Memorial Day Garden Update – 8 weeks

We thoroughly enjoyed having a three day weekend!  We had a “cold” front come through which brought the temperatures all the way down to the mid-80s.  To ward off this cold front and to accompany our Memorial Day burgers, we made a frosty beverage!  It was very refreshing on such a cold day.
punchCUCUMBER LIMEADE PUNCH
1 container limeade concentrate, thawed
2 liters lemon lime soda
cucumber slices
mint, to make your photo pretty

Slice up a few cukes, pour in limeade and soda.  Done.  So easy and so thirst-quenching.  

We’ve been collecting some produce from our garden in the last week!  Yellow squash is growing like crazy!  Squash casserole will be on the menu this week for sure.  We also have harvested quite a few cucumbers (like the one in the punch above!)  Everything else is in full swing too but not quite as ready as the squash and cucumbers just yet.
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Gardening notes to ourselves:
1.  We only need maybe 2 butternut plants.  They spread a lot!!  And spring may be too warm for them to grow.  They started off great, but over the last few days are looking a little parched.  A few have gone bad and the leaves are not looking as full and healthy.
2.  Cantaloups have lots of blossoms but we’ve seen no fruit yet.  These also spread and vine quite a bit and have tried attaching to our sweet potatoes.
3.  Yellow squash gets HUGE!  Allow plenty of room for these.

Lastly, remember these little girls?
IMG_2700Well, guess who’s been busy in the last week??
eggs 5-24-13We were so shocked by their little surprise!!  We were expecting eggs around July.  For kicks, we opened up the nest boxes over the weekend and my husband said “No way!!”  I thought he was kidding around because just the week before we’d cleaned out the coop and there were no eggs.  Those little ladies must be so proud of themselves!  Since finding those, we’ve gotten three more.  So egg-citing!  (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
chicks lay eggs 5-26-13Have an egg-cellent day!  (Somebody stop me.)

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DIY: Fabric Covered Corkboard

Here I go again, getting in touch with my crafty side…

I’d purchased a cork board for our office several months ago.  And it sat, wrapped in its plastic cover all those months not doing anything but collecting dust.  We moved in January but haven’t gotten around to hanging too much on the walls.  So, Miss Jessa, took it upon herself to hang some stuff up in her room.  When we saw her “art” we knew we needed to act quickly to give her something cute to hang all her i-must-tape-this-to-my-wall masterpieces.  Lemme tell you, this girls loooves some scotch tape.
IMG_3052I remembered we had the corkboard but it just looked so office-like and not suitable for a preteen’s room.
IMG_3051Using the colors in her room, I purchased some cute and colorful fabric and ribbon and set out to gussy this puppy up!  First, I cut the fabric to cover the cork portion of the board while leaving the black frame exposed.
IMG_3049My lovely assistant was close by to lend a hand.  Next, I ironed the fabric to remove any creases.
IMG_3054Then, I taped off the frame of the cork board, took it outside, and sprayed it with spray adhesive.  You have to move pretty quickly with the adhesive or it tends to lose its stickiness.  In fact, I did have to do some touch ups with the spray while applying the fabric to the cork.
IMG_3056Once the fabric was in place, I trimmed the ribbon I’d purchased to match each edge of the frame (measure on the inside of the black frame.)  The ribbon was glued in place with a hot glue gun.  This was to mask any crazy, not-so-straight fabric edges…well, that and it just looked cuter this way…
IMG_3097And here’s the finished product…
IMG_3210It took Jessa all of about five minutes to completely cover her board with treasures!  So cute…and it sure beats bits of scotch tape all over the walls!

Bee Happy

We sincerely hope our wonderful moms had a very nice Mother’s Day!  Sorry you guys live so far away!  Ya know, Florida is not a bad place to live and you never have to deal with snow!!  Plus, you’d be closer to us and what is better than that?!

We have been contemplating getting some bees at the Fetch Ranch…just something Mr. F is interested in.  When we bought our last house it came equipped with its very own bee hive.  Since this was in a deed restricted community with lots o’ home owners regulations we really had no choice but to have them removed by a professional.  Well, that and at the time we had no interest in raising any bees.
hive at apopkaFast forward a couple of years….we now live on 5 acres and have lots of produce growing in our garden and we have more than several fruit trees in the yard.  With that, the interest in the bees has been on the rise.  So, over the weekend we attended a bee keeping class.

IMG_3214Fortunately, they provided some protective gear for us!
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IMG_3231We learned that the natural cycle of blossoms and bee activity in Florida makes fall a more optimal time than summer for us to start a hive.  In the meantime, we’ll get an area ready for them and get some more things planted.  

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For Mother’s Day, Luna (our indoor cat-turned-outdoor-hunter) decided to leave her present at the front door for me to discover first thing in the morning…
IMG_3212So sweet, right?  Well, I suppose since we have had some mole issues, it was nice of her to try to help with problem.