about two thirty this morning (my keyboard is acting up so please bear with me) the winds began to blow and I honestly thought my entire yard would be gone when I got up this morning! I really thought that all my garden, greenhouse and trees would be gone it was gusting and blowing so hard! And then about 3 it began to rain torrential rains. It's dark outside but it's hardly raining. I am ok with the rain, it fills my well and waters everything so I don't have to!!!! And although we have a lot of limbs down we are ok! !
So, today I decided to take all the frozen berries out of my freezer and thaw them to make them into jam. I need to clean out the freezers- sort off the older stuff for the dog to have and defrost the 32 yr old freezer ready for winter.
I will post some jam photos tomorrow, I just received a back ordered stamp set from a bundle I purchased- Polymer stamps (CLEAR STAMPS) and I am excited to stamp with them but our basement is being used by the Elders (Missionaries from the LDS Church) for this week. So I will work when they are out on their appointments. Later this week I get to spend 2 days AT my daughters new house on the ranch she is working on. Just the 2 of us. Pretty excited!
have an awesome day everyone! oh before I forget, we are reviewing a few dvd's and I will post those reviews and a chance to win your very own copy later this week, so stay tuned!
I don't know what is happening in your tomato garden but I am having this problem and here is what one of the local nurseries called Hilltop Gardens sent in their weekly newsletter last month. I thought some of you may need the information or can share it with someone you know who does need it
We’ve had a few calls about some tomato leaf curl.
The symptoms: all the leaves on the plants have just curled up on themselves. Many varieties seem to be effected, both heirlooms and hybrids. In some gardens, only one variety showed symptoms; in other gardens all the plants seemed effected. Some plants came from us; some came from other sources.
What is the cause? The leaves that have been brought to me to look at appear to be free of aphids (a common cause of curled/distorted leaves.) The leaves also appear to have a healthy green color; no yellow spots or blotches were evident. (This rules out virus.) I think it is just a physiological reaction to the week of warm temps, showers, and very high humidity. They should right themselves once the weather moderates.
Here are some tomato care basics:
Keep the foliage dry (as possible)to prevent leaf diseases. Either water in the morning or be sure to water the ground and not the leaves. Don’t splash mud on the leaves ; it could spread fungus blights that way.
Do NOT over feed your tomatoes. If you do, you will grow the most awesome lush plant, BUT have no fruit!
Keep plants evenly moist to prevent “blossom end rot” on the fruit.
If a big rain is forecasted, be sure to adequately water your plant 48-24 hours BEFORE the rain. By keeping the vines well watered, you will minimize the fruit cracking that happens after a big rain.
Keep an eye out for hornworms. These voracious eaters can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. They are a large caterpillar, but still hard to see sometime because they are green. Look for eaten leaves or “pellet” droppings. If you see either , search for your critter.
As fruit ripens, keep them picked. A plant that goes un-picked will cease to set fruit.
A well-watered, well-harvested plant should produce up into the fall. Enjoy!
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So last Thursday night my wonderful creative husband is cutting "rounds" for gnome steps on his table saw and he catches his right thumb and barked the knuckle on his right pointer finger in the blade.
We head to the ER as with all the blood we couldn't tell how deep the cut is.... and blessed as he is by a loving Father in Heaven, no stitches! But the cut is bad and sore and icky and they put him on Keflex antibiotic for 5 days and gave him a tetanus shot. And he is still really sore commenting frequently how he never knew how much his thumb is used!
We feel truly blessed he didnt lose any fingers or a hand.
And so my life continues............................ I hope your end of June goes out without any bang or accident!
And the good news is......... Katie was offered a job by the manager of PFI western store Saturday without even asking for one! She will be moving into her home on the 3rd but will only be 35 minutes away so we will get to see her more often than having her in Oregon! lol
I know that you come here for creative inspiration and for the last few months it has been seriously lacking. I cannot begin to tell you how draining it is with elderly parents and their health issues.
Today we have to go and pack my moms things at the nursing home, she will no longer be allowed to live there. She now has to be in a lock down facility. And we have to bring all her things home for now until she is in a new permanent place.
Have I mentioned how badly I HATE Dementia and what it has done, and is doing to my mom? And did you know that medically a "diagnosis" of Alzheimer's cannot be given until a person is DEAD and they do an autopsy?
What a Crock! And from the website definitions of the stages of Alzheimer's my mom is stage 6 out of 7! But they will only diagnose her with 'dementia'. We got that diagnosis 16 years ago! I am so frustrated!
My stepdad was in the Emergency room again yesterday but is now back at the nursing home. He is a mess physically while my mom is a mess mentally. I feel like all my creativity has been drained from my body and I find myself more and more in my yard and garden puttering. Gardening is good for my soul.
So please, please bear with me as I struggle through all of this. I just received an order of 8 brand new stamps and some designer paper from the new catalog and I will be playing this week and sharing here. I have another order going in this week for the Project Life items. I am thinking they look pretty fast and fun to create with!
Due to the holiday this week we will not have card class, all my stamping friends are gone! lol
We have a church Pancake Breakfast here on July 5th, 8-10am
It's free, so come over and visit with us! bring your lawn chairs!
I hope your weekend is wonderful. I am off to get moms stuff/see my stepdad and wish him happy birthday- hit Sam's Club for our monthly supplies as well as the pancake breakfast supplies and come home to crash! lol
I did get 21 quarts of green beans pressure canned this week and I am now teaching how to make jam and jelly in July for our Relief Society meeting. I have been making those since 1980 and I love it. Jam is good but not as good as homemade!