Roses in full bloom!

The roses are some kind of gorgeous this week! I got back from a short road trip with my friend, Cara, yesterday, and just could not believe how beautiful the garden was! It was 75 degrees, sunshiney, and all of my roses are now in full bloom. So beautiful! Sadly, I think I scared off

Beans in

I finally received the beans from that guy I found online. The garden was sopping wet near the bean trellis after the rains — standing water like a pond. So I bought some garden soil to build up that area today, and I put the beans I soaked and inoculated in today. I’ve put in

Blast!

I’m pretty sure my tomatoes have Septoria Leaf Spot. Arg. The Roma tomatoes seem to have it the worst, and they are the tallest, so I picked off the worst branches hoping that the rain won’t splash more infected soil on them. I’ve sprayed them and the new tomatoes (blemish free) with Daconil. I’ll be

Ganglion Cyst Removal / Excision Recovery Pictures

I had surgery on April 10 to remove a ganglion cyst that’s been bothering me for ages. It used to be that I could put a splint on it and it would go down, but the last few years it wouldn’t go down even if splinted for several days. Occasionally it would get to hurting,

Irises, Roses, and Azaleas — Oh My!

I was away for a week, and when I got home the garden was full of blossoms (and weeds — poison ivy, as it turns out). Nobody weeded for 9 days!!! :( The asparagus was still growing well, but my husband was confused and let a whole bunch grow up like we did the first

I made a thing

I’ve been thinking maybe I’d get into doing some one-off graphic design for nonprofits and such. Here are two t-shirt logos I did today for the Fredericksburg Virginia Farmers Market which has been around since 1728. I don’t know if they’ll use them, but they’re not bad work, if I do say so myself.

Spring Asparagus and Biscuits

Well, this recipe is even older than I thought! My printout is from the year 2000. We’ve been making this recipe at our house for 19 or 20 years. I went to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board website, and the recipe isn’t even there anymore, so I’m going to share it here for posterity: Spring

Asparagus and Microgreens

Every year I panic waiting for the asparagus to come up. I’m sure that it won’t come up or that I sprayed too late for weeds and killed everything accidentally. This year the weather has stayed cooler and spears came up about 10 days later than usual. But they’re here now. I went out this

Dress Code

A friend’s daughter is helping with BYU Women’s Conference hospitality this year, and since I am going to be there this year, I told her I’d help on Friday. I’m pretty sure I signed up to help back when I was a student, too, but that was 20+ years ago — ahem —- and ye

My 4-day Push Pull Split Workout

Back in September, my daughter asked to start going to the gym with me. She wanted to go four days a week instead of my usual two or three, so I needed to rewrite my workout plan. I prefer a whole body workout, so I moved to a push/pull split and have been tinkering with

I need Church

It was a rough day today. We all have them. I could barely hold myself together but I went to church anyway looking for some healing.  I’ve been subbing with the 5yos lately, and most weeks one of the boys shows me some rocks he keeps in his pocket. They’re mostly white quartz, about the

Easy garden hoops for low tunnel shade

We came up with this simple way of making a small hoop house for lettuce a couple of years ago. It uses lengths of 3/4 inch PVC and 1 inch PVC to make the hoops. I’ll buy snap clips from Johnny’s to attach some shade cloth as it gets warmer.