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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.

Friday, August 30, 2019


As summer is winding down, it's time to make pickles. We have an overabundance of cucumbers again this year and so I made some pickles. What else is new?

Last Friday evening I went to check to see how my little pickling cucumbers were doing. To my surprise, I picked about a gallon. I asked George, how his cucumbers were doing at the farm. He said he hadn't seen any yet. I went to check and I picked two full boxes and had to come home because I  didn't bring enough boxes. There were so much more left in his garden.
That night, I scrubbed all the cucumbers and got all my ingredients ready and started to work on pickles all day, from Saturday morning till I went to bed at midnight. The house smelled like pickles and me too. I showered, said my prayers and fell asleep and I didn't move all night. I was so tired. Surprisingly I was well-rested in the morning.

 On Monday, I tackled digging my Irises. I had to tackle a hornet nest inside a hollow brick before continuing. It was hot and the sweat was pouring off my brow into my eyeglasses. I had to tie a bandana on my forehead.

I had to remove some bricks and the hornets were really mad. I had put on a winter coat with a hood, leather gloves and was well protected. I even had my face covered in case one would try to get to sting me in the face.

The Irises have been planted and I have put some in pots but I didn't take a picture of that. I dug another patch but I still have a few more patches to did up. Now I have to tidy these Daylilies. I have all the dead stalks removed.

I've finally moved the rest of the pile of soil by the road and reseeded that patch of lawn and done some more weeding as the weeds are going to seeds already. I used a lot of that excess soil in my Irises bed. No Photos.

On Wednesday morning I got the shocking news that my uncle had passed away. When I contacted my sister to tell her, she gave me the news that my sister in law had just lost two of her sisters a few days apart. I hope that it for a while.

Please keep the people of Florida in your thoughts and prayers. I have friends who live in Florida and I'm am concerned about them. I hope that Dorian loses strength as it hit land. Also if you are so inclined, please pray for a 4-year-old little girl named Abbey who is to undergo a 12 to 20-hour operation for brain cancer. I can't imagine what the parents are going through right now.

Stay safe wherever you are.
Thanks for your comments and prayers..
Hugs, Julia


  1. So much sadness no child should have to go through that. Prayers for Florida. You will have lots of pickles for the winter

  2. So much sadness indeed. I will keep the people in Florida in my heart, as well as all those who are grieving.
    Love your garden, and am as always super impressed at the work you put into it.

  3. Julia, I bet those pickles will be tasty! Will keep the little one in our prayers. We are hoping Dorian continues to turn and stays off shore. Have a great weekend!
    Robyn xo

  4. We need to work in our flower beds. Our plan is to plant collards in a raised bed.
    We love pickles too. Maybe we can do some next year.

  5. Hi Julia,
    Sounds like you had "Pickle Village" on your kitchen counter! I'm sure they are very tasty!!! Those hornets can be so vicious and so happy you did not get stung!! You are always such a busy and productive lady!! Glad you got the rest you needed!! Praying for the little girl and her family!
    Take care, my friend, and have a great weekend!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  6. How sad for your family and all the loss there. Also for that little girl and her family. So hard for Moms and Dads to watch and feel helpless when your child is ill. Prayers for them for sure. You are a working dynamo! I did pickles too but stopped at 20 pints. We would never eat all those but I do give some away to the kids. Hornets are the worst! I've encountered a few in my garden life and I'm really careful where I trim, weed, and mow! This is Labor Day weekend here and I'm on call but hopefully won't have to work to many times before I go off call on Monday morning. Have a good weekend!

  7. As usual you are making me tired with all you do!!!
    Prayers for the little girl. How difficult it must be to see your child suffer. Life can be so unfair.
    Big hugs :)

  8. Prayers for the little girl. What an awful thing to go through as a child. Also prayers for the Floridians as we also have friends and family who live there...and also S Carolina and Georgia. You were a busy gal lately too. I dont even have that much energy anymore with me still working. Janice

  9. Wow you are so busy. What a nice batch of pickles! I will continue to pray for that little girl. I am so sorry for your loss. What a hard thing and so much all at once. I hope that hurricane weakens as it comes on shore. I can never imagine winds with that much force.
    You are such a hard worker.

  10. You are such a busy lady! That is a lot of pickles! Yardwork is never done and you manage to stay on top of it! You amaze me.
    My heart hurts for the people in the Bahamas. I have a dear friend in Brunswick Georgia. She is planning on evacuating on Tuesday. I can't imagine the worry.

    And prayers for your little friend and her family. Hugs and love to them all.

  11. Hello Friend,
    I am praying for all the requests you shared.

    Your gardens are lovely. You took on the hornets in a creative way. ;-)
    I love the way you planned your pickling day! I do the same.
    Love, Carla

  12. I love your farmer-ly ways:)
    And the way you see the harvest....the possibilities:)
    Bravo on your pickle-making and solution-seeing
    and for sharing the beauty of your world here with us.
    Thanks and love,

  13. I read this on my phone last week but couldn't comment on it because I can't do that on my phone if people have already commented (some annoying blip!) on a blog. You are amazing with your pickle production. I am glad you slept so well after your toils.
    Deeply sorry to hear about your Uncle, what sad news AND the sisters in law too. x

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  15. You have had a very busy summer sweet Julia with working in your yard, company and canning. I have not had homemade pickles in years, I bet yours are delicious. I am so sorry to read about the passing of your uncle and the sister-in-laws. Prayers little Abbey and her family and hoping she has a full recovery. I want to let you know that I am no longer blogging. I will continue to visit your blog though, I really enjoy all of your posts and all that you share. Love and hugs