Friday Ramble – Bees, Spit & Gardening.

I know right?! A ramble on a Friday? What is this world coming to?

How are things? How was your week? Your health?

I’ve bought a cow! Well, half of one. (Is cow the right word? Isn’t cow a female animal and bull the male and steer the neutered and heifer a young one of either sex? I ought to look that up!)

ANYway! We’ve bought a share in an animal that is being raised for meat for us and another person. This is going to be ALOT of meat for two people so everyone in my family is getting beef for Christmas this year, ha ha.

Our animal will be killed on the farm which too, which pleases me for many reasons and I’m supporting a local business in the process, which please me too.

I told Hubs to tell the farmer to kiss my cow on the head but he says he’s not doing that -rude!- so I’m doing it every night in my head. I think it’s important for people who eat meat- ANIMALS- to fully realize what that entails and this brings me one step closer to that.

My friend Chels is a total bad ass who raises her own animals AND kills them AND butchers them, all by herself. Maybe one day I’ll be as brave as her. For now, this will have to do.

Oh! Guess what else?! I’m going to YALE!

Have you heard of Coursera? It’s a learning platform that offers free and paid courses to the masses. It’s a pretty cool place for us nerds to learn all kinds of stuff. This year, they’re offering Yale’s very popular course on The Science of Well Being and I’m taking it. It’s SO good! I was tickled to find I’m already doing a lot of these things ( I am an old lady after all) but I’m learning so much new stuff too. The professor-Dr. Laurie Santos- is totally relatable. I’m linking HERE to a really good article about the whole thing and there’s a link to the course in the piece too. Go check it out. It’s totally worth it.

Tee hee

Have you seen any “Murder Hornets”? I hear, they are mostly hype BUT I’ll be on the lookout just in case. I love my buzzers. My Bumbles, buzz me in the yard like wee affectionate pets. They’ve got a nest in under my lilacs and I so enjoy their company. I feel so bad for them, all I’ve got flowering are dandelions. Going to have to change that! Can any of you suggest some early flowering plants for bees?

Pro tip: Don’t try this on your husband. They do NOT APPRECIATE the effort.

I am loving this weather. Rain, sun. Sun, rain! My garden is too. I’m picking big huge bouquets of asparagus every second day. Sometimes every day and sometimes…TWICE a day! I cant keep up with it all. WHat a great problem to have!

Yep! ^ That’s me. I went to Kuhlmann’s on the weekend – they are doing awesome with the COVID-19 measures ! Home Depot was a Covid 19 infection waiting to happen by comparison. Be warned- and spent most of my saved allowance on plants and garden stuff. I bought a big bag of dirt, a row cover and the rest was plants. I went in armed with a short list, and a conservative mindset. Ha ha ha, that all went to hell when I saw ALL THE THINGS.

I’m trying eggplant and celeriac this year. I fucked up and grabbed cauliflower instead of kohlrabi ( shakes fist at self! ) . I’ve got some Thai chilis, two kinds of cabbage, brussel sprouts, zucchini, patty pan squash, a Yellow Boy tomato ( bringing my tomato plant collection up to TEN ) Oh! Some seed potatoes- Banana fingerling and Russian Blue ). I think that’s it. The Hubs grabbed a Ghost chili plant and a Scotch Bonnet one too. Oh, we also picked up some cute flowers for our front porch. More on those when I get them planted. They are really unique.

Speaking of gardening: You are reading words typed by a person who picks up WORMS with a gloved hand. I did it! I felt so proud of myself ❤ It was on a gravel pathway, not happy about the situation and obviously suffering so I just steeled myself and picked it up, placing it back into the dirt.

It wasn’t nearly as awful as I thought it’d be. Funny that!

You should see me now. I was digging up a spot for potatoes and I spotted an absolute monster of a worm. It was dark burgundy, almost black. I was >thisclose< to picking it up to show the husband. This is going to sound strange coming from me but: It was a beautiful worm. 🙂

OK!. I’ve got a garden to tend to. I’d better get at her.

I hope you have THE BEST weekend.

Do you have any fun plans?

12 thoughts on “Friday Ramble – Bees, Spit & Gardening.

  1. Likely best to say you bought a beef, usually a steer. Heifer is a young female bovine before she has had her first calf. Now that we have the farm talk out of the way, congrats on your worm avoidance and gardening. My garden (including bedding plants is in). May have to cover up a night or two this weekend. As to Home Depot, Lowes is no better. Neither staff nor customers understand distancing. I got my plants by curbside pickup at our local BMR. May do this from now on. Enjoy the rain and ughhhh worms Lael. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  2. I love the idea of buying meat from the farmer. I’m not a fan of cauliflower, but I’m thinking it’s an opportunity to share with others. They don’t have to know you don’t like it, and there are plenty of people who do. Preying mantis eat those hornets. Viola! Natural predator. I’ve been saving worms from the fate of drying out on the sidewalk for as long as I can remember. My best garden was the year I used fertilizer from cleaning my horse’s stall. 🙂

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    • Oh I bet it was! I need my own horse now 🙂
      That’s a great idea! I hope it grows. Cauliflower is a challenge this far North which is why I don’t like growing it. Like throwing money away,lol

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  3. It’s been a bit since visiting your blog and I’m glad I did. You are doing such good and healthy things in your world. You are inspiring. My older son’s girlfriend said that hives are fighting back against the murder hornets. The murder hornets can’t take extreme heat. The bees surround them and begin to vibrate and raise the heat which kills them. If you have to do, Death by Twerking probably wouldn’t be a bad way. So cool on the Yale course at Coursera and thanks for the links!

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