Sunday, April 27, 2014

2014 Garden Journal 1

It's that time again- garden time!  And while there has been a bit of this:

I think it is <almost> safe to say that the snow is gone and it is time to garden for real.  Woot woot!  This year we are going to enjoy the vegetables out of our CSA box, and just focus our garden efforts on things that take a few years to get established.  No big veggie garden for us this year, but we did plant 2 apple trees, 2 cherry trees, a bunch of blueberry bushes, and 50 strawberry plants.  We are trying the strawberries-in-gutter method that has been floating around the interwebs and we are curious to see if it works.  We put them on the railing of our very sunny deck, so hopefully they will be happy and give us lots of berries that are close enough to the house that our wildlife will ignore.  We love deer and do not want to pick a fight- they were here first- but we did fence our new trees and are trying out that nasty smelling Liquid Fence stuff to try to keep them off the blueberries. I somewhat doubt that we will get any blueberries this year, but we can hold out hope, right?  And can I just say that having a dump-truck deposit soil and mulch DIRECTLY INTO THE GARDEN BEDS is so luxurious!!  No shoveling, wheel-barrowing and dumping it this year...which is good, because it took a LOT of dirt!

Here are a few pictures of what we've been working on.
April 13th

April 14th...what?!

Mail order trees and bushes!

Preparing the garden bed

Right in!!

It looks like less dirt from a distance...

Blueberry bushes!


Gutters for the strawberries installed on the deck.

So far so good!

Bee worked SO hard to carry all the trees over for us.

We shall see what grows faster...girl or tree!

Friday, April 25, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Horsing Around

It has been a while since I've updated about Flower's legs.  She is out of the casts and into her day and night AFOs.  After an initial struggle to find shoes that were big enough to fit the braces, but not so big that she tripped over them, we are getting into the routine of wearing them.  We are still keeping up with the daily hour of physical therapy exercises (ugh), but our trips down to the city have gone from weekly to monthly (hooray!).  After sailing through the serial casting program with great success, we are finding this part of the program difficult...she is still finding ways to walk up on her toes, even with the braces, and she is really having to relearn how to walk and shift her center of mass.  

It is a long road, but we are doing our best.  She sees a physical therapist out by us each week, and in addition, she has started doing equine assisted therapy at a local farm.  She LOVES this- by far the best therapy of the week!  Here are a few pictures of her on her trusty steed, Taco.  She works with an instructor who is an occupational therapist, and a couple of fabulous volunteers who lead the horse and walk beside her to make sure she stays on.  I used to help with a therapeutic riding program in college, so it is fun to be back at a farm!  The sun even came out for us today so she could ride outside.  Fun!
Hopping onto Taco

Off they go

Some backwards circus riding!

Someone else has to get in on the action as well!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I haven't blogged lately...because of this:
and this:

and this:

and this:

and this:

...and a broken camera, a gross amount of time spent driving, a computer and phone who are both giving up the ghost at the same time, and a garden that is begging to be built.  But lest you worry that we are sitting at home bored, we are doing just fine here, waiting for Spring to stop teasing us and arrive already.  Flowers are popping up and fruit trees have been ordered...CSA deliveries start next week.  Yep, won't be long now until we are hitting the pool and applying the sunscreen!