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June 2015

I'm Pregnant!

Normally on Wednesday I try to do a garden diaries post but this time I thought I would share that I am pregnant! Yay!  On Monday I posted our pregnancy announcement on Facebook!  I had not decided until last week that I would do it, but the majority of people I know use Facebook as a way to keep up with others so I thought it would be fun to post it.  I feel so blessed and thankful seeing all the likes and comments that we got from our friends!

Ok, I'm just going to say that being pregnant is much harder than I expected.  Pregnancy and hormones hit every woman differently.  For me, I have experience an almost total lost of energy.  I have read and been told that it gets better during the second trimester, but so far this first trimester is kicking my butt.  When I get home from visiting people or work I usually go straight to my bedroom and lay down.  Unfortunately this has allowed to develop not-so-great habits.  Like a new addiction to constantly playing on my phone. 

I also thought that being pregnant during the summer would be easier if it was the beginning of my pregnancy but now I'm not so sure.  This week the temperature has been in the 90's before ten every morning.  It doesn't take long to get worn out if I'm outside especially with this heat and humidity.  It has been really difficult to do yard work and it's kind of frustrating because my garden needs me!  Around the house I pretty much do the cleaning that is needed but not much more than that.  I'm really hoping once I get into the second trimester I get my energy back!  If I am at home and I get a burst of energy I try to do something that I've been wanting to do before I lose it again.

I cannot wait to find out if our little "Baby Pete" will be a girl or a boy!  We have decided that waiting until birth to know the gender is not something we want to do.  Even though we have known for almost three months now, Kevin and I still randomly say "I can't believe we're having a baby!" to each other.  It is so unreal and I feel so surprised and honored and completely humbled. 

the gardening diaries: quick update

I don't have much to say this week.  My focus has not really been on my garden, oops.  I started to weed a little bit last week, I think I already posted about that, but I haven't done much since then. 

It stormed yesterday and my corn stalks took quite a beating and are slightly leaning.  I also need to add some more supports to my tomato plants, they fell over and the tomato cages are just not strong enough to hold them up anymore with the weight of the tomatoes added to them.

the gardening diaries: quick update | mini garden goodiesThis morning after I mowed the yard, I picked some beautiful veggies from the mini-garden.  It has always done well for me since I began using it as a garden space last year.  The chickens used to live there so I think that's the secret ;)

the gardening diaries: quick update | grape tomato "volunteer plant" the gardening diaries: quick update | grape tomato "volunteer plant"I also spotted some "volunteer" tomato plants on the side of the chicken coop that had blooms and some green tomatoes.  Jessica has gotten some of these before and they call them "chicken cherries." Ha!  I think these look more like grape tomatoes so I'm gonna go with "chicken grapes."

the gardening diaries: quick update | raspberry blooms the gardening diaries: quick update | raspberry bushWhile I was mowing, I spotted more blooms on my raspberry bushes that I got a month or so ago.  They were almost dead at Lowe's and I picked two plants off the clearance rack so I paid almost nothing for them.  I planted them in the yard and I just let God water them!  My pastor's wife, Mrs. Angie, used that phrase with me once and I really liked it so I use it myself!

Ok y'all!  Until next time :)

the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks)

the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks) clovers for chickens! | the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks) orange tomato | the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks) cherry tomatoes | the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks) the gardening diaries: abandoned (just for a few weeks)I have not really abandoned my garden but I'm sure it feels that way!  Last week we went on vacation to the mountains and before that I had not really done much tending to the garden.  It rained half the time and the other half it was super hot.  Fortunately before we left, Mr. Randy used the tractor to plow(weed?) the garden and, wow.  It looks great!  At the least the first rows do.  There is this section at the back corner of the garden that is the tomatoes and peppers where a lot of weeds have sprung up.  I took a picture of the tomato patch before I started weeding it this morning.  I think the weeds are the worst on this side because the part of the field that touches the garden had not been bush hogged at the time that I planted my seeds and plants.  It was kind of the "wild side."  Since then, it has been bush hogged twice but there was nothing to do about the weeds that had grown into the garden except pull them up by hand.  Which I have now done once.  This morning. haha!  There is something really satisfying about weeding, too.  It's definitely hard work, but the weeks seem to come up fairly easy.  I just had to be sure to grip them at the base of the plant so I could pull up the roots, too.

Also, as I was going in, I took the clovers I collected to the chickens.  I love giving them clovers, it's probably their favorite snack!  I had been seeing glimpses of yellow/orange on my tomato plants in my mini-garden and I wanted to see how much longer I would have to wait for a lovely tomato.  As I was taking some pictures of those not-quite-red tomatoes, I saw a bright red one!  I was super excited and dug around in the green leaves and ended up finding four small red tomatoes!  They are cherry tomatoes so they are supposed to be that size.  I took them inside and washed them off then ate one.  It was delicious.  And sweet.  Kind of like candy.  I can just taste the bacon-tomato sandwiches that I am going to eat all summer!