Sunday Homer went back to filling the pool. He got to 24,000 gallons when the power steering pump went out on the dump truck. Bummer! We still need another 6,000-8,000 gallons before it is full. Who knows when he'll have time to rebuild the pump...he works so much.
My greenhouse was still a mess so I spent some time getting the center bed planted. I covered it in fabric and planted my cantaloupe and watermelon, but the plants were weak and I don't think it is worth the time to try and keep them alive. I also planted some zucchini seed since I killed all my beautiful starts. I'm going to rip out the fabric and plant more zucchini seeds. Not sure if there is enough summer for it to work, but it's better than a big empty bed. (Yes, I'm too stubborn to go buy plants).
The cucumbers and peppers are beginning to perk up and flower. The starts were stunted and got into the greenhouse late, but I think it will all work out in the end. At least next Spring everything will be ready to go.
I have pots still waiting to be planted. Ug! Maybe today?
I still need to take care of this net. Cutting off the "leaves" is going to be major time consuming, but it is too heavy with them on. I definitely need to get this over the chicken pen as the raven have gotten 3 of the 5 chicks.
Mess really bugs me and when you are in construction mode there are always things piled up. I did manage to clean up this area yesterday. I also moved the table. I spent more time fighting a tangled hose and now the area is open.
We had such a busy few days that the kids hung low. Lucas quietly entertained himself with toys all day, and the girls made up all kinds of adventures around the yard. It is so heart-warming to watch them connect.
The kids got ahold of my camera again. :)
Monday was a hot one and the day was spent planting garden beds. Here I planted five different kinds of sunflower seeds.
Emily was such a big help. We had quite a system going and it sure made things faster. We weeded together then she watered the parched bed then I ran the rototiller while she went on to the next bed. I planted flowers and then moved on with her. I'm a little over half-way done now and wouldn't be without her help.
I cleaned up my three Hansa Roses that were a wedding gift four years ago in July.
This bed is "supposed to be" 12 Cherry Tidal Wave Petunias.
This bed I filled with Nasturtiums seeds which should have been planted several weeks ago, but I'm just going to think positive.
This bed is 10 Shock Wave petunias.... coconut, denim, pink....we'll have to wait and see!
This bed has approximately 56 broccoli plants. Since I doubt I'll have enough flowers to fill my beds this year I am using some of them for vegetables.
We worked hard in the yard all day and even threw in several loads of laundry trying to get maximum output! :) At 5:00 we jumped in the truck and went to see my nieces play softball. The fence surrounds it all and I couldn't get any good shots. Justise played catcher this game.
Jadyn did some pitching and first base. (Homer picked up the Little Ones and Emily stayed with me).
Yesterday Elijah mowed the ditch for me. What a chore! It was about 8 inches long and the bag had to be dumped with ever pass. (I have to bag it otherwise it would blow in the pool). He dumped it over the fence for Daisy and the Chickens.
See the hill now? That is smoke from the Hastings Fire which is close to 20,000 acres about 15 miles North of town.
This photo is to give you a sense of how dark it was from the smoke blocking out the sun. It made it very cold out. You can see how thick things are by looking at the hospital in the background. Youth sports are suspended when the air quality reaches a critical stage.... apparently this is not critical.
Again...see how dark it was out. (I should have edited for better quality, but I wanted you to get a sense of the smoke we are enduring). Homer took the three younger kids and Emily's friend home while I went to Nick's game. It was cold, smokey and spitting rain. It takes 11 to make a team and I only had 9 show up. The other team went down to 9 to make it a more fair game (they do not have to, but a classy coach does). Unfortunately, we were beating them pretty badly so he took his team back up to 11, and we still dominated. You are not supposed to win by more than five and I lost track. We ended up winning 8-2 and I suspect someone from the organization may be calling to scold me (I could even be suspended!). It was an honest mistake that I was off by one goal and I did switch up my players with weaker forwards and we still scored. Sometimes these things can't be helped. My son is so cool in his pink shorts and dreads. He's a unique one!
It started raining some time in the night. Of course, I left out my bucket full of seed packets. Isn't that my luck? Hopefully, I can still use them. I don't think my head can deal with the smoke today so even though I have plants that desperately need to go into the ground I'm going to be working on the house and maybe in the greenhouse. I'd like to have another big day of accomplishments. Emily has her guest to play with and I'll enlist the Little Ones to help me since most of the mess is their toys!!