We were pretty nervous last night when we received a tornado warning. One tornado was spotted on the ground to the northwest of us and another picked up on radar out of a severe thunderstorm. We were also under a flash flood watch with the possibility of quarter sized hail and 80 mph winds. Eeek! HAIL! That would about put us out of the seed business for 2019. So we laid in bed and watched the lightning flash steadily to the west. Wondering if we were in for it. I was also worried about David and Ashley, camped half a mile away, through the woods, in their popup camper. We were ready to go get them in the pickup if the storm got worse. Will got up at 12 o’clock when the thunder began shaking the house. Although we got a little wind and a little rain, that was it. The storm had passed us to the north.
I’m wondering how it is at David’s work, Voyageur Log Homes, north of us. Yesterday their log yard was flooded two feet deep. It looked like a lake! And they got more rain last night from that storm.
Meanwhile, our gardening continues. Will tilled the last of our pumpkins in the North garden and Alisha and I will go out this afternoon and mulch around them. Everything is growing so well! Take our Folsom Indian Ruin beans for instance; they’re completely covered with white blooms and tiny little beans. So are our Provider green beans. They’re so packed with little beans, we’ll be canning for sure in a week. Today Alisha is out picking wild blueberries on our ridge. They aren’t fantastic this year due to a last spring frost, but they are okay and we will be making jam tomorrow. The wild plums are much better, hanging nice and fat from the trees.
Tuesday Ashley came home from work with new spark plugs and wires for her car. She managed to replace the front plugs and wires but couldn’t reach the ones in the back. (They make cars SO hard to work on today!) So when David came home from work, he went right at it and got them changed.
We were given some bean seeds from a customer that their family has grown for generations, called Crawford beans. They are a lusty, old-fashioned pole bean with big, fat pods. I didn’t know they had such beautiful blooms! The blooms are like a garden flower. I love them.
I got our first box of my new books — continuing the Jess Hazzard series — Spring of the Vultures. It took longer to edit, publish, and arrive, but I’m glad to report the first four books are now all for sale on Amazon, both as a Kindle and paperback books. And, yes, there’s another one coming up, but I don’t know how soon that’ll be. — Jackie