the view of my kitchen table (all last week)
I had the best intentions of re-entering the world of blogging, last week. That was before–before the pea vines made a second crop of peas, before the butter beans made their second crop of beans, and before our dying tomato plants began growing more tomatoes! Ya’ gotta’ love a good garden 🙂 So! Guess what I’ve been doing for the past four days?! In fact, I still have butter beans spread out on the floor, still waiting to be shelled–but I’ll get to those a little later. For now, I’m going to blog!
Today is the first day, since June 18, that I haven’t had to get up and be in the garden at 7 a.m. (Sundays included) I’m not quite sure what to do with myself, but to tell you the truth, it sure feels nice! There’s nothing quite like falling out of bed, putting on clean clothes, then covering yourself with insect repellent and heading for the dew-covered garden–and yes, you can insert a bit of sarcasm there!
Last week, after a particularly ‘dirty’ trip to the garden, I managed to get water in my ear, while shampooing my hair in the bath tub. I was in a hurry to deal with the vegetables awaiting my attention, so I failed to get all of the water out of my ear. As a result, I developed ‘swimmers’ ear’, which I’ve been battling for nearly a week! An earache is a miserable thing, especially when you don’t have time to be sick. Thank heaven for daughters who live next door, and have a handy supply of ear drops! Thanks to those ear drops, I’m finally getting better 🙂
In addition to all of the gardening and canning, we did manage to fit in some family time on Friday night–with the entire clan, this time! I fixed a pot roast in the oven, and cooked fresh peas and corn from the garden. I even managed to bake a chocolate cake–all while dealing with an earache!
Our home gets very crowded and loud when everyone is present (there are 12 of us), but there’s nothing like having everyone together, under one roof. The high point (with noise) of the evening was when the grandchildren decided to drag out the Baby Einstein keyboard and the old Fisher Price Marching Band set! The ladies were talking in the living room, while the men were talking in the kitchen. I sent the ‘grands’ into the kitchen to serenade the men folks 🙂 The men folks never missed a beat, they just slid their chairs a little further away from the children and kept on talking. It was a priceless moment!
our oldest and youngest grandchildren, enjoying a moment together
Brad, Jennifer, and Evan spent Friday night with us. Evan doesn’t sleep well when he’s off from home, so he was up and down all night. I feel bad for the little fellow, ’cause I don’t sleep well when I’m off from home either. We all woke up, Saturday morning, with dark circles under our eyes, but none the worse for wear. After all, we all had places to go and things to do.
Brad and Jennifer had plans with her family, so they left us pretty early on Saturday morning. The rest of the day Ed and I spent picking and shelling–both peas and beans! I put the last packs of peas in the freezer at 10 p.m. and went to bed, dead tired– but happy– because I knew I would be sitting on St. Simon’s Island on Sunday 🙂
the view from our favorite tree: two huge ships passing in front of us
Ed and I got up early Sunday morning, and were on the road to St. Simon’s by 8 a.m. We spent most of the day under our favorite tree again. (I never grow tired of it!) This time we were joined by our daughter and her family, which was a pleasant change for all of us. There was a ‘Antiques Show’ going on, and we all browsed through the exhibits. Our son-in-law took granddaughter, Madison, swimming in the park pool, as well. We were all back home before 6:30 Sunday evening. All-in-all, it was a good weekend!
This week, I’ll be attempting to play ‘catch up’ in the coming days–both in writing and finding out what’s been happening with all of my blog friends. Of course, things may become a little bit crazy around here, again, during the next few days because…
Now that we have a brand new roof covering our front porch, the old decking boards suddenly need to be replaced! As a result of now being protected from the rain, sun, and dew, our boards suddenly began to shrink. We had no idea this was going to happen when we covered our porch! We now have these HUGE cracks between each board (an inch or more), and this just isn’t working for us. The chair legs keep falling into the cracks! Over the upcoming holiday weekend, Ed will be attempting to remove these old boards, replace them with new ones, and close up the cracks. This will not be an easy job! (Much of the porch will have to be disassembled.) Wish us luck, and hopefully, there won’t be any unintentional fireworks at our house! If you read here regularly, you know how our building projects tend to go… Have a great Monday, everyone!