Dear Jake,


You gotta be kidding me!

With Much Un-Love,


In my neck of the woods, springtime means flowers. Yes, as much as I complain about Georgia in the winter for its lack of winter wonderland weather, I applaud this place in springtime.

Looking down, you see gardens filled with colorful spring flowers. Purple hyacinths, red tulips, yellow jonquils.

But my favorite flowers are the ones I see when I look out and up.

Trees around here really deck out for the spring show.

Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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  1. Debbie says:

    Hello Rebekah!
    That darned Jake! How about if you call the animal patrol and have them come and… well, you know… um…. take him away! I can’t stand for you to go through another garden season dodging Jake the Snake! He’s sucking the joy right out of your gardening mo jo!

    On to gardening and farmgirlin’ matters. Your peas are looking great! We are certainly behind you here in when to plant outdoors…the last of our snow melted last week, and I just uncovered my flower beds yesterday. I’ll place my seed order today for a few veggies, and I’m ordering a yellow Lady Banks Rose to climb over one side of my Hen House! We are also going to add two raised beds here and at the cottage…
    I have found several homesteading websites lately that might be useful to emerging farmgirls… Amy does a Homesteading Barn Hop with three other bloggers every Monday.

    I host a Farmgirl Friday blog hop each week ( it’s still open for those who want to join in this week) where farmgirls can flaunt their farmgirl spirit in blogland…Your list would make a great entry when it’s finished!

    You asked what had me saying Seriously lately? When it snowed on the first day of spring… I’m sure I uttered that word several times!!!

    Happy Gardening,

  2. meredith says:

    Jake definitely needs a new home! Perhaps you have a wildlife center nearby that could advise you (or preferably, swoop in and relieve you of your unwanted friend!)
    My "SERIOUSLY?" "YOU"VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!" moment happened here recently when my almost 12 year old daughter (who has raised and shown Hereford cattle with her dad since age 6)decided that she wanted sheep. SO off they go and buy sheep. Keep in mind, we care for 50 head of cattle, 8 horses, 3 donkeys, 1 chicken, 10 cats and 4 dogs (two of whom are puppies). You could say I am already a bit overwhelmed (did I mention we homeschool?). SERIOUSLY! Do we really need sheep too???????????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
    Truthfully, my daughter is healthy and still a child. She intensely dislikes Justin Beiber, girly clothes, makeup, boys in general. I am blessed. SERIOUSLY. I AM NOT KIDDING. 🙂

  3. Sherry says:

    I have a rooster….DiNozzio, and he is beautiful…but he has decided I am competition. He tries to sneak attack me when I go out to feed him and his harem, or when I am gardening, with a shovel in my hand. And I really do say…SERIOUSLY, You have got to be kidding me…you are going to sneak attack me with a shovel in my hand.
    Every day….as I throw out food…SERIOUSLY…you are kidding are going to jump at me when I am giving treats. SERIOUSLY????? SO your post made me laugh!

  4. bonnie ellis says:

    We’ve had one of those weeks up north where it’s spring but the weather doesn’t cooperate. Seriously, 10 more inches of snow? You’ve got to be kidding. Happy spring everywhere farmgals. Bonnie

  5. Rebekah says:

    These are so SERIOUSLY funny! Keep ’em coming!
    Hey, I put up the links I have so far on

    Take a look and let me know about others you use, love, rely on, enjoy…..

  6. Nan Roberts says:

    I love reading this, but am snivling to myself. WE can’t plant much of anything yet,because it is March, and it is too cold and wet. The rain it raineth every day, it seems like. I talked to the extension agent,even. How about lettuce? Spinach? Sure, he said, if you have a cloche and keep an eye on it. Too windy, too wet. But that’s Oregon for you. At least, the Oregon Coast.
    As for Jake, I think he looks very nice. What kind of a snake is he? I have a wild huckleberry bush in my front yard where in better times a family of garter snakes and a lizard take the sun in the summer. But we’ve had two cold winters here (for here) and I haven’t seen them around much. Though they shouldn’t be out yet.

  7. Sue says:

    Hey Rebekah,
    Don’t get rid of Jake the snake. If he is the kind of snake I think he is from the pic, he keeps the other types of snakes away. So even though he is big and scary he is doing you a service. Seriously,no kidding.

  8. Junebug says:

    The coldest and wettest March since 1955, Seriously! No I’m not kidding! Planting anything, Seriously! As you can tell I could go on and on about our weather this month. Please April bring some weather over 60! I need to dig in the dirt, Seriously!As far as Jake, he needs to leave and I think you need to call in the forces, Seriously!
    Here to Spring starting soon in the Northwest!

  9. Julie says:

    Ok….LOVE the story of the Seriously lady. But I bet you see her on another trail this season. My hubs did a 5K for the PHillies…if you missed that post….
    Snakes…I always think about Indian Jones saying ‘Snakes, why’d they have to be snakes’ (he hated snakes)

    I’m surprised Oreo is not in more trouble.

    You need a Garden God Gnome or something..haha..I’m a want to be gardener (i.e. lazy girl). But I promised Cindy Bee I would grow something. So I will.

    Our daffodils are up but that’s about it. Actually it’s supposed to snow on Friday – Opening Day for my beloved Phillies.
    Come on Spring!

  10. Carla says:

    Seriously, more snow and cold. Well we have had cold nights below freezing for weeks now. Sunny skies and wind have taken care of our snow. We had inches of snow on the ground in our yard since December 1. There is still snow in our back yard in the shade.

  11. Hi Rebekah, I can’t believe that you are actually planting already. We still have 2 1/2 feet of snow on the ground here in NH and a Winter Storm Watch for the weekend … bummer. I am SO ready for digging in the earth! However, I am right there with you when it comes to snakes … my ultimate nemesis! At least I am safe while the snow is on the ground! I am afraid of NOTHING in this world, except snakes! I am a total outdoors farmgirl, except when it comes to them. My phobia even makes it hard for me to look at a picture of one in a book. I have tried hypnosis, positive affirmations, help from friends who like them, but nothing works. In the 5th grade I had a wonderful teacher who had snakes in our classroom and I actually liked them back then. She used to let me put a big black snake named George (our class mascot) around my neck! I can’t imagine that now … or how it became such a phobia with me, but I understand completely how you feel Rebekah! Good luck!!

  12. Carol in NC says:

    I’m still laughing at my cousin’s Facebook post last week titled, ‘Seriously??’. Her TWO year old daughter (two!) didn’t want to wear the outfit she was given because it was "gross". Hahaha.

    About the snake. For two or three years we had two big black rat snakes lurking around our farm until an employee proudly killed one of them. I wanted to cry because I feel about mice the way you feel about snakes and our barn cat is pretty fat and lazy. We didn’t see the other snake for at least six months after that but I did see a mouse within a week. I was very happy to see the return of the other snake although I must admit it is a little unsettling to come around a corner and see a snake all stretched out in the sun. We sold our farm and I’m trying to remember if I warned them about the snake. I hope so.

  13. carol Branum says:

    Hi Becka,How ru today?I am doin fine.Don,t kill the snake.Daddy never kills a black snake coz they kill the rattlesnakes!Have u ever seen a rattler and a blacksnake fight?It is unbelieveable Seriously!I hate rattlers and have a morbid fear of them and all snakes,but,at least I do know that a black snake is my friend!They can bite,but,I won,t die from their bite,so just say HI Jake!,If u have barn cats,they will keep your mice population down,and that will keep the snake population down some,if we get an over population of snakes,I will have daddy kill a few of them,but,not all coz their his friends.Believe me daddy and I have had actually arguments over this,coz sometimes I do getoverwhelmed,Seriously!lol,no kiddin! Love ya and have a blessed day!,its still too muddy here,bye for now,carol branum

  14. Heather says:

    SNOW!!! It is STILL snowing here:( I am about ready to give it up!

  15. Eileen says:

    I used to have a terrible time being around snakes. I would find one when I walked out our back door and I couldn’t go out for the rest of the day. My husband would pick it up with a shovel and take it further back in our woods and then some times I would have nightmares about it. One day we were in a local park and there was a petting zoo taking place. You guessed it – one was a snake. I stood there for a LONG time and finally walked up and petted it. I thought my pounding heart was going to come out of my chest. Afterwards, I stood looking at it again for a long time. After that, I would force myself to just watch when I saw a snake – after I came back to the ground from when I first came upon one. I can’t believe how different I am now around a snake. I still don’t like them but I can deal with them so much better. Now when I see one in our yard, I usually name it and tell hubby to just it where it is. It took a while but it worked for me!

  16. Susie says:

    How about the snake in NYC. Did you hear about the cobra on the loose? She’s been captured now, but it makes your black snake less scary, no?

  17. Betsy says:

    Excellent! Seriously!

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Spring, Green, Bean, Cool.

My four-leaf clover

Spring.Green. Wow, spring is about to spring on us. Only a few more days left of Old Man Winter. Spring officially arrives on March 20th at 7:21 EDT. WooHoo! Are you ready for your browns and whites to turn green? My brown world is already changing. We’ve had some warm weather here, and everything is changing to and popping up. Green. 

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  1. April says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I think this will catch on more and more all over the US!

  2. Jennie says:

    Thank you for your post – You inspired me and we have joined a CSA near our home. This is always something that I have wanted to do and just have not made the time.
    I wish I could order online maybe in the future my area will have an online farmers market. Thanks and alway look forward to your blog.

  3. Keleen says:

    Thanks so much for the information on locally grown online farmer’s markets. I went to the website and was very happy to find one for the area we will be moving to soon! Fabulous!

  4. bonnie ellis says:

    Rebekah: I chuckle when you talk "age" I don’t feel old at all except that St. Patrick’s day is our 49th wedding anniversary. I’m shooting for at least 75 (lol). Your CSA idea is great, but I like actually going to the market. My dad was a truck farmer and I’ve been to lots of them. You meet such nice people. Enjoy! Bonnie

  5. Debbie says:

    Hi Rebekah!
    What a great post! Lovin’ all your green goods and the tip to finding a local CSA too…We have great farmers markets here along the New England Coast… but the snow just melted for heavens sakes… It will be a while before they are in full swing!

    If you are in a beach mood come see me on the Shoreline today! I’m a fellow MJFfarmgirl blogger from the BEACH!

    Beach Blessings,

  6. Louise says:

    I love this idea. I’m thinking about trying to start one here. Do you think I could make any money as the market manager? Thanks for sharing!

  7. carol branum says:

    Hi Becka,love the thoughts,gotta tell ya I love the photo of the fourleaf clover,I need to get one for myself,daddy finds me clovers all of the time in the Spring,I have never found one myself,as for the uncool stuff,I never realized that I was old and uncool untill last xmas when my neice who works for Ralph Lauren on the east coast came home with pointed toe cowboy boots on,man did I feel old in my pink round toes.Then my sis walked in with a new pair of pointed toes too,and I felt like the out of date old,t wait till Spring,too wet to plow here.Have a great day,blessed be,Carol Branum

  8. Laura Turner says:

    Thanks for the great info…I live in Las Vegas, NV. Just pulled out the last of the winter radish, beets, turnips and carrots. Planted 3 lettuce types and tomatoes last week…hoping the wind this month and next dont cause issues. My rasberry plant is out of control…any ideas how to properly harness it? I have planted garlic chives under the rasberry tree to keep the knats off, it seems to help. The new growth is wild though, and even though I have a trellis, it doesn’t seem to want to abide by the rules. Already have green leaves too.. thanks for help. Have a Blessed Day City Farmer!!

  9. Lisa says:

    Just had to say how much I love your writing!!

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