Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Schools Out!

I can not believe how crazy the last week has been. I usually have my summer figured out and know how we will spend the next three months. But not this year. The Military is taking their time on our hardship orders. It may be the end of next month before we have an answer. It is torture. So we will do the normal summer things - swim lessons, park lunches, and messy crafts. I love the summer!

I took very few pictures this week of my garden. I do have lots of pictures of my boys - so I think I will share a few. 

On Monday, Alex and I were in Texas with my parents. PawPaw had to work so Alex got to be a "Crew Leader" for a little bit. 

Alex and PawPaw driving one of the Rollers. He was taking his job very seriously!
Dallas had a wonderful school year. He tested really high on his final exams in both English and Spanish. He even tested higher than many of the Spanish speaking kids. I am always so excited to see how smart he is. I don't really know where his intelligence came from but I thank God he is so smart.
Dallas with his group at school. He was the only English speaking child in his group.

Dallas and Mrs. Encinia - His Spanish teacher.

Alex at school - Look at those blue eyes!
It seems like everyone is growing up too fast. Roxie is now 10 months old. She is over 100 pounds and just keeps getting bigger. Almost every night I take her to the empty field behind the house and let her run. She sounds like a horse as she runs by me. Every now and then she gets her feet tangled up and rolls across the ground.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

15 May 2012

I have survived the clean up and it really isn't as bad as it looked. I lost a couple of tomato plants and a lot of my potato plants. After removing the broken limbs and raking the ground, only I can tell the difference.
The buffalo grass with the dog's foot prints.

After raking the yard- it looks so much better.

A close up of some of the grass.
My hubby bought me Foxglove for the front flower bed for Mother's Day. He always buys me a new plant for the garden on special days. I don't like cut flowers - they just die. I am afraid to plant it until I know if we are staying or going. It is sitting in the flower bed looking pretty, just waiting to find a home.

We got about an inch of rain over the last week. It was a very slow, cold, soft rain that would not go away. My garden has really taken off with the cooler weather. Some of the garlic and onions are wanting to flower and I do not know what to do with them. Should I cut them off or let them flower? Back to the books!

Fire and Ice Radish

Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens

Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn

Creole Collard Greens

Tendercrisp Celery

Mystery carrots- I first planted carrots in the large bed by the backdoor, but the wind destroyed the bed and after a month, nothing had come up. I planted the second group of onions in that bed and found a new place for carrots. Now I have little carrots popping up all over the onion bed!

The new carrot bed with really little carrot plants! Yes, those are dog foot prints.

Red Cored Chantenay Carrots
Big Top Carrots
Broccoli, cabbage, and spinach after the dogs played. I think most will make it. I need to harvest the spinach soon.

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

The potatoes, after the dogs. They are starting to perk up.
Spaghetti Squash with my first bloom!

Mr. Stripey Tomatoes

My first tomato flowers!

And my beautiful peach tree.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

9 May 2012 - Garden Tour

I have spent the last two weeks trying to find a way to help my Hubby's family from New Mexico. I can't. There just isn't a practical way to help with a 5 hour drive. So, on Monday, David is put in for humanitarian orders. If the Air Force approves the move, and they should, we will move home to Dyess Air Force Base within the next few weeks. I think I am in shock. We bought a house in October and now we will have to let renters move in. It really sucks. My garden is starting to look like an actual garden. My flowers look pretty in the front yard. I can see the buffalo grass from my kitchen window. I just want to cry. But that is me being selfish - it is just a house and they are just plants. David's Mom needs us. I will go and start over - again.

Now on to happier things - a photo tour of my garden. My garden always makes me feel better.

The cactus garden is starting to flower.

My Yarrow is almost ready to bloom. It has really started to take off this year.


Spaghetti Squash

Zucchini Squash



Yellow Squash

The other bed of Okra.

Kentucky Wonder Beans

Potato Bed

The potato plants are starting to flower!

A visiting bee getting a drink from the water sprinkler.