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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And the backyard pets get bigger

As I mentioned previously, Mrs. Wolves is housesitting (mostly dogsitting, really) for a friend who lives even more out in the sticks than we do. Naturally, then, more nature stuff happens in their yard than in ours, right? Wrong.

Yeah, we have a groundhog and a bunny as backyard pets. But we get much larger backyard pets, even if they aren't exactly in our backyard. Mrs. Wolves came home from housesitting on Monday (to let Jeb the Wonderdog out to pee and stuff like that) and caught these two guys, not in our backyard, but in the area behind our backyard:


Mother and child, right? Bambi and mama. We got it.

Butterflies are still free

Mrs. Wolves is housesitting for a friend who lives in an area that apparently has other butterflies not present here. Which means she got a picture of a Monarch butterfly:


And another picture of some kind of swallowtail butterfly:


So there you have it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

She does like her clouds

Mrs. Wolves recently shared a couple pictures with me that, naturally, I have to put on the blog. The first was taken last Wednesday after she dropped me off at the commuter bus stop. It was sunrise, and it looked like this:


The second was taken near home. Different day, I think, but also a sunrise, looking out over Farmer John's (whose name is almost certainly not John) cornfield next to our house:


Quite nice, I think.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The backyard pets get together

We have a couple wild animals that apparently consider our backyard to be their personal domain. Both are juveniles, born this season, and both apparently have set up burrows under the shed of my neighbor, since they come out from under the fence. One of them is a groundhog:


The other is a rabbit:


Mrs. Wolves considers both of them to be her "pets," even though they both pretty much are ignorant of our existence. Nonetheless, she takes a motherly attitude toward them and will not let me mow the backyard for fear of reducing their food supply.

The other day, we had what amounted to a once-a-century alignment of the planets. Both of Mrs. Wolves' "pets" were eating in the backyard, and could be fit in the same picture frame:


I certainly hope they move on so that I can mow the back yard before the homeowmers' association jacks me up for having my grass too long.

Butterflies are free

Mrs. Wolves likes to wander the wilderness, or at least our local version of it, searching for things to take pictures of. Like butterflies. Like this oen:


She told me what kind of butterfly this is, but I forgot:


But it is a purdy butterfly:


Is it not?

Monday, August 7, 2017

I went to The Farm today

OK, so it was yesterday, because I am slow to post, but anyway, there it is. The Farm is proving to be both very rewarding and a little discouraging. Several crops are doing well -- most, really -- including the early crops such as peas, lettuce, Swiss chard and kale. Others have done well, but below expectations, such as the potatoes, onions and garlic. Others, like the beans, okra and carrots, have blown up and been great. Still others, such as the squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, are not setting the world on fire but have time to recover. Not sure what is going on with those crops. Hope we can turn them around.

In any event, I went to The Farm yesterday and did some harvesting. Here is what we got.

The corn is growing nicely. I expect a harvest se=ometime around the end of September:


Okra coming in well, producing big fruit:


And more on the way:


Beans like you wouldn't believe:


Second-crop kale and Swiss chard, but I am not convinced:


Yes, I brought in a boatload of beans:


Also squash, zucchini, garlic and our first tomato:


The carrots come from thinning the field; can't wait for the actual crop:


The peppers are starting to come in. These are drying as we speak:


All in all, I am not unhappy with the garden. Hoping some of the crops improve, but I guess we'll see. Deer are a big problem, and I am not allowed to deal with them the way I would like, alas. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.






Saturday, August 5, 2017

Last farming catch-up post

I didn't make it to The Farm last weekend because of work and stuff, but I still have an update from the previous weekend. I also expect to get to The Farm this weekend at some point, so you have that to look forward to, but right now, I have some stuff that is two weeks behind.

The corn I planted is doing nicely. We are trying to protect it from the deer, but I think we are looking good for a late September/early October harvest:


Wasn't much to do around the beds last time I was at The Farm except to harvest stuff. So I did. got a bunch of onions:


A decent amount of green beans:


Some garlic:


A few bell peppers:


Some carrots, as well. These are just the carrots I get because I am thinning the bed. The real thing will come later, but for now we have these:


And, of course, okra. Can't wait to make some gumbo:


More harvest stuff coming.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sadie has left the building

Sadie, the Auxiliary Back-up Dog, died today at the age of 13.


We will miss Sadie, but we will never forget her. She was, I think, the sweetest dog ever. All she ever wanted was a belly rub:


A little more than a year ago, we gave Sadie to Cpl. Wolves and Married Into Wolves, because they wanted a pet but wanted to take baby steps. Both of them loved Sadie, so it was a natural fit. Over at the new place, Sadie enjoyed many an hour playing the sock game with Cpl. Wolves, who would taunt her with a sock while she tried to kill it:


She was very happy in her new home, back with the boy she loved so much and getting more attention than she had in years.

Unfortunately, she died today from cancer. I know she's in a better place. Her decline was rapid, and I don't think she suffered -- she went from apparently fine to not in just two weeks. She was a love muffin, and we will miss her. Best auxiliary back-up dog ever.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another boring traffic post

July turned out to be the fifth-best month for the blog in terms of visitors. This despite the fact that I didn't even post once a day (29 out of 31 days). Go figure.

On the other hand, I am now ahead of the game for August, at least as far as posting goes. So I have that going for me.

Friday, July 28, 2017

More farming catch-up

Getting there, I guess. Went to The Farm Saturday, and I was pleased with what I saw. The corn is coming in nicely:


The leaf lettuce has bolted due to the heat:


So I pulled it all out and will put something else in this bed:


Harvested a bunch of kale:


And Swiss chard:


And green beans:


And some okra:


Not sure what to do with the okra right now -- freeze or can? -- because it is too hot for gumbo at the moment. We'll see.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Farming catch-up

Went farming a couple weeks ago and am just now getting the pictures up. Yeah, call me a slacker.

Anyway, Farmer Tom finally relented, and we put some corn in the bed where we harvested potatoes a few weeks ago. That corn is up:


The tomatoes are doing great. We just have to keep the deer away. Bambi must die:


We have four staggered bean crops in, planted a week or two apart. The first bean crop is doing well:


More been crops follow:


Against all odds, the kale and Swiss chard are enduring the summer heat and still producing:


And the okra looks good:


Lots of pods forming:


Busting it, as you can see:


The peppers are starting to produce:


We put in pole beans a bit ago, and they are getting ready to climb:


Squash seems to be getting ready:


Farmer Tom put in a number of sunflower plants, which have survived deer attacks and are approaching seed-readiness:


Did I mention the tomatoes are doing OK? Good, because they are:


Harvested some squash and zukes. Bread coming:


Also harvested some onions. Got red, white and yellow in there:


All in all, The Farm is doing well so far this summer. We'll see how things go from here.