What garden vegetables did you plant in your fall and winter garden this year? If you live in a fairly warm climate, you can plant fall and winter veggies.
Good Monday morning. I feel so miserable with pain in my head, shoulders, and arms that I will stay in the house today. I do not have a fever and I do not have Covid or a cold or flu. My muscles and joints hurt because I lifted some heavy things that I should not have. Because of my discomfort, I have not slept well in over a week, but I do feel much better today than I did yesterday.
Nacho and his two helpers showed up early to start working on the fence across part of the back forty.
There is always so much here for Nacho of Top Notch Lawn Care to do. He runs a successful landscaping business in San Antonio and he tries to fit us in as best as he can. He does great with wood.
Mike Nahass of Nahass Construction showed up with a helper to start my new permanent greenhouse in our backyard. Now that we expanded the fence in the backyard where the dogs play, we have room for my greenhouse. I say "my" so that everyone knows it is mine and the employees are not welcome to go in there and dump what I have growing like they did this past spring and summer. It still upsets me that they didn't have anything better to do than dump what I planted in marked in the greenhouse.
Mike got the frame mapped out and wood cemented into the ground.
I wrote all of the checks from my home office. Linda came to the house for me to unlock the Shopify system so she could take payments. She also brought me some delicious pumpkin bread that she baked.
After a long day, we went out in the evening to see the new fence up close. Nacho and his helpers were still out there. It is looking good. The hole for the gate is wide enough that we can drive the truck through it.
We took the four dogs and examined trees and garden vegetables. Both Nacho and Mike are supposed to come back tomorrow.
I slept much better, off and on last night but around 3:50am, I got so uncomfortable. I changed pillows, positions, and tossed and turned but never could get back to sleep so I got up right before 5am to do some computer work. Under my arms is very sore right now as I type, which is why I did not type yesterday. I am feeling a lot less pain but it is pretty intense.
It is now 5:50am and the cat and I are the only ones awake in the house. I made coffee and ate an apple and two boiled eggs as I did not want to make a lot of noise and awaken David and the dogs. I fed Kitty her breakfast.
Tomorrow, we are having a company potluck and David invited the owners of Farm To Familia to join us. They have not visited our farm before.
Well, my arms were aching all day long again. I finally peeled vegetables and roasted a chicken. It was very good.
We got another big garden vegetables harvest.
Welcome to Wednesday. Around 5am, I woke up and heard rain. I also noticed that my arms were feeling so much better. I got up and it was pouring. I had some discomfort in my right arm but I felt great compared to how I have been feeling the past eight days. Praise the Lord!
The rain stopped and we got the dogs out. Then David told me we have a job interview at 8:30am. I got ready and took some Tylenol.
We interviewed a guy sent over by an employment agency. He is trying the job out today, working out in the back forty.
We had a potluck for lunch and had company from Farm to Familia here. They got the grand tour and joined us for lunch.
Mike and his helper are working on the greenhouse out in the backyard. It is breezy and cooler than usual so it feels good.
Look at these beautiful garden vegetables that our guys picked today.
The new guy did alright today. He still works for the employment agency for the next six months and if he is still here and we like him at the end of the six months, we will probably hire him full time. This way, if he doesn't work out, we do not pay unemployment benefits like we have had to in the past. Live and learn, right?
Yesterday, we had our biggest online order ever in 12 years of business! The order was for $560.77! It was checked by three people so I hope it is correct. I was not involved as I took the day off for painful arms.
I was able to work until 3pm when the pain in my arms was more than I could bear. So I went home and more customers came. It was a good day.
I went out to investigate the work done today to the greenhouse. It is looking good. David is ordering shelves and a table for me for in there. I found my pink banana seeds and will be starting those as soon as my greenhouse is finished.
I woke up this morning at 5am but I got a good night's sleep for the first time in a very long time. It was 57° outside. So nice! Now that I am up, I am having some arm pain.
We had another nice harvest of garden vegetables.
We went into San Antonio this morning to do some important errands and just got back to the farm. It is noon. The day is sunny but breezy. A lot of my fall decorations are down. The wind is strong out there.
The greenhouse contractors are back today to finish up. Also, JW Hughes electricians are here working on a project for David.
I am in the store since my assistant does not come in on Thursdays. So far, I have taken pain relievers three times and I am having a good amount of pain today. Will it ever end?
This evening, I showered around 9pm and was having some arm pain again. I went back to the den to watch some more "Better Call Saul" which is the show we are now working through. It certainly is an interesting show. Since I was feeling discomfort, I fell asleep in the den around 10pm and I woke up at 11:30pm and went to bed. I took no pain reliever all night long.
Good Friday morning. I am feeling tired and I have pain in my left shoulder blade right now, but that is it. I slept pretty good. It was 56° when I got up this morning and the high is supposed to be 77°. The air feels cool and breezy, just amazing. This is what us Texans wait all summer long for.
It is now 10:37am. I feel pretty good except for some discomfort in my left shoulder blade. I am in the store working. This morning, people were complaining about Paypal being taken down as a payment option on our website to buy seeds. I put it back up.
The contractors are not here yet to finish up the greenhouse and it is almost lunchtime to I am not going to expect it to be done this weekend. That is too bad because the weather is cool and it would be pleasant to work out there, getting my plants situated.
Okay. The contractors are here working on the greenhouse. Also, the JW Hughes electricians are here again working on some electricity issues for David. I really don't know what they are doing as he has not told me.
David was going to head to Leakey to check on his father this morning, but decided not to today. (If you missed it, last week, he decided to go on hospice. He qualifies and he is dying.) We have so much going on, including having a new guy and contractors onsite. Things run better when you are an owner who is present. We are paying out big money and we need to make sure things are done well and done properly.
David posted last week on Facebook that his father has gone on hospice. If you don't know, hospice is for people who have six months or less to live. They are very ill and there is no hope for them to live. Therefore, they are doing poorly; they are dying.
For some reason, all of these people whom David has known are asking him each day on his Facebook page how his father is doing. That is nice of them to show concern, but he is on hospice. He is dying. He is not doing well. He will never do well again. That is sad but it is a reality.
Some elderly folk live to a ripe old age in good health. Others get seriously ill and medicine can no longer do anything for them. Breathing is difficult, even with oxygen. Pain is unbearable, even with morphine. So when you see that someone is now on hospice care, it means they are not long for this world. Don't ask how they are doing. Say that you are sorry to hear it and that you are praying for an easy home going. David's dad is a born again Christian and he will go to be with Jesus, whom he has served for many years. He is ready.
So what garden vegetables are you already harvesting in your fall garden? Here in Texas, we start putting our fall garden vegetable seeds in the ground in August and in September. We are harvesting plenty of garden vegetables now.
We have had a lot of customers all week long. Last week, too. Today, it seems we have had more than usual. I know it is this beautiful, cool weather that makes people want to get out in the yard and appreciate the gorgeous feel of cool air blowing on them without humidity. I am hoping the greenhouse is done by the end of the day so I can work outside tomorrow, provided that I am feeling well enough.
I would like to take this time to say thank you to all of you who have come by our store to shop and to visit our farm. Also, a big thank you to all of you who order our seeds online. David and I cannot thank you enough. David had a dream over 12 years ago that he shared with me. Being the supportive wife, I told him, "Don't bother. It won't work." I am so glad I was wrong!
We love our customers and we love providing great seeds and growing tips for wonderful garden vegetables to you. Without you, we would be back to working corporate jobs that we hate again instead of doing what we love out here on our farm.
I woke up with my arms feeling pretty good. However, I still was not feeling all that well. I fed all of the animals, inside and out and contemplated all of the garden vegetables sitting on my island and in my refrigerator that need to be processed today.
Then around 9am, David announced that we needed to go to Leakey and get some more papers notarized and pick up some bills for him to pay for his father. Now, keep in mind that I just asked him the night before if he was going to Leakey on Saturday. He said no, that his brother had everything under control. Well, his brother cannot pay bills for his father. He is not on the checking account.
So, even though I felt bad physically, I got ready and we went. Some family friends were there at the house when we got there. David's brother was not there at all. We got everything taken care of. David's father could barely talk. He has really gone downhill in just one week. It was sad to see but this is the end of life for him. He is on hospice care.
We made the long drive back home. We were supposed to be at a neighbor's birthday party at 4pm but I went to bed instead because I was feeling totally miserable by this time. My head was pounding as well as my stomach was hurting. Fun, fun times. So around 5:30pm, David drove over with our card and gift, just to drop them off. They had a bouncy castle and pony rides, which I could see from here.
David came back with a heaping plate of the most delectable tamales, in several flavors, that I ever had. The masa was so tender and they were just divine! A friend of the birthday girl's aunt made them. Oh, they were so good, melt in your mouth good. Forget pumpkin spice. It is tamale season! We love tamales for the rest of the year!!!
Well, the garden vegetables never got processed. We found out that in Comanche, they had Halloween tonight so our grandkids went trick or treating a night early.
Svengoolie was a very weird movie from 1965. It had nothing to do with Frankenstein but was a movie about people from Mars trying to kidnap women in bikinis on beaches in Florida.
I did not feel well today so I stayed home the whole day. It was a bright, sunny day. We do not have trick or treaters out here in the country. Our gate is locked and if there were children, they would have to be driven. It is not like it is in the city. This past week, we have had a lot of customers to our store and I believe it is because people love it when the cooler weather sets in. Only then, do they think about getting outside and planting garden vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Our fall vegetable seeds and flower seeds have been selling quickly in the farm store. Online, we are seeing a lot of spring vegetable seeds as well as flower seeds selling. Of course, we ship all over the United States, not just here in Texas.
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