Thursday, June 19, 2008


Zoe and Buddy (Before the Attack of the Tree)

Aahhhh, the joys of taking a little one shopping with you!

Today we pulled up to the resale shop in Fredericksburg and Zoe said, "Is this the Pink Bandaid Store?"

I had told her earlier I would buy her pink bandaids for the huge scratch on her face that she got from a tree branch.

We went inside and she said, "Oh! Look at the cute kitty!" (Stuffed.)

"Look at that cute dress!"

"Look at that cute chair!" (Ugly, brown, but small.)

"Do they have Pink Bandaids here?"

"Hey! Look at that cute little lady!" (A mannequin who had no legs below the knee.)

And so on. We got the third degree about her scratch at the front counter.

Then we went to the feed store. "Is this the Pink Bandaid Store?"

"Oh! Look at that cute cat! Can I pet it?" (This was a real one.)

"Look at those cute chicks!"

I was starting to wonder if the feed bags were going to be the next "cute" thing.

At the next resale shop (I was looking for a used electric range) she again said "Is this the Pink Bandaid Store?"

Finally we got to WalMart and of all things they didnt have pink bandaids!! The closest we could get was rainbow bandaids.

A LOT of people stared rudely at Zoe's scratched face and gave me dirty looks or curious looks. Like I'm really going to beat the kid, then parade her through WalMart!?! Good grief - hasn't anyone ever had a kid get hurt? It does happen on occasion.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pathetic Garden '08

This is a Sweet Dumpling Squash (I think!) :o)
Mooky loves these because they taste similar to sweet potatoes which he is allergic to. This plant has produced this ONE squash so far.

Zoe's cat Turkish has come to stay for awhile!

This squash plant looked fine yesterday.
Here is a close up of the underside of a squash leaf. I had just watered, so there is dirt on it, as well as the tiny little light green THINGS that are apparently what's eating the leaves.

These are the best of the pathetic bush beans. They haven't produced ANYTHING.
Most of the bush bean plants are smaller and more scraggly than the ones above.

These two okra plants should have been 4 feet tall by now, and have each managed to produce ONE OKRA which was promptly eaten by fire ants before it got big enough to pick. The rest of the okra plants are much smaller than these two. I planted two more rows of okra seeds on June the first and they are just now barely starting to come up.

This is the first squash I planted way back in late February. It was protected from any late freeze by the chicken cage, and it should have produced a bumper crop by now. I've gotten 3 stunted squashes off of it.


That blue bucket is what I brought the ashes out in. The nitrogen level is really high due to having raised the chickens in the garden last fall. We did one of those cheapy little soil tests and the potash was a little low.

As you can see, there are NO WEEDS!!!! Woohoo! I love my new weeding hoe.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Bird and A Fire

After church today we took Bean (the Texas Dahl Ram) and the logsplitter out to the cabin. On the way home we saw a small fire on the side of the road. We pulled over to try to put it out. It was breezy, so it was spreading quickly. When it was all over, 5 vehicles had pulled over to help and it had spread about 50 feet or so, and was heading off into a pasture. But, we got it out!
Then we stopped at Erinn's friend's house on the way home to pick up a beautiful gray cockatiel that she sold to Erinn. This little bird is super friendly! And what is really great, is that he LOVES Erinn. Very obviously prefers her to anyone in the house. His name is Buddy and I will post pics soon. He doesn't bite, or do anything mean, he just sings for Erinn if she isn't around.

Bryan was here for a visit last week,
and look who has outgrown his big brother!