Growing Up

Growing up is so very important for everyone, but sometimes it is so hard to face. DS turned 14 yesterday and is 3-4″ taller than I am! Since he is already a teenager, he was a lot less excited this year. Still, he did know what he wanted for his birthday supper with extended family over the weekend: pizzas made with Alfredo sauce and topped with three cheeses, olives, and mushrooms; green salad; German chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting; and, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Everyone enjoyed the food and cutting the cake. Then he opened his presents which included a new Lego set from his cousin, a gift card for Old Navy, a new wireless computer keyboard and mouse, and a whetstone for sharpening his knives and chisels. The whetstone was what DH and I decided to give him. We were very pleased to find one with three different grades of stone so he could learn how to sharpen fully.

Success! Mom put 14 candles all over the top but I blew them all out. :)

Success! Mom put 14 candles all over the top but I blew them all out. 🙂

In other news the garden is also SLOWLY growing up. Some of it has refused to come up and will have to be replanted, but some is doing good though growing very slowly.

These are the tomatoes. DD tied them higher today. You can see a blossom on the first one and there are more down the line.

These are the tomatoes. DD tied them higher today. You can see a blossom on the first one and there are more down the line.

The onions liked the soil being stirred with a small hand cultivator. They seemed to grow another inch.

The onions liked the soil being stirred with a small hand cultivator. They seemed to grow another inch.

These are the potatoes that I DID NOT plant!

These are the potatoes that I DID NOT plant!

In the front is the yellow summer squash; the middle is zucchini; and the back are the pumpkin plants.

In the front is the yellow summer squash; the middle is zucchini; and the back are the pumpkin plants.

Like the onions, the beets perked up when they were cultivated by DS with a larger cultivator.

Like the onions, the beets perked up when they were cultivated by DS with a larger cultivator.

These are my two seed onions with tops over waist high. I'm watching the tops so I can collect the seeds.

These are my two seed onions with tops over waist high. I’m watching the tops so I can collect the seeds.

And just when we thought nothing else could be growing up, the wild morning glories are trying to take over the back yard. As you can see in the picture above, they even want to try out the garden. We are pulling them up as fast as we can. Thankfully there might be one or two less than there were last year.

Also, the chicks are growing up. The two flocks still aren’t mixing always, but they have learned how to occupy the same general area without too many fights. I can’t wait until they start laying eggs and maybe even sitting on some. The older hens have been molting and production has been down. Here are some updated pictures:

"We were trying to hide and she found us."

“We were trying to hide and she found us.”

The white one in front is one of the Silkies. We still don’t know if we have roosters or hens on that front. The buff one behind is a buff Orpington. All three of those are hens, thankfully.

The two hens in the back are older ones so you can see the younger ones have grown right up.

The two hens in the back are older ones so you can see the younger ones have grown right up.

The apple is still growing.

Still needs to grow some more, but this is the only one left for the tree to support this year.

Still needs to grow some more, but this is the only one left for the tree to support this year.

We weren’t expecting any apples so to have one hang on and get this big (size of small fist) is extraordinary. Hopefully other parts of the garden will catch up with this apple and do what they are supposed to.

Today, DS started his new “job” for GPID  mowing and trimming his lawn once a week. This will earn him $10 per week and give him some spending money for his trip back east. While he was working, I went over and picked the black and red raspberries that GPID had called me to come glean. There are still quite a few ripening, however I was able to pick what would have cost $25-30 worth in the store and then freeze them. His blackberry bushes are loaded but no where near ripe. Hopefully I will get a few of those, but only time will tell. Our blueberries are ripening, but not ready yet. We are watering them plenty in hopes they will do well. Like the apple trees, I wasn’t expecting anything this year, but I’ll definitely take them.

The green sock has not grown due to a youth group project that took up several days of time. Now that the project is done, I hope to get back to my knitting and finish it. For now my readers will have to try and be patient for a few more days. Thank you for reading this far. I hope that your week goes well and your weather is fair.

 

 

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I wear multiple hats: wife of 25+ years, mother and homeschool teacher to DS15, chauffeur/riding companion to DD20, daughter/daughter-in-law, crafter, home engineer and too many others to list.
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