25 April 2009

The Promise of Things to Come

Our beautiful spring continues---many fruit trees are full of blossoms still, but some now have the start of what will be juicy fruit in just a few months. It's fun to walk among these trees in our small orchard, checking them over for every little change that mark this season. It was even funner tonight to do it with my hubby who grew up on a small farm who pointed out the 'baby' fruit already evident in what is left of many blossoms.
In our transitional garden, where my love for edible landscaping is most evident, the rhubarb continues to grow larger and lingonberries, an evergreen huckleberry & our four blueberries all have many blossoms.
Soon, we will be enjoying the bounty God has blessed us with this year;
already we are enjoying the beauty He's filled our land with.

As you enjoy the bounty at your table,
remember to give Him thanks
He truly is a GOOD God!
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."
Genesis 1:11-13 KJV
apple tree blossoms
baby fruit on plum tree
rhubarb (taken about 2 weeks or so ago)

21 April 2009

A Vision in White

Maybe I've been spending too much time looking at the ground or gazing straight ahead of me. Or maybe I've just been looking in the wrong place in search of my beloved white lilac blossoms.
You know it was just a few days ago when I was in search of their seemingly elusive flowers that I saw this...
and today, when I was standing on a raised area,
this was the view in front of me.
Come to think about it, maybe it's none of those things.
Maybe it's just that spring is here and everything seems to be in bloom.
Blessings, Aimee
Photo: White lilac bush--a few days ago & now.

Homesteading Dreams

Wrote this awhile back

OK--I know that I should be a responsible adult and go to bed but I have one more topic on my mind and that is homesteading. Many, many, many years ago I took a series of classes on homesteading that was taught by a family that had actually done it. It was fascinating and the dream to do this has never gone away...though the books I purchased from them seem to have disappeared (deep sigh).
But though their books seem to have walked away for awhile, I have many, many other books that I've collected over the years on subjects such as organic gardening, fruit, vegetables, herbs, raising chickens, homesteading, building log cabins and much more. And the dream I've had for so many years still lives on.

We will see where this leads ...but I am learning to be very content where God has placed me NOW and use this land to it's fullest to bless us and others. And now I bid you all a good night:)

Blessings, Aimee

Photo: rural NW barn

19 April 2009

And a sweet sighting in the making!

This weekend I saw--

  • two snakes (there were two more near me that I didn't see)
  • two frogs in the pond
  • two Canadian geese flying right over us
  • one koi 'flashing" (leaping way out of the water)
and--this is a biggie for me...
blueberry blossoms!

These blossoms mean that, God willing, I'll be feasting on beautiful, juicy, sweet blueberries in only 2-3 months from now! YUM!

I so LOVE gardening:)
Note: we have several different types of blueberries--this is probably our Earliblue which is the first blueberry we have to ripen. Because I can never get enough blueberries (and I'm not alone in this), I'm thinking of adding another blueberry plant this year. I am told Ivanhoe might be a good choice as I like my berries a bit on the tart side -- I'm always beating the birds to ours:) I might also consider one of the latter blueberry type and maybe several of the 'dwarf' type berries--depends on whether I can find room for them.
Besides the wiki link above which has a lot of info and links of its own here is a website I just found tonight. It is sponsored by several of the NW universities (ID-OR-WA) & the USDA-ARS. Looks good and it has info on some other fruit crops grown in the NW including some more of my favorites!

Blessings, aimee

A good sighting

My hubby has an uncanny and sometimes unnerving ability to be able to sight animals and things which, try as I might, I cannot see --- even if he points them out to me.
One of the things I actually saw--on my own--today was this guy (actually he had a friend close by too)-

Now isn't that TOO neat?
And the really sweet thing about it was that not only did I see them, but they even stayed posed while I ran into the house to get my camera, walked back to the pond and while I shot several photos of them for you all!

A Quiet Weekend Morning

One morning I was in the shower;
relaxed as I stood under a warm stream of water there

When all of a sudden there appeared,

seemingly out of nowhere,
a strange shadow --
right on the shower wall.

It had long ears-
two of them
a very strange shape.

And then the shower curtain moved,
just ever so slightly

I’m still not sure what to call ‘it’,
peeked past the curtain there.

'It' had a face only a mother,


a wife of almost 30 years...
could and does most definitely love so VERY, VERY much
(and always will)!

Yep, that would be my hubby playing a joke on me again!
And because I know him so very well--

I could only do ONE thing
and that was to break up laughing---
and he, who knows me SO very well
knew that I would.
Bless you my darling for filling my life with laughter!
Note & disclosure:
These photos were actually taken in our reenactment of this morning's real life adventure--
I know that I shoot tons of photos, and take my camera almost everywhere,
but the shower isn't one of them!
Oh and seeking full disclosure here-
in the real life adventure I never saw the ear shadow coming!
I sincerely hope no one is offended by our little 'adventure'-
believe me
NO offense is meant or intended at all :)
"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
Proverbs 15:13 KJV
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