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Archive for June, 2009

Sleepy Sunday

Jon was away this weekend for a friend’s bachelor party… looks like a few doggies took his place on the bed!

Mr. Biddles and Barley sacked out on Jon's side of the bed on a rainy Sunday morning.

Mr. Biddles and Barley sacked out on Jon's side of the bed on a rainy Sunday morning.

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Everbearing.

I know you’re jealous of my harvest… all three berries!DSC00745

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Good Samaritan.

The only shampoo that I can remember having in the house when I was young was Apple Pectin and I used to absolutely love the smell of it. It had a pump top that made it easy as a kid to dispense and it came in this colossal-sized container. To be honest, I can’t remember when we stopped using it but I have often remembered if fondly. We’ll come back to the Apple Pectin a bit later…

So, last Friday just as I sat down to my desk for work I received a distraught call from my soon-to-be mother-in-law who lives just down the road. She is extremely frightened of dogs, presumably there was an incident with an unfriendly Kujo in the past. Anyhoot, there was a dog barking outside of her door. Of course, she needed to go to work as well as pack the car for a trip that she was leaving for right after work and she was not about to venture out of the house with this unknown dog in her garage. Upon arriving at her house the dog was nowhere to be found so I stuck around while she packed the car and than proceeded to look for the dog. It turns out he was hunkered down and shivering in the attic above the garage. I finally coaxed it into my truck and made the appropriate calls to the animal control officer and the shelter because it didn’t have any tags. It was a skinny brown and white dog and I saw one large nipple and therefore assumed that it was a female. I decided to bring her to the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society. While driving she finally stopped shaking and dried off a bit from the rain. She started cleaning herself and I saw boy parts on my assumed girl dog! Indeed, this poor dog that I had been calling “good girl” for an hour turned out to be a boy. No wonder it wasn’t responding! When we arrived at the shelter he had no interest in getting out of my truck which absolutely broke my heart and when he finally did with assistance he was stiff and could barely walk. He may even have been older than Old Man Biddles. I have yet to call the shelter to find out if his owner ever found him, I will most likely do so tomorrow. They said that they would keep him for seven days to see if his owner claimed him and he would than be put up for adoption. Don’t worry everyone… I am not considering getting another dog. He was a sweetheart though.

Last night Sue, Jon’s mother, came over for dinner and she said that she had a gift for me for being her dog hero. What did she have, you ask? Apple Pectin shampoo of course!!!! I used it last night and have been smelling my hair all morning! 

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Lupines and carrots!

For those of you who don’t live in Maine, you may not know that it just rained… a lot. When the sun peaked out from behind the clouds this afternoon I took a stroll through the garden. I was worried because I planted carrot and beets just before all the above-mentioned rain and I was worried that the seeds were going to rot on me. Imagine my surprise when I saw a bunch of tiny carrots finding their way to the sunlight! The jury is still out on the beets. I randomly tossed a bunch of wildflower seeds last year in the fall and the lupines are just starting to show their faces.

The first lupine of the season.

The first lupine of the season.

Oh, and look who’s growing up!

I counted four beaks the other day. Not sure how they all fit in that tiny nest!

I counted four beaks the other day. Not sure how they all fit in that tiny nest!

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Rocks, rocks and more rocks.

My friend’s Erin and Stacey spent Saturday night around a bonfire with us here on the homestead. We’ve been waiting a long time for a burning permit and the brush has been piling up! A great evening was had after a morning of work followed by a trip to the Saco Farmers’ Market as well as a bunch of other errands. I even had time to put some more seedlings into the raised beds before our guests arrived.

Bed heads.

Bed heads.

On Sunday morning we took the ladies to the Raven Hill Orchard and Farm a few miles away for some tasty treats. It also took care of their “fancy” coffee fix! We got down to work after that and took Big Red (our old beat-up F150) down to a rock pile at Jon’s mother’s house and gathered a motherload of rocks for our landscaping….

These will be landscaped raised beds soon!

These will be landscaped raised beds soon!

It was great to have company… especially company that wanted to get their hands dirty!

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Feed me Seymour!

They’ve hatched and they’re all beak.

Waiting for worms.

Waiting for worms.

I must say, she made herself a pretty plush nest. Just look at all that moss!

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