Archive for February, 2010

My Little Gardener
February 27, 2010

Ahh, the sun is shining, the grass is green – February is the time for planting the garden!  Well, in California at least.  After a few days work, we have 12 tomato plants in the ground, 6 heads of lettuce, and 12 bell peppers.  We also planted about 75 day lilies and Agapanthus (lily of the nile) purple flowers.  Not to mention the 2 peach trees, cherry tree, pear tree, 3 blackberry vines and 3 raspberry vines we added this winter.  As always, I had a little bit of help from my gardener-in-training: 

And afterwards we decided to cool off in the water.  It was the perfect California winter day!

Growing Up Together
February 26, 2010

People always say it’s good to raise children around pets and I’ve taken this advise to heart.  We now have 8 chickens, a dog, a cat, and a bunny  . . . all for Keith, of course!  When we lost one of our teenage chickens to a backyard predator (still to be determined) the remaining chicken was very lonely and cried all the time for its friend.  So I thought I’d just go buy it a new chick to be its friend: 

It did not agree with my selection.  I didn’t realize the huge difference between a day old chick and a 1 month old chick.  But now the baby chick was lonely, so I went back to the feed store and bought it a friend (or two, well actually, 3, just to increase of odds that we actually get a hen that lays eggs):

Harold said I should have returned the baby, but they don’t give refunds.  Keith is loving growing on a farm!

 

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring . . .
February 13, 2010

Wet, Wet, wet. . . that’s what we are.  Wet.  Everything is wet.  After days and days of ongoing rain our backyard has turned into a lake and the ground has gone on strike, refusing to soak up any more water.  Our poor chickens’ home is completely underwater and they have no where dry to go.  In the midst of the flood, our car got swept up in a flash flood, stalled out and sat in a torrent of water for about half an hour until the tow truck could come.  With water saturating the engine and computer, it was declared totalled by the insurance company.   But Keith really loved the tow truck!  Bye Bye car!

(I have no idea who put that hideous blue chair in our garden?!?!)