Cows, Chickens, and Multiple Link-Ups

Linking up with Conversion Diary (7 Quick Takes), Clan Donaldson (Garden Tour Link-up Party), and Small Things (Yarn Along).  It’s all about efficiency these days.

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Chickens, cows, or chicken-and-beef pot pie?

4-H photoGo read the latest Ethel Says post.

Do it.

NOW.

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Garden! Not that it’s inspiring or anything:

Ratty cushions?  Check. Fence that needs mending?  Check. Toys all over yard? Check.

Ratty cushions? Check. Fence that needs replacing? Check. Toys all over yard? Check. Patio that needs weeding? Check.

I once said that this isn’t Better Homes and Gardens, and I wasn’t lying.  To be fair, a) we’ve only been in this house for two years, and b) we are between blooming seasons. The spring bulbs and early bloomers have all died and the summer blooms have yet to appear.

The only annuals I have are some Johnny jump-ups my mother bought for Ben.  Given the current blah-blah-blah state of the yard, I may need to review my annuals-are-money-down-the-drain policy.  Stat.

There's a Bleeding Heart and something else (I forgot its name) growing in this shady spot.

There’s a Bleeding Heart and something else (I forgot its name) growing in this shady spot.  (And hosta.  Hosta doesn’t count.)

Herbs.

Herbs.  Hydrangea to the left.

Strawberry patch with no strawberries.  Grr.

Strawberry patch with no strawberry plants. Grr.

Baby greens---spinach, kale, beets, and Swiss chard.  Delish.

Baby greens—spinach, kale, beets, and Swiss chard. Delish.

Raspberry plants.  Not sure if they'll produce this year or not (probably not).  Plus some dill.  Blueberry bushes toward the back.

Raspberry plants. Not sure if they’ll produce this year or not (probably not). Plus some dill. Blueberry bushes toward the back.

Pile of compost/scrap that now stinks like a dairy farm.  Long story.

Pile of compost/scrap that stinks like a dairy farm.

My pride and joy: the tomatoes are growing!!!  Between these and the CSA share, I think we're going to be awash in tomatoes at some point this summer.

My pride and joy: the tomatoes are growing!!! Between these and our CSA share, we’re going to be awash in tomatoes at some point this summer.

Front yard---the patch of dirt between the driveway and front walk.  Those tall things (can't remember the name) are about to bloom. The phlox is done, as is the lilac.  I just split the sedum; we'll see how that does this year.

Front yard—the patch of dirt between the driveway and front walk. Those tall things (can’t remember the name) are about to bloom. The phlox is done, as is the lilac. I just split the sedum; we’ll see how that does this year.

Again, very few blooms.   I need to trim everything up.  The tall flowers were a gorgeous purple a few weeks ago.

Again, very few blooms, and I need to trim everything up. The tall flowers were a gorgeous purple a few weeks ago.

Those jump-ups I told you about.

Those jump-ups I told you about.

Ah!  Here's a pretty one!

Ah! Here’s a pretty one!

I've tried reseeding the front strip twice, but it only grows weeds.  Now we're trying some hardier plants interspersed with groundcover, working our way toward the right as we have more plants to put in.  We'll see how it goes.

I’ve tried reseeding the front strip twice, but it only grows weeds. Now we’re trying some hardier plants interspersed with groundcover, working our way toward the right as we have more plants to put in.  I need to move a few of them already; the side near the street is south-facing and very dry.

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Hey, COW!

4-H photoHeh.

“Hey, COW!” is a game we used to play on youth group trips.  You roll down (or crack, in the case of an 18-passenger van) the window and scream, “Hey, COW!”  Then you count up how many cows turn and look at you.  Whoever gets the most cows to look, wins.

Hello, Oregonians.

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Yarn Along!  My second time linking up with Ginny.

Apparently I’m supposed to include my current read in the picture with my knitting.  I just finished A Daughter’s Love by John Guy, and now I’m working on Ellen Gable‘s A Subtle Grace and (finally!) Jennifer Fulwiler‘s Something Other Than God.  Both of these, however, are on my Kindle.  A Kindle just doesn’t provide the same je ne sais quoi for a knitting-plus-book photo that a good old fashioned hardcover would, so I didn’t bother.

As to the knitting itself… my “learning to knit” practice pieces:

I practiced a more complicated rib/knit-purl pattern for this washcloth.

I practised a more complicated rib/knit-purl pattern for this wash cloth. I’ve washed it a few times already, hence the curling edges Let’s not look too closely at the twisted stitches, shall we?

This week's learning goal: increasing and decreasing, attempt #2.  I realized that I was using the wrong decreasing method the last time---I was knitting two together instead of doing SKP, which is why the last practice washcloth ended up lopsided.

This week’s learning goal: increasing and decreasing, attempt #2.  Moss stitch. I realized that I was using the wrong decreasing method the last time. I was knitting two together instead of doing SKP, which is why the last practice wash cloth ended up lopsided.

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4-H photoSorry, can’t help myself.

Fine.  I will.  Just go read the article, will you?

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Look at this sweet girl!

Seven big months!

Seven big months!

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Signing off.  Have a great weekend.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love your space. When we lived in Michigan, our yard was the exact same layout. The next door neighbor had turned his into a garden WONDERLAND. Over the course of 30 years. Time, I keep telling myself, time.

    That plant you can’t remember in the picture with the hosta and bleeding hearts looks like an astilbe. Pretty! And the tall flowers in the other picture? I’m stumped. Did they bloom already? The stalks look like spent poppy flowers, but I can’t tell.

    But your tomatoes? JEALOUS.

    • says

      Thanks, Cari! I keep hoping it’ll turn into something magical, someday. We live in Holland, less than 3 or 4 miles from the lake, and our soil (I almost typed “soul”, ha) is super sandy. Having grown up in Western Oregon with its rich clay soil, gardening within spitting distance of Lake Michigan is an adjustment.

      Astilbe! I think that’s right. Thanks for identifying it! The other flowers did bloom. They looked like purple fireworks—elegant ones.

  2. says

    Your garden is amazing. All I have grown is some wave petunias and a pumpkin that came up from smashed jack o’ lanterns. And some crab grass. Next year. Next year I will do better. Your little girl is beautiful! My baby is 8 months old—such a perfect, fun age! God bless!

    • says

      This age is so, so fun! Is your little one scooting at all? Mine is content to stay in one place, which, I confess, makes my life a bit easier. :-) But she’s getting so big and animated. I love it.

      • says

        Brooks is #9, so unfortunately he has been crawling after his siblings for quite awhile. He is pulling up and falling all the time now, but he is so laid back and sweet! Definitely my most laid back baby I have ever had. Enjoy your little one staying put….It won’t be for long! ;)

  3. says

    Hello, I am a newish follower. Your moss stitch looks great. You crack me up because I put my Kindle in my Yarn Along posts all the time, but you are right that it is not the same as a book. I feel the same way about annuals (wasted money), but this year I bought petunias and they make me happy, so I guess they weren’t a waste!

    • says

      You know, Ginny has such wonderful pictures of her knitting with her book, always placed just right… almost historical in feeling, you know? :-) Glad you’re here! I’ll check out your blog, too.

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