Since this is officially tornado season, we are
vigilant about staying weather aware.Our next severe weather is predicted for Monday afternoon.Until then, it’s time to be outdoors on the
tractor, cutting the grass, not running for your life in the truck away from an
EF3, EF4, or even EF5 tornados.
With all of the rain, we’ve had to cut the grass
twice, in order to stay on top of the growth.Grass in this part of the country grows like a banshee, if left alone
too long with all this rain.I guess
that explains why we have several SOD Farms not too far from our place.
Bulldog Man picked up a few of the “Pioneer Woman”
quart glasses for me at Wal-Mart.He
noticed me checking them out; they’re nice size glasses for ice tea, on those
hot days while working out on the property.I prefer drinking my iced tea in a GLASS, not a plastic cup.
My husband also caught me admiring the Clematis
flowers on Glenda’s blog, CountryLivingintheOzarks.He bought me two Clematis plants, a Bee’s
Jubliee, and the Caroline.They’re
gorgeous; we transplanted them into large pots for the back patio.Over the weekend, we’ll be creating a trellis
for both to climb on over the summer.
on some of my garden beds:
This season, I purchased some new strawberry plants and
planted them in between my existing ones.They’re growing, and are producing nicely.I’ve noticed the Tristan Strawberries (pink
flowers) are sweeter than the Loran Strawberries (white flowers).We’re looking forward to several nice size harvests
this year; that is if I can keep my bloody hands out of them.Every time I go out to work in the garden, or
water, I’m grabbing a handful of berries for a snack.
My celery, which was planted last season from a cut
off base, has started to bolt.
like I’ll have seeds to harvest soon.And the volunteer cabbage has produced several more heads of cabbage.
Total of 3 heads producing!
The lettuce and spinach has started to really take
Excuse the big finger in the picture.Here are two different kinds of cucumbers
growing; granted, the seedlings will need to be thinned out.In about 2 weeks, they should be climbing the
feedlot panel trellis.
Our Yukon potatoes have really started to show above
the straw in two tires.I’ll need to once
again cover these 2 tires with straw to help protect the plants.The remaining tires have small seedlings under
the straw, covering the entire tire for protection from the hot sun.
My beans, green and purple, have grown about 3
inches and are starting to climb the feed lot trellis.
Several of my pepper plants aren’t doing too
well.Either they’re getting too much
water, or not enough.This weekend, I
placed Epsom salt at the base of every plant and gave them a good watering. I’m
now starting to see a difference in one of the pepper plants.Hopefully, the change is in a positive way.
As part of the downsizing of our garden, this season
we’ve only planted 4 tomato plants.Since
the tomato plants are doing well, I’ll be adding 4 watering bottles (part of
the OKIE watering system), one next to each plant.
Yesterday, Bulldog Man and I went up into the big
city, Oklahoma City, to look at travel trailers.You heard right, we are trailer
shopping.We’ve been doing this for
months and found a few we really liked yesterday.Initially, we were looking for a 5th
Wheel and just recently changed our minds and decided to go with a conventional
Picture source Camping World, OKC
We’re not getting any younger, therefore we’ve decided
to fold up the tent (put it back on shelf in the garage) and enjoy the luxury
of a real bed, instead of a blowup mattress on the cold ground the next time we
Granted, the next time we go camping won’t be for a
while, because we still have to determine which trailer fits our needs (they’re
about 5 to choose from) and they’re a few surgeries still to be had.
Such is life, no complaints, and we will take each
day….one day at a time.
Here’s an update to our son, Tank’s friend’s
ranch.All the animals have been located
and accounted for, and 4 horses lost their lives in the storm.Fence was rerun and set in place. The barn
was destroyed, the house remained standing (all human life okay), and several
tractor trailers used to move the cattle/bulls were rolled several times.Our friends were able to flip the tractor
trailers upright with the help of a tow truck. Granted, work will still be
required on the tractor trailers, and some heavy equipment used on the ranch.
I just wanted to let everyone know we’re all okay.A tornado attempted to form over our home; it
roped out, and returned, touching ground east of us.
The state of Oklahoma has had numerous tornadoes
this evening, one of the worst touched down south of us hitting several homes, farms,
Our son’s friend’s ranch,
the one he works at part time, had their barn destroyed, and a tractor trailer
flipped over, along with other farm equipment/machinery. The animals are all running loose, they’ll
need to found, returned, and checked out to make sure they’re not
Sending out prayers to all friends and families in
Oklahoma and other states affected by these severe storms today.