Sunday, July 15, 2012

Enjoying Summer!

Enjoying some free ice cream at our county's "Breakfast on the Farm"

Wow, when I said I thought things would slow down a bit on the blog this summer, I had no idea they would slow down this much!! Here I am again and in 2 days it's one month since my last post.

It's time for a photo montage!! That will be my project this week (hopefully).

Our first time participating in a CSA at Tipi Produce

I hope you all are enjoying your summer. Ours is going very nicely, but Southern Wisconsin is experiencing a severe drought! We are also having one of the hottest summers on record with several days strung together reaching over 100. Now that is HOT. I was thankful our pastor asked our congregation to join him in praying for the local farmers who are being hit extremely hard. I pray for them every time I drive by the drying corn and soybean fields. Surprisingly, my garden is still doing well since I've maintained a fairly decent watering schedule. We are looking forward to some garden-fresh, juicy tomatoes! This is also our first year joining a CSA (community supported agriculture). We get a box of fresh vegetables every other week and I've been cooking with lots of fun things like bok coy, kohlrabi, beets and turnips. Things I've never made before. Our insurance provider reimburses us $200 so it is very affordable. We will probably do this every year now.

Our 20-gallon bucket "tank" with our 5 new tadpoles 
(you can just barely see two of them swimming at opposite sides here)

We also have a fun project - we're keeping TADPOLES! Ever since we watched a caterpillar transform into a butterfly, I've been wanting to find tadpoles for my science-loving son to see transform into frogs (in this case toads). He gets a big kick out of saying "metamorphosis". My sister had some toads lay hundreds of eggs in their backyard pond so we brought home five of the tadpoles. We're keeping them in a 20 gallon square bucket and we had one of them just develop legs.

What are some of the fun things you've been enjoying this summer?

Thanks for visiting!!


Lovin' Life said...

What a great summer! Love the tadpoles. What a neat thing to watch. I am hoping to order some frog eggs this year for school. Have a great rest of the summer!

Brigitte said...

The CSA sounds great. We don't have any locally but I've always wanted to join one!

Tracey M. said...

Thanks Lovin Life! Hope you are getting settled into your new home and enjoying your summer too :o)

Brigitte - I didn't know how affordable it would be, but in comparing it to what we spend at the grocery store, we are doing well!

tea said...

Your summer sounds fun, Tracey! I love the idea of doing the tadpoles! Our son would like that too. Glad to hear your garden is doing well. Ours is eeking by, but we're thankful for what we have.

I wanted to thank you for commenting on my blogs. I've been so out of it with blogging and visiting blogs - I figured no one would bother reading along with me anymore. Your comments are always a blessing. Thanks! :)

Candace said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog and your encouraging words. :) I'm sorry for your struggles...but like you, I have found in sharing we encourage one another!

Tracey M. said...

Tea - It's so good to hear from you! Yes, I love keeping up with your blog. I forgot to tell you I watched The Way that you recommended. It was a really good story. I am still trying to figure out how to get your blog in my RSS feed...

Candace - I'm so glad you stopped by my blog! I'm really enjoying your posts and spending time on your site. It's very edifying.

Elle Belles Bows said...

It has been way too long!

I love our CSA and it sounds like you have a great one too!!

I am definitely going to try the tadpoles for E. I think she would be really fascinated by them.

No worries on slowing down. It has been 9 months since my last post. I just saw that I can follow you by subscribing on your email. I am going to do that. I am deleting my blog. If you want, you can find me here:

I plan to still stay on GFC.

Take care!


Tracey M. said...

How delightful to hear from you!! I have checked in a few times on your blog as I did LOVE your writing. I "liked" your page! Do let me know if you ever start blogging again. I definitely see how our blogs go through seasons! Blessings to you and so glad you stopped by. :o)

Nancy said...

New follower here from Bloggie Moms! I look forward to looking around more!
I love the idea of growing tadpole! My kiddos would totally LUV that! Hmmmmm, have to think about that one. Thx for the idea!
nancy-of the crazy 9

Create With Joy said...

Dear Tracey,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment! I am delighted to meet you and look forward to getting to know you!

I host three weekly parties that I'd love for you to be a part of - Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Friendship Friday - and I currently am hosting an e-book giveaway that you might be interested in! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to your next visit!

Create With Joy

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