|Michael, Stacia, Nolan, Krista, Alex|
We don't have s'mores EVERY night, but I have converted a tool box to a "s'more kit" and it IS always ready to go. 😉
Of course, relaxing around the fire is much more satisfying if one has been productive during the day.
And then....we simply talked. We shared about her recent visit home and my summer....and what it is like to be a woman in your 50's with parents aging and grandblessings thrilling....and to do it all from, and in, Alaska.
I stopped at Lowes for marking paint, peat moss and lime. Gardening and timber felling.... LOL I made a final stop before coming home for Dad's paper.
The front of our place is wonderfully private in the spring/summer/fall. It's very public in the winter when the cottonwood and birch trees lose their leaves. It's a forest - and we're always working to keep the cottonwood from taking over.....
Michael and Alex went into this mess and cleared out Cottonwood. They left a a one deep stand between our home and the clearing.
|So handy to have these two in our midst|
They planted four evergreens. It's a start. We'll leave the cottonwood as these grow...and then remove some of the Cottonwood to gain a bit more yard once the new ones provide privacy. Once again, thinking in terms of years from now is an oddity for us - and we're enjoying it. We have the time to change this.
Dad likes to come out and do what he can - always providing encouragement, and a few jokes, along the way.
|Michael, Dad and Alex|
THIS is the squash which grew from our secondary compost pile. This gives me great hope for my lasagna beds....it's taken over the area to the north of the garden which I hadn't weeded or planted.
We aren't sure what it is. Arielle and I have talked about it and we both had spaghetti and butternut squash seeds we threw in the compost....maybe it will be one of those? Regardless, we have a lot of blossoms on it.... What do you think?
This tells me our compost is not heating up enough to really "compost" and that it IS providing enough nutrients to grow things...more than our soil. LOL I have not been able to use the compost we started last year....we aren't adding to it any longer and I hope to be able to use it next year. I think it will just take longer for it to "cook" due to the cold winters.
I'm doing my best to awaken a love of growing things in the next generation.
|Bachan - look!|
We have cauliflower!
We have both red and green cabbage. It's amazing how much better it looks without moose eating the center out of them. LOL
The bed is terribly over-crowded. I pulled off the lower leaves and put another green layer on the lasagna bed. I don't have any more "frames" for a bed...and the guys are busy with trees, so won't be making more beds. I think I'll stake out a few more beds so I can utilize our grass clippings, barnyard litter, and fall leaves.
This is kale AFTER I've harvested 7 quarts. I think I'm going to harvest it all before we leave for OR and freeze it. I suspect more will grow while we are gone and we'll have plenty fresh when we return.
We are getting lots of broccoli.
We had another night of yummy veggies from the garden...zucchini, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots....garnished with fresh basil....
Um....I tried to show him the goals for disc golf...but he thinks the goal is to throw the disc through the trees. Come to think of it, he has observed such playing. LOL
My heart! Benny's new pose when he knows I'm going to take a photo.
Playing with Mom is always more fun than playing with anyone else!
It was a fun day.....and while I don't want to concede fall's arrival - I am looking forward to many fall evenings around the campfire. LOL
*Summer Evenings - it's getting dusky at 9 p.m. now, and it doesn't get light until 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. We have a few leaves on the ground, and the trees are starting to turn golden....fall is certainly on it's way...but for now, my calendar still says this is summer!