Weekending & a few Notes from the Garden

This weekend has been a quiet one – hanging around home, hitting up the grocery store, playing naked in the backyard.  You know, just your usual summertime activities. 
On Friday night a monsoon blew through to the south of us.  We didn’t get any rain (can’t remember the last time it rained), but the storm did cool us down.  We took the opportunity to hit up the playground – an activity that Arizona kids usually have to wait until fall to enjoy.  
This little guys is growing up so fast.  I just can’t keep up with him.  I’m half heartedly working on weaning, but since it is beginning to look like he will be our last, I’m in less of a hurry than I used to think I was.  
This girl is my sweetheart.  She is tender and emotional, just like her mama.  She needs to be taken care of and treated gently.  I love her so.  
My rule-follower, my heart, my big girl.  She will be four next month.  Four!  How did that happen?  I remember when she was a teeny-tiny baby – my first.  I remember endless days rocking her to sleep and wondering when things would ever get back to “normal.”  And now look…..  I’m beginning to think “normal” is very, very far from what I *really* want.  
And now…. a little news from our garden….
Summer hits hard in Phoenix and takes a good garden down in a matter of days.  Eggplant is one thing that loves the heat and I do enjoy a nice eggplant.  
Unfortunately, the ants seem to love my eggplant, too……  Can you see those little jerks?  They crawl all over the plant and bore holes into the stems, sucking out liquid I presume.  I’m having a heck of a time getting rid of them.  
Pumpkin plants are taking off.  
Armenian cucumbers are getting big.  
Remember our children’s garden?  This is what it looks like now.  We had some really productive and huge cucumber vines but when we ripped those out, we found all of this bermuda grass invading from the neighbor’s yard on the other side of the fence.  We’re coming up with new plans for rebuilding (bigger and better) in the fall.  
And finally, a lone egg but don’t let it deceive you.  I’ve been consistently collecting 5-6 eggs a day from our girls.  We are in egg eating heaven. 
What’s going on in your neck of the woods? 

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