Hello, Dear Friends!
It's been a while, I know.
I've missed you and I hope you have missed me, too.
I didn't plan on being away so long. It just sort of happened.
Life carried me along and I went with it.
It was incredibly hot and dry this summer.
We had less than an inch of rain from July to the middle of October.
Two weeks ago, it was 88 degrees.
Now it is finally raining and much, much cooler.
I spent the whole summer hauling 100 ft. hoses around,
desperately trying to save all of my precious plantings.
Our water is from a well, so I had to be very strategic and careful,
watering one section a day.
I am happy to report that I did manage to save everything within
the 1 acre of plantings that I nurture, but the extended property
of native forest, did suffer.
I kept low buckets of water on the ground for rabbits, deer and squirrels,
trays of water for frogs and snakes and other little creatures,
and bird baths for the sweet, feathered friends.
I even had a butterfly watering dish that was used by many
different insects, especially the wasps and bees.
All Creatures Great and Small...
This kept me very busy.
These beautiful rays of light over the house are somewhat deceiving.
They were actually illuminating the wildfire smoke that had filled our skies
here in western Washington State the last few weeks.
At one point the air quality in Seattle was the worst in the world!
It wasn't as bad here, 50 miles south, but we could definitely see and smell it.
We've since had some much-needed wind and rain that is
damping down the fires and clearing out the smoke.
|From left to right, Son Gabe and wife Erica, Son-in-law Steve and daughter Jennifer, Ramblin' Man and me, Son Dustin and wife Jen, Son-in-law Eric and daughter Heather. |
The loves of my life.
(Along with our five precious grandsons)
Our four children and spouses took us out to a fabulous dinner.
It was beyond wonderful.
The birthday guys.
Ramblin' Man finished the play-fort for the Grand-boys...
We can see it from the deck.
Next year, I want to plant mini-pumpkins and gourds
in the barrels.
Ramblin' Man has been very busy this year.
He rebuilt the front corner of the old tool shed
from the ground up (dry rot) and rebuilt and painted the door.
He replaced weak boards and the stairs on the deck,
and then repainted the whole deck.
And these were just the main projects.
He is busy every day.
Although he is retired, he is still a work-a-holic.
He genuinely enjoys it, I am happy to report.
Nobody tells him what to do.
Except me... and sometimes he actually listens!