The weekend brought us some time to get some work done. As well as a little rest time. And even a quick visit from my younger brother, his wife and that cutie-patootie nephew of mine. Oh my gosh, is he growing fast! Our oldest daughter even stopped in for a quick visit.
While the brush pile was burning down, Hubby was piddle-dinking (my term to describe a man "working" slowly on something to avoid other work, ha ha!) with the lawn mower. The girls and I were him-hawing on what to grill out for dinner.
I decided to step out to the garden and check the squash, just in case we got one or two, before I went to the grocery store.
What a beautiful sight this was/is. Hubby was smiling ear to ear, and asking "there's more?" Almost like a giggling kid picking out candy in a store. I was just as happy and extremely thankful. What a blessing, all things considered.
At the end of a long days, we've been enjoying grilled dinners, and even fish tacos (first time for us grilling any fish). The flies however are absolutely terrible this year. I need to find food covers for eating outside.
I'm on a mission to figure out a way to deter them, so if anyone has suggestions, I am up for them. I heard certain herbs deter them, so I may put some in pots around the edges of the porch and on tables to see if it helps (basil, lavender and mint, and elder). I have been using the herbal oil I made, and rubbing it on my legs. It works great against flies trying to bite me. I do have to reapply it if I'm working and sweating it off.
I have sprayed my peppermint/water mixture around the edges of the front porch. It appears to deter some of the the flies. We have less to deal with, but we still get them.
Hubby and I emptied the truck bed from the last of the mulch. Finally.
I should have taken a before picture, but we were on a mission. We removed trees that were growing, weeds, and rolled the rocks out that have been there since we moved in. One rock was too big to roll, so we worked around it. We had a load of recycling to haul off, but needed the truck emptied first.
This is a miracle for me. I finished this book - Roots of Murder by Janis Harrison. I randomly picked it from the library shelf. It's a story about a florist, and widow to a policeman, who ends up doing her own investigation of a murder. I very much enjoyed this book. It was a blessing to have the time to read it.
Today, three of our goats will be going to a good home. It's a bittersweet moment for us, especially our 18 year-old (who cares for the goats 99.9% of the time). She's going off to college, and we were getting more milk than we could drink. If I ever have goats again, I'll be buying a smaller breed. The milk is excellent, but our house is shrinking. I was the only one left to do the goat work, and decided I did not want that responsibility for now. It was kind of sad to hear our daughter say, "I'm going to go milk for the last time."
This leaves us to find homes for our buck and bucklings. The guy taking the ladies and their wether companion, already took a buckling and a doeling from us a year ago. We are just glad they are going to a good home.
Have a wonderful Sunday! We plan to cook out again, and those green beans you saw in the picture are going in the crock pot - Barbeque Green Beans (with bacon). The squash will be sliced up with onions, and grilled in butter.
Life changes. We make decisions. We adapt. We live.