his life is ordinary. Until he sees a face in a cloud which changes
everything. Rex glimpses the girl from an airplane window while
travelling to his aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Her
features are so perfect, Rex can’t believe she’s only vapor. But
Cloud Girl is real. A week later, Skyclyffe, a mysterious airship
cloaked in a cumulus, abducts Rex and his family. The captors expect
the Brights to live in their flying city forever. And, although he’s
kidnapped, Rex loves the craft filled with robots, scientific
discoveries, and silvery-white beings. Before long, Rex will be
forced to decide whether to escape, or if Skyclyffe and its secret
wonders are worth never stepping foot on Earth again.
sequel to Skyclyffe. Two dogs, three cats, and two turtles run the
household, including the real-life Radar.
youth performing Shakespeare plays in a traveling children’s theater,
and developed a passion for performance and storytelling. Fortunately
he did eventually learn to read, and now spends his time narrating
audiobooks as well as acting on camera and stage.
If you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. My daughter bought a house and they closed on it on June 19th and we’ve been moving her stuff since. Ugh. This is one reason we’ve lived in our house for twenty six years.
I hate moving! My parents moved every three years without fail while I was growing up. In direct contrast, my daughter had twenty six years of cr@p to move! Plus all of her daughter’s stuff. She turns five next week and has lived here since she turned one.
They moved into a beautiful house with a swimming pool we’ve been taking full advantage of! I finally got a breather today. They came over here! So I only had to round up stuff rather than drive it there.
Shouldn’t be an issue? They moved an hour away. Not as bad as my son who is stationed in South Carolina who we see maybe once a year. But still two hours of my day stuck in a car is not my favorite thing. You can bet they are not getting rid of me easy, lol!
Luckily I have my garden to keep me busy with the girls gone. When I’m not babysitting. Yes, I’m still doing that 2-3 days a week.
My corn is growing well. My onions are thriving. I’m a bit worried about my cabbage, they seem to be a bit wilty. My green beans finally have pods on them! Zucchini is blossoming along with my tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. My root vegetables are all coming up.
But we will NOT mention the parsnips. Never plant them to transfer them. It doesn’t work.
This is my front garden in the back yard. It is 10 ft by 20 ft changing to 25 ft by the tomatoes. I had to avoid huge slabs of cement buried next to my garage. Don’t know why they are there, but I work around them.
This is the rear garden in the back year. It measures 7 ft by 30 ft. And yes, I’m a horrible weeder. I take something called the hounddog and use that. It’s spiky and tears through the weeds, pulling them up without me having to crawl on the ground. I planted the onions I had in a container between the corn. It doesn’t seem to be hurting either as both are growing well.
Not all of my corn sprouted, or rather, something dug them up and ate them judging from the paw prints I found. I replanted so I’ve got a few different sizes growing. We always said corn is growing well if it is knee high by the Fourth of July. Some of them already are. Woot!
These are the plants (and out of control weeds) in my green house. My cherry tomatoes appear to have an issue with it’s leaves. I have to investigate it! Regardless, there is a good pint of tomatoes already growing. They are on the opposite side. The cherry tomato is totally out of control! One of the branches is growing so far it is snaking along the ground and almost reaches the back wall of the greenhouse. Another branch has snaked over to the shelving unit and is at home there, happily sprouting flowers. This picture is from Monday and it has gone crazy in the last week.
The red peppers in the pot are almost ready to go in the ground. I tossed a red pepper bit in the dirt in a tin can and grew these. I was so excited it actually worked!
My salad pot has flowers! I’ve been using the salad and they are ready for more harvesting already and hopefully look like they are reseeding themselves. The plants in the long tray next to my salad mix are pumpkin. My mom tossed seeds in a toilet paper tube with dirt and grew them. She had no idea what plant it was, she found the seeds she’d dried from last year. So now I have 16 pumpkin plants! I’m going to have my husband till another spot to plant them. I traded them tomato plants for the pumpkin. I’ve have given them tomatoes regardless, lol. But pumpkin was a nice bonus. We will do that as soon as it stops raining.
My dad said his tomato plants from the store were only a couple of inches high. The ones I had were eighteen inches when he got them. He was surprised since we grew them from seed.
This is the front of my house. I forgot to get a picture of the strawberries. They are bursting with berries. My granddaughter loves it. She eats them as fast as they get red.
So, empty nesting now but between gardening and writing, I’ll keep busy.
Not to mention putting the house back in order, ripping out carpeting and sanding down wood floors to varnish them. But that’s another story! And the carpet ripping is happening today! It’s too wet to do much in the garden.
Have a happy, safe and productive weekend! I’m hoping to.
We just had a doozy of a storm this past week. Trees down, lines down all around town. For once our place was fine. Power flickered but stayed on. Usually we lose a tree or two. Not everyone weathered if okay, but most of the trees down appeared to not hit houses, just almost. We just have a ton of leaves down now. Better than the alternative.
My garden, however, appears to have sprung grass all over it. So now I have two large plots to clear. Again. Ugh. I hate weeding. I’ve tried that garden screen and it doesn’t seem to work for me. That or my weeds are very hardy.
So, now the hard work starts!
I finished planting my watermelon, cantaloupe and butternut squash. I still have tomato plants and I’m going to let them grow in the greenhouse for a bit. Most of the ones I planted were about a foot and a half tall. I’ll let these catch up before I decide what to do with them. Dad wanted some, so I’ll probably give most of them to him. I’ve close to 50 planted all ready.
The strawberries and snap peas are already producing. My granddaughter is eating them as they grow! I won’t have to worry about preserving them. She doesn’t leave many behind.
She’s thrilled to see the corn growing. But isn’t interested in the turnips, broccoli and cabbage. Surprise!
I’m using this year as a guide to see what I need to grow next year to feed us. Then I’ll add some manure at the end of the season. The farmers do it, so I don’t think it will hurt. I’ve been adding egg shells to the garden and I’m debating on whether or not to add the contents of my hair brush. Supposedly it gives nutrients to the plants to grow. Ick. Maybe, but hair is gross. So it probably won’t happen.
In other news, my son is back in the United States! I’m excited even though he’s in a different state. He left in December for a three month deployment. It turned into six months due to Covid19. He still hasn’t been allowed to go home and will this weekend and then is required to shelter in place for fourteen days.
I’m sure he won’t mind that! He’ll be glad to see his wife and dogs. We’ll go down and visit him this summer despite the heat and humidity. Hopefully the riots and looting will be done also. I’m all for peaceful protesting and I believe it should continue until things change. We are all one species on earth.
Everyone of my book signings have been cancelled. For one of them, Writer’s on the River, we’re doing take overs and raffles still. I’ll be on June 14 starting at 6 pm central time and June 15 7-7:30 pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersontheriver/
Feel free to join in. I’d love to see you there.
Poppies for remembrance! Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. Take the time to remember any in your life that have served in the Military and are no longer with us. I’ll be remembering my Great Grandfather Henry and my FIL Adelaido.
I’ve been researching for my upcoming book Reviving Mara and my own personal needs. I’m already looking at ways of preserving my upcoming bounty in my garden.
I finished planting the first one. In it is sweet corn, red cabbage, broccoli, carrots, turnips, sweet peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. I’m planning on a second garden in another location that will be tomatoes, radishes and watermelon.
I’m using old fence slats to mark the rows.
I admit, it doesn’t look like much. Mud and sticks, lol. The second plot isn’t cleared yet, but hopefully by the end of this weekend.
So, I’m also getting 1/2 a cow in in a couple of weeks. I’m just trying to make sure we have food if there is a shortage. With all the shutdowns, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’ve dehydrator and want to learn to can. I told my mom to expect to come up to help me when my garden comes in. She’s canned for years but I haven’t lived at home since I was eighteen, so never learned.
This article gives some info on canning meat. I don’t want to rely on just my freezer for my food. If the power goes off, and it does occasionally, I don’t want to have to mass cook at that point or lose my supplies. https://www.simplycanning.com/canning-meat.html
Here’s another idea I’d like to try.
Mom has never canned meat, but I want to try. My mom does an awesome tomato soup and I want to learn how she makes it.
I love dehydrating but it takes so long to do! I am planning on dehydrating peppers and carrots to drop in stews and soups.
I’m obsessed with having enough food, lol. But I’m obsessed with lots of things! However, my daughter and her BF just bought a house and will be moving. Part of the cow will end up with her and also my parents wanted some. Not a problem. But the girls won’t be getting all the steaks! LOL. I’m probably going to be hoarding those.
What is your plan for food storage? What do you have that will last long term? How do you store your food? Jars? Mylar Bags? Freezer?
When is the last time you house hunted?
I went yesterday! Not for me. My daughter and her guy are looking. And guess what? They submitted an offer. Now it’s a waiting game. Hopefully it gets accepted!
I’m just sad because it is a bit over an hour’s drive from my house. The good part is it is 15 minutes for both of them to their respective jobs. My daughter is a nurse, just got her licence. What a time to be immersed in the medical world! But she seems to enjoy it.
I haven’t planted my garden because the temps have dropped below freezing for the last two nights and expected to do so tonight also. Ugh. It’s May! Even if it is Wisconsin!
Hope your world is changing for the better. Mine is changing and I’ll see how it goes. I’ll miss the kids, but I’ll still be babysitting the critter. I’m sad because it will be a long drive there and back.
Have a good weekend!
Here is my temporary greenhouse I finally set up. This was the first picture. I wanted to show my parents that I finally put it up. It was a gift from them. If you could see it now!
I’ve 4 shelves inside. 2 racks of 4 shelves, one rack of 2 shelves and one rack with just one shelf, just about mid-thigh to me. I’m a scrunchy little 5’3 1/2″. Have to put that 1/2 inch in there, you know!
I have tomatoes, watermelon, sweet peppers, green beans and snap peas that are growing. I just planted onions, lettuce, a salad mix, turnips, carrots, parsnips and zucchini. I have sweet corn waiting to go straight in the ground and my granddaughter planted sunflowers.
I hit a hardware store and picked up Jalapeno peppers, strawberries, red cabbage, and broccoli today. And yes, I had my bumblebee mask on. They are already good sized plants so will go straight in the ground.
Sadly, my asparagus didn’t come up this year.
I’m pulling out the rototiller tomorrow and getting it running. If you look to the right of the greenhouse, I will be tilling the land there between the fence and the greenhouse.
I’m thinking it will be between twenty to thirty feet in length. On the other side, I may put the strawberries. But, I may keep them containerized. The peas and beans will be containerized and I’ll be moving them to the front of my house along side my stairs so they can use the stair railings to climb and make harvesting easier.
BTW I finished my fire pit, surrounding the stone with a border to keep them from being spread further. But, the picture is on my Instagram account. You can check it out here. https://www.instagram.com/ovalleba/ I do tend to post my new projects there first.
I was checking out videos and articles to make trellises for the beans and peas. I do need to have something for them to climb to get up to the railings! I hunted up lots of DIY information.
This one didn’t have the kind I wanted to build. But it may help someone.
Though I found a cute one at the hardware store and may just breakdown and get two. But two of them would be $50 at least.
This next one would be adorable and I could see my granddaughter playing in it until a spider dropped on her!
I will be using my tomato cages for my zucchini and trying that this year. But I’ll be planting it in the ground rather than a container. I may use the pole (and cheaper!) method for my beans and peas. If the thrift stores ever open back up. I’ll go there for items I can use to build a trellis. This video does a good job showing different options.
I found a couple the other day that I really liked, using arches, but I can’t find the articles. It may have been in one of my magazines so I wouldn’t be able to post it here.
I really wanted an arch trellis, and love this design. I would use lighter fencing since I’m using it for beans and peas. And since I already have the fencing and posts.