Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Startin' up...

 Even though it's still raining like the dickens, I decided I could plant the lettuce and onions at the very least.    So I did.  I was soaked through by the time I was done, but I just really needed to get outside for some fresh air and a dig in the dirt.

There are a few volunteer lettuces coming up out there already so maybe we'll get a taste of fresh, greens soon.  I am so ready for homegrown lettuce among other things like homegrown tomatoes.

About 160 onion bulbs got plugged in the dirt.  That sounds like a lot, but it really doesn't seem like it once they are all planted in the bed.  I planted them fairly close together, but I'll thin them out and pull some up early for green onions.

This is the rhubarb that I transplanted earlier this spring.  It's happy, happy, happy.
And so am I.  I love me some rhubarb pie.

 I was going to say, "It's a lovely day for ducks," but it is actually a lovely day for chickens too.  
They were busy hunting for waterlogged worms.

 Here are the peeps!  
Hardly looking like those sweet little balls of fluff anymore, they are at that prepubescent stage when they aren't cute lil peeps and they aren't pretty, refined pullets yet.  It's the tween stage where they are really growing and looking rather homely.
The rain keeps on coming and more and more country roads are washing out.  They guys took our Rangers (ATVs) and went with a rescue team to the Little Missouri to get a rancher out.  The rescue team had two jet skis to get through all the water.  Everything turned out fine.  I really feel sorry for those folks along the river.  Their livestock is mostly stranded and many are lambing now and can't get to their sheep.

I hope you're getting a little sunshine along with the rain.
We need both, don't we?

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain.  This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you'd just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency.  
~Susan Allen Toth, England For All Seasons


  1. that quote perfectly describes how i felt about the rain yesterday but i sure am happy to have the sun back out today~!


  2. We've had a ton of rain this year too -- it doesn't bode well for the mosquito season. And everything is so wet, I really worry if it gets really windy -- it won't take much to topple all the big trees around here. Happy Sun Wishes to you Ms. Gumbo! (Oooh, my hollyhocks are loving all this rain though!)

  3. That's a wonderful quote by Susan Allen Toth! I love it! Today it poured and poured and the kids were laughing and squealing about getting wet as they walked from the gym to my room. It's a refreshing change for us. Free water. I do wish things would dry up a bit in your neck of the woods. Good for you getting out there anyway and please invite me over for afternoon coffee when you serve that rhubarb pie!

  4. I'm so glad you posted that song! I remember hearing it in the car 100 years ago but never knowing who sang it or where to find it again. I just remember cracking up as I listened to it -- so funny and so true!
    And your garden looks so nice and orderly -- unlike our haphazard patch. Oh well, in all that overgrown chaos, there are already several homegrown tomatoes - one is just about ready to pick -- then I can sing the song ;).
    Thanks Lily!

  5. I can just picture you digging in the rain! I am glad you were able to get out and I sure pray that the weather and waters calm down in your neck of the woods.

  6. Looking at you pics makes me just want to pack my bags and move your way....thanks for sharing!

  7. Isn't it fun to ssee ones beds starting to fill up. I planted lemon cucumbers, chocolate mint and sunchokes today xoxo Clarice


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