June 30th, Day 181: That’s all folks

At least as far as the Blogathon is concerned. Today is the final day, with the twitter party and raffle to take place tomorrow.

It’s been fun, and though I don’t feel like I made as many connections with other bloggers as I did last year, I do have a couple new blogs I am looking forward to following beyond the Blogathon!

I think as a bit of a reward to all of us for making it all the way through, Michelle Rafter schedules a fun theme day for the last day of the Blogathon. Today is Word Cloud day, and you can see two of my word clouds below.


It’s easy, all you do is head over to one of these two websites (and there are probably others that offer a similar thing too), type in the URL of your blog, and bingo! It pops out a word cloud worthy of your blog.

It’s fun to see which words show up largest, indicating what I talk about the most!

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At Tagxedo,com you can chose from a wide variety of shapes for your cloud (Including an actual cloud shape!)

Isn’t it sweet to have that feeling of accomplishment when completing something like this?

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Coconut Cookies with Lemon Glaze made by yours truly, this morning!

The WordCount Blogathon

In two days I will be exactly halfway through my own year-long project as well. This is around the time last year that I went into a little lack-of-enthusiasm slump, so I will be paying special attention to not falling into it again!


June 29th, Day 180: A Belated Haiku

As part of the Blogathon, the participants are encouraged to participate in “theme days.” The purpose of these days is many-fold; they get us to try something new (a video blog post), meet fellow Blogathoners (guest posting), as well as keep us engaged and motivated (5 favorite apps, haiku day).

Needless to say, I have been negligent this year about participating in any of these.  Our haiku day was set for this past Monday, and I am now offering you my belated haiku, today.

northwest hot summer sun
helping my garden to grow
plenty of scrumptious treats

So far the majority of my harvesting has been of the underground (literally) variety. beets, radishes, carrots, and onions.


Blogathon posts of June 29th:

June 28th, Day 179: Harvesting

I had today off, and I spent a good portion of it at the farm, weeding, and harvesting. A lot of stuff is starting to ripen, which is very exciting.

Just today, I was able to gather beets, radishes, carrots, potatoes, spinach, raspberries, and cherries!

I also made a German chocolate cake today from scratch. First time! Though the frosting is a bit time consuming, it was a pretty easy thing to make, overall. And it tastes pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself.

Aaaaand a few other Blogathon posts to check out:

June 27th, Day 178: Raindrops are falling on my head…

As soon as I stepped out of my car this morning at the farm, I knew what I would be sharing with you today.

It has been raining on and off over the last few days, and it clearly rained overnight, because everything was drenched! All the flowers, both here and in my garden at home have that “drowned rat” look to them.

I noticed a few plants who didn’t soak in the water like most, but rather caused the water to bead and collect on their leafy surfaces.

Only three days left of the Blogathon! Whew! So close now!

Other blogger’s June 27th’s:


June 26th, Day 177: Twisted

I planted a little clump of sweet sugar snap pea seeds in my garden, and the plants have really been taking off in recent weeks. Until yesterday, there were only blossoms, but the vines are all stretching and reaching for anything they can get their twine around.

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The twines are so very delicate and fragile, I hate to have to move them.

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So graceful

I said these plants hadn’t yet produced anything but blossoms, until yesterday.

Yesterday, when I noticed exactly TWO of these guys, daring me to pick them early!

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June 24th, Day 176: Back to the Grind

Well, my dad headed home yesterday, and I spent the rest of the day doing the things I normally do on Monday (such as posting Macro Monday photos!) .

Today though, it was back to the grind, working both jobs. I had about a hour between the two, and stopped in at Lake Meridian Park to try and catch something cool to share with you.

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I saw ducks, and flowers. I’m thinking I should keep my rubber boots in my car for just such occasions. I actually thought about taking off my shoes and socks and wading in, but ultimately decided against it.

June 24th, Day 175: A Scarecrow for the Farm

Last year, I had a little “Garden Guardian” made by my mom, out of an old kitchen strainer and whatever else she could find.

Unfortunately, the type of glue she used was not waterproof, and so the little guy was losing pieces when it rained. I took him back to my mom, and asked her to repair him, possibly using a more outdoor durable type of glue.

I bugged her, and nagged, and annoyed her over the last few months to get him back to me (my garden needed its guardian!!) and finally, when my dad came up for a visit this weekend, he brought my mom’s newest creation.

She’s not the 1 foot tall kitchen strainer I was expecting. No, she’s about as tall as I am!

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We set her up out at the farm on Friday, where she is currently over seeing the pumpkin patch, and beyond.