quejimenez Blah! || For the life of me I cannot identify this new critter in my garden hanging around all my heirloom winter squash plants. I suspect it is boring through the vines as I'm finding some vines tunneled. But...I never catch any of the bugs in or by the plant, just scurrying quickly through the ground. We packed up all my gardening books (inadvertently) when we started the house work, so I'm at a loss. Meanwhile there are tons of unknown bug babies running wild. I'm getting concerned here. I thought it was a Colorado potato beetle, but no, too small. Any bug/gardening geeks able to identify? 12h

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quejimenez Morning Flock of Poems. || A gaggle of poems have come to chew on the seeds, spilling across my lap. || Poets, Writers, there is no truth to writer's block, it is a myth. We have moments of rest, when we must be silent, and gather up ourselves preparing for the time to spill. Don't fear the silence, embrace it. Establish your writing practice, be true and earnest to it, show up even if it's to witness and record the silence. When you are full, words will leak from your pores. You must have, in place, a practice of collecting, a space for rest and silence. That is what a writing practice gifts you. You will only reap the seeds you sow, plant well and plant often. 1d

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quejimenez Sweet Chamomile. || Just pulled all the flower heads the sun hasn't beaten off the stem, hoping to gently nudge the plants to give more flowers. In the past I didn't grow chamomile for harvesting, more for the bees and to add diversity to my garden. It was hard to snip these beautiful blooms off the plant, but the smell, the smell begged me to cram them all in my mouth. 2d

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quejimenez Summer Food. || Abundance is a function of your perspective. I am rich with red, green, yellow, orange food and today it is more than enough. I pour love into the earth and she laughs, riotously in rainbows. "Eat," she says, "You have powerful stories to birth and they need soul." || Harvest Details: Tomatoes (many varieties), Ancho chilies, tomatillos, long beans, peaches, mint, chamomile flowers (not pictured). 2d
  •   lilikoi1523 Wow !!!! Just awesome !!! 2d
  •   lilikoi1523 Bravo! 2d
  •   quejimenez @lilikoi1523 Thank you love! So eager to enjoy these sweet fruits! 2d
  •   artist_mochasolsista Nice!!!! 2d
  •   quejimenez @artist_mochasolsista I owe you garden food mamas! 2d
  •   growntocook True abundance! :-) 2d
  •   socialmolecules Wow! How many years have you been gardening? I'd love to someday will yields as big as yours. 2d
  •   quejimenez @growntocook Yes! I call it true riches! @socialmolecules Thank you! I've been gardening off and on the past 15 years (not including helping my grandparents as a kid--I mostly ate stuff then. ;-)), but seriously, dedicated the past 10 years. You will, I promise. Just hang in there, stick with it, ask a lot if questions, and remember the best teacher is always your garden, your experience. Nature behaves uniquely to ever space, so stay constantly open to learning. I learn something new, get better every day. Not every year/season, but every day I go out and work with the earth. Bountiful growing to you! 2d

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quejimenez Raw Courage. || This morning I wrote until I came undone. Wept words with courage and licked out all that tries to sleep in darkness. I am raw, but I have written. And each courageous word lights and heals. || Being present is a choice, we have to choose again and again to be awake, present, and whole despite our hurts. No experience should be waisted. #amwriting 2d

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quejimenez Flower Wings. || "Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love; let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -Rumi || Share with me, this love, this call to enjoy the sacredness of Nature. I am learning to run, surrender to her when called. || Plant: echinacea 3d

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quejimenez Yellow + Green = Love. || Who says you need a perfect or finished kitchen for flowers? We've made significant progress in the kitchen/dinning room and that warranted fresh flowers. Sunflowers and Gladiolas seemed to fit the bill. Filled the bouquet in with herbs from the garden (rosemary, curry, marjoram, Mexican tarragon) for scent. Made two small herbal bouquets for the kids' rooms, because they love it when I make them herbal bouquets. Looking forward to many family dinners here, starting with a nice (mini) barbecue dinner tonight. *Pantry doors next on the to-do list. * Yay! 1w

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quejimenez Garden Salsa? || Spent an hour braving the summer sun with my little lady (quick) watering and gathering ripe fruit. Tomatillos have finally split their skins, a sweet bell has oranged, and bigger tomatoes are blushing, a couple completely sun reddened. We're drenched in sweat, dripping even. Sweet tomatoes feel a likely trade for comfort. Especially the teeny-tiny-wee-bitty red grape tomatoes that barely out weigh a gnat...she loves those most. 1w

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quejimenez Sweet Kitchen. || Putting ourselves back together we realize who we are, but most importantly who we are not. Editing is not just about what you keep, but also what you choose to let go off. We are defined in the self-imposed gaps, silences, spaces we create within and of ourselves just as much by the sounds, definitions, songs and dances we perform with ourselves in the world. Honor where life edits you, find gratitude in the space/silence/stillness around you. All love. 1w

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quejimenez Quiet Space. || Found a little spot next to the marjoram, laurel, basil, and winter squash to sit this morning, read a little, write a little, and listen to the bees work and brown sparrows sing. Every so often a June bug comes bumbling through, blind, dipping low, before flying into the garden window. The morning shade and perfumed breeze is lovely. 1w

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quejimenez 5 peaches; 5 hours. || Sometimes I'm just too tired to harvest. Worked five hours weeding, planting, basic tending to the garden. All was fine till the sun peaked further across the fence. I managed to get a number of melons, winter squash, sunflowers, soy beans, corn, and herbs in the ground and dig up *a lot* of grass and weeds. Still have summer squash, echinacea, a few herbs to go, and lots of grass/weeds to pull. We didn't get the tomatoes staked as we always say we'll do before they get bushy, so there's still that too. I'm always amazed how much work gardening takes, and how you're never truly without something to do. It is a lifestyle, you must be willing to constantly yield to the work. But what better work for your soul? Exercise, fresh air & sun, growing w/nature, being selfless yet still growing good food for your body, opportunities to talk to nature. I could go on. What ever you consider it, I feel it is my calling. Off to wash the mud of me, put my sore (but much better--hardly a limp) foot up, eat something good, and read a bit of poetry. 1w

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quejimenez The Morning Called. || I could hear the brown sparrow's sing the sun up, over Reche canyon. Come with us, they say, taste dawn lift from the clay soil. Sun is warming, singing green out the peppermint bush--yellow perfume salves my wounds. While I rest, with June bugs my ankles wildly chew mint greens. 2w

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quejimenez Pause. || If you ever go leaping from porches into lavender and yarrow ditches, chasing garden windows under summer sun, and happen to land on the top side of your foot, rolled and crunched, now dusted with soil, painfully throbbing and weak, after on again, off again ice baths, and heart high elevation...find some arnica gel, a good book of poems, slow down, and heed the call to pause. 2w

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quejimenez Water. || 12 weeks ago our kitchen came undone. It has been a rough 3 months, but finally we have running water in the kitchen. We can't help but crowd around and admire it. I will never ever take water, or a kitchen for granted. So happy I opted out of a dishwasher and garbage disposal, looking forward to washing dishes and watching the garden. Almost done, a bit more to go, but this here is pure bliss. 2w

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quejimenez A Yellow-Peachy Harvest || Took a quick break from kitchen work to help the kids water the garden. The peaches are so ripe you could smell them! Six slipped off the vine, and another four or so are not done sun growing. While I was gathering, I decided to pick a few heirloom lemon cucumbers. They have black thorns/spikes all over them, but they don't scare me...I'm anxious to taste them. They are the perfect shade of summer yellow! And for the record, I now smell like a sun-ripened peach. I know, I know...I wish I can smell like peaches everyday. 2w

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quejimenez Before & After. || Around the house my drywall work has taken on legendary fame. My latest work has sealed my fate as the only dry waller in the house. Our garden window left an unsightly hole exposing the old stud/window frame, an unfinished & jagged drywall edge all about an inch and a quarter lower than the window. I double stacked 1/2" drywall, applied a metal edge to protect the edge from water, taped, and mudded this sill for hours. The top sill had a good amount of water damage from the old window's seal breaking. We didn't take pictures, mostly because it was so ugly. That too got sanded and mud. I can't wait to wash dishes here; I painstakingly finished this edge so nothing will detract from the garden view. I've already seen two butterflies. || All I have left to do is paint, apply trim, and caulk. Then it's off to cutting, oiling, and installing the butcher block counters. Then the sink. We are finally, I believe, in the home stretch! And for the record, I used a mask and googles. Learned to protect my lungs thanks to a good friend with eagle eyes! (Thanks JC!) 2w
  •   daniel.sullivan That is soo Awesome!!!! 2w
  •   edithlizalde You're amazing! 2w
  •   fedricka Bomb.com!! You have inspired me to be more of a doer! I hope to be half as productive as you! 2w
  •   quejimenez @daniel.sullivan Thank you! @edithlizalde Aww, I wish! But thank you any way. @fedricka Thanks lady! You will, I know you will! When you have to save money, lol, you figure out a lot! Though now I'm thinking even if I had the money I'd rather do it myself. ️ I'm learning so much and feeling empowered. 2w
  •   fedricka Hahha yeah I know. Cuz now as homeowners Emilio and I are like yeah - Home Depot, Loews and our neighborhood lumber yard and other stores will be our friend. Lol @quejimenez . One major task we have ahead of us is pulling up juniper bushes. the front of the yard and the side is lined with them. From looking up info it says we will a truck/lift and chain to yank up those roots (maybe 8ft deep or more who knows) lol. Need to cut them down eventually because I think they can be a hotel for rodents!! I don't know how the previous owner lady lived there 28 years with them there. And they get dry and tons of cobwebs. @quejimenez 2w
  •   samjoy2879 lol our house is worse! @quejimenez 2w
  •   quejimenez @samjoy2879 Oh, I carefully crop the pictures! The house has been a construction zone! I'm so ready to have a normal house! 1w

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quejimenez Work. || Up at 7 am working straight, clearing this long bed of squash plants and weeds. It's been muddy, hot, back-breaking, tedious work. Many plants had to go, but thankfully my large melon bed was saved. There are so many watermelons and melons on the vine (can you see them in the lower front?)--it was painstaking untangling the vines and pulling the weeds out from under them. But we did it, knee deep in mud and deep conversation. That's the thing about this gardening life of mine, it allows me and E long hours together, cultivating our relationship along with the earth. || Tomorrow, or perhaps later, we'll start the process of replanting. Until then, we are back inside, rebuilding the kitchen. All work weekend. 2w

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quejimenez Garden Haul. || There is a bunch of squash, tomatoes in this box and still, more is missing. The cucumbers have started to come in. We have lemon, burpless, and a mother variety. Yesterday, I also discovered some long beans hanging on the vine and an eggplant hiding and growing old on the vine. The harvest always makes the work worth it--so is life, right? 2w

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quejimenez Sun Warmed. || Cherry, grape, and a few San Marzano tomatoes fresh off the vine. Tart-sweet and sun warmed. 2w

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