Well this weather has really been hard on the garden, blueberry plants, blackberry plants and now the 18 grape plants that we have planted. Ron is very determined to keep them alive. Gentle watering, tieing up the base, running wire for the grapes to climb and hand dug the holes for the main posts to stretch the wire. He has worked very hard.
My daughter, her husband and daughter (my grand-daughter) will be moving soon. Now they are not moving across the state they are moving across the UNITED STATES!
So for selfish reasons I do not want to see them go. Being close to them and enjoying my grand-daughter, my daughter and her husband is very important to us. However, the Lord see things much differently than I. My son-in-law is a minister and this opportunity is such a blessing for him and his family. I know that they will be blessings to many people they encounter with this move.
My husband and I will just have to make plans to visit as often as we can. So savings account start adding up for flights at least 3 times per year. We’ll plan to drive maybe once per year if we can. We have a travel trailer and there is so much of the U.S. we haven’t seen that this will give us the opportunities to see more of the U.S.
Well my prayers are for my daughter and her family during this transition. Lord keep them safe during this time and meet their needs over the next few weeks. Amen.
June 3, 2012
Today I watered the raised beds and Ron began filling the newest raised bed. We recycled some concrete blocks we had as borders around trees. Now they will become sides of our raised beds. The newest bed will probably have green beans planted in it as soon as all the soil is added. I planted Blue Lake Green Beans in the 5′x10′ bed today. This is the bed that I harvested the red potatoes.
- Current 2012 Garden
It was a beautiful day today. After Church we attended “Art in the Park”. There were many wonderful Artisans. Makes me think I should do more with my Fiber Art and participate. Hmm that takes a lot of time just to get many items made to sell and display.
I finally made it home and decided to pull the leaf lettuce out of my raised bed. The weather has turned off cool and the lettuce looked great. So after standing and washing and spinning all the leaf lettuce I made a nice dish of wilted lettuce. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMgood.
Large bowl of leaf lettuce or romaine lettuce
Fry bacon and saute onions, do not drain off grease.
Add to the bacon and onions: 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
simmer this a few minutes and then pour over lettuce and stir until most of the lettuce has wilted nicely.
In addition to the lettuce we had new red potatoes with onion and garlic and butter melted all over them. Nothing better than vegetables fresh from the garden.
Simmered Buttered New Red Potatoes
May 28, 2012
This is a day that brings many people together for family fun times and relaxation. It is also a day for us to remember those that have passed on.
For me I remember my Grandmother “Marjorie Banks”. She was a spit fire of a little woman. I spent many days with my grandmother and I most remember the things she taught me about sewing. Now I wish I had picked her brain more for I am sure she had many hidden sewing talents that I never had the opportunity to learn. She lived to be 85.
My Grandfather “Ansel Banks” was a smaller man, smoked, quiet, unless you made him angry and then you needed to listen to what he had to say. I was fortunate to have traveled with my grandparents on a vacation when I was 13 years old. We went to Iowa to visit my grandmother’s relatives, then we also traveled to Louisiana to New Orleans. Very fascinating trip that I know I will remember forever. He lived to be 78.
“Delores Maxine Garrison” is my Mother’s name. She left this world at the age of 66. Unfortunately COPD was the disease that whittled away at her life. My mother’s voice is what I remember the most. She could sing. She could also paint, however, her singing is what I remember most. Blonde, blue eyes, and barely 5′ tall; mom was blessed with a beautiful voice.
At the age of 24 my Brother “Ricky Garrison” was taken from our lives due to a terrible motorcycle accident. He left behind his beautiful daughter age 4 at the time. Rick was a musician, and my goodness could he play the drums. He had a few rock and roll bands as a teenager and young adult. His band at the time of his death was The Premiers. They played mostly in central Illinois. I thought they were pretty good. After Rick’s death the band broke up and the members went on with their lives.
My Father “Joseph Richard Garrison” died at the age of 78 from Alzheimer’s Disease. The best memory of my father was as a little girl I would stand on his feet as he danced with me. My fondest memory before his passing was our last dance while he was in a nursing home.
Servicemen from my family include: My Grandfather (Army), Father (Navy), Uncle (Navy), Second Son (Navy). I thank them and honor them for making the USA a free country and their sacrifices while serving.