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Date:4/23/2014 3:03:03 AM
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Summer Rush, Part II
On Tuesday I was finally able to hoe the garden for the first time in two weeks. The peas were blossoming and the beans were sending out runners. I even found a small pepper or two. I was able to pick strawberries again, (they are slowing down production) and cut them up for my lunch the following day.

Thursday I spent the day hoeing and mowing. I went through the home garden again and re-killed the creeping jenny that I thought I had killed two days earlier. (Some day I should do a blog and survey on the most irritating weed!) Though my mower was operating at less than optimum, I cut the rest of our lawns. Looks pretty nice around here for the moment! I was even able to plant some free discard flowers that a family friend wanted to get rid of. Finally, I was able to spray the ragweed in the driveway and at the homestead.

I was thinking that this was a poor way to spend Independence Day, working myself to a frazzle doing yard work but then I reconsidered. To be able to work on my own land and cultivate and harvest my own food without worrying about anyone coming to take it away from me is what independence is all about. My Ruthie made some awesome barbecued ribs, home baked beans and potato salad and a hungry Countryman made short work of it and then went back out to work. My only regret that was there were so many tasks left to be done. But as I rested between jobs on the garage porch, I felt the Summer breeze cool my sweat-soaked T-shirt and I realized that it was enough to be able to work and to do and to make. Just being a free Countryman on my own land was enough . . .

Tonight I was able to weed the last of the flowerbeds and then fertilize them with some Miracle Grow. Tomorrow I have to mow the grass at the homestead and then weed whack around here. My Punky, (daughter Amanda) was commenting on just how much she has to do on her place out in Nebraska. I told her basically, "Welcome to the club!" and then added that I wouldn't have it any other way. -- Gary
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