Saturday, July 17, 2010

When it Rains it Pours...Literally & Figuratively

First, I would like to say how much I adore Miss Effie. I just want to make that statement for the world to hear. Did you see this yesterday? It seriously made my day. So in honor of her, I'm posting this photo I took on our little vacation to Chicago (the Museum of Natural History to be exact). I thought of her when I read this.....and took the photo.
We took a little vacation this's just that kind of year. Little. Economical. That's sort of how it is for everyone right now, right? Once upon a time a wonderful ninety eight year old neighbor told me about her experiences during the Great Depression. She told me "we didn't realize we were poor...everyone was." I'm thankful my husband has a good job and we know how to save and be frugal. Because........apparently when it rains it pours, when it comes to home addition to the shower/bathroom that needs serious plumber help, the kitchen that needs put back together, and the mower that had to be is now becoming painfully obvious we are in need of a roof repair.....that requires the removal of the chimney, which requires a new water heater to be power vented, which requires the AC unit to be moved. After which, the roof will need to be repaired and new shingles installed.
On the bright side, I can now have the green shingles I've always coveted.'s darn good that the garden is producing like we can eat all winter. ;-)

The far.

Aren't these pretty? I have one plant that decided to produce purple peppers.....out of eight.

The cherry tomatoes. I'm going to try sundrying them this year.

The blackberries. Yum.

The garden.....from the east. It looks really green doesn't it?
I'm thinking I need more flowers in there.

The green beans, which are fenced like Fort Knox....but apparently we have fenceclimbing rabbits. I went out today to pick and a rabbit sauntered his way out of the beans and looked at me like "hey there, see you tomorrow."

The tomatoes.....I wish they would hurry up and ripen.....I'm in need of a decent BLT.

Apparently it's a "squash year".

Baby squash.

The cucumbers. Best crop I've had in six years. Thank you rain.
Guess what you're all getting for Christmas. Pickles, pickles, pickles.

The garden.....from the south.
So, I'm going to try to stay positive (and not scared to death) about the
fundage that is going to be required to complete these necessary projects.......wish us luck.


  1. I know what you're going thru. If it's not one thing, it's another it seems. Let's just hope the cost for all the work that needs to be done won't be quite so bad.


  2. Good luck on all your projects, at least you have a great sense of humor to get you through them all! Do you have a good pickle recipe? I've always wanted to make them as well as my own grape juice, so if you ever wanna post your recipe.....
    Take care!

  3. How did I not know that Miss Effie has a blog?

    Good luck on your house stuff. Ugh. Stresses me out just thinking about it. The roof and floors were the 2 good things about our house.

  4. Oh, and I ADORE that plaque! I'd never heard to quote before! I'm going to share it with some friends. :)

  5. Oh, I wish I could garden like that! I have the desire, but apparently not the skill. :)

    And PS ... you have AWESOME handwriting!

  6. I love your garden. It looks so great. I think I need your help. I've not harvested hardly any zucchini or cucumbers. I'm a little nervous that I'll have nothing to can. Yikes!


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