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Little Slices of the Sweet Stuff

June 18, 2012

Just got in from an early morning walk through my woods with my eleven year old daughter. Blackberries are ripe and make a great snack along the trail. My daughter tries them but decides the risk of eating a tiny bug is too much to contemplate. I listen for birds and note new poison ivy growth on the path that needs a sharp hoe. My daughter watches for deer tracks in the softer soil and tells me factoids about eagles and owls. We both stop short and marvel at our neighbor’s field of timothy and rye peeking through the trees, golden seed stalks in the morning sun.

I find myself mentally going over and over all my list of things to do in my little retreat- tree houses, wooden benches, a couple of simple plank bridges, a few niche picnic areas, giving names to trails and putting up solar burned signs, etc… Now that I’ve got actual paths through my nearly three acres of pines and oaks, (thanks to my brother, Mark who absolutely “gets” my woods,)  the sky is the limit.  I am learning to mentally push back on all my “to do’s” and just live in the moment. One new project a week. Keep it simple. In other news…

                                                                                                                                                                  

Spent the better part of this weekend framing in my wood fired pizza oven and giving it shell of backer board. I had to use metal studs and do a lot of thinking and cutting with metal shears to get it right.

 I walked into the kitchen this AM and saw a wall where before there was exposed insulation, steel, and concrete. Peace from chaos. Once I tile it, there will be beauty from chaos.

The garden is up, tomatoes are actually growing and crabgrass is kicking into high gear. Bought a loop hoe and will be busy this evening after it cools off a bit. Duckweed mulched tomatoes are indeed doing better than their counterparts.

New trick for sprouting avocado seeds!!!  I have some vanilla bean vines growing in an old fish aquarium with plastic wrap as a lid to keep it humid. I planted several avocado seeds in with the vanilla vines back in March. Every single one sprouted. Normally I do the toothpick in a glass of water trick and they rarely sprout. Don’t know what I’m going to do with them all as they are frost sensitive, but the Haas variety is now a gangling four feet tall and about to be transplanted and staked.

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  1. June 18, 2012 9:28 pm

    It’s still a work in progress, but it starting to shape up! Would love to have you guys stop in for a visit.Haven’t seen you in ages!

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  2. Wendi Short permalink
    June 18, 2012 3:16 pm

    Looks like the pizza oven is coming along nicely. Barry & I need to stop by on our next ride by your place. We’d love to see what you’ve done to the place since our last visit.

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