The calendar says it’s mid September but looking at the gardens it’s hard to believe. After a couple of weeks of needing to close the door early evening to keep from freezing and an extra blanket to sleep comfortably yesterday and today have been in the 90s. The fan even got plugged in again, poor lonely fan that had very little use for weeks now is happy to be out. Yesterday I was so busy the day flew by. I had food I needed to get prepared and in the freezer, I had furniture that was being picked up today and wanted to get more work done on them. Today I simply wanted to enjoy the day. So today’s theme is gratitude and beauty.
The colors in the Little Cove are finally coming out. I purchased a hibiscus earlier this summer. At first the leaves were being munched and I worried this would be yet another plant to be lost to the wildlife. Then a couple of days ago I spotted a bud.
Today I found this on the hibiscus
There are a few more buds on it, the little one was mesmerized by the deep color contrasting with the pale pink of the petal.
The marigolds have come back after being eaten earlier this summer I thought nothing liked to eat marigolds? Someone needs to tell my resident animals.
The bees and butterflies are enjoying the patch of wildflowers I planted in the spring and I’m enjoying the colors.
I found a new caterpillar, well new to me.
Of course it’s not all about flowers, the gardens are still producing. We still get a couple of strawberries a day, we refer to them as our snacks.
Plenty of watermelon still growing
I still have squashes growing, these are growing so quickly it amazes me.
And the pie pumpkins are slowly ripening. I took this at the wrong angle, the pumpkin is slowing getting its orange color near the stem.
I put up 4.5 quarts of tomato sauce. and bought a pear squash to try. Both are frozen now. I paid .50 for the pear squash and today cleaned off 64 seeds that weren’t damaged from my clumsy cutting open of it. They are now sitting out to dry and I will see if I can grow my own. Just think .50 might give me 64 plants. who says eating healthy is expensive. :-) Okay it is until you have a good stock of seeds and healthy beds to plant them in.
While I cut up and froze the squash last night I didn’t have the time to clean the seeds until today. I sat outside in the Little Cove enjoying the breezes that reached me from the lake and listening to the birds while cleaning seeds.
Speaking of the birds, they have slowed down on eating the seed I put out. I usually have to fill it daily, but this week it took 3 days before I had to fill it again, a sure sign of autumn approaching. The chickadees that hatched are gone, I enjoyed watching them while they were here. The first bird to land at the feeder once I refilled it was a blue jay, I found hilarious. He flew in, landed about 20 feet from the feeder and let out a few warning calls, after which he would repeat this process every few feet. Finally he landed on a branch directly above the feeder and again called out looking around. Once he landed on the edge of the feeder he repeated his warning calls before eating.
And, to make my day. I was able to help a young college student who needed furniture for his rental. He put an ad on Freecycle two days ago asking for open end tables. His description so closely matched the two end tables I had just started I sent him a message with a picture of the tables. They were exactly what he was hoping for. I offered to let him know when I had them finished, he wanted them now and said he would finish them.
I couldn’t let them go in the shape they were in, I finished sanding the second table and then took it apart, repaired and glued it back together to stop it from wobbling. He was thrilled. Since the paint I used on the first one was free and only enough for the second table I gave him the paint as well. It was nice to make his day.
Yes, I planned to paint the scratched laminate top and just leave the edge around it a natural wood to break up the white, but going to a young man I wasn’t sure if he would want all white tables. I pulled out a few colors I had here, but not knowing anything about his home I gave up and left it to him to decide.
It’s not always about money, I always say. I would have sold these when they were finished, but I don’t NEED the money, My real purpose in restoring my finds is a hobby and a way to keep good items from ending up in the trash. I succeeded today and I am happy.