Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's been way to long...

...since I have been here to post! The last couple of months have been crazy busy, and true to form, my thyroid has chosen a time when I need to be on top of my game to wreak havoc on me again. And when the thyroid ain't happy, ain't nothin' in a body happy. I ran out of a supplement I have been taking that has made a tremendous difference in the way I feel, and it took me two weeks to get more. I won't let that happen again! Perhaps things will level back out in a week or two.

Meanwhile at the Dillard Family Homestead, on our humble 3/4 acre, spring has returned and the garden is almost put in. I have planted 24 tomatoes (12 Better Boy, 12 Rutgers heirlooms), red onions, garlic, carrots, lettuce and spinach, 10 sweet banana peppers, 16 potatoes (in their own private box) and 18 bell peppers (so far - I have some multi-colored bells that I haven't put out yet). I still have to get a row composted for the cukes (pickling and slicing) and okra, and although I really need to get those cukes in the ground, it is still too cool at night to plant okra yet. Maybe by mid-May.

My strawberry patch is doing wonderful! We have just started getting ripe berries, and our plants are loaded this year! My peach tree is also loaded with baby peaches, but my pear trees did not bloom this year. Perhaps they are not big enough yet. One of my apple trees bloomed, but I don't know yet if we will have fruit. I wish the pears and apples were as easy as my peach tree! I still have to learn about caring for the fruit trees. The blueberries I planted last year survived the winter, but I do not expect that they will produce this year at all.

I still have to get an herb garden planted, but I need for Kenny to build me a box for a raised bed. I'll be planting lavender and echinacea, rosemary, thyme, dill and cilantro. Maybe by this weekend...

Plus, I am going to interplant basil with my tomatoes along with marigolds and nasturtiums. These I will plant as seed; I just haven't had time to get them in the ground yet.

In addition, I am trying to adust my teaching style to better fit my childrens' learning styles. It is proving to be a difficult transition for me to make - but I suppose no more difficult than it is for them to learn in a style that is not suited to them. But this is the benefit of homeschooling - being able to provide the best learning environment possible. I covet your prayers as I continue to tackle the transition.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><
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