Toads are everywhere I look! Mowing the lawn is hazardous, but the cats love chasing them and Nathan loves to catch them! I encourage him to put them in my flower garden to eat the bugs, but instead he plays with them, either hauling them around or trying to make them jump by poking them after he throws them on the ground! What’s that poem about boys?
What are little boys made of?
Toads, and snails and puppy dog tails.
That’s what boys are made of.
What are girls made of?
Sugar and spice
and everything nice.
That’s what girls are made of.
It rings true for Nathan, that’s for sure! Twice this week we saw garter snakes. The first time I accidentally hit one with the lawn mower. Dan doesn’t believe it wasn’t an accident! It was! However, I confess if I had seen it I might have veered towards it a little! Wink, wink. The other time we were all walking down our quarter mile driveway to get the mail and I saw one near the ditch. Dan caught it and picked it up. Nathan was fascinated and the next day went looking for it in the same spot!
The brown and black fuzzy caterpillars are everywhere too! Nathan just carries those around too! One of these days I’m going to discover something undesirable in his pocket when I do laundry!! The no see-um little black bugs are out and biting too! Yikes!
It must be fall because the weather is cooling off and anything that has a flower also contains a bee or wasp. I told Dan I’m going to just wear his bee gear when I pick raspberries! Yesterday Nathan went to help himself to a snack and came back crying from a sting. Poor guy!
In Natalie news, she is now 9 months old! On Sunday I went in to get her in the morning, and there she was just sitting there! So, she has figured out how to get from her stomach to a sitting position, but we’re still not quite crawling. She claps her hands, loves watermelon rind, and stuffs everything in her mouth! She loves to talk and “sing” to make her presence known. Nathan tries to feed her, and then helps himself to some of her green beans, squash, peaches or whatever else she’s eating.
The tomato canning is rounding down. In the last two weeks we’ve done salsa, pizza sauce, and tomato soup. Today I’m making a small batch of tomato paste (hopefully it won’t burn) and the brushetta preserves, then tomatoes will be done! Next up is carrots for baby food, and then on to the end of summer canning: apples and pears! We are starting to clean out the garden, but there is still okra, bell peppers, large tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, watermelon and squash that are going strong.
Last week I didn’t have time to write a blog post with all the tomato canning and celebrating my Grandmother’s life. The funeral and memorial service were both in Lake City, IA, where she lived for 94 of her 97 years of life, first on the farm and then in town! My sister Kari and I sang at her funeral, which she had requested, and it was wonderful to see family and friends again, hearing their stories of her that we hadn’t yet heard.
My birthday is coming up this weekend and it’s a big one! I really don’t have an anxiety about my age….you’re only as old as you feel, right?! So, some days it’s like 32, and others more. It’s not usually in the teens or twenties, let’s be honest! Dan is surprising me with something…..I have no idea what! I’m not allowed to ask questions, so I’ll let you know next week!
And that’s the news on this fall-tomatoes-and-toads week on the farm!