Friday, August 28, 2009

The GOOD back~~~my honey!!!

Here is the back behind our pumpkin harvest~~this is my honey~~Rob!!! He is sooooo good to me and the family. He is there to do whatever we need~~especially using his strong and healthy back!!!!!!!!LOL!!!!! Lord knows that our family needs all of that-that we can get!!!!

I just can't believe all the different shapes, colors and textures that lay in this truck bed~~~nature is a beautiful thing!!! Oh--yes!!!!

Look at that blue pumpkin in the center~~~these are the cream of the crop when it comes to pumpkins!! I have been told that Martha Stewart uses these puppies for her own personal fall decorating ~~man I am movin' up in the world!!!!

If these pumpkins were not picked while I was snapping the pics~~~I would think that they were fake--they are just tooooo pumpkintastic!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Preserves?? Jam??~~who cares???

Some call it preserves and some call it jam~~who gives a darn!!! All I know is that this sweet fruity goodness is heaven on the tongue---put some of the strawberry on a warm buttery piece of toast or pour the peach over a bowl of vanilla ice-cream---oh heck---just spoon feed yourself right from the jar. You'll get up and do a little jig~~~because your taste buds are experiencing an explosion of happy hour. So---not only has mom given us decadence for the tongue but she has passed on a gift from her heart. I now know how to make this homemade treat for my family----as presents---future generations---my friends(about now I figure your hopin' that I consider ya' a friend)LOL!!!! This is simply--one of those gifts from mom that money just can't buy---and you can taste moms love in every bite!! Smuckers--you ain't got nothin' on my mom!!!!!!

For A Farmers Thoughts~~i will give ya a seed!!

After harvesting the pumpkins***I took this picture of my dad. I found myself wondering what was going thru his mind~~~would it be~~all this hard work and these are the beautiful results or a little more on the negative side~~this is all I get?? Or is it that he may be a little depressed that the season is over--and he finds himself asking--what next?? Maybe-just maybe he is thinking with his stomach and trying to imagine what those pumpkins are going to taste like in a pie~~now your talkin' dad. Well--it could be $$ glaring in the eyes--because he could offer them to the public for a small sum--to help decorate for Autumn??!! Naaahhhh!!!
Hmmmm...I have a feeling that these are ALL thoughts going thru this farmers head...and knowing him...many more~~that we will hear about~~in the days to come!!!!!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Garden Monsters~~the last hoorah!!!

Remember the little feller that I introduced you to this Summer ~~well~~take a good look at her now!!! Yep--that's the little baby that we followed all summer.

If you look really hard in the pictures below you can get a glimpse of a butter-nut squash that was also blessed to be planted in our garden~~~these will be deeeeelish in a warm, rich, buttery soup on a crisp fall evening!!!! YUMEEEE!!!!!

Here are two more beautiful products of the "garden monsters"--the striking blue pumpkin in the bottom pic and the unique pie pumpkin that is in the top pic. You can also see the dark black kernels of the popcorn that dad grew along with these "AMAZING" fall foods.
Yipee---my favorite time of year is making its appearance!!! Summer is giving us a yawn ~~~and Falls beautiful bounty is upon us!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is Sandy and her funny side~~
really!!! She is telling me-----
Your not getting on me!!!
Well~~here she is!!! My beauty and the sun!!!!!! She is a beautiful 12 year old Belgian Draft--and she is my baby!!!!

Update on BEES~~~~~~

These bees are hangin out on their front porch waiting for their home to cool down from a long hot summmer day!!!! How "BEE"utiful!!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

nothing~~yes!!!absolutely nothing~~~yet "EVERYTHING"

Wax??~~NO~~Chemicals??~~NO~~Strangers hands~~NO~~me being a GERM "freak" this is a biggie!! Love??~~YES~~oh man--YES!!!! ABSOLUTELY...nothing you get from your produce that is purchased from the local grocery store and bring home for your loved ones to eat`` have permission to be around this beautiful food!!!!

TIME~~dedication~~wisdom~~knowledge of tending the EARTH~~ALL things that can not be bought with money!!!!!! Most importantly are the things that my son has gained from gardening with my father. That is something that can never~~ever be bought and will live on for generations to don't get me wrong~~~my son has been a work in progress```since he was 9 years old he has been gaining this wealth of knowledge----and this my friend~~~has taken an abundance of TIME~~~free--but seems to be the missing mystery ingredient in most of our lives---ask a teenager how much TIME they have spent with a family member lately----probably not much!!!! TOOOOO much TIME and effort has to go into these young minds~~~and family members just don't want to give the TIME!!!! So when I am eating a juicy, fleshy pink, mortgage lifter tomato---I stop to think----Dad has given me and others something that money can never compete with----TIME!!!!!!! I have NO doubt in my mind that my 16 year old son could take a barren piece of ground and create a garden that would feed his family---can money buy this??NO~~~thanks DAD!!!!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Garden Monster Update~~~~

This is an update on the on the monsters that I introduced you to before!!! I am still amazed by the growth of these beautiful plants!!! This tiny little plant has continued to produce pumpkins in an abundance~~and the plant was really no bigger than one small pumpkin that it produces!! As you can see they are over taking the driveway and the garden neighbors to the left and right of them~~~yeah!!!these are real garden monsters it tell ya!!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I have a RUMBLEE in my TUMBLEE~~~~

What your looking at is our new stand of bees~~~yes that is what they are called!!! I learned this after my dad gave me the "BEES" 101 crasher course. I am quite proud of myself~~actually because I can give you lots of little tid bits of info about these little stinging creatures~~~and well~~I don't know about you~~~but that always makes me feel pretty smart!!!

OK-OK- back to the rumbling in my tumblee~~I stand watching these bees like Winnie the Pooh with his honey pot~~with great anticipation of what they are going to fill "MY"honey pot with and how soon!!! I almost can not stand the anticipation of what is going on inside that brood and a half of bees==see~see~I used the terminology again!!! Man do I feel smart today!!!LOL!!!

I was afraid of these bees~~at first but have since grown very confident in their presence!!! I am able to walk up to the stand and observe for as long as my legs and back will allow---and these bees just keep on workin' long as I remember that I am only a visitor--and I should not touch!!!

I will keep you all updated on the progress of my "Honey Pot"~~who knows you might get lucky and I will give you a jar for Christmas!!!