The past week went so fast having eldest grandson here for a visit. He spent his first years here as we watched him grow from 9 weeks to Kindergarten before they moved for schooling for Mom and Dad. I see him more often than Jim as I will go up for days or a week or so at a time to help out with care. He is so big now, soon to be as tall as I and he just turned 12.
Many activities were planned, a day trip to Smith Mountain Lake Dam, a play day at the Frog Pond (a local pool with slides, basketball, and shallows for tiny people), basketball, ping pong , and a movie with dinner evening with Jim, lunches out, books to read, and lots of good food at home for a growing kid. His Dad, our eldest, came Saturday in time for dinner and ping pong with the young one, and Sunday, son climbed the 28′ extension ladder and got a good portion of the very exposed west wall of our log home re-stained. They left after dinner Sunday to return to their home for a work and camp week. Son is returning alone this weekend with hopes to finish that wall and the south upper dormer.
Friday night, daughter’s family returned from their vacation and resumed their house hunting, possibly finding one that will allow their kids their own bedrooms and a start of the school year in their new home.
For the next few of weeks, the grands are in our care during the day with some swimming lessons scheduled soon, transport twice a week to Taekwondo to meet parents.
The weather has cooled and dried out for the past few days. This morning, a much needed garden session was done with some tomato brutality as I cut suckers that should have been cut before now and the plants tied to their stakes. Last year there was a huge mess as a new support structuring was tried and failed miserably with many lost tomatoes as they were on the ground for the pill bugs to attack and hidden for purposes of harvest. This year, there will be only one main stem per plant, determinate varieties, and tied regularly to garden stakes until they reach their full height. The process revealed many small green tomatoes and one that is already ripening.
Tied and before the cut stems were removed.
Today there was a first sunflower set against the prettiest blue sky.
I’m not sure that any of the sunflowers that I planted are going to produce. The two volunteers may be all we get unless I can get some seedling going soon.
Last night, preparation for the two days of camp that I will be teaching was begun. One day will be a plant walk, herbal medicine discussion, and making of an herbal salve to take home. The other day, with my friend that worked with me last year, we will again teach some fiber arts with homemade drop spindles that they get to keep, a chance at using one of our spinning wheels with help to make a necklace with “their” yarn, and a chance to weave a few rows on a rigid heddle loom.
The haying for this year is done and the hay scattered around our fields like big sedentary buffalo. Farmer Jeff came by as I was mowing a few days ago to pick up a piece of his haying equipment and it always amuses me to see his behemouth tractor with my tractor beside it. Mine looks so small, though it is a full size, but small tractor. Pictures of them together in the header.
I love summers in our mountain home.