July 19, 2013 - Grandma Day

Alicyn needed a Grandma Day, so she came over this morning.  The first thing we had to do was go look at her baby beans.  A couple of weeks ago she helped me plant the Fortex pole beans for fall. She was really surprised at how tall they had grown since she saw them last week.....

 It's hard to tell by the photo, but they've all grabbed onto the strings and most are taller than she is!  Oh....please excuse Alicyn's hairdo.  Grandma dragged out a big plastic storage container to fill with cool water, and handed Alicyn a sprinkler, multiple kitchen items and a spray bottle, so she could play and keep cool in our 100 degree weather.  

 Alicyn in front of the squash patch.  That zucchini plant is taller than a nearly-five-year-old.

Alicyn behind the squash patch.  

The broccoli is up to her chin!  

We left the garden and headed inside, where I spent this hot afternoon baking!

Fresh hamburger buns and what's left of an entire pan of dinner rolls.  Alicyn, the child who eats nothing, ate four of them!  Of course, everyone else had to have a sample too!


We had a nice "Grandma Day".

19 comments:

  1. What a sweetie you have and what a garden too! Nancy

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    1. Yes she is, Nancy, but she definitely has a mind of her own!

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  2. There's nothing like those Grandma Days. Alicyn is a beautiful child, misted hair or not. She's so fortunate to be around a gardening grandma. Maybe she'll get that green thumb.

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    1. Thank you, Dianefaith. She loves the garden, and she's very careful to stay on the paths. She did a great job planting the beans, and they'll probably grow even better because of those little hands that put the seeds into the ground! The dogs are enjoying the garden now, too. The plants are mostly large enough not to be damaged by little paws, so the gate is being left open for them. Oh, how they love to explore! Otto got stuck in the middle of the melon patch last night, and had to circle around through the strawberries to get back out :-)

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  3. Alicyn is absolutely beautiful, wet hair & all.

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    1. Thank you, DFW. We think she's kinda cute ;-)

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  4. What a sweet way to spend the day! Your grandbaby is adorable! I LOVED going to my grandmother's garden as a little girl. Precious memories.

    KK

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    1. Preppy Pink, I loved my grandmother's garden, too. She instilled the love of gardening in me, and I hope I can pass it on to Alicyn (nobody else is interested!).

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  5. Very sweet granddaughter!

    Wow, some of your plants are huge! Great looking garden.

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  6. How wonderful and what great memories she will have. Seeing her in your garden reminded me of summers with my Grandparents and spending time in their garden (which looked much like yours). What great memories I have of that time.

    It took me a few years to get there but I'm coming full circle. I need to find some pictures of me in the garden. I'm sure they are in storage with all my parents stuff. Might have to look for those when it cools down.

    Glad you had your day and hope you have many more!


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    1. 1st. Man, I loved my grandma's garden. She was like me, and took care of the entire garden herself, only hers was much, much larger. Even after grandpa died she still planted that huge garden, and didn't stop until she died at 87. She tilled her garden up each spring with an old cultivator that had to be pushed! I found a photo of one at:

      http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/170917775862_1_0_1.jpg

      Oh, do find those photos and show them on your blog! Maybe we should have an "Old Timers' Blog Day", where we all post photos of ourselves as children!

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  7. What a doll! You're so lucky to have your grandchild nearby. I'm anxiously awaiting the ANNUAL visit of my grandson in August. He loves to be in the garden as well. I'm always worried he will forget the stuff he does here, but he always remembers everything--he's four and what a pistol. I wish I had a tenth of his energy.

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    1. Sue, I'm sure you miss that little guy! I remember his visit last year, and how he loved your garden. Will he be terribly disappointed that your gardening year is basically over? Maybe he could plant some garlic or something :-)

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  8. Awww, can you be my Grandma too? Alicyn is lucky to have you!

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    1. Sure, Karen! The more the merrier (and I could put you to work, LOL).

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  9. Well That Adds Scale! I thought my Broccoli got large. Gardening at that size, would make it a very different experience. Wonderful she is interested. I not sure I knew beans grew on vines till a few years ago.

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    1. nBoer, it is difficult to tell how large things are from photos. I'm often surprised at the sizes some of the veggies reach. I actually have a few open spaces in the summer garden, but with luck they will soon be filled with fall crops.....or else covered with butternut squash vines!

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  10. To all:

    Alicyn's mother was reading all of these comments to her, and Alicyn kept saying "Awwww, that's so sweet!" She thinks you are all such nice people! Well, I could have told her that :-)

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