Yep it has been one of those summers.
A summer I am ready to be done with.
A summer where nothing has gone as planned.
My first OH NO, happened with the bees.
My bees didn't survive the winter.
We had ordered another swarm in December with hopes of starting another hive this spring.
The new swarm went into the old hive.
But the queen was dead when I went to release her after a few days.
I spent a whole day scrambling to find another queen.
She arrived a few days later in all of her glory.
Thats her in the little cage
It wasn't long after her introduction into the hive I knew something wasn't right.
The bees didn't like their new queen.
The bees left.
I got my garden planted probably the earliest I ever have.
Things were growing good!
Then the rains came.
My poor little garden was flooded out at least 3 times.
What did grow the deer decided to munch on.
Then the weeds took over again!
I mowed most of it over yesterday.
Just a few tomato plants and peppers remain.
The pipeliner is still working out of town.
I spend a lot of time driving between home and the camper.
On one of my stays at the camper I forgot to put my new sour dough starter in the fridge.
Sadly when I returned home it had become a big jar of green mold!
Of course there has been a lot of fun summer time too!
The grandson loves camper time.
We go to the beach almost everyday he is here.
That other furry thing in the picture is our new addition to the family.
We brought Red home June 14th.
He is a fox red labrador.
Oh what was I thinking with a 2 year old trying to potty train
plus a dog!
Thankfully he likes to travel.
He will make a great pipeline puppy!
And he is growing fast!
He has already found his favorite spot to sit
Between rains storms,
I even managed to get some strawberries and cherries picked for jam.
Hoping thats enough to get us through the winter.
Even though this wasn't the summer I had imagined
a bountiful garden, garden canned veggies lining the shelves,
and an endless supply of honey to slather on fresh baked bread.
It could always be a whole lot worse, right?
That is why I have made this my motto for the rest of my summer,
There is always so much to be thankful for!