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Not a Garden but a Start

It’s been just too long since I’ve set aside a moment to post. This summer has been a whirlwind. Just this morning has been a whirlwind.

Belle is becoming increasingly independent, which is beautiful but intense when I’m used to my pace, my order. She likes to clip herself into her car seat, pour her own milk, close her bedroom door at night. Every attempt is a little better than the try before. It takes a little less time, is a little less messy, a little less disruptive, a little less.

TLD is joyful when teeth aren’t poking through his little gums. I watch them peek out, sometimes two or three at a time. It reminds me of when I was little and liked to stretch plastic wrap over my fingers to make skin-tight superhero mitts. I remember the pressure on my fingertip that would intensify till finally the wrap would tear around my nail. I would slide it down the finger, the hole growing around it till it stopped at the palm. I can imagine how painful the process is for him.

Babe’s been traveling this week for work which has left me alone with the independent preschooler and daredevil teething toddler. It’s left me little time for much more than a slapdash mow of the grass and a few waterings of the vegetables.

Yes, I finally planted the seedlings. I’d hardly call what I’ve made a garden though. I’ve been calling it “a start”.

We now have giant pumpkins, mini pumpkins, watermelon, jalapeño peppers, beefsteak tomatoes and a few herbs in the ground. No creatures have eaten them yet and they’re growing. I’m pleased with that.

Next year there will be more time to plan, to till or build some beds. But this is a good start.




Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Pictures


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Ok, now what?

A week after planting our seeds into peat pellets we have seedlings! I shouldn’t be as surprised as I am but it’s not often that things go exactly like a package says they will.

So. Now what? I didn’t exactly have a solid plan for the steps between seed and fork. With no raised beds (yet) and no tilled soil (yet), I wonder if I’m going to have a container garden on the patio overlooking our seven acres!



Posted by on May 21, 2012 in New Adventures!


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Someone Thinks I’m Very Inspiring!

I haven’t written in a while. To be honest life got a little messy over the last few weeks and it took some time to tidy it. broke my unintentional hiatus by nominating me for a lovely award: A Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I’m quite touched. Thank you, Anna!

So, for this award, I am supposed to write seven things that my readers don’t know about me and suggest seven other blogs that inspire me.

Here goes…

1) I used to bite my fingernails all day, every day, till they bled. As soon as I finally quit I became a massage therapist so now I’m supposed to have short nails. Sometimes you’re born to do what you do already so I’ve quit quitting things.

2) If I had a super power, I’d like my fingers to work as individual dispensers: aloe gel, ketchup, antibac soap, water, massage cream, peanut butter etc. I’d have a lot more time if I wasn’t hopping from one tube, pump, pitcher or faucet to the next and how cool would it be to point at Belle’s bowl of cheerios and have it fill with milk!

3) In the 6th or 7th grade I decided I wanted to be in the Olympics and that speedwalking was going to be my sport. That summer I walked the speedwalker stride: pumping arms with elbows bent, hips swishing, exhaling in rhythmic puffs if I needed to or not.

4) Someone once asked me if I’ve been to the Grand Canyon. I think I have but to be honest I don’t remember. I said yes, but maybe I haven’t.

5) In college I had a photograph of George Carlin framed and it sat on my desk.

6) I sing Dan Fogelberg to TLD and Jimmy Buffett to Belle every night and Poi Dog Pondering to everybody every breakfast.

7) As a child, I had an imaginary friend that was a crab named “sniffer”.

To pay it forward, here are seven bloggers that inspire me. These sites give me ideas, motivation and laughter:

1.  Rita is a brilliant writer who takes me with her on her journeys through her stories, poems and photography. They’re always touching, clever and poignant.

2. Every day I receive a great little gem from Rachel. She offers tips on organization, DIY projects, and simple housekeeping. Her easy steps and photography entertain me even when  the day’s topic isn’t really on my radar. I don’t know if I’ll ever install a ceiling medallion but I learned how to do it a few days ago!

3.  Bridget transports me to her beautiful Irish country life for a few minutes whenever I need a good dose of beauty and humor.

4.  The owner of a small bookstore and the beautiful characters who browse her shelves delight me every time!

5.  David invites me to his ranch, to see his animals and enjoy a sit on his porch. His entries are always meaningful.

6.  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is much more than a guilty pleasure and her blog is a scoop of salty caramel for my soul. A master culinary artist, Jeni just won the James Beard Award for her cookbook! I have it on good authority that the sweet corn and raspberry recipe will get you laid.

7. Jen rescues Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds. We adopted “Ramsey” a few weeks ago to complete our little homestead family. Stop by her site to see the good work she’s doing!

Thanks again, Anna, for bringing me back to my keyboard! Please check out these fellow bloggers and SPREAD THE LOVE. I’ll post more from The Tenderfoot shortly!


Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Awards


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