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Kitchen WindowI mowed the yard yesterday in the shade of evening.  It felt so nice.  Laurel spent the time looking down in a hole and throwing grass in, along with eating unripe blackberries.  Willow worked on her prairie dress efforts and Roan unwound the garden hose and worked out his own train.  All that rain has brought the grass back and it felt pleasant to walk on with tired bare feet when I was done.

Things are moving along here--Summer is shifting into production mode.  I have numerous acorn squash in the garden and the beginnings of some pumpkins.  Cucmbers are blooming, so I'm hopeful.  There won't be watermelons this year, as my plant is terribly small, but we'll let it try.  We might get to eat one in early October.  Tomatoes will be few this year, but that's okay.  I'm hoping for apples and blackberries.  Having found Don's apple picker, I was finally able to make a little apple sauce.  I'm going to try to pick some more soon, maybe today.  There is just nothing like homemade apple sauce on a Winter evening.

Walnut leaves are fluttering across our yard at the least breeze.  The smallest nuts are starting to fall and I noticed that the Presbyterian church has a hickory tree.  Have I mentioned that I've set my sights on making hickory nut pies this year?  They'll be like pecan pies with a labor-intensive twist.  Hickory nuts have the most calories, but also take the most effort for a squirrel to open.  Seems like a worthy cause.  I've even been watching a chestnut tree and thinking about collecting some of the spiny nuts to enjoy with the children.  I've also got plans to visit a little beech grove out at the park on a daily basis and beat those squirrels and deer to a small portion of the beech nut harvest.  I guess I've gone nutty.

In other news, I've finally finished ironing the eighteen yards of fabric that I got for my birthday.  I washed and dried it to shrink it and square it up before making it into clothes for the children and me.  I'm inching my way through many things around here and that is one of them.  This week looks like it will bring some rain, so it is nice to have the yard done and fabric and sewing machine waiting.

See my pretty flowers?  It's my new thing to send Mike and the children out each Sunday evening to collect some for me.  They make my kitchen pretty all week and then it's time for more.  Butterfly weed is really abundant this year.


( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 13th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
oh Brandy, that was such a beautiful post. I love the way you look at life and are so intentional. It's been awhile since i have been able to get on the computer (can't stand doing it on my phone) and I have missed your blog! Happy Belated Birthday, too :)
Jul. 14th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by. I have missed hearing from you. Thanks for the birthday wishes. :-) I'm still celebrating.
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Jul. 14th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm nuts about all kinds of free food. I've learned it's called "scrumping." The next post has the sewing plans. :-)
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
Scrumping! That's a new one for me! I read a nice article on foraging from your backyard..I'll see if I can find it. It's amazing how much "free" food there is! Lambs Quarter, dandelions, and other goodies are always in abundance for example. Our neighborhood park has a mulberry bush but I'm afraid to take the fruit because I'm not sure if it counts as stealing. But it's all just piling on the ground or being eaten by woodchucks and birds...
Jul. 14th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hickory Nut Tea too? http://ajoyfulchaos.blogspot.com/2014/05/hickory-nut-tea.html
Jul. 14th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds very interesting!
Jul. 14th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
I love the weekly flower picking! Great idea. Also wanting to see your fabric and know your plans for it :)
Jul. 14th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Your wish is my command. ;-)
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oops the first anonymous was me, Kristine. I am not logged in on me phone I guess. I'm not the nut tea poster.
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
I had a feeling.
( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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