Back From a Break

Well, as you can tell, I took a little break from here. It wasn’t an intentional break, it just kinda happened. Things got busy, life happened, and before I knew it days had passed by before I even had a chance to finish a sentence, let alone a whole post. It’s been one of those crazy summers where no matter how hard I work it just seems like I can’t get ahead. We’ve had some big changes happen with my son moving out and my older daughter working more hours. With them both not around as much and not being able to help out with chores like they used to, we’ve had to make some adjustments and get into a new routine. It’s been a fun, exciting, yet challenging time as we start this new chapter of our life.

There are lots of new things to tell you about and I’ve been working on getting some new posts ready. Here’s a peak at a few of the upcoming topics:

The garden… where to I start?


As you can see, it’s taken on a life of its own. Yikes! This summer we’ve had more rain than usual. That combined with heat, humidity and being swarmed by mosquitoes (no matter how much repellent we put on) made for a bad combination to keep the weeds under control. On the positive side, the vegetables are still doing well and we’re still picking quite a bit. The popcorn even looks like it’s getting close to being ready to be picked, which is pretty exciting because we didn’t really plan on it producing anything… be sure to check back for an update about that soon!

With all the rain we’ve had our alfalfa has really grown, so we had it swathed the other day.


The pasture where the goats graze has also grown so fast that we decided to have it swathed. We’re just waiting for it to dry out enough, after getting rained on, to be baled.

Look who’s growing up…


our baby guinea keets! Be sure to check back for an update on how many survived and how they are doing!

I’ve been having tomato troubles…


the vines were dying off. Aren’t they pitiful looking? I’ve done a ton of research and have been treating them with all sorts of stuff and surprisingly, they have lots of new growth and new tomatoes setting on. Look for a new post about that coming up next!

Summer time… it’s a busy time… and a fun time. How has your summer been?

4 thoughts on “Back From a Break

  1. June

    Oh, your poor tomatoes! What happened? It is sad to see that, but I’m happy to hear they’re recovering. I seem to have been running to stand still all summer, too. It rained every day of July and hasn’t rained a drop since. (A little balance would be nice!) My tomatoes stayed green forever and then all turned red overnight. I have zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chillies and various cabbages coming at me from all angles. In July (with the rain) we were also collecting wild mushrooms. I am TOTALLY exhausted! I’m loving it, but I could do with a few days off. It’ll be over in no time and then the long nights will start to creep in, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can. I’m not surprised you took a blogging break with all that going on. Hope you’re not missing your son too much!

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    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Wow, sounds like you’re getting a really nice harvest from your garden this year. I hear ya on being exhausted! But agree, it’s fun and worth it. Here in a few short months, it will be all over and we’ll be missing it. We’ve gotten a lot of rain this year too and I think it’s what has contributed to the fungus problem I’ve been having. The tomatoes, especially, have really taken a hit this year. It’s been a lot of work trying to get them to come back. I just hope we can get at least one more nice picking from them before they fizzle out for good!

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  2. Karen Squires

    I don’t know how you did it all before even with two more hands around. You must be the energizer bunny, Shelly-;)

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  3. humblelittlehomestead Post author

    Ha! Well, actually my batteries pooped out a long time ago, so I don’t get it all done. I just try to focus on the important things that can’t wait and let the rest slide until a less busy time. (So in other words you don’t want to see my house right now.) 😉

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