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I’m all over the place (+ AM Devotions)

October 19 2017 Lk Conner Park
What do we do when it is pouring down rain and the money’s low? Ray and I like to get out to do some birding. Our idea of birding is going to a favorite pull off with our binoculars and (usually) a thermos of coffee (we forgot to bring coffee).

October 19 2017 mergansers Common Mergansers …or maybe Red-breasted Mergansers? We were not sure. Ray said Red, I said Common. The day was so gray, making the afternoon light flat. All we know is that they are Mergansers because of the wild “doo” the guys had after a dive. The crazy crest is something we love about this bird.

October 19 2017 Kingfisher Kingfisher Sitting on the signpost, watching for any fish the Merganser miss was a shy Kingfisher. We did see him hop to the water and come up with a minnow. You may need to look carefully for him in the picture. I only had my phone, not my powerful camera. Ray had his camera, but it has been a while since he used it and the settings were off. If you are having a difficult time seeing Mr Kingfisher, you could make a pilgrimage to the Everett Waterfront in Washington state… or you could just go to a river or lake near your home. If you sit still and are patient, you will see him.

Port of Everett, Everett, Washington saltwater

  1. Mew Gulls
  2. California Seagulls
  3. Malards
  4. One Bald Eagle
  5. Four Crows
  6. at least 7 Mergansers
  7. Pigeons, pigeons, pigeons!
  8. One Osprey (usually there are many)
  9. One Kingfisher

Lake Conner Park: Lake Stevens, Washington freshwater

  1. One Stellar Jay (an old friend from Robe Valley)
  2. Mallards
  3. Harlequins !!!
  4. Golden Eyes
  5. Sparrow (flew by so fast, I’m not sure what kind)
  6. One Shy Poke (Great Blue Heron)
  7. Dozens of Coots

October 20 2017 Morning Devotions; Psalm 50:23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his Way aright I shall show the Salvation of God.”

I am thankful that I am not in the business of translating Scripture. It seems like a holy work of guessing.

In Hebrew, the word we see translated “sacrifice” means “praise with uplifted hand” I think it is translated “sacrifice” because it is something we offer to YHVH even if we do not feel thankful. In my overview of 1 Thessalonians, I keep coming across the idea of giving Thanks because it acknowledges the will of the Almighty over my will. It is the same idea here, in Psalm 50:23.

The idea of “who orders” means ‘to set someone on something’.  Between the phrases, “honors Me” and “to him who orders” is the Hebrew letter Vav which is a picture of hooking two things together. In this verse, the sacrifice of Thanksgiving and The Way (living for YHVH) are “hooked together”. The result of walking The Way with Thanksgiving isn’t always happiness in this world, but there is Joy! (and the Joy of the LORD is our strength! Nehemiah 8:10) The Almighty makes you a promise, He will show you the Salvation of God, You can not earn salvation, and you cannot walk The Way by determination. In point of fact, I doubt that you will be able to honestly give a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Almighty without being born again! If you are not born-again, take care of that before anything else! For those who believe, what are you facing today? Give a sacrifice of Thanksgiving! Are your children doing something or facing something that causes you distress? Acknowledge God’s control and will for you by giving him Thanks. Do not live your life doing what makes sense, walk The Way (live a life that He tells you to live in the Word) You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Is your marriage unsatisfactory or even in trouble? Did you make a huge mistake? Offer the sacrifice of Thanksgiving for your spouse (never stay if you are being physically hurt, do not participate in evil) and live your life for the Almighty. How is your health? your finances? your job? Give a sacrifice of thanksgiving and walk The Way!

I shall show the Salvation of God… What is it that God rewards you with? The Salvation of God. But you say, ‘I am already born-again’ and besides, you know you cannot earn salvation by what you do, so what does that mean?

Salvation is from the Hebrew word, Y’shua. The One we call Jesus. God will show you how much He loves you by showing you Jesus. When was the last time you read Isaiah 53? He feels your suffering, your grief, your every pain. Have you been angry at Him because of the circumstances you face? He isn’t angry with you. Talk to Him. He will show you the love of Jesus. What are you waiting for? He heals broken hearts. (Psalm 147:3) Go to him now.

February 23 Chickens (1) Bomber Debs in Everett, WA …whose broken heart and emptiness is slowly starting to heal. It still hurts, but it isn’t as sharp of a pain.

We still have ten hours and 35 minutes of daylight. If you have a hoop house or green house, you can still plant winter salad in Everett, Wa. It is getting late, but you can if you want. Ray and I will still plant Garlic and Fava (Broad) Beans on October 31. You ?

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February 13th, January check-list done

1january-21-2017-2
I hope doing January in February does not describe my season! Usually I am so anxious to get out and get dirty, but I’ve been hanging back a bit this year. FINALLY got things checked off of my list.

2february-14-2017-5 I did manage to get my onions started, even put up a video! They are doing what they do. Joy! What I am late on is moving them out to the green house. It isn’t horrible when onions stretch for the light of a window, I’m going to clip them off anyway. And it has been freezing the first couple of weeks of February. It will not be long before they stand up straight in the light of the green house.

2february-13-2017-1 Next on the list is Winter Sow. Pretty sure I missed that window. Instead I just started small trays of both curly and Italian leaf parsley. I also started a small tray of artichokes. My big, beautiful, three year old artichokes froze to the ground last season. Just in case it was more then just the tops, I started a new tray.

2february-13-2017-3 By this time of year I am usually looking for that first tiny radish or micro green for my bento. This year I am just introducing baby seed to soil.

There are scallions, spinach, mixed Asian greens, radishes and cilantro. C’mon spring!

I am ending with an older video on what to do with those onion plants once they are a little bigger then threads. By the way, I googled the nameless dandelion tool mentioned in the video. It is called a Fishtail Weeder. I find it useless for weeding. (I have a hand shovel with a “fishtail.” The curved blade provides leverage to lift up tap-roots) The video features leeks but leeks and onions are planted the same way. Hope you have some raisinettes on hand. This is too short for popping corn.

1january-30-217-journal-2 Next: It is already February 15 as I post this and I have started checking chores off of this list… but that is another post.

Now, get out and get muddy! …unless you have a greenhouse. February 15, 2017 in Everett: the few days of sun and warm weather disappear again. We are back to rain with occasional showers. 52/47 F, 100% chance of rain. If you need to go out, you WILL get wet. 10 hours, 17 minutes from sun up (7:14 AM) to sun down (5:32 PM) The Snow Moon is waning. Remember to pray for the farmers and families in the Sacramento Valley who may be loosing everything! Maybe we should all plant a bigger garden this year.

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Last weekend of January

January 30, 2016 (2)
January was good for a weekend farmer, bring on February.

Actually it is nice to only have to sweat over my journal. This last weekend in January is cold. Not back east cold, but I’m not back east. It has been raining buckets. The ground is squishy and the chicken run, usually low maintenance with a thick layer of straw to turn into spring compost, stinks because of the mild weather and rain. I’m going to need to take care of that well before spring. Fava beans are here and waiting for the crocus to show, broccoli, cauliflower and peas are all ready to plant!

From the Winter Garden

January 29, 2016 (2)

Flowering Brussels Sprouts a.k.a Kalette

Did I mention that the local gang of thug deer have been eating my winter crops? They knocked down an artichoke and topped all of the leeks. Not a huge deal, but it still gets my goat!

Those spicy winter greens have been growing in the mild PNW. A good poppy-seed-balsamic dressing seems perfect for their winter heat.

We have kalette… now what? The seed was very expensive and it took forever to grow. Now I need to do something with it. Any ideas?

January 29, 2016 (4) Garlic on purpose! I do not remember what happened in 2014. School I think. But if it had not been for forgotten, unharvested garlic, left in the ground, there would not have been any garlic for 2015. It got planted on purpose and I have neat rows of our favorite seasoning for 2016. Whoo-hoo!

In the Green House

January 29, 2016 (8) It is starting to look like a sanctuary again. It also smells better. No matter what the weather, Ray’s potting bench is pleasant to work at. The weather has been so mild that the onions are already living in the greenhouse. Every day I make at least two trips out there to carry the chamomilelobelia, and alyssum out and back in again at night. I grow most of my chamomile as winter sown plants, but I thought I’d try some on the heat mat… no difference, might as well save some energy and winter sow them.

January 29, 2016 (5) The onions are ready for their first hair cut. They look cute with their little black seed caps but if they are cut (a little less then half… do not go below any visible brackets) then they put more energy into girth rather then height. Trust me, they will do more then survive if you trim them back. Thicker onions are easier to transplant then threads.

January 29, 2016 (7) This pot of tarragon is about the perfect size to divide into more plants. I just need to collect and wash the pots they will go into. Like mint, tarragon spreads underground. It is not as aggressive as mint and it will not survive really cold temperatures. About April there will be a handful of stone pots filled with graceful boughs of licorice scented tarragon. What happens to it after that is up to me… or you if you happen to get one of them.

January 29, 2016 (6) Every year I worry that the seed that I have saved is not going to do well. Seed companies always talk about superior viability. I don’t know what makes them superior. All I know is that the pods of seed heads that I leave in the greenhouse to finish drying before I thresh them always do well for us. This is the little greenhouse bed I planted earlier in January. The French Breakfast radishes and the red (beaujolais) spinach from seed that I saved shot right up. I’ll take it! By the way, that is not mildew or mold on the bed, it is slug bait.

January 30, 2016 weather The farm is still looking seriously bleak. We have our bright spots and tend to focus on them but April-May still seems like a long way away.  After the “River of Rain” that invaded Everett, we have already had to empty the rain gauge. On this last weekend of January we have measured about 7.5-inches of rain and 0 of snow. Very unusual. The Almighty bless you!

 

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