-- The dogs were very interested in this one evening:
This one is slightly different from the ones that we usually see, it has a skinnier body. The coloring seems the same though. I wonder if it's the difference between male and female? We've seen two already this week; some summers we don't see any at all.
-- I've finally finished mulching the garden with cardboard and spoiled hay. I know, using hay can result in weeds from seeds in the hay, but I already have the hay and might as well use it. Any such weeds are usually easy to pull.
-- Birds have built a nest on top of the electrical box under the gooseneck of my horse trailer. I've scared them away many times as I walk past to the garden gate, but last night the two parent birds were divebombing me. The eggs must have hatched.
-- I'm so happy with the progress of the tomato plants in the garden. I noticed this week that there are funny-shaped baby tomatoes on the yellow pear plants. I can't wait for tomatoes!
-- The grasshopper plague has begun. I see damage on the bean plants as well as on some of the herbs. Last year they killed a peach tree, a nectarine tree, and a couple of tomato and pepper plants. War has been declared.
-- The metal recycling guy came back twice this week and ALL of the junk metal is now gone. Never did we imagine that we'd be able to get rid of it all. It took six long flatbed trailer-loads to cart it all off. It was a blessing to us, and a blessing to the man who was out of work and needed money.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a