From the Garden to Our Plates

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We neglected our garden this summer while we were traveling. As a result, we do not have as much produce as we could considering how much we planted. Despite the neglect, our Kentucky wonder beans are thriving.

Green beans in the garden

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Down the Water Spout

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I have wanted a rain barrel for a while now. Douglas received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, and we decided to use it to buy one. Amazon has a lot of rain barrels to choose from, but we chose this one after doing some research. We also bought this downspout diverter to go with it. Again, there were many diverters to choose from, and we chose the one that we thought would work the best for us. You might want a different kind.

Rain barrel

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Lazy Dayz in the Garden

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Last week was our first week of summer vacation, and we spent it preparing for our yard sale last weekend. I have a lot of projects planned for this summer while we have more time. Unfortunately, I do not seem to have the motivation to complete any of them. I have been slowly cleaning the house, which was a huge mess after the sale this weekend, but other than that things have been stalled. We have been lazing around and enjoying the yard.

In the yard

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Finding Beauty in a Time of Sadness

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A good friend of mine is on the board of the United Way of Norman, OK. He posted on Facebook the other day that it has been a challenging time for them. If you would like to help but are unsure what you can do, they are collecting money to help with the relief effort.

Yellow Marigolds

Yellow Marigolds

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Hammock Time

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Is there anything more relaxing than a hammock in the summer?

In 2007, I bought a hammock in Venezuela. Since then, I have lived in six different houses and the hammock just keeps moving with me but has never gone up.

Last summer, I found a hammock stand at BJs that was a reasonable price. I do not recall exactly how much it cost, but it was under a hundred dollars. This hammock standis similar, but I think the one I got was cheaper. Doing another search I found this awesome Wooden Curved Arc Hammock Stand that even comes with the hammock. I wish that I had seen this before I bought mine!

Back to my story, I never did not hang up the hammock last summer even though I had the stand. We took apart the unused stand in the fall and stored it in the shed.

Finally, last weekend, we pulled it out, and I hung up my hammock!

Hammock

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A Shrubbery and the Knights that Say Ni

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After two years, we finally have our shrubbery. When someone tries to come into our yard, we stand there and say, “None shall pass.” Well, that part is not true. Even with the shrubbery, the neighbor’s kids are constantly coming into our yard. Our neighbor is mortified by it, but I do not mind. I actually like having the kids around while I am working. They are two and five.

There are no pictures of how horrible this side of the yard ever looked. I was sure that there must be photographic proof somewhere, but I have spent a couple of hours now searching for evidence and have come up empty-handed. All I have is this picture of the back yard before I moved in.

back yard in 2009

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Maximum Garden-Minimum Cost

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On Sunday, Douglas did a 62-mile run. I was exhausted just writing this post; I had to take several breaks. My excuse is that I have been sick, but I still feel like a big wimp. I am proud of him, though, despite questioning why he does what he does. I do appreciate that he never gives up when there is something that he wants. Here he is with Junior after the race.

Douglas and Junior

Douglas will never give up on a race and I swear not to give up on my garden this year. After three years of living in the Cape of Dreams and taking care of the yard, I finally feel that things are starting to come together the way that I want them. I was fortunate when I moved in that the house was surrounded by wide flower garden bordered with Belgian blocks. There were some bushes and flowers in the garden and yard, but not nearly as many as I wanted. The gardens looked rather sparse and the side and back of the yard was a tangle of overgrown bushes. I did not have the money to do what I wanted in the beginning, but I have been slowly filling things in with plants that I love.

Cape of Dreams in April 2013

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Quite contrary, I would have to say, at least that is how my garden has grown in the past. I am hoping that this year will be different. To be honest, it always starts out well. I love to garden in the spring, and Kahlua is happy with how things look. I finally got a great picture of her. Have you ever seen such a happy dog. It is hard to believe that merely a year ago she was on the brink of death.

lulu bouncing

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