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ruthbelle2

ruthbelle1

She has always had an easy way with animals. She doesn’t spook easily, unless Abby the goat is nearby, but then again that goat frightens me and I’m not three feet tall. Overall, she has always taken well to animals and they have, in turn, taken well to her.

ruthokra1

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Her personality reminds me of a delicate feather caught up by a breeze. To be sure, she is stubborn as all get out and fraught with many of her Mama’s worst tendencies. But she’s also pretty much a bag of sunshine and cheer 90% of the time and as such, a great companion for admiring the okra blossoms.

“Aww, they’re so pretty, Mama,” she says, her voice sounding like it, too, was taken up by a breeze.

Yes they are baby, yes they are.

backhoe

It is a backhoe week for Stewart, digging ponds and outhouse holes and other various projects.

haymakers-punch

Haymaker’s punch is in order for hot days on big equipment (or in the garden).

blackeyeds

A couple of apron pockets full of black-eyed peas a day and we’re set for the daily homestead stir-fry. I forgot how much you can neglect these guys and still they give.

dough

Summer baking is upon us and I am thinking larger batches of these fermented loaves a couple of times per week might work well. How many loaves of bread do you go through in a week? I think our family could easily eat one per day.

pickles

The pickles have slowed down but not exactly stopped. I thought for sure the cukes were on the way out last week but rain and cooler temperatures brought more blossoms and babies. So I’ll pack and brine and ferment until they quit.

I suppose that is just the way of things come mid-July.