Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bountiful Harvest!

It's only July, and we're already harvesting lots of yellow Cherokee Wax beans, zucchini, and of course, lots and lots of peas!
 The raspberries are doing excellent, as usual!  Janet does such a great job keeping them weeded and well-cared for.  These are some that I picked today.   

 Coconut oil Stir-fry with beans, zucchini, a couple of peppers, and onions! 

These blueberries are like little gold nuggets.  We don't have a LOT this year, but after a few years we should be getting quite a bit from all of the bushes we've planted lately. 

And of course, a couple pictures of Hank, just for good measure :-)

This is what Richie does for fun.  
Pressure washing the barn! 
We're hoping to get a new coat of paint on the front in the very near future.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's a Wonderful Life!

 About a week ago two of my little brothers came to spend the day and the night with us!
We had such a great time!  I regret that I did not thoroughly photograph the day...a good excuse to have them stay again soon!
                                             They ground a WHOLE bowl full of flour!

They slept soundly from about 10pm to 7am out in the tent in front of our cabin.  

 Richie worked some very long days while borrowing the excavator from a friend.  He dug lots of ditches, put in lots of piping!

He pulled up enormous stumps and buried them in an enormous pit!

He had to cut of some pieces to make them all fit well in the pit.  
Cinnabar moths helping us eradicate the awful tansy ragwort.  

That excavator has a way of changing the landscape drastically in just a few minutes!

 Yesterday Richie came home with this in the back of his pickup. 
What in the WORLD?!!!!
It's a banana with an afro, of course.
Well, it's a long story.  I'll tell you about it below, if you are dying to know.
Richie teases around with the guys at work about being "Utility Workers" for Tacoma Power.  They're all very talented and smart guys, but because of their job titles they can't do a lot of the things that they're good at.  Well, they started calling themselves (utility workers)  "knuckle dragers."  See where this is going?

I send Richie off with a banana in his lunch pretty much every day.  He's crazy about them.  Now he's even more crazy about them because he calls himself a knuckle dragger.

Well, yesterday Richie went to get in his truck to come home, and guess what was strapped in the back of his pickup.  Yep.  A giant banana with an afro.

Thanks Jeff and Rick.

Now I have to find a good place to put a giant banana with an afro. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy July!

Hard to believe it is July already!  We have had a very blessed and busy June/July so far, hence, very little blogging has been accomplished lately.  Sorry 'bout that!

Richie fixed up the L A John Deere tractor that you see in the picture below, and Rich made the trailer that I am riding in!  We take it down to the neighbors and around the farm for fun.  It will be very useful for hauling chips and other things!

I love these people.  They do so much to help us out around here...this day they came to help us move a costco tent to another spot on the farm.  We took them back home in my new (old) little Tracer Wagon.  They fit like sardines in a can!  

On the 3rd we went to the Bowes' to enjoy fireworks, fun, and lots of fantastic food!  

The boys enjoyed setting their tanks on fire to make the ordinary firework show a little more dramatic.

The audience waiting for the fireworks to begin!
The garden is doing amazing this year!  The weather has been just perfect for it!

On the 4th, we had a very good time visiting with all of the aunts and uncles who made it down for a BBQ.

The master BBQ'er and food preparer hard at work

Lucy, keeping her eyes peeled for accidentally dropped scraps and un-attended food, all while looking cute, innocent, and calm :-)

Such a handsome boy!

Richie's been working so hard on the greenhouse!  He is borrowing a friend's excavator to do several projects around the place.  He finished all of the dirt work around the greenhouse last night.  It looks so good, doesn't it???!
Richie took me up on the hill last night to see another neat view of the farm.  

Rosie is such a good cow!
Did I hear you say "lamb chops!"

Getting lots of soap ready for the Blueberry Festival in Mossyrock that is coming up on the first weekend in August.  

Yesterday my sweet sister Valerie and Mommy helped me make around 100 photo cards to sell.  Woo hoo for lots of progress!!!

Richie, with his favorite stainless steel cup :-)
 Hank, with a delicious looking bone!