Fifty-Three Things

Hello Farmgirls! Whew—what a busy time of the year with gardens going in, kids finishing up school, and “dewinterizing” and “re-summerizing” our homes. I had a couple weeks there where I was juggling three jobs between teaching, nannying and farming (all part time, but still a lot for this “stay at home” mama). With my mind and body set in overdrive I’ve found it hard to find one thing to write about well. I could write about this! or how about that? Or there’s that other thing that I’ve been keeping in my back pocket in case of writer’s block!

Luckily, we just started our two week summer vacation in the lovely midwest. I’m sitting in my in-law’s living room eating delicious homemade treats, and I just woke up from a mid-morning nap. Life is good.

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  1. WOW Alex! Those are awesome. I’m interested in all 53 but there are a few I want you to write about soon. Like in 2 weeks. The one I really want? #16. The Yurt update. I’m really curious about your thoughts on it! 🙂 But there are a lot of others I’d really love to read!

    Happy vacation and safe travels home.

    – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl –

    • Alexandra Wilson says:

      Thanks, Dori! Yeah, there are a few I’d like to write about, too. Yurt update will likely be in my next two posts!

  2. susana says:

    I see we have quite a few things in common….and heavy thinking. You forgot one of mine thoughts…..bugs and how do people deal with them…. I learned ants cone inside looking for water….as long as I don’t leave any water fir containers with water in them..,..I haven’t seen an ant on my counter. I still pt out ant traps, but I ate killing critters. Because they are all G*ds creations. But I still can’t stand bugs….. spiders I hate the worst. But flies seem to be an endless supply…how do people keep gutts outside?

    Another is relationships on a daily basis….I try and talk and connect with everyone in my path….the mail person, truck drivers who deliver packages to my house, people n the stores I frequent….reaks personnel, other customers. I feel we distance ourselves with too much internet. I’m a people person….I think its why I come to Mary Janes….to connect to real people. I think its how G*d created us… connect but on a personal way, because he’s a personal G*d….if people would connect, they see him in everyone…..even though he seems to distance himself from us, But I believe there’s a reason why…..because we stopped connecting to one another.its why we dont believe many times…because were seemingly ego centric beings….were too much like our creator….we want to be discovered for who we are ourselves…..its why we are as we are….disconnected. we want others to like us for who we are. But we dont want to dpend the time .G*d is the same way, or should I say its how we are a lot like him.we want others to know us, but we forget how to be able to connect in any relationship because were too afraid to get personally involved
    with anyone but ourselves. Were selfish beings….we like our own thoughts not thinking anyone else is our equal. Or like us. We like being unique . But the more you think, you know hour not different. Its one of my constant thoughts.
    I do want to know about the Yurt? Is it yogurt? Its easy to make, just time consuming….like any relationship….you have to invest your time! Susana from Niagara Falls.

  3. Deb Bosworth says:

    Hi Alex,
    It must be spring that causes us to be unable to focus on just one thing. Our brains are finally awake and running a muck! I really enjoyed your 53 things to write about. All wonderful topics to ponder!
    # 37 Chocolate sounds good right now! And # 28 She-sheds…My mom and I are designing two for our backyard now. One as an artist studio for her and an over sized greenhouse/potting shed for me! Write on, Alex!
    Deb, the Beach Farmgirl

  4. Joy Pascarella says:

    Fun to read your wondering mind. I like #35. I have often wondered how our past families had to say goodbye to everyone and never see them again. Even being alone without family. All we have to do is get on Face book and catch up with every detail and even send instant pictures for that very moment. We are so lucky. We saw it all come into place. I still think about the frontier woman by her self with her babies, figuring it all out for herself. Lots to think about. At least I now know, I am not the only one that thinks about these things. Love to escape with your writings. A mini vacation away from it all. I would love an update of your yurt also. Keep up the good work!

  5. Jean B says:

    This is the first time I have really looked at any of the Farm girl blogs and I believe I started with a treasure. My family and I just returned from out 3rd adventure to Alaska and as before I always come home wanted to go back permanently. 🙂 My heart seems to be so full when I am there. Maybe one day. So…..thrilled to see that this is where you live and I found your writing made me smile. So many intriguing thoughts at one time AND while being a young mother. I will defiantly look forward to your future thoughts.

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Season Extenders

{{{First off, a big HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!! to MaryJane!  I hope your day was fabulous and full of all of the love you deserve (which is heaps and mounds plus some).}}}

Ahhh, yes!  It is finally here–long days in the sun, wind and rain.  My days of watching and teaching kids outside has given way to mornings of planting seedlings, afternoons of weeding and mad dashes to harvest enough goodies for hungry customers.  It’s the outdoor growing season!  It’s here!

Look who's ready to farm!

Look who’s ready to farm!

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  1. susana says:

    Wish we could send photos here…I’m just beginning my gardening….I turned some soil each day I try to do a little bit.I’m just seeing my tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and forget me nots blooming. The end of May I start planting things. Cold weather stuff first as most can’t tolerate the cold, but come father’s day I’m done with planting.and can sit back a bit except for mowing the grass and the/start of pulling weeds in my garden. I’m putting new mulch down and start using some form of mulch to keep ahead of the weeds without using/any chemicals. I wish farmers would share some ideas for keeping ahead of the
    weeds . And I can’t wait for the first tomato or cucumber! My best time is watching for the humming birds to Chow down on my new bird feeders.can’t wait!

  2. Hi Alex,

    Loved reading about farming in Alaska. I’d been wondering how you do it with so few months to grow things. I love the mobile high tunnel idea. It’ll be fun to hear how that works out. What a great idea.

    Ava is just darling in her perfect Farmgirl clothes! She gets cuter every blog post! This year she’ll be trotting around the farm and won’t stay content in a laundry basket! Her BFF will be chasing her! 🙂

    Happy growing season!

    – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl –

  3. Dorothy says:

    Always enjoy your posts. Learn so much about you life. Love watching Ava grow. Thanks

  4. Joan says:

    Your sweet ‘weed’ sure is growing – love that pose with her little hand out so cute. Not much happening here – we are have a LATE season – froze again last night so we are hoping for a LONG into Fall growing time. Thanks for sharing your life. God bless.

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