Front Porch

More of the Same…

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Finally some sunshine! After a very rainy Fall, a cold and rainy/snowy Winter, and a very wet Spring we have an entire week of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s-80s! I’m happily sitting on the front porch wearing a comfy shirt and shorts typing away with some good music playing, the birds chirping, and a warm cup of tea… 😁 It really doesn’t take much to make my day!

There’s not too much to do in the garden right now. Our big planting weekend is still three weeks away. So for now we just start prepping what we can. Weeding the beds when the garden’s not a lake, building the rest of the garden beds and moving the fence, and making sure the plants in the greenhouse get watered.

When the weather cooperates we try to get something little done outside.

This past weekend we replanted our Elderberry bushes. They were in the chicken yard but the chickens kept eating them all so we had to move them into the garden. Hopefully this year we’ll get enough to experiment with making our own Elderberry Syrup and if we don’t get enough for that, we’ll just dry them for my Elderberry Clove tea!

We put them on the same side as the apple trees. Further down and centered with the T-posts. There’s actually room for two more bushes! As Dad and Bradley transplanted them a little branch fell off so we put it in some water and if it grows roots we’ll plant it. If not, we’ll take a couple of cuttings from the bigger one and plant them next Spring. One thing that Dad and Bradley have been doing is digging holes with the Auger instead of a shovel. As much as I love the “old ways” I’m thankful for the technology that allows simple things like digging holes to take less time!

We’ve had the hardest time trying to figure out what type of seating we want outback.

It’s been a work in progress since we moved in. Cleaning up the yard, building the garden, expanding the garden, and attempting to burn all the outside wood/plants. We’ve tossed around several different ideas over the years but haven’t really settled on anything and typically just pull out the folding chairs when we need someplace to sit. We recently came across some used wicker furniture. Bradley cleaned it up yesterday and we moved it to the backyard close to the Lilac bush. We’re not sure the best place to put it just yet or what color we’re going to paint it. We’re thinking maybe a hunter green? And we finally found a nice spot for our little French Cafe table. Under the trees in the shade. The backyard is slowly but surely coming together.

I’ve said this before but most Holidays in our house are small affairs. Mother’s Day was no exception. Bradley smoked a roast and we made a few sides to go with it. As for her gifts, Dad got her several black and white episodes of the Lawrence Welk show including three Christmas Episodes from the 50s and ’60s. We may or may not have watched 2/3s of them already. Instead of getting her some cards, Dad got her a Snoopy hoodie. She loves Charlie Brown and Snoopy and it’s something she’ll use more than a card.

For now, it’s the calm before the storm. Little projects here and there. While we wait to plant the garden and watch it grow we pray that one day soon we’ll have a good harvest. Lots of tomatoes, peaches, and apples to enjoy when the snow falls this Winter…

“…for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap…Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.”
~Galatians 6:7b & 9

Until next time,
Bailey Sue