Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Knee Deep!

It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails admit it frankly and try another.
Above all, try something.
         Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Oh sometimes I wonder how I get myself into some situations, I have never been a person to do things in a small way, I tend to let my head take over and go overboard and then I get into trouble.

This morning as I sit here staring out the window watching raindrops fall to the ground, finally starting my garden I smile. I know you are thinking a normal garden of lettuce, beans, peas etc. and I certainly would have enjoyed tending to and eating the end result of that but this year I am thinking all about an event that has me imagining a very different crop for this summer. Decorative and edible is what I am going for, “Two birds one stone” as Grandma used to say. I turn my head to the right and peer into a living room where all the furniture is piled in the middle of it covered with a tarp and the smell of fresh paint lingers through the house. Oh yes let the crazy begin.

I am pretty sure you all remember that there is a big wedding coming at the end of the summer for us here on the farm and it is turning into quite the event, at least in my head. I was slow to get to the starting line but now when realizing there will be strangers coming to the farm, a fair amount of strangers and then realizing the days are going very fast, oh so very fast I finally kicked it into high gear on Monday. Just like I always do I jumped in with both feet, knee deep maybe more, sinking into my world of ‘Have to get everything done no matter what’. I like to think of it much like when you know you are going to have company, you run around your house trying to hide the things that are lying about and dusting as you go while jamming items into overcrowded cupboards and into rooms that they will not see. This may only be me but I suspect a few of you like me have a junk drawer or possibly a junk room (which I tend to call a craft room it sounds better), this may still only be me, I do not want to assume.


On my recent trip away I bought packages of Heritage seeds, seeds that will grow very unusual gourds, pumpkins and squash, I could not help myself after my imagination pictured pretty baskets full of ‘The Unusual’. I read the back of those little packets in a Habitat for Humanity Restore and my imagination went wild, I had to have them.

Pumpkin Jarradale a blue/green deep ribbed skin sweet pumpkin from Australia, oh I know you are getting excited. There is also the Golden Hubbard Winter Squash which supposedly will be teardrop shape brilliant red and lightly warted, oh I know you can see where I am going here now. How about Crimson Sweet Watermelon with a boldly yellow striped sweet shell, a seedless wonder. If that does not put you into my imagination yet, hold on. How about Speckled Swan Ornamental Gourds? This one gets me excited thinking of the end result. Thick dipper shaped fruit that resembles a Swan. White speckles and splotches on a very interesting shade of green. Can you see bowties on the Swans? Once again that may only be me.

Oh I do hope these all grow, I think it will be beautiful especially with the Sunflowers I have found to grow, I have never been very skilled at the art of growing flowers but I am determined to contribute something to this wedding and I can just imagine everyone going home with a decoration that they can eat, oh my imagination is going wild.

Wish me luck; all I needed was a pile of old manure, a cool looking scarecrow, and the seeds to get started. Now I wish for a whole lot of sun, Mother Nature’s water, and a whole lot of imagination to make this work. I am hoping that haying holds off for a week or two longer this summer to get all those things done but Mother Nature never lets us know ahead of time so that is why I guess this overwhelming need to keep barrelling along at breakneck speed late into the night painting and prepping. The speeding will continue till we come to that screeching halt when Mother Nature throws up the stop sign and we have to start to harvest the hay.


About the tarp in the living room thing, oh yes another one of those ‘Have to get everything done no matter what’ things. I am using this wedding as the push I needed to get those jobs done that I have been putting off. I am off now to paint some more, it’s funny how that works, now the hallway is calling for paint. Oh dear what have I done?

So what job or project have you jumped Knee deep into?

Later


(Happy Birthday Pearly on Thursday) xo

42 comments:

  1. Wow, you are busy!! I am sure your efforts will pay off and it is a lovely feeling to throw yourself into something! I am excited to see how your seeds turn out, I have a feeling they will be quite the attraction! Do post pictures - I want to see them!! Off to do some googling I think!

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  2. Ok...twenty seconds of googling later...have you seen what a speckled swan gourd looks like when grown. They are awesome! You have to post photos now! No pressure or anything ;)

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  3. Oh I do hope your seeds grow! Very exciting.

    I wish I had a junk....err...craft room!

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  4. Isn't it wonderful hw a special event can push us into doing things we so easily put off? I hope you take photos of your squashes and gourds when the bear fruit!

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  5. I hope your seeds grow!
    I have many hungry ants on my garden and they eat all my flowers...

    Love the quote of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    Thanks for your visit on my blog and your kind comment. Thanks also for the link on your Facebook page. I am glad for that.

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  6. The pumpkin and squash sound intriguing Buttons. Can't wait to see pictures of the results! And trust me, you are not the only one who runs around the house cleaning and hiding things before company comes lol!

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  7. It may feel that you're knee deep right now. Soon you'll notice as things get done you're only ankle deep.

    Stay the course!

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  8. Baskets or ornamental edibles sound wonderful as centerpieces and displys and would work well as take home gifts. A rustic basket lined with straw (you've got some of that right lol) and piled with gourds and heirloom tomatoes with a gorgeous sunflower tucked in for good luck. Perfect. A stack of bales with an old barn door for a buffet. Okay...now I'm getting started. You are in for some fun girl.

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  9. I love the smell of fresh paint! Sometimes that looming deadline is what it takes to get us jumpstarted, isn't it?! Your house will look great, I'm sure...and I can't wait to hear about, and see pictures of (!!) your garden, with all those beautiful gourds, etc.! Happy Day!

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  10. I am tired just by reading what you are up to! We had rain here that watered my newly planted day lilies (I know I am late!). Mother Nature is sometimes my best gardening partner. Get those seeds in the ground soon. We want to see the swans and more! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  11. thanks for stopping by my post.. I am way to old to do any projects.. it is all i can do to keep up with housework...as in the windows need cleaning and have for a year. i used to do them every 4 or 6 months. not any more. our living room was painted 15 years ago and is in bad need of paint but neither of us it up to it
    good luck with the garden

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  12. you'll get it done! we kneedeep folks cause ourselves a lot of stress, but we come through in the end. Good luck on the seeds!

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  13. I do hope all your edible wedding favours turn out, well, awesome and edible! Sounds like you have some interesting plants to grow.
    Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to cheer up a room- even a hallway! I actually like painting. Except for ceilings. I do not like to paint ceilings.

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  14. I do believe you are having the time of your life getting ready for the end of summer wedding. Enjoy my friend, enjoy as I know you will.
    Hugs M xx

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  15. I hope all of the seeds that you are planting grow! Wishing you lots of fun and happiness with the upcoming wedding! HUGS!!

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  16. Sounds so familiar!!
    I am the same way.
    Good luck with your wedding preparations!

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  17. All sounds so wonderful yet very busy . We are always knee deep in our gardens just the way I like it lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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  18. good luck with all your plans. just don't wear yourself out, doing them.

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  19. What a wonderful combination of plants! It will be gorgeous! Maybe I need a wedding to kick my butt into gear - I have lots of projects half-done.

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  20. I love your heritage plant list. I only grow heritage and organic flowers and veggies. Ah, painting, that's on my to do list too.

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  21. i think you need some hired help!

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  22. Hope your seeds do well, I am the kiss of death when it comes to plants!
    Lynne

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  23. LOL! Go ahead and assume the same thing for me... do it all the time. Just be careful you don't make yourself sick... that is what I do on a regular basis. The wedding will be magnificent no matter what because of all the love poured into it.

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  24. Just think how beautiful it will all be once it's done. I do things the same way: jump in with both feet, otherwise it wouldn't happen. Take care of yourself!

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  25. We've jumped knee deep into the back patio remodel. Into digging the pool base. Into the dirt work and sod around the foundation and shelter..our list goes on and on of projects we have jumped knee deep into!

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  26. Good luck with all the wedding preparations! You sure are ambitious. It will be fun to see photos of the wedding.
    I don't have to do a thing to get ready for my daughter's wedding. She is having her sister and friend do all the decorating.

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  27. With seeds like that you will have an interesting garden to show all the folks and they will not find the junk drawers.

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  28. keep us posted on the wedding. sounds like such fun. i hope you will have a chance to enjoy it. but i can sympathize ... because whenever something big is happen here or in my life i tend to get overwhelmed. i have to remind myself to take it easy & enjoy all moments.

    have a ball. enjoy your week. ( :

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  29. Hey B. You sure have switched into high gear. That painting thing is kind of like dominos. It will be worth it. Look forward to seeing all the changes inside and out.

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  30. It looks like it is going to be a busy time for you. At least look at it this way, it will be done and behind you and probably find new projects to do another time. Nice images!!

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  31. Ooh I can't wait to see what you get from these seeds! Sounds beautiful! You are a busy girl, B. I wish I lived close enough to come help. :-)

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  32. This reminds me of farm girl Kim's summer last year!! Get yourself some help buttons, you are going to need it!! I hope your garden grows!!

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  33. My gosh you are SO busy! Fun projects though, yay! I used to love to paint, fastest way to make a change on a budget, but no so much anymore. Best wishes with those seeds...

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  34. B,

    Getting closer to the big wedding day!!!! I hope your seeds are a big hit :-)

    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  35. It's all so exciting Buttons! Can't wait to see all your unusual pumpkins and squash!
    My project? Getting the Great Scot and I moved into the downstairs bedroom, after repainting it.

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  36. I remember many, many years ago when gourds were so popular and nearly everyone would have a bowl or two of them in their homes.
    I have to admit I've not heard of pumpkin Jarradale from Australia. There is a Jarrahdale in W.A. but I doubt that is where the pumpkin comes from. I must google it to learn more.
    I think we all have one of THOSE rooms; actually I call it my work room but it's also a storeroom plus.
    The only thing I feel like saying to you though is just don't overdo it. Take your time with what you have to or want to do. Tiring yourself out won't help one little bit.

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  37. i love heritage gardening, good luck with it!

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  38. There is something that happens to all us who live in the North. Winter gets incredibly long and we start looking at those seed catalogs and dreaming. Somehow we don't remember the pains of weeding and watering when we look at the gorgeous photos. I too get in over my head with gardening. :-) Easy to do.

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  39. You are certainly going to be busy this summer!!! Have fun along with all the busyness!!!
    I am simply hanging on, and enjoying my dogs who are approaching the ends of their lives. I keep telling myself that if I cross my bridges before I get to them, I have to pay the toll twice...

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  40. I love your seed selection and grow those squash/pumpkin/gourds with much success. I know you will too!

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  41. I also have a tendency to jump in to projects - I think I'll land in a field of flowers (Yay, finished project that turned out perfectly!) but more often than not I end up in a cow pie (Look at this problem I totally didn't consider! Oh, and I'm all out of energy - lovely!!) If I slog through the cow pies, I usually find the flowers, though it's not always a pleasant journey.

    Don't work too hard, Miss B! Hugs,
    Mandi

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  42. I would make sure to put out the seeds collection, very pretty along with an array of vegetables and fruit, some ice cream, and you won't have to hide anything they'll be feeling country fresh and happy, and that's all you really need to do, you are such a dear woman that I barely know yet I feel right when I'm here, and those visitors will feel right at home. I have no doubt, still do take care, a wedding is nice but not at your expense after all it's really the life after that matters. Take care B. why is it that only you and i had almost 5 days worth of post eliminated...I'm furious they took away all my little duckies , I put them back but lost all the great comments. Anyway enjoy every second of the preparation I know a good person when i see one ;) hugs

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