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Summer 2014

Working in the garden...

























Papi made us all go down to the garden one evening this past week. We all complained and didn't want to go, but then when we got there and started pulling weeds something happened.

First of all, there is such a sense of satisfaction when you start to see the ground (not weeds) and start to see an area clean.

Second, it soothes the soul to put your hands and feet into the dirt.

Third, it was like a treasure hunt because we began to find onions and potatoes we had missed from the previous harvest.

My mom's new friend.




















































Here is my Mom with Gandalf. Gandalf is Matthew and Ashley's cat and is very playful and loving. As Ashley is expecting right now, Felipe was fostering Gandalf for them.

He then switched apartments and could not have him anymore. Maria then had Gandalf and boy, did he love running after Alexander and Greyson. But Maria and Travis invited another couple to live with them for a time. The other lady is expecting as well, so Gandalf came to us.

Then my niece, Abby came to visit and she is allergic to cats.

Canning peaches and more, food from the garden.











Watermelon and pineapple fruit basket that Rebeca made.





















This summer, we have had watermelon, corn, tomatoes, new potatoes, and onions from our garden. We had several bushels of potatoes and have been eating really yummy foods. I have madeGuatemalan New Potatoesseveral times...Sunday, I made them with Cheddar Cheese soup in a roaster pan.

We have made them with other vegetables, with meat, with eggs...whatever.

We also had a family that gave us a couple of bushels of peaches. I stayed up till 1:00am and canned them (well.

Geese, a zip line, and yummy stuff from the garden.











































This is the entrance to the vegetable garden. The vines are grapes. The trees are pear, plum, nectarine, peach, and apple.











































We have two families of geese this year on the lake.




























































































Fito is in the process of building a zip-line. He had it working but it broke...he will have to re-do it and make it stronger.

Below is my front flower garden.



































Some yummy stuff from our garden.


































The tomato and pepper plants. Hopefully, we will have a great year so I can make lots of salsa.

Outside projects...a beautiful summer.











































This garden and steps were a horrible mess. We redid them and they came out much better. I also made the herb gardens around the patio larger to accommodate more plants.

May was super hot. Most days in the 90s and some reaching 100 degrees. now July has been in the 80s. We even have had a few nights going down to 64. Incredible weather.















































I relaid some of the brick and Fito dug a small ditch on each side to carry away the water when it rains. So far, the ditch has worked really well.
















































Rebeca helped me most of the day.

Finally...Tammy blogs again...pure happiness...

Oh my goodness. It has been months since I have written anything at all. How is it that someone can be that busy.

I still am doing all the things I usually do; working a couple of days a week, taking care of my mom, cooking, cleaning, making bread each week.

In late winter, I had stopped making bread, as my mom had burned her feet and I was spending so much time with her. But I have found that when I don't havesweet bread, I tend to buy more sweets then gain weight. Baking my own bread is healthier and keeps my sweet tooth at bay.