The Asian beetles are invading every space of the lawn, garden and making themselves at home in the kitchen. I’m not a fan! They let off a very strong smell if you threaten them or kill them, and so I have grudgingly put up with their presence. The flies get no such mercy!
My boys have caught their first cold of the season. It started with Dan last week and after a few days Nathan caught on and the runny nose and yucky feeling took over. Thankfully we are on the mend now, and there’s a lot less whining. From Nathan, not Dan! And of course, I am VERY grateful that I’m not sick too!!
Now that the weather is nice we get the mail and Nathan does a routine check on the cornfield. I texted the above picture to our neighbor and let them know that Nathan was checking their corn for them. They replied and said to thank him for being such a good neighbor. I also let them know that if there are any bite marks on the end rows it’s not a raccoon, just Nathan! He goes from stalk to stalk uncovering the corn, chattering excitedly each time while the kittens prance around at his feet hoping to find a meal.
On one of our morning walks we had an unlikely companion. The female kitten decided she was coming along….all 3 miles! I tried to send her home as we went down the driveway. I assumed she thought we were just getting the mail, as we often do in the afternoon. As I turned to head down the gravel road, she continued to follow. I was afraid she might get hit by a truck, tractor, or combine, but the few times there was traffic she cowered in the ditch and then came running after us like a faithful dog. She started to whine halfway through the walk and I tried to put her in the bottom basket of the stroller or in the Nathan’s lap, but she hopped out. So, I told her she was on her own. I think she had a good afternoon nap!
This week the weather forecast is sunny, gorgeous and 70F, so we’ll be loving the time spent outside. The week has been a mixture of winter coats and short sleeves. Unpredictable fall weather. Nathan is teaching himself to eat, and does remarkably well spooning soup into his mouth. Dan is planning to harvest our little plot of conventional beans tonight or tomorrow and hopefully we can get the bed tilled and prepped for planting our fall garlic while he’s home too!
The countdown until baby comes is on, and I’ve already had several discussions with family about Thanksgiving and Christmas plans. I’m 32 weeks now and I’m feeling it. A few nights ago, the baby kicked me so hard I woke up out of a dead sleep. I told Dan I had been dreaming that I had twin girls, and his response was, “Wow! You really want a girl!” I remember Nathan also waking me up in the middle of the night with his kicking, so Dan is convinced it’s a boy, while I think it could be a feisty girl ready to keep up with her big brother! All bets are on! We’ll see who’s right soon enough!
And that’s the news from this Asian-beetle-invasion-and-first-colds week on the farm!