Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hot Summer and Celebrations!

      There's been a lot going on around here since I wrote the last post! And man, has it gotten hot! The temps seem to ALWAYS be in the 90's! I'm just glad I don't live in Texas or some other hotter state! We've gotten a lot of rain so the humidity has been very high! Enough to for the windows and your glasses to fog up when you go outside! It was like that at the beach too. Oh yea, we've been to the beach. I like the beach, but I'm always so glad to get back home!

      We celebrated our 23rd anniversary on June 14th! I can't believe it has been 23 years since we got married! In some ways, it seems like last week! God has truly blessed our marriage and I believe He will continue to do so! I love looking back and seeing what He's done for us and how far He's brought us! It's amazing!

      The garden has been producing! I've never had much success with squash and zucchini but this year's harvests have been awesome! I'm so thankful to harvest so much squash and green beans! The green beans have finally slowed down, only after I canned 42 pints! The cucumbers have been producing well too! I canned 2 half gallons of refrigerator pickles! There will be more to pickle about next week. The peas are starting to get ready, but I don't know if there will be enough to can. The tomatoes aren't producing much either. At least I will get some tomatoes! This is our best garden ever! I've even had enough cucumbers and squash to share! There's so much I want to improve on for next year. I will definitely get the cucumbers on a trellis, as they are taking over the whole garden! I will also space the squash and other plants out better. I hope to get the ground covered with mulch and more cardboard, too. I love learning and improving the garden with each passing growing season!

      Did I mention I've been picking blackberries? I've gotten about 2-3 pints so far and it takes 5 pints of berries to make 5 cups of jelly. It was so hot yesterday, picking those blackberries. I hope I didn't get chiggers! Not to mention, all the briars I got stuck with! Some are still in my fingers! The things a country girl will go through to get wild berries!

      Today we will celebrate my sister's 50th birthday! Tomorrow, 4th of July! Summer and celebrations! Got to love them! Next month, Amber and the girls come back from Morocco and we will celebrate Layla's 4th birthday! I sure do miss them! I'm sure the time will pass quickly, at least for us. Amber is wanting my homemade bread and pizza. I guess they don't have quite the same kind of food in Morocco!

      Thanks for all the new followers! I hope you enjoy reading the blog. Leave a comment when you can! I always enjoy reading ya'lls comments! Have a great day! Blessings from Bama! (On the preview, there is a large picture of my plum jam. I didn't put it in this post. Maybe it won't show up. Weird!)

Our first zucchini!

I made zucchini bread with this. It was delicious!

How about some wax beans! I picked many more baskets of these and even more green beans!

Some of our many cukes!

Our anniversary present was to re-finish the flower beds. It's been too hot and I've been too busy to get back to it!

Checking on the honey bees.

There hasn't been much activity on the outside, but the inside looked good.

The hive on the left is out-doing itself! He had to add another super!

Look how tall it is now!

Refrigerator pickles. A little sour for my taste.

I like to make three-bean salad which uses wax beans. They are hard to find at the grocery store so I grew and canned my own. I should have enough for the year!

These seeds came from Baker Seed. I think they are a combo of zucchini and yellow squash.

Another batch of beans.

Skylar is peering down at a shell with a mollusk or something inside. Taken behind the camper looking onto St. Andrews Bay.

Our spot.

Skylar's spot!

Skylar's collection of hermit crabs.

Waiting in line to eat at Captain Anderson's.

Mom and Dad went to the beach too. I like the Si-shirt the guy behind them is wearing.

The Sea Screamer.

The boat the guys went deep-sea fishing on. They brought back white and red snapper.

The view behind the camper.

The ceiling inside Margaritaville. The restaurant is something to see!

The highlight of the trip! They love to ride these go-carts!

Even more green beans!

I'm planning on spending some time in here this summer!

These squash plants are half as tall as me!


  1. I have been wondering what you have been up to. I've missed reading your posts. Looks like you have been busy. Gardening keeps one busy! I love the pictures of the hermit crabs - so artistic. My garden is weedy yet. I've been trying to keep up, but with all the manure we added this year - we added more weeds. It's just a work in progress. :) Have a great 4th! We hope the weather holds out so we can bale hay.

    1. Hi Jacky! Yes, so busy! Thanks, Skylar took that pic! I understand about that! Yes, you too! I hope ya'll get to bale that hay! Blessings!

  2. Your garden is producing great! Love the pictures of camping on the beach. We are always at a lake here and they never seem to have any FISH! I'd be spending time in that pool too, if I had one!

    1. Hi Becky! I'm so excited about the garden! It has fed us multiple times already! We had a great time at the beach! I hope to get in the pool for the first time this summer, today! Blessings!

  3. Wow!!! Love all of your canning photos!! I did a lot last year but this year I've been too busy..:( I also loved, loved your camping spot....especially Skylar's spot!!! Looks like a great summer so far! Go Bama bloggers...:)))))

    1. HI Lisa! Thanks! I've been so busy 'putting up' that I don't have time for much else! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

  4. Your garden is producing amazingly! I don't think this is my best garden year! A belated Happy 23rd Anniversary! Your plum jam is beautiful and I imagine is so yummy as well! You do so much! If you have time would you post the recipe for your 3 bean salad? We are on facebook under BobandNancy Davis Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you! I am really in the 'throws', if you would call it that, of the garden! A bushel of corn, a half-bushel of peas, a box of canning tomatoes is what I'm working on now. These were purchased from a local farm. I hope to check ya'll out on Facebook soon and maybe share the recipe. Might be awhile though! Blessings!

  5. Wonderful "summery" post! Your garden is really producing! So glad your "girls" are due back! I'll bet you've really missed them!

    Love the photo of you and hubby waiting at the restaurant...happy anniversary, you two! :)
    Love, Cheeryshirley

    1. Hi Cheeryshirley! Nice to hear from you again! Hope your summer isn't too hot! Yes, I'm counting down the days until they return! Thank you! Blessings!


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