the grass is always greener.... isn't it?
the lilacs around our home smell amazing!

peas are coming!!


Daisy - laying on her side so she can face the beautiful sunshine

rain this weekend

ugh.....asparagus beetles have arrived

eggs from the Coop girls

Saturday's stormy weather

rusty pipes are replaced!

Oliver and Emerson snuggled in during the rain

strawberries are coming!!
It's easy to forget how Spring weather changes so quickly from moment to moment.  After months of bundling up and venturing out into unbelievably cold weather, when we receive such a blessing as 70 degree weather we forget it can change on a dime.

We received a good amount of rain over the weekend which my garden {including the weeds} were thrilled with.  We were very fortunate to have escaped a tornado which touched down a bit too close for comfort in another town southwest of us and completely destroyed one home and caused much damage to the rest of the town.  We also escaped 3 and 4 inch hail.  Feeling very grateful for that too.

My strawberry plants have berries!  I'll have to cover them with netting soon to protect them from the thieves - birds and chipmunks.  My blueberry bushes are in bloom so those berries should be coming soon as well.  I can't wait for the fresh berries.  I have dreams of shortcake, pie and, of course, jam.  I'm trying to remind myself to enjoy the growing portion of Spring but sometimes I forget and long for the harvest portion.  Mostly because this is the gap where the Summer and Fall preserved foods are just about used up and there's not a lot ready to harvest.  But when harvest season comes, we get bombarded with the most beautiful and delectable things!

Unfortunately, we've had a return of the nasty asparagus beetle.  I've been planting my tomatoes next to the asparagus to try and cut down on the beetles.  I may add some parsley to the asparagus bed to see if that helps as well.  In the meantime, I'll continue to pick them off and squish them.  I also re-planted my Russian Mammoth Sunflowers since some little critter came along and ate every single sunflower sprout.  Every one!  I may have to net those as well until they get going.

The Coop Girls are actually thrilled with the rain because in between showers they are able to go out and collect any worms the rain brought to the surface.  You should hear the excitement!  Even Lizzie who is broody gets up to forage for them.  The egg production is up and I've got about 6 dozen eggs in the refrigerator right now.  Such good girls.

It's been a semi-busy weekend.  J's truck had brake issues so he replaced some parts.  He also was able to finish up the toilet/sink vent.  He replaced all the galvanized pipe.  There was so much rust inside the vent we can't figure out how in the world it ever worked.  With all the rain it means our grass has grown by leaps and bounds so mowing and trimming are also on the to-do list as well as weeding.

After a lovely glass of iced coffee, of course.  :-)

On the menu this week:  Beef Mozzarella Bake with Homemade No-Knead Bread and Cauliflower, Burgers on the grill with Potato Salad and Grilled Pineapple, Grilled Cilantro & Citrus Marinaded Chicken Breast with Rice and Asparagus, Jambalaya with Roasted Broccoli, Homemade Pizza with salad and Grilled Wings, and Red Snapper en papillote with Potatoes and Asparagus.

Have a happy Memorial Day!

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I had never heard of an asparagus beetle before. We are adding asparagus this year, so I better read up on that pest.
Is it just me or are the lilac's a bit more fragrant this year?

daisy g said...

Glad to hear you were spared the nastiest of the weather and praying for those affected.

So much happening there! Now's when I envy your peas and strawberries, as ours are long gone. Enjoy it all!

Liz said...

I always enjoy your weekend pictures! It is so nice to finally have things growing in the garden again. Scary though to hear about summer storms so close! Have a nice week ahead!