April 15, 2014 - Daddyisms

I call them Daddyisms.

I said "My tailbone just feels raw!"

Mr. Granny heard "I need a heated bra."

April 14, 2014 - The Family Garden

Saturday, "Bigfoot Bryan" (the favorite son-in-law), came over and weeded the entire garden.  I had tried to keep it up, but only managed to get it half done, and the weeds were growing fast with the irrigation water now feeding them.  He also got netting installed over the last spinach bed.  I had wanted to be there to take pictures, but I fell asleep and slept through the entire job!  John came over today, so I had him take pictures of the great job Bryan did.

 The spinach is protected.

 Strawberries are blooming in their new bed.

 And in their second new bed.  John planted Provider and Jade bush beans in those boxes today.  Just a single row of seeds across the front edge of each box, sweet peppers will fill the backs of the boxes.

 Garlic is over a foot tall.  Radishes are up.  It's almost time to begin running garden twine over the peas, to give them something to climb on.

 They are hard to see right now, but broccoli is in the bed in the center, cabbage in the bed to the right of the broccoli and along the side of the kennel between the radish squares.

 Another hard to see, but the two wide row plantings on the right are sweet onions.

 My future carrot bed.  We'll get it planted....eventually.

 Look!  My Red Norland potatoes are up (fenced bed)!

Copra onions and protected lettuce bed.  Aren't the narcissus pretty?

And that is my our nice, clean, Family Garden!

Yesterday, after the boys got the crabapple tree planted, John went out and planted all the broccoli (6) and cabbages (12).

He was very careful to plant the seedlings 30" apart.

Cutworm collars were added to all.

Another thing I didn't photograph, and nobody in this family would believe it if they didn't see it with their own eyes........while John gardened, son Scott cleaned my kitchen and hand washed the dishes (the dishwasher was full of clean ones), then he damp mopped all the hard surface floors!

Shannon came later, to plant the cabbage and broccoli, but since her brother already had that covered, we just had a nice long visit.

April 13, 2014 - A Tree For Mom

The boys showed up with a special gift for their Mom.

 A lovely, flowering tree.  Scott supervised while John did the work.

 They went for a dogwood, but those were all on back order.  So they bought a flowering crabapple.  Now I can tease them about planting a crabby tree for a crabby old lady, LOL!

Scott's dog, Lola, helped.  Oh yes, she did!

That was a very thoughtful gift, my dear boys.

I love you.

April 12, 2014 - Thank You, Anke!

Back when I first announced my hair loss, Anke, from Our Little Piece of Heaven, offered to knit me a hat.  She even asked what color I wanted (denim blue).  Today I received the loveliest hat ever!  It's "Dapple Blue", 100% wool, and reversible!  You know what?  I can feel the love and support coming through every stitch.  Thank you for caring so much, Anke.

My camera didn't do it justice.  

 Anke's pictures show the color and patterns much better than mine.

And you can see the reverse!

Tonight I'm going to put on my hat, have a nice cup of hot tea, and just feel the love that shines through.

Thank you, Anke!

April 10, 2014 - 4:30 AM. Really?

I had such a good sleep last night.  I think it was the first time since last February!  But, at 4:30 this morning, I heard the phone ring.  Mr. Granny was talking and laughing with somebody, and I was getting really angry that someone would call that time of the morning.  I kept yelling at Mr. Granny, asking him who it was.  Did I say he's a bit hard of hearing?  He heard nothing that I said....er, yelled.  I finally got up and confronted him about it, that he woke me up at 4:30 in the morning.

He: "Night".

Me: "No, it's it's morning, I can read the clock."

He: "It's 4:30 in the afternoon."

Me: "NO!  I went to bed last night, and I was sleeping so well!"

Well, he finally convinced me, I think, LOL!

My little corner of the world.

 I'm finding it a bit difficult to adjust to so much sitting, but tire so easily that this is where I spend most of my time now.  The lawn chair, with the extra cushion and sturdy arms, makes it easier to get up and down from the chair.  TV and laptop help save my sanity.

Scott (youngest son), Kris and grandson Kevin, came bearing gifts last night.  A comfy, summer weight sweatsuit, some stretchy yoga pants, two stretchy shirts and a lovely pot of spring tulips.

Daughter Shannon took me to the hospital for another MRI.  When we got back home, she began putting more pre-cooked meals in the freezer.  We kept the ham and scalloped potatoes out for tonights dinner.  Or was that this mornings breakfast?  I'll get it all straightened out. Eventually.  

April 9, 2014 - Sweets From the Sweet

Look at what arrived at my door yesterday!

My dear Blogger friend, Angie, from The Novice Gardener, was aware that I'd lost some of my sense of taste after my recent radiation treatments, but that one thing I could taste was CHOCOLATE!  So she sent me chocolates.  Oh, my, did she send me chocolates!  A lovely tower of chocolates from Harry and David.

Yes, I have taste tested nearly every box of lusciousness.  I'm not letting anyone else (that means you, Mr. Granny) even have one bite, because they are mine, mine, mine!

 Would you share these?  I thought not.  And no way am I sharing my favorites, the chocolate covered dried cherries!  I can't keep my fingers off of those, LOL!

 Once the boxes are empty, I'm going to leave them stacked right there on the old sewing machine that belonged to Mr. Granny's mother.  I think they look right at home.

And cheers back atcha, Mrs. R.  That was a sweet and thoughtful gift, and I'm going to enjoy every last bite.

April 7, 2014 - Feeling Like Popeye

More spinach.  And more spinach.  And more spinach.

Sunday I pulled out two more big baskets of spinach from the over wintered bed.  Washed and spun dry, it came in at 38.7 ounces.  I sent daughter Shannon home with half of it, and granddaughter Alicia with the other half.  I also took advantage of having the girls here and had them pull all the remaining plants from the bed, 22.2  ounces.  That's all for me!  Total weight of the winter spinach harvest....92.9 ounces (5.8 pounds).  A decent haul, I'd say!

I decided to get about a two week early start on the bush beans that will be planted in that bed.  I'm taking a real chance that we won't get another killing frost, but I have a lot of seeds and can replant if necessary.  I'm goin' for it!


We had a big family dinner at our favorite restaurant on Sunday afternoon.  It was to celebrate Mr. Granny's 79th. birthday, which is tomorrow.

 I think about half of them were in the bathroom, LOL!  

 Daughter Shannon, on the right, in green sweater.

 Mr. Granny and me.

 Just stealing a bite of Mr. Granny's birthday sundae.  It was good!

 Mr. Granny and Amaya (great-grand)

Daughter Amy, granddaughter Alicia and great-granddaughter Amaya.

  Bryson (Remington's baby brother, a great-grand).

 Alicyn (grand) and Remington (great-grand).

The baby fight is on!

Amaya and Bryson

Back home................

Is it just me, or does it look like I'm giving birth to Amaya out of my left ear?

Sounds good to me!

April 6, 2014 - Dear Gammy Tammy

For some reason, Google + has overtaken your blog and will not allow me to leave a comment on your beautiful post, Gardening for Granny... The rest of the story.

It touched me deeply.  Your words were so special  Your artwork is divine.  Your heart is big.  Thank you for caring so much.

I'm going to print your Gardening For Granny, frame it and put it right here on my desk where I can see it all day long.  It's such a beautiful reminder that there are some beautiful people left in this sometimes not too nice world.

I've met just four of my fellow bloggers in person, a tiny fraction of my followers.  But, do you know what?  I feel like I know each and every one of you, and we are all the best of friends.  It's such a comfortable place to be.  No stranger has ever visited Annie's Kitchen Garden.  You were, and are, all dear friends.