May 13

I come from a family of farmers on my dad’s side. Y’all have seen pictures of my dad at his grandpa’s farm. I have so many happy memories of that place. Drinking water from an old hand pump well, playing in old barns, picking rows and rows and rows of strawberries and eating them warm, running through the apple orchard, playing on an antique wood stove, watching my great-grandmother cook, walking in the cow pasture with my dad. To this day, one of my favorite smells is an old barn. The musty hay/rotting manure/animal smell delights me to this very day.

That is why, what I have to show you is so sad.

You see, my great-grandfather had a 118 acre farm. My grandmother had a huge garden, my dad has always had a garden,

and I have been reduced to this.

And this.

And this.

I told you it was so very sad.

You might wonder why the last photo is blurry. That is because I had to stand on my tippy-toes to snap that shot. I wasn’t about to step out in the rain for it, not even for the blog. My hair might have been compromised, and that wouldn’t do.

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19 thoughts on “May 13”

  1. I think you did a fine job with what you have and you’ll get plent of fruit from your hard work. Especially from the “nothing” container.

    Send some rain down here. Thanks!

  2. Don’t feel bad. My garden looks about the same. My parents alway had and still do have a huge garden.

    I love going to my dad’s hay field when he is cutting it. There is just no smell like that of fresh hay.

    We have the manure too. Yummy!

  3. I remember those same smells. People think I’m nuts when I tell them how much I love those farm smells. Poor folks, they just don’t understand.

  4. So much for family traditions….I will be glad to bring the big tiller over and plow up the “lower 40” for you…less grass to mow…save gas…just a thought.


  5. I wish I had what you have. This weekend I’ll be buying some hanging baskets, ones that have been outside already so that I don’t have to worry about remembering to take them in before going to bed.

    I don’t know where we’ll build beds this summer for next year so this year I’ll be doing what you’re doing. I don’t come from a line of farmers, I don’t know any at all in fact. I do know that my parents enjoy landscaping their property but I don’t think that they grow any veggies or fruit, mom has done strawberries and tomatoes in the past but it’s been a while.

    Send some of that rain west it is needed.

  6. I spent day after day weeding the garden when I was little so now the only gardens I have are flower gardens . I do agree with you about the barns though , they were always so much fun when I was a kid !

  7. You may compromise on the garden, but not the hair. I am so glad you have your priorities right, girlfriend!

    From your non-gardening-don’t-wanna-play-in-the-dirt friend. 😀

  8. Hey~~I’ve got the same thing on my deck(it’s 9 feet up) I can’t plant anything in the yard because we have deer, a groundhog, rabbit, way too many chipmunks and they eat everything the little buggers…

    I love the pool idea!

  9. I don’t even have what you have my dear. We may all end up gardening with prices mounting the way they are.

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