About Me

My photo
I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Monday, June 25, 2018


Life is moving along. Some progress has been done but nothing earth-shattering. I'm not as enthusiastic as I once was about getting everything done on time and that's OK. As I age, my priorities changes and that's OK too. I've got a lot done in the gardens like repairing some of the damages caused by the flood. I planted a lot of potatoes at the farm and at home. At home, I planted some onions, 2 types of peas, Roma tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, three types of beans, beets, and cucumbers. I've planted some Celosias, marigolds, red salvias, white alyssum, some petunias, and lobelias. I still have more flowers to plant but I'm moving slowly because some beds are still not ready to receive flowers and it's slowing me down...   It's been a weird season for everyone so far.

The grass is starting to grow along with weeds that came in the flood. Yesterday, I weeded the garden on the right

Some bearded irises. I think they are called Stepping Out.

Lady Kin, lilac bush that is almost done flowering but so fragrant.

Some more tall bearded irises that need weeding.

Yellow bearded Irises that are almost finished blooming.

A fragrant white rose bush Blanc De Coubert

Cherub Smile Irises

Early potatoes in the back garden

Onions, 2 types of peas

Cucumbers I transplanted yesterday.

B3 Types of beans and beets that needs weeding

Geeen Bell Peppers and Roma Tomatoe also in need of weeding.

My front and back lawn are still not repaired. I have a pile of topsoil and compost in the middle of my front lawn and now that haying season is upon us, it will be a while before it gets done.  The front lawn is not my husband's priority but it's an eyesore.

 I've been cleaning out the garage and I'm trying to organize my husband tool drawers. He's notorious for not putting tools away after he completes a job and he never can find his tools when he needs them in a hurry... I found at least 6 hammers, 6 measuring tapes and triplicate of assorted screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and so on.  I'm making some progress on that too but it's slow. Of course, he can never find the tool he's looking for so he buys another one. Some he bought a while back and he doesn't even remember buying it and it sits in its original packaging... I could open a second-hand tool store.

I just got a batch of  Cabernet Malbec Carmenere  Chilean red wine bottled and two more batches of Australien Shiraz on the go for August. I like to relax with a glass or two once my hard work is done.

I've been reading several books. Dodging Energy Vampires by Christiane Northrup, MD.,  an empath guide to evading energy vampires that drain your energy and restoring your health and power. Change your Thoughts Change  Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Sacred Contracts by Carolyn Myss. Awakening your Devine potential. I love books that deal with the mind or the soul.

 I've been hooking a little bit on my Julia Chicken chair pad. I hook about 30 minutes every couple of nights so it's slow going. I may run out of the gray-green for the background

I've attended a 60th Wedding reception for a couple we know from our church and on Tuesday, we will attend a funeral in a neighboring town for my daughter's mother in law tomorrow

I'm still working at the farm, looking after 34 calves and heifers.  Make that 35, as I got a new one this morning. Still no buyers in sight. Still too much uncertainty in the dairy industry market caused by we all know who...

I've been receiving acupuncture treatment for my sore shoulders and I have another appointment in July. I received 20 needles on various parts of my hands,  wrists, forehead,  neck, and shoulders.  It didn't hurt. I have another appointment in July.

Can you believe we are in the last week of  June? My husband is done with the farm income tax and he brought it to the accountant today. Farmers have a deadline of June 30th to get their income tax in.

Haying season has begun. I'm feeding my grandson at noon meals. Nothing has changed except I have to prepare meals for a gluten intolerant young man.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment.
Stay cool and enjoy the summer.
Hugs, Julia

Saturday, June 9, 2018


It's been quite a ride but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For all those of you who emailed me, asking how I was progressing with the flood clean up. I have to say thank you for your concerns and caring... Things have progressed slowly but surely.

I approached the problem by prioritizing and the clean up at the farm was priority one as we needed to get the cattle back to the farm. The other farmer who shared the exhibition barn with our farm, only got their cattle back home today. Can you imagine? A flood that started on April 27th has affected that farmer so much and today we are June the 9th.

 For those who asked about High Water, the heifer calf who was born during the flood, she is doing really well. I may take her picture when I get a chance.  Life is really busy still.

The gazebo was all cleaned up by a volunteer and I  pressure washed it, but the swings will have to be painted later...

My next priority was  the perennial flowerbed and the path to the shed...   I dug up so many wheelbarrows of sand with weeds. I finally got the path to the shed cleared and I started to unearth my peonies that were buried under all that sand.  In places, I had to use the pressure hose to dig the peonies without damaging them.

Digging out the path from all the sand and weeds that came in.

This is what it looked like before I dug out the path from under all that sand and mud. You can get an idea by looking where the shovel is...

Even this flowerbed was under water but is still doing well. I need to clean out the brick border;

 I pressure washed the bricks around the flowerbeds and also the path and seeded the bare areas where the sand was. It's been hot during the day and I've watered the seeded are well but in no time it dries up.

Tjis shoes the path cleared of sand nd mu and weeds.

This is the path to he shed,  after removing the sand and mud off of it and pressure washing it and the bricks around the flowerbeds.

The daylilies flowerbed has had the topsoil replaced and so far they are doing well.

The next priority was cleaning out the garage where I had stored a lot of damaged stuff and the carport. Now my husband can park his truck in there.
My son helped me to bring a whole bunch of rusty shelves and metal scraps that could be salvaged for recycle to the farm metal heap for recycling and brought all my waste to the dump.  Now the garage and carport are all cleaned up.

Last evening, my son Vaughan tilled the back vegetable garden for me and today I planted the potatoes, onions, and peas.   I also repaired the flowerbed by the driveway that the flood removed the topsoil.

We got a frost warning tonight so I didn't plant flowers yet...  It's kind of late for frost in our area but nothing is as it was with this crazy weather but life is good and the spring flowers are still blooming as if nothing has changed. I'm getting a farmer's tan again.

In the meantime, flowers continue to bloom as if nothing happened.

There are still flood clean up to do in the farm office but that can wait until I have the time to deal with it. So far, nobody else has offered to do that cleanup.  There are still a bunch of papers in the drawers that got wet and are probably moldy by now that has got to be taken care of.  So is my life. I have to prioritize and all is as it should be.

Planting the rest of the garden is next and then the lawn that needs to be fixed.
Thanks for stopping in for a visit and leaving a little comment.  I so appreciate it.
Hugs, Julia