This is going to be another roundup post of some of the things that have happened this past week…I’m home on my first day off in six days, trying to catch up on laundry and cleaning up around the house.
1. Blossoms. Summer has finally come to Hammond River, after a May in which it rained almost every day. I was happy to see our tiny rhododendron bush is finally blooming:
A few days later, the blossom was open:
Our wild rose bush was also blooming:
2. Babies. Remember the baby groundhog I was talking about seeing, and the sixteen cauliflower plants Jim brought home from Superstore last week? Well, the critter has been busy munching in the garden, and I now have only two cauliflower plants which still have leaves on them. I had the “brilliant” idea of putting hot sauce on the leaves of my remaining beans and cruciferous vegetables (NOT! – it burned the leaves). It’s not looking good garden-wise this year. The deer have also been in the yard, because the peony buds were chewed off the top of one of the bushes! I was putting the hose away after watering one night, and found these babies:
To give you some idea how tiny they were, the big green thing at the side of the photo is my garden hose…it was neat to see the babies coming out of their nest.
3. Bell-Ringers. This week has been a busy time at the Saint John City Market…I’ve been working solo since Tuesday afternoon. It is a very big learning curve, but I should be all right…lots of different people and personalities to interact with! On Saturday, a local man came up to my office and introduced me to a family visiting from Germany. He asked if the two little boys could ring the market bell. I opened the window of my office (which gives me a view of the whole market), and grabbed the bell-pull and handed it to the first blond boy…he was about six. He pulled it twice, wearing a huge grin. Then it was his little brother’s turn. I hope that was one of the things those kids will remember about their trip to Saint John!
4. Breakfast. Sunday was Father’s Day, and Anna and Brianna made breakfast in bed for Jim (Hope was visiting her dad and Devin was fast asleep)…I was elected to go back up and tell Jim he had to stay upstairs until it was ready. It was definitely worth waiting for…the girls used eggs, cheese, potato patties, bacon and sausage to create this guy (the shirt, tie and flower are made of paper napkins):
5. BBQ. We were invited to Jim’s parents for a Father’s Day barbecue…Kaylee and Scott couldn’t make it (hopefully we’ll get to see them next week). Jim’s mom and dad provided the meat (chicken, sausages, hot dogs, and hamburgers) and potato salad. Jim’s sister, Kim, brought a veggie/dip tray, and his other sister, Tracy, made a delicious berry trifle for dessert. I made a broccoli/pasta salad with bow tie pasta, broccoli florets, carrots, mayo and lemon juice (it also has almonds in it, but I brought those separately because of Jim’s allergy to them):
We all ate so much that we were stuffed…I went right to bed when we got home!
Well, I’m off to fold some more laundry, and perhaps get caught up on some blog-reading…I’m about a week behind! I’ll be filling in this week with some more archive posts, and hope to have another new post for you next week!