Monthly Archives: July 2012

Daisy

Well – look who’s here!

Baby CalfMeet Daisy – our very first Belted Galloway baby.

Born yesterday – she has created quite a stir around here.

Cutest thing I’ve ever seen – and smart too – she’s already figured out how to get out of the fence!

Garden Update – Drought Edition

I haven’t done a garden update for awhile because it’s been too sad.

The really high temperatures and no rain has done a number on some of the plants.

Just look at this corn.
Corn
Sad isn’t it.

Now look at the corn just a few feet down the row. Same amount of water.
Corn2The difference? Shade. We have a large maple tree that shades part of the garden for awhile every day.

It was just enough time to save some of the corn.

I saw some neighbors who put up tarps to shade some of their garden – it’s not a bad idea.

BeansSame thing with the green beans. Half the rows look like this. The other half look better. There are a few little beans on the plants, but most of the blossoms are just dropping.

But it’s not all bad news.

The peppers are doing okay.

PeppersThey don’t seem to mind the heat. As long we keep them watered, they keep on producing. We’ve even enjoyed our first poppers of the season!

With the frequent watering, the guys have managed to keep the melons, squash, and pumpkins alive, too.

Then there’s the tomatoes. We’ve seen a lot of dry rot on my all-time favorites the Rutgers and Amish Paste.  But the hero of the garden this year is the Jersey Giant.

Tomatos

These tomatoes are amazing! The plants look green, the tomatoes are huge with very little spoilage – even in the heat. These are definitely a good drought tomato!

All in all – we’re counting our blessings.

Some produce is coming in. We’ve had enough water to keep things alive – even if we had to manually apply it!

And at least we don’t have to do any weeding!

Marshmallow Popcorn

PopcornI’ve got an ooey gooey treat for you today!

It’s a perfect snack to enjoy while watching the Olympics! (Opening ceremonies are Friday night!)

But you might need to make a practice batch or two before then  – just to make sure you have the technique down! 🙂

Marshmallow Popcorn

3 bags of microwave popcorn – popped (or just pop up about 2/3 cup of regular popcorn) 
2 sticks of butter
16 ounces of mini-marshmallows
1 cup of brown sugar

Pop the corn and set aside.

Put the butter, marshmallows and brown sugar in a saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring until everything is melted together.

Pour melted mixture over popcorn and mix it up.

It starts out very warm and sticky and delicious – but hardens up as it cools.

There might be just a few calories in these – but that’s okay – you’ll burn them off watching all those athletes!

Let the games begin!

A Man Project

Pedro turned 16 this week.

That’s a big birthday in Iowa – it means that he can get officially get his driver’s license.

So what does he do to celebrate?

Well – since he’s had a steady summer job and some money just itching to be spent – he bought himself a pickup.

(I think I just heard my mother gasp!)

Don’t get too excited. This is a 1985 Toyota truck with the engine in two pieces. It arrived here on a trailer – it’s primer grey paint shining in the sun – with half of the engine laying in the truck bed.
Peter's TruckHe didn’t buy himself just any ol’ pick-up. Nope. He bought himself a “man-project”.

His daddy told him by the time he had that thing running he would know every inch of that truck.

And Pedro grinned.

He’s still grinning. Despite the excessive heat and humidity he’s been out there under the hood every day.

He’s tackling a man-size project – one piece at a time.

And that makes this momma proud.

By Plane, Train and Automobile

My house is quiet.

Really, really quiet.

Quite a change from a week ago when this place was buzzing with activity.

Pic

I had kids in and out of the house at all hours – we ate everything on a bun – and there was laughter well into the night.

Then it was over. In the blink of an eye – by plane, train and automobile – they were gone.

My nephew Sammy left first – by automobile, followed by Kimmer and her gang.

A few days later we said goodbye to Lainers at her grandma’s house. And cried.

Pic 2Then it was time for my crew to depart.

Yesterday morning Matt flew to Summit Ministries headquarters in Colorado to start work and Dagmar took the train to Aunt Julie’s for a visit.

And the house was quiet.

Now, when Pedro leaves in the morning with Jan for his summer job, I have 2 children.

Two.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. 🙂

But I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m glad this is temporary – because deep down there’s a sadness knowing that someday the house will always be this quiet.

And that someday is getting closer.

Cherish every moment.