I’ve been remiss!! I haven’t posted in ages. I don’t have any great excuses, but I’ll try:

1. Re-entry has been more difficult and lingering than expected

2. The garden went bonkers and I’ve been spending a lot of time out there

3. One of our routers failed and out internet was suuuuuuuper slow for a few days

4. Sabine and Orzo went expeditioning and were missing for nearly 24 hours

Seriously, though, since we;ve been back Neve has been crazy restless and can’t seem to get back to a place where lounging at the pool or reading on a hot summer day is okay. She wants to be on the go and seeing things.  I know how she feels, though I have enough “Have to do’s” that I don’t have much time to be restless.  As for Maddie, she was in California all last week and Mexico the last several days.  She’s going to have an even more wicked vacation hangover!

The garden indeed went bonkers.  I’ve made jars and jars of refrigerator pickles with all the cucumbers, and I’m running out of ideas for zucchini.  I think I may make up a large batch of tomato-zucchini sauce and pressure can it this week.


Lots and lots of butternut squash are coming in; hopefully the billions of squash bugs won’t kill them.  I’ve been going out every day and knocking them and their eggs into a bucket of soapy water.  I’ve used Neem oil.  I apparently UNDER used teh diatomaceous earth so I will try that again.  Yet every time I’m out there, I swear I hear them laughing and saying “We are legion! You cannot destroy us!”


Lots of green balls!!!



Baby Boo pumpkins!


One of several cantaloupes.


Little watermelons!


Connecticut Field Pumpkin




There are also Long Island Cheese Pumpkins, Acorn Squash, Lumina pumpkins, and lots of basil.  My pepper plants seem to have failed while I was in Europe, which sucks.  But everything else is growing well.

We did have a scare last week with the power company.  We have a power-line right-of-way bisecting our property. It’s never been a big deal because it’s mostly over the stream anyway, and having them bush hog that muddy, sinky area every few years is just fine by us.  But last week I saw a crew come in with chemical sprayers.  I had no idea what they were spraying, and I ran out and told them they had to stop.  Unfortunately, I don’t speak Spanish, and they were having  hard time understanding the crazy white lady waving her arms and shouting about honeybees. I managed to make them understand “NO” and that they had to leave.  I then called the power company and found out they were spraying Round Up.

Now, here’s the thing.  I know the claim is that RoundUp is safe for insects and animals.  I know that there are scientific studies that say that it is safe at least in the short term.   But I also know that we don’t actually know what’s causing Colony Collapse, and that RoundUp has been mentioned a lot as a possible co-suspect along with other herbicides and insecticides.  Either way, I didn’t want them using in on my property (or near the wild blackberries, dammit!). Unfortunately, the gentleman in charge at the power co op basically accused me of being full of it. Fortunately, he agreed that they won’t use it on my property in the future.  Good news, I guess? Anyway, reason 8,472 not to buy a property with any right-of-ways on it!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on out hive, and so far, so good.

As for the dogs……

After grocery shopping all day yesterday I came home and discovered that both Orzo and Sabine were missing.  Now, Orzo, I wasn’t surprised.  He has his mom’s wanderlust, and no matter what ways we have tried to keep him in, he finds a way out (when the power guys came through I saw him jump clear over the fence with no running start).  But Sabine……

Sabine has never, never, EVER left the property. The handful of times that I have found her outside the fence she has been waiting next to it to be let back in.  For her to be missing was very, very upsetting.

The good news is that this morning they reappeared, seemingly dumped off here by a white work truck that then drove away. Sabine went straight back to the sheep and Orzo went into the garage and hid under the work desk in there. He’s been hiding under the deck since. I have no idea what happened or where they were, or why. As for Paul, he’s reconsidering the location of the cameras we have and will be adding more.

Orzo will be getting neutered soon and we’ve decided to get him microchipped as well (and more than likely Lucy as well, though she’s quite happily a house dog now).

So there’s my overly long excuse for not posting in a while.  I promise to do better now!