Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12th Challenge

Hi it’s Christina –

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Good Morning! I’m so tired, my hair even hurts. We busted our butts yesterday.

I’ll show you what we accomplished in a minute, but first I wanted to tell you why I purposely omitted Lys from yesterday’s blog. You see, while Dani, my hubby and I were working outside, Lys was in charge of desserts for last night’s dinner, so I knew a good chunk of today’s blog would be dedicated solely to her.

Zero calories on holidays,
As you have seen before, when it comes to desserts, Lys goes all out, and yesterday was no exception. She decided to do two different desserts, well actually three if you count the chocolate covered strawberries. She did individual servings of ice cream in a chocolate shell cup, and she made a marble cake.

Chocolate cups filled with
ice cream
Lys has gotten the decorating down, her creations are absolutely beautiful. Now she needs to polish her actual baking though. Although the marble cake tasted okay, it came out very dense, kind of like a pound cake. She needs to experiment a little more until she gets more consistent, and I will happily be her kitchen guinea pig.

Now, as for the garden; at nine, Dani and I headed off to Lowe's. We bought cinder blocks, mulch, manure, potting soil, vegetables – in both seed and plant form, and herbs – again in both seed and plant form. We looked over the hanging baskets for the two grandmothers’ gifts, but didn’t see anything we liked, so we decided to get empty baskets and individual flowers, and make our own.

All that's left of the
three yards of dirt
Three yards of dirt were dumped at the top of our driveway around eleven thirty. Unfortunately, because of all the rain we’ve had lately, the driver didn’t want to take a chance in getting her truck stuck, so she wouldn’t drive the load of dirt out back. That meant we (meaning my husband) had to wheelbarrow all the dirt.

The first trough took eleven barrows full, and probably could have taken two more, but I was nervous we wouldn’t have enough dirt. I should have waited until all the troughs were full before I started planting, but I wanted to get one done.

Strawberry Patch
Six hours of constant work by the three of us, and the garden is filled, planted, and mulched. The only thing I was worried about was, we didn’t have enough time, or quite frankly the energy, to put the cage around the garden. Sure enough, I poked my head out my bedroom window, and it does look like the wildlife had a buffet. When I get dressed, I’ll go and take a better look, but I think my lettuce was someone’s late night snack. Hopefully it won’t be too bad.

I still have to get onions and garlic, and then my herb bed will be finished, and then I have one section in front of the corn where I can plant one more thing, but I haven’t decided what will go there. I was debating about just putting in more corn, but I really think the eight stalks I planted will be more than enough for us. I don’t know, maybe artichokes would be good.

trough one is the closest
please ignore the long grass
our tractor is getting fixed
This photo shows you the whole garden from the north end. The first bed is corn on the left, a blue berry bush and a raspberry bush. In front of the berry bushes are carrots and radishes. The second bed has cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, red, yellow and orange peppers. The third bed (which still need the trellis put up) has peas, green beans and wax beans on the small side, and then zucchini, eggplant and cucumbers on the large side. The fourth bed has lettuce, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. The final bed is my herb bed. On the left is where the onions and garlic are going to go. Then I have basil, dill, and finally rosemary. Along the western edge is my strawberry patch.

All we have left to do is the fence needs to be fastened around the perimeter, the trellis for the climbing veggies, the door, and the screen roof. Next weekend my hubby will be building my spud bin. It may take his back that long to recover after all the work he did yesterday. Between muscle aches and sunburn, he was in sad shape last night. I felt so bad for him, and I really feel guilty that I have to ask him to do more work tonight when he gets home from work, but I fear if we don’t get the fence up tonight, there won’t be anything left in the garden to fence in by tomorrow morning.

Dinner at my sister in law’s was nice, even though her dogs ate the two and a half steaks and the chicken I had left over and had planned on bringing home. My mom and my mother in law liked their baskets, and were impressed that Dani made them. PJ and Alex got me a box of chocolates and a gift card for dinner and a movie. Now I need to check out what movies are playing to see if there’s something I want to see.

Eternity Knot
I was very surprised when Dani and Lys handed me a gift as well. They handed me a Pandora bag, but I didn’t think much of it because we have a ton of those bags. Then I opened it and it was, in fact, Pandora charms for my bracelet. I got two new beads, the eternity knot charm and the clouds charm. Now I have six charms total, four from PJ and Alex, and two from Lys and Dani.

As I was opening my gifts, my hubby proudly announced he got me dirt and poop for Mother’s Day. Yes he did. Dirt, poop, and plants totaling over three hundred dollars, plus an entire day of slave labor and the cost of his back. Then he had the nerve to apologize for not getting me a card. Seriously? As far as I’m concerned, he went over and above, and I don’t need a silly card which will only end up in recycling in a few weeks anyway.

Okay, I have rambled on long enough, and I still have the challenge to do, so I will say TTFN. I hope you have a great day, and happy writing!

Your Last Challenge was:

Write about either your mom, being a mom, or what it means to be a mom.

Ten minutes is definitely not enough time to write everything about what being a mom means to me, but I shall try.

Always, since as far back as I can remember, I had wanted to be a mom; and since I was an only child, I was determined to have several children. I hated being an only, and I was not going to do that to my kid.

When PJ was born, I would sit there, holding him and staring at him, for hours on end. Although I had always wanted children, until I held him, I really had no clue what that meant. I couldn’t believe I had made another person. Reality also set in that this defenseless being’s life depended on me, but for some reason, I wasn’t scared. I knew, in my heart, this is what I was supposed to be doing, and even though I was bound to make some mistakes along the way – like securing his hands into his diaper during a three am diaper change – we would be okay, and we were.

I love being a mom!
Clockwise starting at noon
PJ, Lys, Dani, and PJ's girlfriend Alex
The hairy blonde is Colby
When I found out I was pregnant with Lys, I held PJ extra tight, because I couldn’t fathom loving another child as much as I loved him. That all changed when I held Lys for the first time. That’s when I understood a mother’s heart swells to hold enough love for all her children. By the time Dani was on her way, I was just excited over having a new addition to the family.

Yeah, ten minutes wasn’t enough. I found myself cutting out tons just so I could squeeze in all three kids, and instead I think I gypped them all. Oh well, this is just meant to be a writing exercise, not a dissertation.

Your Next Challenge is:

There’s a knock at your door, and when you open it, someone famous is standing on your doorstep.

You have ten minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count, and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else has written. Go.