Hey there everyone! I hope this finds you all enjoying your summer. We have had a very busy summer here. I thought I would update you on our happenings.
Garden is going great. I have harvested the beets, radishes, potatoes, peas, and more. My tomatoes are on the vine but not red yet. Lots of them happening though. My peppers are going really well as are all my squash plants, Pumpkins, watermelons, butternut squash, cantaloupe and bottle gourds and thriving. I have harvest green beans from my first plant. I sowed my beans a few weeks apart for three plantings. One down, two to go. I have a ton of garlic already harvested and the onions are beginning to need to be harvested. The spinach did great and I am planting more soon for a fall harvest.
My medicinal plants are doing great too. The calendulas are flowering and I am dehydrating the blossoms to use in medicines later. The nasturtium are blooming too. My catnip, lemon balm and horehound are producing really well too. My lavender has not grown much but I did not expect it to this year. Same for the yarrow. Marigolds are hopping. I have been out foraging and have a bunch of elder flowers dehydrated and I am waiting for the berries to form so I can get them too. My sister in law has a bunch of stuff to forage at her place (they have 30 acres, mostly overgrown) At her house I got spearmint and elder flowers, blackberries, purple clover and white clover. She has other interesting things but I do not know what they are so until I find out, not picking them.
I have canned 24 jars so far of potatoes and green beans. I cannot store the potatoes over the winter like most so I am canning them to use later. I am dehydrating some of the garlic and onions to grind into powders for use, plus dehydrating onions to use in soups and stuff later. I have had three zucchinis picked so far. Oh! I am growing yellow squash as well.
We have traveled to Ohio several times this summer already. We went up the first time and husband ended up in the hospital the whole visit. Our granddaughter graduated that visit. I ended up driving home to Kentucky, back to Ohio, back to Kentucky and back to Ohio once more to get him when discharged from hospital. That was my undoing for a week or so. It was the first time I felt lupusy, you know, totally worn out and in pain. However, I got better.
I have been cleaning my mother in laws home every two weeks. She is more or less housebound now and needs someone to do it so I volunteered. She has never gotten her strength back since her colon cancer and treatment. She is also beginning to forget things as well. It is sad seeing those older ones declining in their advanced years.
We went back to Ohio this week. I saw my mom and she is declining as well. She seems fragile and weak. She speaks like it is hard for her to form words. Her voice is soft and breathy. Her memory is going too. Her mother had Alzheimer’s, and I believe she does too but no one will confirm it. In my family, everything has to be kept BIG SECRETS. I do not understand why but it drives me crazy. I asked my sister what was going on and she would not tell me, just insisted I visit mom. I did so my thoughts are she also has it.
In some ways, I have been made to feel like I am not helping my mother out enough. My mom lives in Ohio, I live in Kentucky. I help my mother in law because she has two kids, my husband and sister in law, and she is a widow so she needs help. She lives in Kentucky, same town we do. My mother has a husband, as well as two of my sisters live near her and quite a few grandkids live close too. She should have enough help without me being there. Oh well, it is what it is.
This trip to Ohio had so much stress it was palpable. On the way home, I decompressed and I am so glad I do live here. I like living in the country and having things I enjoy. I like the more safe area here. In Ohio, I and husband are vigilant and make sure we are on guard because it is really bad up there now. Heroin is rampant and with that goes thievery. I felt vulnerable up there. I do not know how I lived there now. Each visit is stressful overall. My kids are so sweet and I am glad to see them but seriously, it is a city and too many people,, too much crime, and too much stress.
Our other adventure involved a sweet little stray cat that had kittens and we found them and took them in until they could get homes. We did not know that mom and babies had fleas. I am not talking about a few either. Our home has been infested and we are still trying to rid our home and cats of the fleas. Our poor kitties have patchy fur where they have scratched so much. Before anyone thinks we are not good pet parents, please know that we treated with ditamacious earth, and wondercide as well as vet flea medicine. I think we are finally getting progress but we have bombe our house three times, heavily, (like three bombs per room) and as I said, used various meds on the cats along with baths. We are winning a little bit daily but now our cats are finally not scratching and the numbers have dwindled in our home. Soon, we hope the fleas are all gone. We seriously used everything we could, chemicals and natural, and still fight each day. I have had to wash every single piece of clothing and bedding too. It was worth it for the strays but bad for us.
This week we are in the high 90’s temperature wise. High humidity too. It reminds me of Georgia in the summer. I have found that since I am off most of my meds now, and using natural, homemade deodorant, I sweat pretty profusely. I think some of the old meds were hampering my body’s ability to sweat. Our bodies need to sweat so the toxins in our body can be expelled. Other wise, they build up and then we get sick. I just did not realize how much I sweat though. It surprised me actually.
We have our hot tub up but it has been so hot that we decided not to turn the heater on and use it as a soaking pool on these hot days. Instead of hot tub, we have a cold tub. Trust me, it is wonderful after working in the garden on a 90 degree day. I do not mind getting hot if I know I am getting into the cold tub immediately after.
We are planning on going back to Ohio in September for my 40th Class Reunion. I am pretty sure we will not be going up until then. We have so much to get done here so I do not see us going up anytime soon.
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