, but the Shetlands do not want to be caught.
The tomatoes took some time, because they haven’t had all the attention they needed, but they now are standing straight without suckers. The cucumbers are trying to take more space than I have allowed them, so they need at least every other day attention. The rest of the plants in the hoop house are doing what they are supposed to do, except for the beans which need to be replanted. I’m not sure why they didn’t want to grow.
Later today, the fence was electrified and the dogs tested it. No, they didn’t get shocked as they are smarter than that, but they pushed over a weak fence post. It is now repaired and time will tell how long it will take them to figure out a new way to go visit neighbors.
The garden is watered and has the added attraction of slug bait, since the slugs have eaten all the squash and pumpkin plants.
Sometimes It is difficult to keep up with everything that needs doing.
Summer Solstice! My life seems to run in cycles – crazy fast and hectic at times. At other times, like now, it is a bit more restful. Today, I attended a class on beekeeping. Yesterday, I spent time relaxing outside. It’s too nice to be in the studio, and it seems summer doesn’t last very long. By mid July, it will be time to start the winter vegetable seeds. The watering season may be about to start although it is still a bit early for that.