Taming Things

Small Things-0494Small Things-0512The truth is that I am not very good at taming anything.  Well, I’ve tamed my fair share of feral kittens over the years, but that’s kind of the best I’ve got.  Beatrix will be officially 6 1/2 years old tomorrow (she’s counting), and she colored her entire body green with sidewalk chalk last week.  Wild Child.

(This strawberry ice cream recipe.  The reviews are good, but I didn’t love it.)

(Wooden figures from Sue Dow of In the Loft.  She created one of Larkspur in her FHC dress!)

(Accidental mullet.)

In the garden this week I have done quite a bit of taming, as I planned.  Cover crops were almost all cut down, and some proper vegetable seeds were planted.  Cucumbers, more lettuce (My first didn’t come up.  I’ve never had that happen before with lettuce!), okra, and maybe some other things too that I’m not remembering.  This year I’m not writing things down.  I left my flowers.  I do keep one bed just for herbs and flowers, and the truth is that I’d rather only grow herbs and flowers.  An entire garden of them.  Well, and strawberries.  Herbs, flowers, and strawberries.  I also opened up my beehives all by myself (without Jonny), poked around, and threw on a couple of supers, which is kind of a big step for me.  It has really been a good week.  My favorite kind: full of hope, possibilities, and hard work.

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And just look at what the goats have done!  They are clearing this stretch of easement bit by bit and then Jonny is going behind them with a plow.  There is so much multiflora rose and it’s crazy to me what the goats do to it.  They do leave the spiny stems, but the tractor takes care of those.  I am planning to turn this into a big garden plot for all the peas and sprawling things that I just don’t have room for in my raised bed garden.  I suspect it will be kind of a big mess by the end of the summer, but I plan to start strong.

p.s.  Just in case you are looking to tame your own children or maybe just your chore system, my sister is making some pretty nice wooden chore charts.  She recently set up a little Etsy shop, at the encouragement of friends and family.  You can read all about her system on any of the individual listings.  She’s been using these for over a year with her boys, so clearly it is working for her!

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  1. I’d like to think all mullets are accidental Ginny. 😉

  2. Christy says:

    I love your garden and I especially love those roses….

  3. Ginny, can you share the link for the wooden figure on your altar/table? I think I want one for each of my littles!


  4. I really want to start a band just so I can call it “Accidental Mullet.” Best LOL in a while.

  5. love this and so glad you had a good week!!! what a blessing! I love those weeks!! Your garden is beautiful already in my eyes! well done… This week I finished my first sewing project (a patchwork pillow my own design) and am starting on a quilt…. am nerdishly excited. I don’t have kids so I am making things for my godkids instead; your kids are so lovely and I think the green chalk is hilarious. 🙂 God bless you!!!

  6. I just love your garden. It’s so huge and beautiful.

    Your goats are soooo sweet! And wow, they’ve done such a good job at clearing!

  7. Glad to hear a good Beatrix story. I was just thinking last week that we haven’t heard one in a while. I was hoping that she hadn’t grown out of her funny, wild ways!

  8. My favorite strawberry ice cream (and my girls agree) is from David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop. Here’s a blog post about it: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/strawberry-sour-cream-ice-cream/

  9. I think taming something might interfere with it becoming its full potential. Be it animal, kid, plant. At least that’s my excuse. And is it just me or does that huge grin from B look a lot like Jonny?

  10. Gwendolyn says:

    Love the pictures of the kids and your garden. You’ve done an amazing job this week. I ordered the 18 inch chore chart from your sister. Since my daughter and her 3 young ones will be moving in in June, I thought she would like getting started on chores for them now that they will be living in the country and have room to run and play. Enjoy your weekend! You always get more done in a week than I do in a month!

    • Thank you for ordering from her! I know she appreciates the support!! I hope the system works well for your grandchildren!

  11. What wonderful gardens, love how those goats are helping out too. Today is my day for an hour or two of gardening, that is between the thunderstorms here on the front range of Colorado. Tell Bea she wears her wildness well and to keep on going on.;-)

  12. I would rather grow herbs and flowers too but my family would be pretty sad. They like everything home grown. Except our son, he doesn’t like anything green. Maybe I could grow a variety of green beans that aren’t GREEN! 🙂 LOL!
    Love all your pictures and your sisters chore chart system looks really great! Too bad I’m almost done raising kids! 😀
    Hope you have a great weekend Ginny!

  13. Ginny, I am sure you are good at taming. I love your garden. My dream is to have a house with a big garden and hopefully one day my dream will be achieved. Beatrix and the boys look so cute! God bless you all. Liuba x

  14. Thank you, Ginny! :))

  15. Those are the best kind of weeks. I have a child that routinely decorates himself with pen/marker, you name it; of course he is also the child that believes the less clothing, the better! 🙂

    Love your sister’s idea–thanks for sharing!

  16. i love this post. i have many a multicolored child this time of year. 😀

  17. Ginny, do I see a wooden figure of Larkspur on her FHC day next to the Saint Imelda?!

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