"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What a week it has been!

Hey ya'll,

Well it has been a while since I posted anything, I have had a crazy few weeks! It all started last Monday when I came home after a horrible flooding rain, which we have a lot of here in Hendersonville where we live, and there in my mama's drive way was a very large snapping turtle. We assumed she had gotten lost when all the rain came since we live next to a small pond that is home to all kinds of turtles, snakes, and bull frogs. She looked very confused, so we gingerly made our way up the steps and to the door.
I read on the Internet that female snapping turtles come out this time of year to find a place to lay eggs. And to see if they are mean wave something in front of their face and if they don't snap then they are not aggressive. So we did that and she seemed very gentle, and when she started digging her way under the porch we thought well it must be egg time. So we kept our eye in her and when my big dog Everest found out she was there we didn't want a snapped doggy nose or a hurt turtle so we decided it was best to shoo her away. It took some time but she made her way back to the pond without any troubles.

It has just been one thing after another here the past week or so, so I am thankful for time I have now to sit and post a blog. We had a few blessings this week. One of them was my mama's garden. Since we moved here, she has not had very much luck with her garden spot. All we have here is clay and when it is dry we have very hard dirt, never in between. So we read somewhere, I think in Mother Earth News ways to make bad dirt better. So we started looking for some sand, they said sand makes wet clumpy dirt more fine and there for better for planting in. We could not find sand anywhere! So we gave up, and a week later after our flooding rain, we went out and what do we find? Sand all through the garden!! It washed off of the mountain we live at the bottom of, and God blessed us with some sand, the most beautiful sand you have ever seen! And it really did make the dirt perfect for planting!! Well I better go get my clothes off the line, I hear thunder rolling! I will post some more later, God Bless!!

1 comment:

  1. If you haven't heard of it yet, please watch the Back to Eden film. You can watch it free online at www.backtoedenfilm.com or you could buy the DVD, if you can't watch it online. A very good film. Tells how to grow a garden by using lots of mulch and compost and NOT tilling the garden. The man uses a lot of advice out of the Bible, and he has an amazing garden.

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