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June 03, 2012

It's been a drizzly weekend here.  I'm happy, because this means the veggies get watered without my dragging out the hose.  Speaking of the veggies, my full garden is finally planted.  Whoo hoo!  I will continue to replant lettuce, beets, carrots, and the like, but it's all set to grow and produce.  I seem to have a little critter who enjoys my melon and squash seedlings.  This does not make me happy.  I started with a full bed of melon and am now down to 6 plants.  I started with a full bed of summer and winter squash, and am now down to 5 plants.  I should have used floating row covers right away.  My fault.

I went back to baking from the Bread Bible since the temp.'s have dropped.  I made Sunflower Oatmeal bread.  I haven't tasted it yet but it looks beautiful.  I'm going to attempt to make Toaster Pastries from scratch this week.  Have any of you made these?  If anyone has any advice I would love if you would share it.

Mama Claire continues to impress us with her patience and wonderful mothering abilities.  She's a bad housekeeper but a wonderful mother.  She's constantly teaching the young ones to scratch for food and scratches so much she gets water all over the place.  Water + chicken feed + heat/humidity = fermentation and smell.  I'm scooping out food and wood shavings every single day.  Although I continue to ask her to stop spilling the water I can't bring myself to get upset as she is saving me so much work by raising the babies for us.

Because of the rain I haven't been able to give my flower beds the attention they desire.  Poor things.  I'm hoping to get some time this week to work in them.  I may try incorporating a few squash plants in the midst of the flowers to hopefully deter critters from eating the plants and destructive bugs from invading later in the year.  It can't hurt to try.

Jackson fell off the dining room table this weekend.  Serves him right, he shouldn't have been up there anyway. I thought cats were supposed to be graceful and fall on their feet.........not Jack.  He heard me feeding Emerson and Oliver without him so he raced down the stairs at breakneck speed.  When he hit the last step he took a huge leap onto the dining room table.  He's a little on the lazy side so he didn't put a lot of effort in the jump and, therefore, didn't get all 4 feet on the table.  He fell right off the side and onto his back taking one of the chairs down with him.  The huge crash didn't stop him from figuring out how to get up on the table to supervise my food allotment into the bowls.  I told him I was glad he finally made it because I couldn't do it without him.  He purred.

Well, it's back to the kitchen for me.  I still need to make Vanilla Syrup, Quinoa Salad, and Blueberry Scones for the freezer.  Tomorrow I'll be posting "So You Want To Raise Chickens" post.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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