It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a post about the little things going on around the homestead. As I mentioned the day dd had her 13th birthday we all started to get sick AGAIN. It took a few days for the tummy bug to work through the kids and then I got it to. I was really sick for a few days then on Thursday of that week I started breaking out in a rash. It started in the afternoon just after I changed baby girls diaper, then washed my hands. About 20 minutes later my wrists started to get really itchy. I though oh great, it’s a reaction to the soap. I have sensitive skin and some soaps can make my eczema break out. I started getting little bumps on my wrists that itched like crazy other wise I was feeling fine. We had to go out that evening so we picked up some polysporin eczema cream and that helped control the itching. But by now the rash was all over my hands and starting to go up my arms. (sigh) The next day the rash on my arms was gone, but it was still on my hands bad and I was having patches popping up all over my body. Oddly except for my feet and hands the other rashes weren't as itchy. I have no idea what this was, if it was a reaction to the soap I used or if it was an odd reaction to the tummy bug we all had. Either way for the past few weeks my hands have been so sore it was just about impossible for me to type. Thankfully they are almost back to normal!
In other news our weather has been really nice since about Easter. Good Friday the weather was just beautiful and the kids enjoyed spending a lot of time outside. Hubby started cleaning up the old raised bed that’s on the front lawn. It was very overgrown when we moved in here and my attempts to get it under control haven’t worked. So he cleaned it ALL out and put down thick cardboard and lots of woodchips on top of that. Before doing that he had to scrape the thick dirt and root layers that had overgrown on the section dividing railway ties and then dug down around the outside. The soil had built up so much it was almost to the top of the railway ties! I guess the soil builds up so fast there from the huge amount of leaves from the maple tree each fall. It looks so nice now! We are going to plant it in a mixture of flowers and herbs this year.
Our garlic is up and doing well, we’ve also planted most of our onion sets and the first planting of peas. In the greenhouse hubby covered the ground with a thick layer of woodchips and built some new shelves. So far we have started seeds for tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, camomile, catnip, cilantro, oregano, and some more herbs that I can’t remember right now. lol
Rhubarb is starting to come up! We’ve since expanded the mulch in the garden to surround these plants. Daffodils should be flowering soon! Iris are starting to come up to! Chives are up and we’ve been enjoying these in the kitchen already.The hardneck garlic.
The huge old maple tree out front is covered in flowers. It always flowers early and leafs out before most of the other trees here.
What’s happening in your garden?