-- Our granddaughter went home this week. Her visit this summer was shorter than usual and I crammed a lot into it. It's so quiet without her. I'm so thankful that her mommy lets her come stay with us each summer.
-- I've been catching up now that she's gone: mowing the yard, weeding the garden, and so on. It's interesting that weeds love the heat while people don't, and grasshoppers love vegetable plants and don't like grass and weeds. I wish the hoppers would lay waste to the grass and weeds in my garden and leave the veggie plants alone.
-- The wild blackberry crop this summer is the largest I've seen since moving here nearly eleven years ago. We have a surplus of blackberry thickets and new canes come up each year in the hayfield. When our neighbor cuts and bales our field, he cuts down the new ones. They do end up inside the bales, but my goats and his cows don't seem to mind. I just have to remember to wear gloves when I portion out the hay each day.
I've been out picking berries three times so far. Granddaughter and I ate blackberries for breakfast every morning. I sent a pint home with my riding buddy. I made a blackberry cobbler, and canned blackberry jam, and still have more in the refrigerator ready to be dealt with. There are so many red berries still on the canes. By going out every couple of days, and heading the opposite direction from the last time, I pick the berries that have ripened since my last picking trip.
-- I have several water buckets and dishes for the dogs and cats in various places. One morning this week we had a visitor in the dishpan:
-- We've had such strange weather this week, but I'm not complaining at all! Thursday's high temperature was cooler than our usual low temperature, and we received more than an inch and a half of rain. In JULY. In Oklahoma. Nope, not complaining.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a