A Week or Two in Pictures (3/27-4/10)

I’m starting this post out with a picture of my lovely girls enjoying a treat block. That block sure didn’t last long but we had fun watching them attack it! I like to give them a treat every now and then. Usually we just let them feast on the scraps we throw out from our chicken (ends of cucumber, carrot peels, etc) in addition to the layer pellets/corn we toss out.

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I planted an Ichiban eggplant in my garden bed. I love eggplant though and hope to pick up at least another variety to add to my bed. A great way to use up eggplant is to make Baba Ghanoush – it is delicious!

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My pineberries are looking good in my garden bed. Thankfully the recent burst of cold weather did not phase them as I see little berries forming! I’m awaiting on some Old North Sea strawberry plants to arrive from Baker Creek seeds any day.

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We potted up a bunch of plants for the front porch. One contains herbs I started last year (lemongrass, chives, thyme, parsley), one contains violas, two contain a mixture of Rainbow Chard and Brussels Sprouts. There’s a rosemary lurking in the back (along with my Belle watching me from inside the house, she’s never far from me). The red pot and the pot in the middle contain shallots that I got from my grandfather’s house – apparently they’ve been passed down for a few generations!

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On these pretty evenings, we’ve been working with the dogs a lot more than usual. It helps Belle run off some energy and it helps Jake (Robb’s dog) stay in shape for when duck hunting season rolls around.
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The peach tree (located within our chicken coop) is doing fabulous. I’m glad that the cold weather didn’t damage it either. I love a fresh, juicy peach picked while still warm from the sun.

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My comfrey is rocking it! I like to use it in products that I make for The Southern Belle’s Garden. In fact, most of the herbs I use I actually grow myself.

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We went for a walk on Sunday. Robb wanted to check on a couple of potential turkey hunting spots. Though he really didn’t see what he was looking for, we did spook up a couple of deer and I found my first ever shed antler! Okay, so really Robb found it but only because he was walking in front of me!

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All in all, it’s been a good couple of weeks! The next few weeks will fly by though and I don’t know how many pictures I’ll be able to snag! I enjoy letting you all have these little peeks into my life (plus it helps me remember to jot down information in my garden journal) and I hope you enjoy them as well!

Trick or Treat (pic heavy)

October 31st was the scariest day that I have probably experienced yet. My Halloween weekend started out so well too. My boyfriend and I went out to Plaza Azteca on Friday night and got THE PIG. I can’t ever remember what the pig is actually called but it’s onions, green peppers, chicken, steak, shrimp, and pineapple served in this sizzling hot bowl shaped like a pig, sort of like fajitas. It is the best thing on their menu and the only thing we will get from there (plus, it’s big enough for us to share WITH leftovers).

Saturday morning, we woke up and he headed out to cut down some brush for his duck blind. We decided to take the dogs to where we were going because there would be plenty of room for them to run and play without having to worry about traffic. As you can see, everyone had a great time.

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Shortly after we all got into the truck to head home, things took a dark turn (okay, maybe I am being a bit dramatic). Belle was riding in the back of the truck when she spotted two golden retrievers out playing. So she LEAPS from the back of a truck going 50-55 mph and right into the path of an oncoming car. The car slammed on breaks and I still don’t know how she managed to not get hit but she apparently bounced up as soon as she hit the pavement and started running.

I was absolutely terrified and the dumb dog seemed to think we were all playing when we were trying to catch her so she kept running with blood dripping down her face. We got her home and I took her directly to the bathroom to evaluate her injuries. Belle has a bad case of road rash on her check, a busted chin/lip, plus all sorts of scraps on her legs/elbow/paws but she seems relatively okay. She even wanted to go outside so she could catch Frisbee’s. I’ve been trying to keep her injuries clean, checking her pee and poop for signs of blood, and have given her the rest of the pain pills from her spaying earlier this year to help with the pain and soreness the rest of the weekend. I am so grateful that she was not injured worse and I probably should have taken her to the vet but they were all close for the weekend.

(Side Note – 11/13/15: Following Belle’s flying leap for freedom, Thursday night of the next week, my boyfriend and I were putting our Halloween decorations away in the attic. His dog runs into the attic and next thing we know, he has disappeared! The dog FELL through the attic! There was some siding over the front porch that had never been nailed down and with an 80 lb. dog stepping on it, it gave. We raced downstairs only to find that his dog was not there. Apparently as soon as he hit ground, he started running figuring that he was in big trouble! Thankfully he was okay and Belle’s marks have all nearly healed to just pink blotches for now).

So how was the rest of my Halloween? Fantastic. My mom and her boyfriend came over Saturday night to check out the Halloween decorations. Belle was so excited to see them. Then my cousin, her nephews, and their mom came over to trick or treat. AND THEN my grandma and granddaddy came over to see my glorious Halloween decorations. I didn’t have quite as many trick or treaters as I expected, but since this was my first year decorating, I’m sure more will come next year.

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PicMonkey Collage

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With the time change on Sunday, I woke up bright and early to take down my decorations and return my boyfriend’s house to normal. Sunday was a day of relaxing and walking Belle some so she wouldn’t be too sore. For supper Sunday night, my boyfriend made up a delicious collard mixture (with collards and beans from our garden, local potatoes, fatback, and a delicious juice of apple cider vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes and who knows what else) that we ate with my super-secret cornbread (with cheese, cream of corn, and candied jalapenos that I canned earlier in the year).