Monday Missive – I’m Back

It seems I have been away for quite some time and have fallen out of my blogging routine. The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur, but hopefully I have rounded the corner.

  • It seems I had a very mild case of shingles and I am so thankful. I had minor rashes but the nerve pain was no fun. I cannot imagine havIng a severe case, so as soon as my doctor says it is okay, I will have the vaccine.
  • Hubby seemed to have a good time at the timber framing workshop. There were 12 other attendees from other parts of the country that went to Kentucky to learn about timber framing. In the week they were there, they built a small structure on the instructor’s property that he will eventually use as a wood shed.
  • Besides the snake that managed to get in the house, i had a few minor inconveniences during the time he was gone. It seems a small field mouse found it’s way into my car (how?) and chewed up half a roll of paper towels for nesting material. I had a mess to clean out of my car. And oh, yes, the sunroof shade is stuck in the open position so add one more thing to the list of things to fix. The start switch on the dryer is also acting up again, too. Fun times in the mountains.
  • Hubby is also having a metal building installed down on the lower portion of our property for a workshop where he can do some forging and welding. The grading has been done and the rebar laid so it must now be inspected before the concrete is poured.
  • The gardens are doing well. We have radishes for salads. We planted about 18 food-grade buckets of potatoes which are growing like gangbusters. Our peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers have babies. We lost our dill – most likely to the heat – but our arugula is growing like crazy. The blueberry bushes have berries but I am not sure we will have as many berries as we had last year. We should also have garlic and shallots soon.
  • We are in a dry spell. We have not had any rain in well over a week and none predicted until the end of this week. The heat was intense yesterday – so much so we had to turn on the A/C for the first time this year.
  • I am hopeful I can reschedule my trip to Florida soon. I want to have some time with a certain little 3 year-old and her mommies.

31 thoughts on “Monday Missive – I’m Back”

  1. Everything in the garden is looking good, so do the preparations for the workshop! I am glad hubby is back and enjoyed himself. Lol the snake and the mouse had their fun ….now you can relax and recover completely from your shingles.

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  2. You can have all of our rain. It hasn’t really stopped during the whole of May. Some parts of the country have had 400% more than usual, in one month.
    Glad to hear the Shingles was mild, Maggie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. Yikes, that sounds like a lot of rain. I wish we had a bit of that (I live about 45 minutes away from Maggie, and it’s definitely dry!)

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          1. We have had ‘record rainfall’ in England this may. It smashed all previous records for the month, and it rained all day again yesterday. You can have all of it, with my blessing. 🙂
            Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. You had a snake, we had a skink yesterday. Mary saw the cat playing with it and got it away from her before she ate it. Because you know she would.

    Shingles is no fun. One of Mary’s friends had them and was miserable for about two weeks…

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    1. Skinks are very prominent here, too, John. There is something creepy about those little guys.

      Definitely avoiding shingles is the best course of action if at all possible.


  4. I so hope you’ll be able to visit your family in Florida soon and perhaps you got a bit of thunderstorm activity this afternoon. We got about 1/4 inch – pitiful, but it helped.

    We just had the first batch of sugar snap peas from the garden and I’m finally harvesting the last kale. The broccoli is pretty lame, one small head so far, so the leaves will be greens. They’re really quite tasty, thankfully. I’ve planted some tomatoes and peppers, while being hopeful that we won’t be here to harvest them. Either our renters (or perhaps my Dad and his wife, who live in Austin) or our neighbors will enjoy them, we hope.

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    1. No rain for us, Lisa. It has been hard on the plants. I make an effort to water the hydrangeas as the bumble bees are very active gathering pollen.

      We had a sudden invasion of small worms eating our broccoli leaves. It might be too warm for broccoli now. Most of our plants are flowering so we are hopeful for a nice harvest.

      I hope you can make it to Canada this summer. I know how much you are missing your time there.

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  5. Your garden haul makes for beautiful photos. I’m glad you’re feeling better, but sorry it happened. Happy Wednesday. Hope your week is going as planned.

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