Monday, June 15, 2015

Warm, humid days are great for gardens and hiding in the house to do art

It's been very warm these last few days. We ventured out on Sunday to a flea market and did find 1 treasure for the youngest Gottshall (tinker toys) but once we got home we all had mild heat stroke with headaches and feeling sick. My youngest also got heat rash on his face. Poor guy! Thankfully, we had lower temps and waited until it was much cooler before going out. I was pleased with my garden...I've got kale growing everywhere and radishes. I'm waiting for the squash to really take off. For some reason, the pumpkin seeds are the most vivacious and I literally just threw a handful of dirt on them...they were from a pumpkin that dissolved in the garden last winter. I guess it composted for them? Anyway, we shall see what happens. At least, I'll have a lot of pumpkin blossoms to make stuffed blossoms with bread and cheese. yum! I'm so happy with my kale harvest and I hope the plant keeps growing. I guess we shall see. I do wish I had planted corn, but oh, well. I'd like to get a sage plant as well. I found out that this is good for smudging your home...which I intend on doing. Apparently, it really works well to kill germs. So, this is a nice plus. Some of my garden is experimental. I did not till the ground but put newspaper on the ground and then added some soil/compost on top. It seems to be doing well for some plants but I can't tell if it's the weather that's the problem...I think the squash would be much better off if we didn't have so much rain and 60 degrees a few weeks ago. It makes a difference. Otherwise, I'm very happy with how things are growing. Also, my greenhouse is doing excellent. The kale is doing best there and the tomatoes...are huge plants. I'm seriously impressed by this. I'm hoping to have some red beauties before long. You do have to water it but it's worth the extra effort for protection from the elements. Just have to leave open the door/window on the hot days. I wish I had planted squash in there but I know it would take over. I may transplant some to the old garden patch with is overrun with mint,grass and "weeds". I was hoping I missed a squash plant and would find one in there. I also ran out of cucumber seeds. They are giving me the most trouble. They got some sort of mold on them from the ran and haven't done well. So, I'll have to get at least 1-2 more plants from a greenhouse. We had kale and turnips in our salad from the garden. Fresh greens from turnips are totally edible. I didn't know this and it was a nice combination with lime and cilantro salad dressing. Highly recommend growing your own turnips. Very easy to do and fast yield. Give it a try! And of course, I forgot to take a photo. I hate that. I think we had about 10-15 mini storms from yesterday to today. I'm sort of getting used to it...just really gets on your nerves being stuck in the house or vulnerable to weather. I did do a lot of sewing and have finally finished my St. Francis mixed media art quilt. I really love it and will be putting it up on eBay soon. I redid some of it and added some animals. photos soon. Well, hopefully tomorrow will be a nice day and I can get a few things done outside again. Summer is always chaotic but it's a lovely sort of chaotic with kids and pets and growing things. <3

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

warm days at last

So warm that many of my seedlings died because I forgot how warm it gets in the greenhouse. Well, I will have to try more least the squash seeds are happy, happy, happy!

I'm ready for bed. So much to do and I feel so tired thinking about it. I have to get all the kids to dental appointments. Thank the stars I can sleep before this happens. Some lovely music to end the evening.  

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sad events in Baltimore

I was reading the news and various programs on Baltimore. It's very sad when a life is lost for no reason and I'm so sorry for how people are treated. It hurts your heart because it could be you there or someone you know and love. 


I don't think people and especially police need to use such aggressive force. There is something wrong about this. I don't want this to happen to anyone. I'm sharing this from colorlines because we need to say no. This is not right and this is not fair and people nee to be held accountable for their actions.

I also wanted to write about how it's easy to lash out at people who are (finally) making a loud noise and to point fingers at anger misdirected. If I recall Russian peasants burned their haystacks when protesting against their oppressors. There is something, something so frightening about this...why, not because of the fire/destruction but because we are REPEATING history. When injustice happens and no authority figure is held accountable for repeated offenses, you get this reaction. 

The other part of this is a red herring. What really is happening here? Why did this come about? It comes down to greed. If there is huge amounts of greed/hoarding of wealth, that means someone is not getting fairly treated. These meme's explain it much better than I ever could:

Yes, they are kids and they are acting out. Is it right? No. Is it right to protest? Yes. Should we just focus on the kids or why this happened in the first place? This is something that affects every person regardless of the color of your skin because we all want to be treated fairly and have a sense there is justice in our little worlds/lives. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Toots

Thought I'd write a little. Things are progressing in terms of me going back to school. For some reason, my transcripts are having an issue. Is it because I'm from out of state? I wonder. All I know is I'm doing piles of paperwork...well, and getting paperwork done for subbing as well. I feel like I'm getting things rolling and that's a good place to be at. I just feel like I really need to have concrete proof of things being enrolled in my summer classes and dates to go to meetings for subbing and volunteering. I know this is partially my anxiety so, deep breaths and things will happen soon enough. :D

In other news, we are getting our big tree cut down. Well, I'm sitting here waiting for the guys to show up. I feel badly about it but it's time. The people who planted it placed it too close to the road and it has been hit by cars several times over the years. Now, it's blocking sun from getting to our garden and it could fall on the garden/, time to go. I remember that story by Hans Christian Anderson...the one where the tree is old and the gardener says it's time to cut it down but the owners don't listen. It crashes down and destroys their home and nearly kills the people. So, I am sad but understand it needs to go. My son, Harry, not so much and he is going to be very sad. Thankfully, Lydia has gotten a tree from school (and possibly several more) to plant. Baby crab apple trees! So, it will be a nice way to say good-bye to this old maple.

Speaking of trees...since we moved here over 12 years ago, we've planted over 12 trees. So, I think that's pretty cool. I would love more fruit trees...we had 2; pear and peach buy they died, unfortunately. I think we might try and go to a greenhouse for some and see if we have better luck.

I think waiting is my least favorite thing to do but what are you going to do? At least I did some productive things...repaired a ripped pillow, cleaning up, light chores, and thinking of art projects to do. All in all, things are progressing.


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