So, What's Your Story?

Yes…yes, it was. The Creative Connection Event was indeed wonderful. I enjoyed absolutely everything about it. One of my favorite parts was getting to visit with MaryJane. Could I love her any more than I do? Nope, I don’t see how. She is everything you think she is, and more. And Meg is as precious as she seems. I was so happy to finally meet her. She’s a doll.

And you wouldn’t believe the creative talent and energy buzzing around the room. Such remarkable women. But, you know the thing I liked the most about attending?


I sat back and listened intently to all the stories the women there shared with me. Treasures.

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  1. Cindy says:

    Gee whizz! I wish my decorating looked so good! I love your old tool cabinet, and the trunk (I have one like it) Your little farmhouse is darling! 🙂

  2. Marilyn Freerksen says:

    What a beautiful place to live. I can’t imagine seeing those views every day.

  3. Diana Henretty says:

    I grew up in the heart of San Diego, Calif.
    Standing on my front porch one day, holding our son,
    I longed to raise him somewhere in the mountains.
    Later moving to Phoenix Arizona, once again all I dreamed
    about was a place far away from crime, drive by shootings,
    and city life.
    One day we sold our home, packed our bags, and had $1,300 in cash, I thought I was rich.
    We headed for the mountains of Montana, no home, no job,
    we had never even seen Montana, but we lived our dream
    there for 12 yrs, buying a 100 yr. old farmhouse, chickens,
    ducks, geese, goats too, and homeschooling our two kids.
    Now, the Ozarks are our home, and once again, we are living
    a dream, in different mountains, but still with hopes
    of a bright future.
    Never give up your dreams, only you can make them come true
    and live joyfully!
    Diana Henretty, Noel, Mo.

  4. Marcie says:

    …beautiful farm and farmhouse, Rebekah, inside and out. I can see why it is "good for the soul" and so peaceful. Yes, everyone needs a place like that. For me, it is also the outside. We started our hummingbird/butterfly gardens two years ago when we retired to the NE Tennessee mountains. There’s nothing like the countryside, it’s almost a magical place where we can become one with nature. I hope there will always be a countryside for the future generations to enjoy and hope that they want to connect with nature. People that don’t "step outside of the box" and see for themselves are truly missing something.

    Thank you for touching us with your beautiful words and pictures…. love the farm,

  5. Georgie Bender says:

    My story is all about my roots. I was born in Big Spring Texas and although I don’t leave in Big Spring I wouldn’t live anywhere else but Texas. Most of my family lives in Texas and we all have such a closeness that I couldn’t live too far from them for too long and think that it was home. Don’t get me wrong I have tried other places. When I was a child my family moved from West Texas to Anchorage Alaska and lived in Alaska for 5 years. It was wonderful we traveled up above the Arctic Circle lived on a prairie where one time the heard of buffalo up the road got out and came to eat our prairie grasses. We were even in an earthquake trimmer that shook the 3-story house full of girls; it was my sisters’ sleepover. We even came back home for a visit via Hawaii. It was a week of welcome relief from the cold weather, but nothing like Texas. When we did decide to move back we traveled by car to see the sites of the lower 48 and it was a site to see. My mom drove our station wagon and we camped out along the way. As a kid, youngest of 3 girls, I had a ball. When we got to Texas we lived with my grandparents for a short time on their ranch. I remember my grandfather giving me a pony that my uncle had and the first time that my sister and I road it I kicked it in the flanks and my mother, that was trying to take a picture of us, couldn’t because she was laughing at me yelling “it’s an earthquake, it’s an earthquake. The pony was jumping each time that I was gigging him in the flanks. Our big family outings back then were the Big Spring Junior Rodeo’s. We would all load up in the car and go out on a Friday night and watch the Rodeo. I could see my great aunts across the arena because of their Texas size hair that was jet black. During the intermission we would walk over and talk to them. My sisters were old enough to participate in the younger “kid events” that they would have at the Rodeo. My uncle even arranged for all of us, my cousins included, to ride in the parade and grand entry. I as in heaven, up until then I was not old, or big enough to participate in the Rodeo, it was a blast. We moved to Midland and at the end of my 6th grade year in school my mother bought a used motor home and took our family on a wonderful summer trip up and down the eastern coast of the United States. We visited all the battle fields, went up in the statue of Liberty’s crown, visited a grist mill and lastly went to Disney World, but we all looked forward to going home to Texas. After I graduated high school I went to college, in Texas. By this time my sisters have married two good old country boys and are living out among the cotton fields of West Texas, my grandparents have sold their farm and ranch, live in town and go into business with my great uncle. I had the opportunity to go and study abroad in Italy my first summer of college. I was so excited to go and experience another culture, beside Texan, that I stayed all summer. I even went back 15 years later for another month. Yes, it took me almost 20years to finish my degree. During that time I married had two great children and, wait for it, moved to Florida. My heart tore when we had to move such a long way away. My husband took a new job and I had to leave mine. I enjoyed the time there, because I didn’t work and got to spend time with my children, but my grandfather died and so did my marriage and I moved back to Texas after a couple of years; were my family made all the difference in the world to make my life whole again. I got a job, I finished my degree in Fine Arts and just as I was putting it all back together again I met the kindest man, Brian, he was from Kansas but loves Texas. I told him that if we got married that we would always have to live in Texas. I would love to travel and visit places, but never leave here. We did marry and we honeymooned in Gurene Texas and traveled, by car to all of the old little towns around Texas. We have also taken some really nice trips to Porte Rico, California, New Mexico, England, Scotland and next year China, but I will always be thinking of home and our family in Texas where my roots will always be firmly planted.

  6. Cheri says:

    Yea! Makes me smile. My story is close to your’s. Finally living in an 88 year old home built by my husband’s grandad. Not fancy but home. And so funny, my husband just walked in and smoothed me sitting on the couch! Home~

  7. Rebekah
    What a beautiful view and peaceful place. I could imagine myself on that hammock with a good book, or Mary Jane magazine. Your style and mine are alot alike. I too have an old trunk that was given to me by a friend who is a nun and she told me that when they first went into the order that they were given this trunk and they could only have what would fit in the trunk. Each time they moved they were only allowed to take what would fit in the trunk. Simple life. I felt very blessed that she entrusted it to me when she moved away. I too am deathly afraid of snakes. Being from Louisiana I had to deal with alot of snakes. Now my husband and I are in North Carolina and I tell people I do not allow snakes on my property. However one did find its way here and I grabbed my husbands pistol and shot it. I have not seen anymore. (and no it was not a good snake I checked first and it was headed for my chickens so……)
    We are on the outskirts of town but I would love to have a place in the mountains. The closest ones are about 2 hours away. My husband and I like to RV all over the states and mostly go to see God’s beautiful creations. (try to stay away from the touristry areas.) I have two grown sons one in NC and the other in LA. Both married, no grandchildren. (no one wants to help me in that dept.) Oh well. I have a wonderful husband who is my best friend and we do everything together. People think we spend too much time together but he always says and I agree that he can’t think of anyone better to spend his time with. (What a Sweetie). Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of serenity with us.
    Be Blessed.
    Ms Scarlette

  8. Brenda says:

    I had a stove like that once, gave it up for a newer stove and have kicked my self quite often for it. I also have my dads old wooden tool box. It sits on a bench and is filled with gardening book, stuffed bears ect. It depends on which grandchild is visiting on how much is left in it at the end of the day. I love your style because it is pretty close to my style.

  9. Debbie says:

    Hi Rebekah!
    Um… the heck you can’t decorate! The inside of your farmhouse is filled with such soul and love! It just oozes warmth! Simple farm house living to a T! I’m a huge fan of cast offs ( that’s part of my story ) because they tell their own and our home and cottage are filled with them too. My story? Well, Like you, I’m lucky beyond my wildest dreams and a farmgirl at heart who loves sharing in my little space next to yours on this here channel every two weeks! I so enjoy your posts!
    Sending love and Beach Blessings!

  10. Denise says:

    This was a great story….and a beautiful house and family. We moved from Las Vegas to the Ozarks and lived there for about 5 years…I had a blog about my funny adventures
    I think it is still up–. We have been back in Las Vegas for a couple of years now–and ready to move back….never thought I would miss the country–but I do…so down deep I guess I really am a country girl. Hopefully we are moving back this spring.

  11. Sherri Berri says:

    Your place is whole lot like mine. I love you nest and isnt it about what we love more than what goes with what? Colors? i love them all so i put lots per room. My kitchen table is the one i ate on growing up at home….it was old then passed down from prior generations. LOVE IT.

    My story, well i got a late start. We just purchased our "farm" last year. Old repo on 44 acres. My husband is 62 and I am 56 but we have some great plans for retirement. He got his first ever tractor and is loving it. I’m putting in berries for when I retire and can add income by selling at farmers market along with some produce. Chickens are next,,,,in the spring. Still working full time….but retiring looms ahead in the not too far future. Purchased tractor number 2, a 1949 Allis Chalmer. our house is not big but cozy and we’ve had to do alot of work to make it ours….the upstairs hasnt been touched…yet…. Thanks for your posts, love reading them

  12. carol branum says:

    Hi Becka,Wonderful!I love your blog,I will show you mine at a later date,we have been cleaning and I have a mess at the the farm,daddy got into the scrap business after moma died and talk about a mess,and its my job to clean it all up,because hopefully I will live there full time soon,so we have been working on it,and I get very discouraged.Luckily the scrap is worth money and I am hopeing to make enough on the scrap to do the repairs.We have had set backs,a new transmission in the pickup this week,can,t haul scrap without the pickup,and health issues,running to the doctor with this one or that one,so I get discouraged with progress.But,after seeing your lovely blog,I must not give up!I write about my lifestory on the blog,,Have a good day,hubby is handsome,and daughter makes me jelous,love ya,carol branum

  13. brenda says:

    love your home isn’t nice to have things around you that brings memories of someone you love and your view outside is heaven too. My house is all mix match but that is me. Enjoy life daily life can be short.

  14. Oh, how much I love when everyone shares!

    My story is all about life moving forward and being full of goats! I’m a Town House Farm Girl, but that hasn’t stopped me from having….guests! You can read all about it at:

    In the meantime……I love my Mary Jane magazine! 😉

    Have a wonderful and creative Autumn day!

  15. Evelyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your gift of a glimpse into your private life. I love to see how other people live. The house was beautiful and the scenery breathtaking. Unlike the new houses built today, the old ones have real character. You can feel the pride of craftsmanship. The old houses have a soul.

  16. Deborah Bessom says:

    So, what’s my story? Well, I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. My story isn’t about the house I live in or the land that I own. My story is about my faith in God, to whom I belong. My story is centered around His story. I was born in Texas, my parents moved us to Oklahoma, and then to California (where we arrived on my 5th birthday). I was raised in the church, but like many teenagers, I walked away from my faith for a season. The birth of my first child is what brought me back to Christ, knowing that there was only one way to raise my child. I’ve never looked back. While my life isn’t perfect, I am full. The simple things in life I find in the Mary Jane magazine are uplifting, and challenges me to enjoy all that God has blessed me with.

  17. Cindy says:

    When I first read your question, "What is your story?" my thoughts went to my past. Unfortunately, mine has was not "lucky." But after a bit of thought I decided that my story does not have to be about my past – that is not who I am today. Today I am "lucky." I am married to a man that loves me dearly and I have two grandchildren close by that are the light of my life. My husband and I retired to 66 acres in Southern Colorado, built our own house and are raising milk goats. It is alot of work, but we love the peace and quiet. In my last house every square inch of the walls were decorated, but here we have huge windows and the outdoors are our decorations. It was a year after we were in the house before I even hung up a picture. I did not want to distract from the view that we have. We had friends over for Thanksgiving and it was snowing like crazy. The wife said, "I feel like I am in a giant snowglobe." This is now my story and I feel very lucky.

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Hard Harvest Moon

The moon last night. A total wow. How fitting for 9/11. A full moon, low in the sky illuminating the earth, illuminating our hearts.
Last night’s moon was the last full moon before autumn’s official arrival. That makes it the “Harvest Moon.” It was named “Harvest Moon” because this time of year is crop gathering season for many farmers. And that big, bright moon gives them extra time to harvest their produce.
I don’t know about you. But I wasn’t bringing in any crops. My garden is quite bare. Sadly bare. My major harvest this summer was tomatoes and basil. They are both long gone now.
But being a “harvest” moon and all, I knew I should harvest something. So I got rather loosey-goosey with the definition, as I often do. I’ll tell you what I’m harvesting in just a minute, but how about you? Did you harvest anything? Either in your garden, or in your career, or in your home, or in your family, or in your head, or in your heart?

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  1. I harvested the last of the Early Girl/beefsteak that were a quarter the size I expected them to be today. (Um, that was a bit run on.) Still have a Roma tomato going strong in a pot in the backyard. It definitely felt like fall today though.

    A little pool like that is a brilliant idea! I shall have to try it next summer. I bet the dogs will think its fun too.

  2. Cindy says:

    OK so I had a bad harvest year too…sort of. We weren’t going to have a garden this year, but I wanted everyone to plant just one edible item. How could I not plant one thing when I asked others to do so? I just posted a picture of my pathetic looking tomato plant. And I had a bare area so I threw a bunch of flower seeds in the ground. THe flowers did great! And in our oh so weedy back yard….sweet annie. Lots and lots of it. Sooooo, I have a huge harvest of Sweet Annie!

    Cindy Bee

  3. Janice K. says:

    Right now I am harvesting a beautiful crop of cucumbers (my neighbors and everyone else that I run into LOVE me) and tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucs, onions…
    Yes! This was the year of aphids (covered my dill!), earwigs, ants, slugs, spiders….. We had a wet spring and we blamed it on everything that has to do with bugs. Now we are having a warm summer’s end and we are blaming that for the huge amount of yellow jackets and hornets. This was the first year in many that I got ‘stung’. I don’t let them bother me and try to remain calm. Usually works! I am experimenting with natural traps, made out of water bottles.

    Then there are the MICE. I usually don’t do anything about the colony that lives in the garden area. This year they have invaded my tomatoes and have eaten their share. At first I thought that it might be one of my rabbit colony that lives in the iris bed. I covered everything in the nylon screen material that is supposed to be a wildlife deterrent, even though my hubby told me it was ‘MEECES". When my first wonderful heirloom fell to their chomping little mouths, we resorted to trapping. Yuck…Yesterday caught 20…Now there is a skunk eating the corn!
    Ah, the unpredictability of gardening!!

  4. Barb Lavell says:

    I’m still harvesting herbs & vegetables but, even though this was an unusually hot summer, I don’t think it was as hot as yours. I’ll be picking tomatoes & summer squash until it freezes (which, according to the weathermen might be in the next few days). The cucumbers, eggplants & all lettuces are long gone and my peas never got off the ground! I still have potatoes & sweet potatoes to harvest & they seem to be doing fine. Oh, I have a few green peppers still on the vine as well. I also moved my peas to what I thought was a better spot – they apparently didn’t agree as they refused to grow there. Gardening is a learning process, I am constantly learning. Gardening keeps me humble.

  5. Debbie says:

    Ah, Texas has been hit hard this summer as it was the hottest state on record and we are in one of the worst droughts ever with almost everyone in water rationing. And then there are the fires! So my garden this summer was the worst. But the one thing that has survived is my okra. It has been a thing of beauty! In this trying time, I decided to almost double my veggie garden area – why I don’t know. Maybe I’m just waiting for better days ahead.

  6. Keleen says:

    Thank you for this post! I didn’t harvest much from my garden this year either. We live in SC, due east from Atlanta, and our weather was the same as yours. We even have the same red Georgia clay. If the seeds actually do sprout, the roots smother from lack of oxygen. So next year I plan to have raised beds, and also purchase seeds for plants that will produce fruit in consistently high temps. Many of my plants had gorgeous blooms, but did not fruit. Gardening is a journey; we learn as we go. Next year we’ll both have bountiful harvests!

  7. Penny says:

    Your garden sounded like mine…we planted so much this year and almost harvesting anything to put up for the winter. Oh well, there is always next year. Thank you for sharing your story I really enjoyed reading it.

  8. MaryFrantic says:

    Harvest what?…Everything is "eaten up", "dried up", "buggy beyond redemption", "scalded", or in a couple of cases they were harvested by deer and groundhogs, aaaaagggggghhhhhhh! The other morning I went to check on some scraggling green tomatoes. During the night some creature had pulled them off the vine, chewed out a place in the side and just left it there to torment me, aaaaaggggghhhhhh!…I am going to put in some KALE and CHARD seeds (here in OHIO) and who knows maybe I will get a harvest for Thanksgiving?..It happened once before, so???

  9. CJ says:

    Our garden is minimal, at best! I’ve never had such a "minimal" garden and it’s so very disappointing. However, we are harvesting volunteer pole beans, some tomatoes and a few carrots or beets. My hubby brought in three carrots, or what was left of them, the other morning. Those dirty, rotten, gopher scoundrels had eaten most of them away, from the bottom up, of course.
    But, I’m also harvesting satisfaction in my life and my heart with the completion of projects, pursuit of friendships and the enjoyment of my family.

  10. Blair says:

    Greens and herbs!

  11. carol branum says:

    Hi Becka,My garden was simply awful,it started good early in the spring and I took things to the market along with all the clothes I sew and then it got too hot and I started getting hot flashes along with the heat,and I just could not take the heat.I think I will make some Chow Chow just coz I like it so well in the winter with a big pot of beans.I am still trying to be creative.Things are good here as long as I stay positive!Wish I could be at Creative Connection with you,it would be so good for me.Money issues for me,or I would be there,see negative thinking again.I am still doing a lot of hair and a lot of sewing.Getting ready to do my 4th fashion show,if I get finished Oct 13th,Its so much fun.have a great day,carol Branum

  12. Joan says:

    Oh my ‘sister’ I feel your pain – did EVERYTHING right – new beds, new soil, NEW – started my seeds inside to give them a head start AND THEN – late freeze, snow, ice, hail – so ok I’ll spread some seeds – 1 white pumpkin plant/2 pumpkins – 2 cucumber plants – 10 cucumbers – 3 tomato plants a couple doz. tomatoes – then the HEAT – had to water no matter if most of the water was dripping from me – NOW the plants have dried up – so quit watering – just took some sun flowers, cucumber and pumpkin vines to the chickens – they sure were love’n them. BUT there is always next year – isn’t that they motto of a FARM GIRL. Hope you have a grand time at the Creative Connection Event – sounds like great fun. Also hope your back is better – I can relate to that too – had 2 spine surgeries later in my 50’s but keep’n on keep’n on.

  13. rebekah says:

    Jackie, Do find me! I’d LOVE to meet up and visit! I’m there Thursday through Saturday!

  14. Rebekah, Hi, did you try lasagna gardening, putting a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard, wet down generously, followed by mulch followed by compost repeat until about 24" thick and then let it break down for you so that your beds will be ready for your plants this next spring. Hope this works for you to amend your soil and also to keep from having to weed.

  15. Judy says:

    Here in Sacramento, California we had a pretty mild summer compared to what we usually get heat-wise. I planted my tomatoes in pots around my pool, because most of the yard is in the shade, and they did very well there. We have had a steady stream for eating but I will have to go buy some at the farmer’s market to put up any. Everything else was a bust. Normally I have zucchini coming out of my ears but I just got 3 small squash. My Serano peppers are just now producing in time for fall, and I only had a few string beans and a couple of asian eggplants. My arugula didn’t come up at all but my herbs are doing so well I am drying some for winter use.NowI look forward to sowing a fall/winter garden and take some more abuse. I don’t know why I find this so enjoyable but I do.

  16. Patty says:

    Ahhhh yes but denial has its uses! Because of denial you will probably try veggie gardening again and again and that is a very good thing.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Rebekah,
    Thank you, from one backyard Georgia gardener to another!

    Red Clay is extraordinarily difficult to work with, isn’t it? But look at what you were able to grow and you did it organically! Do not despair. Turn over all that vegetation right into your beds, as Green Manure is the best composting material. By next season it’ll have broken down and turned into a nice rich humus. Don’t let your garden sit idle over the winter. Sow some red clover cover crop now that you will turn in next spring as green manure. Also, you need worms! Lots and lots and lots of worms. Worm castings…awesome.

    And, instead of digging down, try building up. Amending upward, implementing a raised bed technique, will definitely pay off. I live in the N.GA mountain area and pulled off a decent first year garden utilizing the ‘lasagna’ layering method, raising my beds and some heavy mulching. Moisture remained deep in the beds and while watering was a challenge, I did not notice the effects of our drought until very late into August.

    If you can get connected with some Alpaca manure, jump right on it. Alpaca manure can be applied directly to your beds as it is cool enough that it will not burn your plants. Most all Alpaca farmers employ organic farming principles due to the sensitivity of the Alpaca digestive system, so their manure is ‘clean’ and very, very, very good fertilizer. Your flowers, shrubs, vegetables, everything will love it!

    As for the bug issue, try some more extensive companion planting. Herb and Vegetable Combinations really deter pests. Beneficial bug wildflowers are also very helpful. You’ll be amazed at the results. Rodale’s Organic Gardening Reference Books are a must for your library.

    Looking forward to next year’s growing season…

  18. Debbie says:

    Hey Rebekah!
    I feel our gardening pain! My garden at home did diddly squat, but the two little 4×4 raised bed we planted at our cottage did wonderful. I had cuc’s to share and I’ve got a bowl full of the last of the tomatoes that I hope to make salsa with tomorrow! Have some basil in a pot on the deck and I’m going to try making my own pesto sauce too! So…. not as glorious as I had planned or hoped for, but still enough of a little harvest to keep this farmgirl in the garden for years to come… for better or worse!!! LOL!
    Besides veggies, I harvested something else too! We’re moving kids around in the house there will be a small room available so I nabbed it! I’m finally going to have my own little nook for daydreaming, creating and writing!!!

    Sure wish I was going to see you at the CC this year 🙁 I almost made reservations, but then hubby had to be out of town for work…. NEXT YEAR I’m going!! Good luck with your class. I know you’ll do great and inspire lots of women!!!
    Here’s a hug for you and give MaryJane and Meg one for me too!
    Deb ( your beachy farmgirl sister )

  19. MaryLynne says:

    As the beauty of seasonal change just keeps going we keep learning and loving our gardens. I met my first horned tomato worm this year and have gotten up close and personal withat least 50 so. Iowans had the heat so that things like beans and zuc did not pollinate. The last month has brought good conditions for growing so we’ll see. Squash and melons are plentiful the beans have recovered, tomatos still growing. During the harvest moon I did a garden walk in my pj’s. I am overwhemed with gratefulness that I (like you) have a place to harvest our veggies, our profound thoughts, and reap the products of our creativity. Next year I resolve to prevent tomato worms by spending more time out there in my pj’s with my morning coffee!

  20. Cathy Harvey says:

    Rebekah, you’re the coolest!

  21. Aloka Mukherjee says:

    The summer was either very dry or very wet herein Kentucky. But we did manage to get quite a number of tomatoes. Our five okra plants is still providing us with a lot of okra.Being Indians we planted some bitter melon seeds and I am stll getting a lot of those vegetables from those creepers. Our biggest surprise is our yellw squash creeper. That one grew out of some seeds that I had thrown last year. I have already harvested one and will probably get three or so squashes from that vine before frost gets to it. I am thankful for litle miracles such as this one!

  22. Marce says:

    wow! all these hints… well here’s a bit more. I live in the NE Tenn mts and we too have hard red clay. Been here 2 years and we tilled in our own organic compost and lots of homemade fermented compost tea and the soil turned a rich brown. We’ve had a great garden two years now and by adding the compost tea, we have not had a problem with unwelcome insects but do get lots of ladybugs and other welcome bug friends. When the garden stops bearing we till all the leftovers in along with more compost. Should be great next year. Each year we decide what crops we don’t want anymore and what we do want but less of for the next year.

  23. Howdy! You sure got my attention with that Eastern Box Turtle! I have one just like it. She has been with us a dozen years or so and she just LOVES all the stuff I give her to eat from the garden!
    Otherwise, we also tried out a new garden bed this year and luckily, had a great result. Our soil is pretty decent to start with and amended with chicken poop, the garden was pretty much gangbusters! We did have to contend with predators (the worm type, the rabbit type, the mole type, the deer type), super cold temps, super hot temps and a shortage of rain. Somehow, though, we worked through it and I am so thankful for our harvest.
    I hope to hear your luck has changed next year. Stick with it, there is a life lesson in there somewhere.
    Suzy aka The Pocket Farmer

  24. Nicole says:

    Summer never really hit the greater Portland Oregon area until the beginning of September so the tomatoes are just getting ripe, but we have a huge crop. My zucchini grew enough to satisfy; we got a few artichokes, and a bunch of hot peppers. Strawberries came out our ears and from down the road we picked 25 pounds of wild blackberries. I planted the corn green beans to early so next year I’ll take a clue from my more experienced neighbors and wait until they plant.

    Other harvest of note:
    I sent my manuscript for a novel I worked on over the last year to my writing group and got great feedback (not now to prune and trim the story). I also got a nice blog up and running and delved into the world of twitter to connect with other writers and agents.

    As a family we harvested up a few warms days to spend on the boat at a nearby lake and out on Columbia River (avoiding the salmon fishermen) so we could tube and swim.

    All in all a productive and satisfying summer.

    Rebekah- thanks for the the post! Love your thoughts.

  25. Kimberly says:

    Much appreciated for the information and share!

  26. Suzanne says:

    had to say how much i love your blog!

  27. tamra Litz says:

    Hahaha…I found you because os seeking images of Tomato plants as poor looking as mine!!!!! (bleh)

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