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And all the boards did shrink

Clearly The Fates are out to get me. It rained for hours and hours last night. The garden is still very soggy from the 24-hour flood I subjected it to Saturday, and the tomato plants were looking pretty rough. Today, after the storm, it was even worse: The plants are shriveling up — probably root rot, coupled with the late…

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My garden column

Jared has been working on putting in water and electricity to the garden for me. It rained heavily yesterday, and so it’s easy to see the fixtures with the form wet. Here are some pictures of the thing he built: It has two potable water spigots, a water fountain, and an electrical outlet. The pvc pipe is the drain for…

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Daisy delight

Art for art’s sake is one of those things that I gave up to become a mom. I’ve occasionally designed things for websites and lessons or logos or other applications, but designing is not the same as making art. Design usually has a practical reason, and while it is fun, usually someone told you what to make. There are are…

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Oops.

We went to a 13-hour movie marathon at the Alamo on Saturday. I went to the garden before we left and watered the carrot sprouts. We enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings EXTENDED VERSION until about midnight with Sydney and four of her friends. It was so fun! You wouldn’t think that you could hold up for 13 hours…

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Hip thrust using a smith machine

I couldn’t really find anything online that shows how to set up to do hip thrusts with a smith machine. Several months ago Sydney and I messed around and figured out how to do this set up: We are short people, so we use the step platform to lift us up so that we can comfortably reach the bar. On…

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The carrots sprouted!

The carrots have sprouted! I am thrilled! I thought maybe I had killed them by neglecting to water them at first. Both the carrot seed tape and the loose carrot seeds sprouted. Hooray! I planted put the first of the fall plants: kohlrabi, radish, onion, leeks, celery, and broccoli. I got some beans and a Cherokee Purple and a Marvel…

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Beautiful morning

It was stunning outside today! We finally got some rain last night, which was a big relief. This morning when I went to go pick up the girls from Seminary the dew and mist were coming up in the fields. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We are so beautifully situated here: I went out and worked in the garden…

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Beautiful Zinnia!

I realize how silly I sound, but I just can’t get over how great this new phone is! Look at these pictures I took of a tiny zinnia blossom today:

Dry garden

The weather has been so dry lately! The soil in the garden is pulling away from the edges near the cinderblocks. I am trying to get back in the habit of being outside in it every day so that the plants don’t dry up. This oxheart tomato fruit was looking some kind of terrible yesterday. Gah! The skin on the…

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Praying Mantis

Jared got me a new phone the week before last. He told me it would take better pictures than my old one, but wow!

Why I go to Church

I was able to go to Relief Society for the first time in ages today. It was just like the RS meeting you probably attended: women of different backgrounds sat listening to a teacher of firm faith but no training try with erratic success to engage the class on weightier topics. The sister who talks too much did. The sister…

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