Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chore Time……


    My foot is finally starting to feel better just in time to get that over due garden taken care of. It’s been calling to me every day but I just couldn’t get there. This last weekend I spent some time out there weeding!! I prayed first. I asked God to help me get through it. I asked for three things. 1. Please no bugs dive bombing me…I hate bugs! 2. It was a fairly cool, cloudy day, and I asked if it could stay that way for a while. 3. Please keep the pain at bay until I am done. What happened, was nothing short of a miracle…… I have tons of these yellowish gold beetles that love to land on me, constantly, when I am outside. They are really dumb bugs too. They fly right into your hair or eyes or mouth if you let them! Although they flew all around me, only two landed on me. I am telling you….that’s a miracle. My foot did not hurt once and I had been in pain every day up until then. I did ice it the night before. The sun stayed behind the clouds until I picked the last weed!!!!! When I said in my head, “I am done,” I felt the sun on my back!! Wow….thank you God.

Here are some after photos….








Gourds coming along……


He spins with the wind and keeps birds on their toes.


Beets need more weeding and thinning….


Rainbow carrots…..the same….


Obie decided to see what was in the bushes. Can you see him in there?


I smell something!!


What was that???


Awe…’s gone….that darned chipmunk!!

I did manage to get to a few yard sales for the first time this summer last weekend. I came home with some nice treasures. Two lovely photo frames @ 50 cents each…..


The pine cone one is by a mid west artist.


And I just loved the look of the other silver one.


I also found an old box of playing cards for 10 cents!! They are called Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards and they are so neat!



DSC04784 I guess they have been making these since the early 1900’s. Very interesting. Sometime this summer I am going to have a giveaway and these will be part of it, unless my friend Joyce at Octoberfarm would like them?? Do you have a set of these Joyce? Let me know! I also came across these two bowls made by Nantucket. I just loved the color of them….and the price too! It was a dollar for the two of them! How could I resist?







Aren’t they pretty? I love that shade of faded blue. I have another project I have been working on for someone.  It will spoil the surprise if I show you now. After the 4th I will post about it. It’s been fun to make. What have you all been up to?

Oh I found my bug this morning. The one that is eating my geranium leaves and my alyssum plants and the one that likes to land in your hair and eyes! Here’s a photo….


They are called Rose Chafers. Here’s a link with more info about them.  Rose Chafer Bugs   They are such pests!! I collected these awful bugs in cups of soapy water, probably 50 to 100 at a time, almost daily. I destroyed probably 3 to 5 hundred of them this way. I also tried white vinegar and water in a cup. That was much quicker. I simply knocked them off the plants and into the cup. Here are some more images…..

                        Rose Chafer Images

   I hope they are gone for the summer. They like sandy soil and I have plenty of that! They also like strawberries and the farmers on my road grow acres and acres of them. Maybe that is why they came here to begin with? I wonder what’s next!



Are you having any bug problems???


Kathleen said...

It's good to know that at times, we have a direct line to God. Your garden is coming along great. Those tomatoes are really humming! The pine cone frame is to die for. So Maine. I also love the bowls. And those Gypsy Witch sisters and I used to play with those when I was a kid. Hope you are still feeling good. That Obie is just too cute.
Hugs & luv, Kathleen

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi debbie! i do have those cards but thank you so much for thinking of me. someone will be very happy to win them. you found some great stuff! i love the bowls and that pine cone frame is wonderful. i am cleaning out here and giving everything to my son for a big yard sale on saturday. i have hundreds of vcr tapes and don't even have a vcr anymore. unreal! the slugs ate all of my marigolds. plus when i go out to look for them i end up sliding on those boogers with my bare feet...ugh! have a great 4th and thanks again for thinking of me!

Shelia said...

Hi Debbie! Yuck, bugs!! I'm like you, I don't like the bugs! So glad you were albe to get so much done outside. God really does care about everything that concerns us - even weeding the garden. :) Which looks so good, by the way!
Love your garage sale finds! Those bowls are so pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Michelle said...

Oh I love your garden, Debbie! Especially your scarecrow. :) Those fortune telling playing cards are very, very cool!! :)

Evansmom said...

I love your yard sale finds. I never have any luck but you scored big. Enjoy the holiday weekend here in Maine!

Dawn said...

Hi Debbie, I came here two nights ago and poof! my comment disappeared!#!@ Anyway, my garden is put to shame next to yours it is so filled with weeds, next week is to dooms day for them.
Madame would LOVE those cards, we have looked for a year for her but they are all too graphic if ya know what I mean.
Obie is too cute with the squirrels and such. Mine can't hear them or so he pretends to not be able to, HA!
Ugh, on the bug, they are even uglier than the japanese beetle. Have a happy 4th!

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