This is Todd. Todd was rescued from being hit by semi-trucks on the highway north of our town. Shannon, our very tenderhearted hanai sister saved him while trying not to get hit and killed by the semi-trucks herself. She brought him home to me and asked if I could help her find his family since she had just come off a 12 hour shift at the hospital and desperately needed to get some sleep so she could do the same long shift again that night. Steven and I put out posts on Facebook groups and tagged people in the area where he was found along with taking Todd to a local vet to see if he was microchipped. He was not. We took him to some local families here who farm up that way to see if they recognized him. Finally we found out that Todd's family was desperately searching for him and we got into contact with one another. Todd's very grateful family came to pick him up and brought us a bouquet of flowers as a thank you. I am so glad we were able to find his family as he is a total sweetheart and the young children in that family were so sad when he ran off.
In addition to reuniting dogs with their families, we have been busy in the garden digging up potatoes. The last batch to come out were our all blue potatoes that are supposed to stay blue if you do not overcook them. I would say I dug up about 25 pounds out of that raised bed. We also finished digging up the Huckleberry Golds and got another 20 pounds of those in addition to the 20 pounds or so we already dug up out of the half whiskey barrel. The Yukon Golds yielded us about 25 pounds. All in all, I would say our potato harvest has been very successful and I still have a small patch of volunteer Huckleberry Golds to dig up once they are ready. It has been hard work digging them all up, especially when you are dealing with health issues like I am, but it has been so worth it and I love the "treasure hunt" aspect of it!
The garden has kept me busy. I've been harvesting raspberries, which are thankfully winding down, along with blueberries. I have also been getting the first of the zucchini and yellow squash and some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. I replanted one of the raised beds that had the Yukon Gold potatoes with bush beans and some spinach. The beans will help fix nitrogen back into the soil and who does not like fresh beans? Am I right? 😉 My front garden bean patch is growing like crazy, as are the rest of the tomato plants. I had to put tomato cages up around more of the cherry tomatoes and it looks like I will need to be staking the Black Crim tomato plants up to the trellises soon. I still need to do some seed saving on some flowers that I love that have their seed pods filled to the brim. The apples will be ready in about 2-3 weeks, and I will be busy making applesauce like crazy.
Meals around here have had to be quick and easy. Homemade steak fries, coleslaw, green beans and chicken stir fry, mashed potatoes and ham steaks, and potato cheese soup made with the leftover mashed potatoes, have all made their way onto our dinner table in the past few weeks. Tonight will be taco salads, using up some of the bottom of the tortilla chip bag broken chips. The taco meat is already cooked and in the freezer, and the cheese is already shredded. Thank goodness because today I am continuing to work on getting things ready for our town wide yard sale. I have gone through my closets, drawers, etc. and am continuing to go through my costume jewelry, our dvd collection, cds, kitchen cabinets and drawers. etc. . Jeff has already gone through the garage and gotten things ready to go there. I still need to wash down the high chairs and strollers, along with a nice wood dining room table and some toys that our grandkids no longer play with. If I have the energy and time, I will go through books also.
Our Isaiah turned 10 years old on Monday and to celebrate, went on a camping trip per his request. We will be celebrating with him next weekend with a big family dinner and I will of course be making his favorite homemade macaroni and cheese. 😊 Steven, Rachel and Jaysn are on a trip at the moment visiting Rachel's cousin in North Carolina. Steven was so excited to get to go on an airplane for the first time! ✈ I asked him to bring me home a pretty shell from Myrtle Beach that he finds while beachcombing.
I continue to be astounded by the rise in prices for groceries. Going through the sales ads yesterday, I noticed that the sale prices are double what the sale prices were on some items just a few months ago! It is beyond ridiculous. How on earth are families supposed to be able to afford to feed their families at this rate? I talked to Chris yesterday and he also shares my concern. He is really hoping to be able to fill their freezers with venison and elk this Fall, as well as fill our's and Jaysn and Rachel's. With four of them hunting this Fall, they have lots of tags they can fill.
I had better end this post here and get dressed and ready for the day. I have a long "to do" list and will try to get through as much as I can. I am in a major Fibro flare and my arthritis and back are also in full attack mode today. I don't think there is a part of my body that is not sore at the moment. Even typing this up is painful, but I wanted to get it done. Enough of the whining on my part. 😜 Let's all try to focus on the positives in our lives and less on the negatives right?