What a day! I had to take a break and brew a little lunchtime coffee and get my ice water. I’ll have to order more ice trays because we are just going through the 4 ice trays daily. I can’t catch up to fill a bag and get ahead, lol. I drink jar after jar of ice water all day as I go about my daily chores. I fill up the boys metal water bottles the night before and put those in the freezer for the next day.
Today started out early with some errands to the grocery store, garden nursery, and feed store for more straw.
My tomatoes are getting this brown or strange bottom.
You can’t see it so well in this photo but the bottoms start to turn color, often turning brown. This is a sign of not enough water or the tomato needs more calcium or help absorbing it.
This is my poor blueberry bush. I think what happened is I used chicken fertilizer pellets and it didn’t go over well. Blueberries need acidic soil.
I fed all the tomatoes and four blueberry bushes properly with these specific fertilizers, all organic, and watered well. I have had many challenges this year with trees and such, but what an education in gardening! I’m always relieved to figure out the issue and be able to fix it.
The kiddie pool was in need of a cleaning. It is no easy task as it is 10 feet and 30 inches tall. It is just sloppy and awkward but I found a plug at the bottom and made my dreams come true by being able to drain the water I used to scrub it out. We bought a pump for this pool to water with. We fill the pool up, let the kids play for days and days. The boys have their playmates come over once a week and they all love this pool. One of the friends loves trees and nature so he decorates everything in foliage including the pool. By the end of the week the pool was looking more like a pond and was even a nursery for baby somethings…the boys said they were dragon flies. Anyway, I scoop out water with a 5 gallon bucket through the week to water trees and bushes and vines, but we use the pump to help me hand water the garden, and more trees. I don’t know how many gallons are in this pool, maybe 200, but it will water every fruit, nut, and flower tree, berry bush, berry vines, grape vines, old fruit trees, and the whole garden just from one pool of water. I feel good about this. The water will be used to water anyway, but now it has two big jobs; cooling and playing for the kids and then watering all life on this quarter acre.
So, this was over a week and it was time to clean it well. We pumped out the last of it in the garden, saved the baby water bugs and put them in a small tub of water until we fill this pool again tomorrow for this weeks playdate. I also bought more straw to put on the ground and then a tarp so the gravel won’t rip the bottom. We have to use the straw to level it out too, since it’s on a hill. I moved the pool under the walnut tree so when the kids play earlier in the day it’s more shaded. And closer to the garden and orchard for easy watering.
It was also time to clean the nasty cleaning rags, mops, and rugs I use in the laundry room. I use a cheap powdered detergent and bleach as some of these rags are from the bathroom cleaning. These rags never get white.
I use big, old beach towels (blue striped towel on rack) on the floors near the entrances during rainy season and now for the pool feet coming in the house.
I am still a landlady as this little spider has taken space above in my laundry room window. I had just vacuumed up all the cobwebs and here he comes building up a vast empire of webage. I watched him catch a fly the other day and wrap it up. I’ve never seen that happen. Bali witnessed him get another fly the next day. He is earning his keep for sure. He stays, his web will be untouched until he vacates. I just hope he doesn’t leave me with hundreds of spider children.
My assistant miss bread maker was busy today as I washed up the dishes and straightened up the kitchen.
I know the bowl of compost in the sink looks terrible. I ordered a compost bucket and a red dish tub.
I’ve taken to filling a jar with hot water and Dawn and soaking the eating and cooking utensils over night. Even wooden utensils. It gets everything so clean.
We had a simple meal of sandwiches with the vegetarian WHAM, lots of sliced tomatoes, onions, pickles and toasted sourdough and mayo. These are such good sandwiches but I’m afraid the only store that sells this WHAM is no longer carrying it so we will eat ’em whilst we got ’em.
finished up with a good sweep and steam of the kitchen and laundry, cleaned the bathroom with liberal amounts of Ajax and bleach, vacuumed the house and then ended with a little bath for my little girl…who didn’t love the experience much but loves how her coat feels after wards.
Look at her, she’s so dramatic. The dogs get so dusty and stinky. We bath the big boys outside under the old pear tree in the summer. They are dramatic too, but they love being clean and wet in this heat. Maintaining a clean house with three dogs is a lot of washing things and monthly baths and brushing.
Garden pics coming soon!