Where Did All My Productivity Go?

Oh wait, it’s summer vacation. Summer vacation means my productivity level has taken a bit of a vacation, too, at least when it comes to my online presence. I’ve had plenty to keep me busy, though. Summer vacation means Big Bit is back in the fold at home, so I have all three home to take care of and entertain. All day. Every day. It’s fun getting to do things together as a family, such as zoo trips and all that, but it is harder to get things done around the house with three little ones under foot. And even harder to do some of the stuff that is just for me. Especially blogging, since that requires a certain level of energy in order to maintain coherent posts and such. After a day of managing the house and taking care of the girls, I find it hard to muster the energy to do anything other than sit down and veg for a bit before calling it a night. Part of me hates to admit it, but when school starts up here in a few weeks, I will probably be one of those moms doing a little happy dance in the parking lot after drop-off.

So what have we been up to?

The garden survived those last freezes and is blooming, though not as well as last year. My guess is the late freezes and such messed with the growing season. The moss roses are still my troopers. Of all my plants, they seem to have handled everything the best. The bluebonnets have barely bloomed at all, and this late in the season I doubt they will do much more. The bulbs don’t seem to have handled the stresses of our weather this year as well, either. They aren’t dead and are still growing, but neither the gladiolus nor dahlia has bloomed, yet. I’m not holding out much hope for the gladiolus, however I see some possible budding on the dahlia, so maybe I’ll still have some luck with that. If it does bloom, I’ll take some pictures, since it should be a pretty one.

We also took some time for a family “vacation.” First one in nearly two years (such is military life). We went back to visit family and let everyone meet Niblet, since most of the family hadn’t been able to meet her in person before. I’m guessing you noticed I put vacation in quotes. I’m not saying the trip wasn’t enjoyable, because it was. It’s just that traveling with three small children, isn’t much of a vacation for mom and dad. Luckily, since we haven’t taken any sort of time off like this in so long, my husband has enough leave accrued so now that we’re back home from our journey, we get to take a “stay-cation,” which is proving to be much more relaxing. He’s been spoiling me by taking point on the kiddos and letting me sleep in the past few mornings. It’s so decadent to sleep past 8am!

After this though, it’s back to the routine. Hubs will be back to work and it will be time to get ready for back to school. I’m not mad at that, though. It’s nice to have a routine and a specific set of to-do’s for any given day. Anyway, maybe when the routine comes back, my productivity will come with it!

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In Our Garden: Really!?!

Just when I think it’s spring and I’m going to be able to forget about the cold for a few months, Mother Nature decides to throw one more storm my way. I spent Mother’s Day watching the snow fall. A good chunk of yesterday, too. Because that’s what I want in May. Snow and having to wear flannel pajamas even with the heater running. IN MAY! I’m just a tad miffed.

Anyway, I think the seedlings came through it alright, but I don’t know for sure. The gladiolus seem to be perking along in their crock pot-made-planter and I have some itty, bitty sprouts in the other planters, but I’m going to give it a few days before I declare them all safe. Ahead of the storm coming in, I wrapped our planters in garbage bags to keep the frost off them and hopefully provide a little bit of insulation. The Bits were rather confused until I explained that it was the closest thing to wrapping our plants in a blanket that I could offer. Big Bit liked the idea of her flowers being kept cozy in the snow. The storm passed yesterday afternoon, and while it’s still a bit nippy, I took the bags off the planters this morning so the seedlings that did make it through can get some sun. Fortunately, it’s still early enough in the season that if we suffered any massive casualties I can go buy some more seed packets and hopefully still have some pretty flowers. Fingers crossed.

Well, a happy Mother's Day to you, too.

Well, a happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

In Our Garden: Finally! (And a Cheeky Squirrel)

This past weekend the Bits and I were finally able to get our garden going. Even though the temperatures are still dipping a bit at night, we shouldn’t have anymore snow coming in to kill any seedlings. Hopefully, since we’re planting a bit earlier than last year, our bluebonnets will do a bit better this time around. As per Big Bit’s request we aren’t growing any vegetables this year, only flowers. We have bluebonnets and moss roses in the large containers and just moss roses in the smaller ones that housed my herb garden last year. The moss roses did so well and looked so pretty last year, so I wanted to have more this year. Also, I wasn’t able to find good looking herbs to replant this year and I still have quite a bit of what I was able to dry last year, so I needed to fill those planters with something else anyway. However, I do have some green onion going in some shot glasses that I salvaged from dinner a few nights ago. They seem pretty happy and in another few days I’ll transplant them into some small pots so they can sit out on the patio while the weather is nice. Last year’s green onion produced almost enough to get us through the winter without buying more from the market. I’m excited to see how much I’ll be able to get out of two.

This year’s “experiment” is bulb flowers. I have a few larger pots that I’m using to try my hand with some gladiolus and a dahlia. If they bloom, it should be very pretty and give a little more pop to our plantings. Hopefully they prove as hearty as advertised.

And now on a mostly unrelated note, I have become convinced that the squirrels out here are possessed, or, at the very least, slightly evil. The morning after we had gotten our seeds planted in our garden, I wake up to find a squirrel digging thru our freshly seeded planters. Big Bit declared him to be a “cheeky squirrel” (we’re fans of a certain British cartoon pig in this house), and while nothing seemed to be too badly disturbed, I did go out and buy some extra seed packets to plant as insurance. If it had just been that, I wouldn’t think anything more of the squirrels here except that they are annoying little pests, as is normal. However later that day, the girls and I came home from some errands and as I was unloading them from the car, I noticed little green shavings on the ground. As I was coming back out to grab another one of the girls (unloading a car when all three kids are in carseats is a multistep process), I noticed there was a hole about 4 inches wide in the lid of my neighbor’s trashcan and there was a little squirrel head peeking out at me. The thing had chewed thru the lid of the trashcan! It didn’t care that I was right there, it just stared back. I am inclined to believe that this was the same squirrelly offender who had been in out planters earlier that morning. He had a cheeky look about him. The final straw is that he seems to believe he he resides here now since the past two mornings that I have been getting Big Bit out the door for school, there he has been on that trashcan, calm as you please, giving me the stare down as I go about my business. Yesterday morning he was even chewing on a french fry he’d found (probably in the trashcan) with a look on his little squirrelly face that seemed to say, “Yes, I’m here. What of it?” Cheeky little squirrel.