- moved all the asparagus plants to one location
- planted 20 white cabbages, 3 red cabbages, 3 cauliflower, 8 tomatoes, 2 raspberries, 6 romaine lettuce, 10 basil, rosemary, oregano, cilantro
- transplanted chives, lavender, fruit bushes from our other house (june berry, red currant, josta berry, honey berry), and about a zillion hostas
- dug up some areas of weedy lawn near the house, installed brick edging, and planted perennials
- planted 4 more dwarf fruit trees in our orchard, for a total of 7. I'd like to add some peaches and one more variety of apple
- built some large cages covered with chicken wire to keep the squirrels out of our strawberries (they're working!)
...and what I still need to do:
- till our main garden area (adding in compost, peat moss, and perlite to the heavy soil), which consists of eight 12x4' beds
- plant the main vegetable garden with Masai bush beans, edamame, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, beets, watermelon, and other yummy things
- plant some grapes if they're still in the garden centers...I'd love to have a few varieties to eat
- transplant my sage & garlic (they're currently residing in one of the flower beds)
- mulch all of our vegetable and flower gardens to keep the weeds at bay
- try to trap the squirrels and rabbits that are eating our garden
Yes, I really love working in the garden. It's mentally relaxing and provides a good workout at the same time.
Ivy is a roly-poly baby now. She's pleasantly chubby but not crazy chubby like Inga was. She smiles all the time and has settled into a fairly predictable routine of nursing, being awake, and napping in 2-hour cycles. And she lets me put her down for naps now! She goes to bed between 7-8 pm and has a nice long sleep before waking to nurse, often midnight or 1 am and sometimes as late as 3 am. Then she nurses every 2+ hours the rest of the night. This just started last week.
She loves playing Patty Cake and The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Once There Was A Snowman. She's starting "talking" to us with little gurgles and coos.
Inga is starting to be very temperamental. It's such a drastic change from her normal easygoing self. Maybe it's because she's getting 3 molars at once? Or maybe it's just that she's 2 years old and wants to assert her independence all the time. "No, my do it!" is a constant refrain. Fortunately she calms down easily if I tell her "Ask the right way, please."
Oh, and some good news: we have an accepted offer on our old brick house, the one where Dio and Inga were born. We'll be closing in a few weeks! I'm glad to get rid of one of our properties, although I will miss the master bathroom that we remodeled when I was 7 months pregnant with Inga...
The kids horsing around in the bath. Zari said she was a zombie.
And finally, a typical morning. Kids are tumbling around showing me their "tricks," Ivy is hanging out on the bed kicking her legs while I'm getting ready.