Getting Back to Normal

If there is such a thing. Life has been pretty hectic around here. But, things are starting to slow down again. The blackberries have all but passed. Now, we are just picking for ourselves, and enjoying the fruit in pancakes, muffins,  & syrup. If I get to make any jams or jellies, it will be after Aug, when our humidity has come down, and it jells up right.

The garden is still coming along nicely, though the grass and weeds have taken over more then I like. I’ve learned several lessons this year with our garden. I’ve learned that the tomatoes need to go on the high side of the garden, the corn needs to be planted in more rows, and the cucumbers really should be strung up!

These pictures were taken early July 2010:

Squash and Zucchini, right after planting

Squash and Zucchini, right after planting

Tomato plants are really taking off!

Tomato plants are really taking off!

From the back door, our garden in early July

From the back door, our garden in early July

It’s been a fun year with the garden, and very productive. We have made several batches of Salsa and speghetti sauce already, I’ve even got some stewed tomatoes for later in the year, and more still to ripen and pick. Our green beans are slowly coming on less frequently, and so are the cucumbers. But, I think I have more then enough of those to last me the year lol.

Nathan is loving the fresh veggies, and all that I make. We had one squash and a couple of zucchini to come in and were picked. I made him a nice salad with cucs, tomatoes, squash and zucchini, added some balsamic dressing and he totally loved it with his steak done on the grill.

Our hummingbirds are all hanging around. I’ve moved the feeders to the porch, under the roof, and they really seem to enjoy it. It seems like every time I fill the feeders, a new hummer shows up! It’s so fun to sit there and watch them, very relaxing, and enjoyable. They are curious little creature, and such a territorial bird! I never knew that hummers chirped, until I was able to bring them closer to the house.

Our feeders hand from the corner of the porches, right behind the front posts, now I have to think about getting one to put on my window in the dining room where I do my sewing. I already know I need to get a couple more out front.

Recently added the front porch with roof

Recently added the front porch with roof

As I sit by my kitchen window this morning, doing some sewing for the Farmers Market next weekend, I was being checked out by our hummers! They are now use to sharing the porch with our dogs, who don’t mind sharing with them.  Even I can sit out there and they just hang around and even check me out closer. Like I said, curious little creatures!

I really enjoy this little porch, and Nathan did an awesome job on it’s construction. We have even moved the dog kennel up under the porch, so when the weather permits, the dogs can be outside all day, enjoying the weather, and getting some fresh air.