Weekend Coffee Share

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I don’t know where to begin this week. It’s been a great week. We’re starting to settle in at our new place. I really like it so far. Things are coming together. I have both my horses here, and they are getting along great. Do you have time for a cup of coffee? I’ll tell you all about it. I just need to get myself a refill first. Just a second.. How is your coffee ? Ooo, good 🙂 

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I’ve told myself more than once, that I’m not having a another rental (with land,) ever again. It’s emotionally draining to set up someone else’s property, put your soul into it, and then leave it. All those hot summer days fixing fences, digging gardens, pruning trees, all that becomes part of you. At least that’s how I feel. This time it’s slightly different. The property isn’t huge, less than 1.5 acres. The pasture is already fenced (I did enforce some parts of it that needs reinforcements, but mostly is was good.) The house is beautiful, underneath a few layers of dirt. Working on getting it cleaned, room by room. I accidentally started the fire alarm when I used the stove top for the first time. Before I even had any food on, just old grease starting to smoke. I did the same thing the first time I started the oven last night..old grease.Yuck! The house was designed by an artist, and have some gorgeous mosaic on the living room floor, and in the master bathroom. I know that I’m going to spend at least a year here. (Most likely. Unless something completely unexpected happens.) Therefor, I am making it my home. I am putting a piece of my soul into it, but not my whole soul. I am going to be able to leave when its time. (I’m sure we could stay longer than a year, if we want.) Until then, I’m planning on enjoying every day here. Naturally I am taking great care of the place, but if I owned it, I would dig out old flower beds (that aren’t that beautiful any longer,) plant fruit trees, and make more permanent beautifying changes. Now it’s more about upkeep, and enjoying. 

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I did put in a new garden area. It’s for an annual vegetable garden. I am going to enjoy that area every day, so that is worth it to me, even if I only would have a garden there one year. I finished fencing the area, and planted some of my seedlings this week. I’m hoping for a prolific harvest. It is peaceful here. The sounds you hear are mostly birds singing, and an occasional dog barking (usually not mine.) I met two of my neighbors, an older couple, they seem to be good people. I love having my horses outside the door. I give them love several times a day. If I want to take a break from working in the garden, it takes me 30 seconds to walk over to my horses. I feel grateful, and happy about where I am right now.  

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I planted cherry tomato seedlings, earlier this week, that my daughter and I grown from seeds, under a heat lamp.

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These rows are all going to be cherry tomatoes. It’s my daughter’s favorite vegetable. We eat lots of them every day. The seedlings are tiny now, you can barely see them in this photo. LOL. Just wait and see, they’ll be HUGE very soon.

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I have a little trick I do, after planting the seedlings, I water a circle around them, with a diluted 3/4 water + 1/4 vinegar solution. It serves two purposes, as a fertilizer, and it keeps ants away. We have lots of ants.

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This is a newly planted (it survived two nights outside when writing this,) squash seedling. Also grown from seed inside, under a grow light.

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I planted my squash seedling along one of the fence lines to the garden. That way they have support from the fence, as they grow bigger. I planted them in compost from last year, so they should be very happy.

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Next to my squash, I planted spinach. I planted them from seed, directly into my garden outside. I planted them yesterday, so it’s going to take some time before I see the spinach.

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Next to the spinach, is the garlic I planted from cloves inside, a couple weeks ago. I just transplanted them to my outdoor garden yesterday.

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The view of my three most loyal friends, seen from my garden. They love hanging out in the shade, close to where I happen to be.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time bonding with my new horse Fancy this week. I groom her a couple times a day, and she seem to enjoy the attention. I started to work on her hooves yesterday. They have been badly neglected. I’m going to work a little bit on them every day. (I took a class in barefoot trimming years ago. So that I can work on my own horses, at least in between trimmings. Or if I take in a rescue with trust issues. If they are going to be worked a lot, I hire a professional.)

BTW, did you happen to see the photos my 5 year old daughter took of Ghost and me, earlier this week?

Are you enjoying spring yet? Or do you still have snow lingering? We’ve had temperatures in the 60’s in the beginning of this week, and then it slowly been going up. I’ve been waiting for warmer weather, to give the horses well needed baths. Going to take care of that this afternoon. This weekend we’re having mid 80’s. It’s rodeo weekend here. It’s a big event, the third weekend of April every year. The Red Bluff Round-Up is actually the largest three day rodeo in the country. The opening show is tonight, but I don’t think I will be going tonight. I will enjoy the rodeo Saturday, and Sunday though. Both my daughter, and I are excited. It’s very festive; a parade through town Saturday, music, clowns, beautiful horses, action, and happy people. I’m not much of going to big events, but I do enjoy going to a few rodeos every year. Country lifestyle & horses, what is there not to like? Sunday is wear pink day (to honor breast cancer survivors.) I bought my daughter a new pink outfit yesterday. I couldn’t find anything for me. I look horrible in pink. I did try a few outfits yesterday.. I’ll see if I can find something today. 

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I hope you’re having a fantastic week so far, and that it continues in the same awesome way. Thanks for having coffee with me, I enjoyed the conversation, and lovely company very much! 

Love,

Ms Zen

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    1. I hope you get to enjoy spring soon. What are you looking forward to plant when the weather allows? What kind of plants thrives in your area? Thank you for sharing a cup of coffee with me 🙂

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      1. I do have peas in and they are popping up. I can put potatoes and collards in now probably, but going to wait one more week. We can’t shake winter, usually the trees all have leaves but they are still just buds! I have a lot of tomato, okra, peppers, squashes, herbs, green beans to go in later. I can’t go an eggplant to save my life, but I try every year 🤣

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        1. How exciting! That’s a great variety you got 🙂 It seem to me like eggplants have a mind of their own. Last year was the first year I had success with them. The only one thing I can think of that I did different, is (maybe?) more fertilizer (horse/goat/alpaca/chicken manure.) They took a long time to come up, and I was ready to throw the plants in the compost many times. Like I did previous years…eventually they came, and in great abundance too. All of a sudden I had more egg plant than I knew what to do with. (My friends helped me take care of that part.) I’ve planted some seeds this year as well, but I can’t see any green sprouts. I haven’t given up hope yet. Best of luck with your garden. Sounds very exciting!

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  1. Thanks for the vinegar tip, didn’t know that one. Beautiful shots of the animals and the area looks so GREEN (we’re still in the brown stage, but it’s slowly greening). Exciting to have the garden planted, the anticipation of harvest is the best part!

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    1. I’m happy to share it with you Eliza. I’m enjoying the green to the max now, because it will be gone soon. Maybe I can borrow some of your green later on? 😉
      I still have some planting to do, some herbs, cucumber, and corn (at least.) I do want to add some fig trees to my container garden as well. I’ve started to look at different varieties. Gardening is a never ending fun, but you’re right, it is a good feeling to have some things in the ground, watching those little plants grow a little every day.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Your horses are gorgeous. I hope you continue to be happy in your new home.
    I noticed a few years ago that when I had some kind of tiny little bug that came in around my kitchen sink (not ants, but a little smaller and lighter in color) when I wiped down the sink and window ledge above the sink with apple cider vinegar they stayed away for a long time.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful comment Sandra. Yes, apple cider vinegar is great! I should do that with my windows. Thanks for reminding me. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you!

      Vinegar is great for so many things. I love using my grandmas old tricks. They are usually very budget friendly.

      I have some land that I bought for later years. That I would like to put my soul into. I don’t exactly live close by right now. One day I will live on a place I own, either here, or there. When the time is right 🙂 I would love to have a small orchard. That’s a dream of mine.

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  3. You look as though your going to be well supplied with vegetables. How wonderful to be able to view your friends while you work. I agree with you that you have to make a place your home because it is your home for the time you are there. If you can do that without spending a lot of money on it that is an added bonus. It sounds like the place is perfect for you. Hope the rodeo was fun and thanks for coffee.

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