This morning I was kissed by the smell of lilac flowers as Natalie and I came into the kitchen. Yesterday, Nathan and I couldn’t resist picking a few of the fragrant purple blossoms. I look forward to making a weekly blue mason jar arrangement of cut flowers from my garden this summer!
The weather has been either rainy or perfectly gorgeous for playing and gardening. Nathan loves to help in the garden. He catches on so quickly, that I was shocked he started to actually identify weeds and pull them on his own! Yes!!!
The last nanny had her goat yesterday, so a total of nine kids, including three sets of twins. The older ones have found their bounce and playfully hop on and off a pile of posts. The billy goat is a different breed mix with a black head and ears and without horns. My favorite part of kidding season is the diversity of markings on the babies. Over the weekend Dan opened up a small section of pasture while we were away. Leading up to that time, we made a daily trip to the pen to help Mascara, who had gotten stuck in the fence trying to reach green grass. One day, I got her unstuck twice! It was really annoying! As you can see in the picture above, the markings above her eyes gave her the name Mascara. Eyeliner just didn’t fit!
Tractors are in all the fields surrounding our property. Nathan couldn’t be happier! Natalie is just happy to be where Nathan is, and tag along for chores. The garden is completely planted! Tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers were transplanted this week, while Saturday we put down the landscape fabric and planted the melons and squash. It has been a productive week! Now we wait for the seeds to emerge, weed the small plants, and then we mulch to keep the weeding work to a minimum the rest of the season. The radishes and spinach look fantastic, and I can’t wait to eat some. I have some volunteer bibb lettuce and dill coming up that I’m excited to harvest soon!
Dan and I went to St. Cloud on Saturday for the Minnesota State Convention of P.E.O., a women’s organization I am a part of. It was the first time we left BOTH of the kids overnight. My parents joined us, so the kids went with Dan’s parents and enjoyed helping plant in the field and going to a cousin’s graduation reception. It was a nice mini-break.
In kid news, Nathan LOVES to sing, so we often can be found doing the actions to “The Wheels on the Bus” or “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” He tried to show Natalie how to clap her hands, which she thought was hilarious. Everyday we get the mail, and Nathan says, “Ready, Set, Go!” to run down the driveway. This Mama tries to keep up. I’ve been going to Re-Fit, a dance-type exercise to keep my cardio in shape and energy level up to speed with my two year old. Friday we had chiropractic appointments for both of them. I had a “Mom” moment when I realized Nathan had a sore on his foot from wearing his flip-flops so much and he was limping. I had other tennis shoes along, but no socks, so I grabbed some of Natalie’s pink fuzzy socks out of the diaper bag, and then realized they had a little bit of dried poop on them. I just had to laugh at myself! What’s a girl to do?! He wore them anyway.
After his stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s Nathan came home with one of their books, a Golden Reader Classic, The Poky Puppy, which yesterday Nathan called The Hoky Pokey Puppy! I had a good laugh. He’s just hilarious!
On the menu this week, we’ve had Tuna salad with cilantro-lime dressing which was one of my pregnancy cravings,as shown above, as well as Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups, Portobello mushroom and spinach quiche, Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad, an Indian Chickpea Curry and the star of the season: rhubarb crisp! Sooo delicious!
And that’s the news from this the-garden-is-done week on the farm!