Thursday and Friday last week were gor. g. eous!! I wish all this week had been like that: sunny, cool, light breeze. Nathan and I took a nice walk in the mornings, came home and worked in the garden, let out the chickens, fed the kittens, and of course he couldn’t resist chasing chickens. For a morning snack it was either an apple or we’ve been finding some purple baby carrots from our second planting that are sweet, crisp and delicious! Friday we mowed the lawn and our friends arrived just in time for pizza as part of our weekly Friday Night Fun Night.
Google directions took them about 15 miles out of the way, so Nathan struggled to stay up past 8pm to wait and say hello. He went to bed and I promised they would still be here in the morning. Reuben, Jenny and their nearly 3 yr. old boy, Shine, came to stay and experience “life on the farm.” I was disappointed in the rainy forecast, which would inhibit the boys from being able to play outside, run around and chase the animals, help in the garden or just get dirty and have fun. Saturday morning it was mild temperatures, although very windy, so everyone pitched in and helped us harvest and pull up all the popcorn, zucchini, tomatoes, rutabaga, seeded out lettuce, kohlrabi plants that were all leaves, broccoli that was flowering and other odds and ends. The garden looks so much cleaner and less over run.
Shine and Nathan were so cute helping carry the big zucchini to the truck, and then rode in the cab after we dumped out our huge pile in the compost. The squash and pumpkins are starting to mature, and I’m antsy to do some kind of decorative display in front of the garage with a rusty old wagon. The chard, kale, parsley, cilantro, okra, purple carrots, spinach, bell peppers, jalapenos, a few heirloom tomatoes, raspberries and squash are what we’re harvesting these days.
It felt like a sweet reward to go to a Harvest Party at our friends’ acreage after all the hard work in the garden. We brought brats to grill, creamed cucumber salad and apple crisp to contribute to the potluck. The food was fantastic, even though it threatened rain all night. The boys had a great time riding in the trailer with Reuben and Jenny to the pumpkin patch and picking out gourds. There was lots of wide open space to run and play with the toys. I enjoyed sweet reunions with my friends Kate, Mardi, and Alisha, while meeting new friends too!
A few of the brave adults and a slew of kids played a game of kickball in the rain, until it became too wet and dark to keep going. Dan was one of the adults and apparently he can “get up and move” when he wants to! The rest of us sipped our hot apple cider in the safety of the garage.
Monday after the rain let up in the afternoon, the boys, Jenny and I needed fresh air and exercise so we went to get the mail. The rain gauge already had over 3 inches in it from our “flash flood warning” the night before. The ground was saturated and big, deep puddles were abundant. Nathan and Shine took advantage of this opportunity to have fun playing in the mud, until Nathan got too cold from his pants being soaked, so we retreated to a warm bath and supper.
Nathan thoroughly enjoyed having a play mate and began to pick up on some of his fine motor skills and speech. He is on the verge of saying so many, many words and very insistent that he feed himself, which means mealtime is a messy ordeal for now.
I ask Nathan, “Where is the baby?” and he points to my huge belly. One night I laughed as he sat on my lap to read before bed and the baby gave a huge kick. Nathan glanced down and wiggled like he was annoyed, then kind of patted my belly, like “Hey, what are you doing in there?” It was hilarious! He is constantly quizzed by Dan or myself, pointing to his hair, or eyes, or hands, or toes, or nose or mouth. Reading books he is great at pointing out fruits, or animals and is great at giving a high five or blowing kisses!
Our baby is growing up fast and soon he’ll be a big brother to another little baby!
And that’s the news from this rainy week on the farm!