Tag Archives: september

summer school?

It feels only a tiny bit more September-y now that the first day of school has arrived. Normally this week I’d be getting amped up for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple fritters, and the traditional first pumpkin spice latte of the season. We’re having some sort of rare, record breaking stretch of hot September weather here in the Pacific Northwest and it kind of rules. Hey, I don’t have to go to school!

This guy does, however – number 2 pencils and all. Sophomore year, we are ready to kick your ass.

Levi says he hasn’t felt this exhausted in awhile. Not surprising. He has been staying up until 3 or 4 all summer. We did enforce a bedtime this week, but this will be a rough adjustment. As a shift worker who flip-flops from nights to days every 8 weeks, I am an expert. Maybe it will start to feel like fall when I switch back to day shift in a week or so.

Let’s do a roll call on the boys around here while we still have four. In addition to the teenager, we’ve got:

expert chicken guard

Mr. Jimmy Rabies
window sill lounger

Cry-Baby Walker
not nearly as mean as he looks

Still no crowing. I don’t know if the day it happens we will suddenly be desperate to find him a new home. We have at least one interested future rooster owner, so we won’t panic. Yet.


Filed under chickens, family

food happening in our yard

Time for an early September garden check in. Oh my god, can you believe it’s September?

Time to start plotting what to make out of these adorable sugar pumpkins!

We have a steady stream of patty pan right now.

Then we have this one patty pan that mysteriously turned mostly green. It’s from the same plant as the others.

There are one or two tomatoes ready everyday, but not a giant pile of them yet. Good thing we are ordering 30 or 40 pounds from a local organic farm to can so we can enjoy ours fresh.

These are possibly my favorite tomatoes – green zebras!

the mixed bed of green onions, leeks + peppers

We’ve got ground cherries in the front and backyard, and we’re starting to get a taste of them. I’ve got plans for them so I hope they ripen soon.

Our watermelons didn’t get planted out in time, and didn’t do so well when they were inside, but this little guy is still trying to make a watermelon. Aww.

This is not food, but the Japanese maple we planted out in July is thriving. This gives me hope for the dozen or so dwarf fruit trees we plan to attempt to plant in our yard soon.

What are you eating from your yard?


Filed under garden