Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
We planted our garden today. This used to be a horrible patch of ivy that took quite a bit of work to pull out. We built the raised bed with some wood we already had and brought in some good dirt. There are marigolds all around the edges to keep out the rabbits who live nearby - lets hope that works. This is actually our first garden attempt, other than growing tomatoes and a few herbs in pots. We planted onions, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes (heirloom, cherry, and patio), basil, peppermint, and cilantro. More tomatoes will go in pots, some zucchini squash are in another part of the yard, and we have strawberry plants too! I still have to buy some jalapeno peppers, garlic, and a few more lavender bushes for the front landscaping. Lucy loved picking the little ripe tomatoes from our plants last year and eating them right away; I can't wait to enjoy the fruits of this years work!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I can finally post about our Mother's Day gifts for the grandmothers! My mom reads my blog and I didn't want to give away the surprise ahead of time. I got my idea from this blog and then followed this tutorial. I ordered this kit from etsy.com and it was very easy to put together. I used a watercolor painting of Lucy's and made a small copy into a scrabble tile necklace pendant. I thought they turned out nicely and made a fun gift. I still need to make another one for myself!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Garlic is a wonderful health booster. It is in the same family as onions and similarly helps prevent heart disease and cancer. Garlic is also antibacterial; it has been used to treat a number of problems including gangrene infections and even the common cold. Garlic contains manganese, selenium and vitamins B6 and C. When crushed, garlic yields allicin, a powerful antibiotic and anti-fungal compound.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.
God you’re great, God you’re good.
Now we thank you for our food.
By your hands, we are fed.
Now we thank you for our bread.
(This is a popular prayer that I changed a bit so that we were talking to God rather than about him. "God you're great" instead of "God is great", etc.)
God our Father, God our Father,
We thank you, we thank you,
For our many blessings, for our many blessings,
(Sung to the tune of Are You Sleeping, Brother John?)
Now I fold my hands and say
Thank you God for my food today
When I get up, I'm thankful for a brand-new day.
When I get dressed, I'm thankful I can run and play.
When I sit down to eat, I'm thankful for my food.
And most of all, I'm thankful for a God who is so good.