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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


There's so much to do and  June is one week old already and I decided that I can't do it all anymore. Surprise, surprise... I'm slowing down and I'm not as goal oriented as I used to be...
 I'm choosing to just do what I can comfortably do and put one foot ahead of the other and what will get done will get done, who cares anyway. Life is very good as is anyway...

I'm just getting around to vacuum the inside of my van and I washed the matts and  I could have filled a wheelbarrow full of sand and small pebbles from my matts.  A good scrubbing in the laundry tub and they look cleaner. They were hung on the railing to dry in the hot sun.

I scrubbed and waxed my van on the outside but still need to clean the windows and doors on the inside. I'll wait for a warmer day. It's wet outside today.

I painted these two old lawn chairs that felt too gritty to sit in with a good outdoor paint. Now they feel nice and clean  and no longer grippy.

Both our screen doors needed to have their broken latches replaced. When the grandkids were  here we had to tie the latches with strings to prevent Daniel from accidentally opening the screen doors. Now I'll be ready for them when they come back in August.

Yesterday I had to weed this long flowerbed. The soil was very dry and hard and I had to wet it down a bit to pull the weeds out.

I got a good section done but had to come in as it was getting dark and the mosquitos were coming for dinner. After weeding a section I put some bagged soil I bought last fall on a end of season sale.

I  disinfected some tomato cages in a solution of water and bleach to kill any blights that was left on there from last year. I rotated them until they were totally  submerged for several minutes.

I planted my long skinny tomatoes in some crates by lining the inside with repurposed landscape fabric that my husband's office chair came wrapped in at Christmas.

My tomatoes looks spindly but I'm confident that they will smarten up if I can remember to water them.

Finally, I wanted to show you my little Avocado trees that I planted  in these 4 inch pots in early Spring. They need to be repotted and harden to go outside during summer.  I just half buried the pits in a large flower pot and watered it along with my big plant. When it started to grow I had to dig them out  before the roots grew too long. A fun project to do for curiosity.

Thanks for your visit and please come again.


  1. Hooray...glad to see you are Blogging again!!! :) You have accomplished a lot...! (I actually put a few pots of flowers on my balcony!!!!)
    However, I do think that George would benefit from a few lessons in applying mascara...!!! lol
    Hugs to you...Sunnie : )

  2. Wow Julia you've been a busy woman!! You've accomplished more in a week than I've accomplished in a year!! Love the avocado trees! Now I am craving avocados :)

  3. your flower beds, alone, would wear me out. on top of that, you vegetable garden, take care of all the calves, help with cows, AND wash and wax your vehicle? hahaha. i don't know how you do it all. :)

  4. Beautiful gardens. I have nothing like that. Nothing really grows here in our yard and if it does the der eat it. Trying to make some curb appeal for putting our house on the market. So much to do inside and out. I must heed your words and slow it down. I get so overheated doing anything....even in a cool house. My husband told me today over the phone that I had to pace myself. I know I do. When we listed 4 years ago I was worn out but I am a lot slower now. About your car. My trunk is cleaned out. It's all in the back seat after a blow out flat tire. sending hugs your way.

  5. .Love love all your flowers and plants. I wish I lived next door to you to go help. Have a happy day.:)

  6. Phew, I'm worn out reading that. lol

  7. Always a pleasure to see the pictures of your gardens! Do what makes you happy.... you will enjoy more that way!

  8. You are so industrious! Your gardens look wonderful...no worst for wear after that brutal winter.
    Have a great weekend,

  9. Oh Julia! I just have to chuckle.
    In your first paragraph you say you're slowing down and just can't do it all any more. And then....
    there's this whole list of amazing things that you have accomplished that I can't even imagine even attempting. You have not even begun to slow down!!! I think you can work twenty times harder than people 30 years younger than you are.
    You can still do it all and more.

  10. I haven't tried putting the pits in dirt! I always did the suspending over a water glass with toothpicks until the roots ... rooted. loved doing that... and haven't done it in eons...

    well... Daniel will find something else to accidentally open! HAhaaaa... little ol toots... Charlie is into almost stretching stretching stretching to open and push and punch unacceptable items... !

    glad you're slowing down... jeeeeeeeeeeeeezus

  11. Wow Julia, if that was slowing down, I am just a total slacker. You got so much done. I have tried and tried to go avocados from seed. I am going to try the potting soil method. Your gardens look so pretty. You do really nice work. :)

  12. Weeding is a pain, but the flower bed looks great!

  13. Ok, the only way it is possible to do all you in a day is if you figured out how to make your days longer than mine and double your energy and speed. And you call that slowing down!!!!!! So happy you are writing again! Do you ever just sit for a minute or ten????

  14. Are you sure you are slowing down sweet Julia? You work circles around me 10 times over in your slow mode if that is what you were in getting all this done. : ) How you do all you do i don't know. Your hard work sure show a beauty though. Your yard is beautiful! hugs

  15. You are the hardest working person I know wow Julia your amazing! Hugs cheri

  16. Julia, this was another lovely visit on your farm. Thank you. I wish I could really visit! I really enjoy these posts. Hugs.