this weekend was way too busy.
we decided to expand the garden a bit. bump it out another section of fence...so i called a friend that has a huge tiller and asked for borrowing.
sunday morning i prepared the yard for DEVESTATION. moved the rv forward a little bit, took out the old fence, and started TILLING.
naturally dottie loves loud two stroke noises and insisted on sitting close to me the entire time it was running. what a kook!
the garden went from this
and in a matter of a few hours. tilling with the mantis was a lotta work...this hugeass 5 horses power tiller ate roots and stuff for dinner.
i have so much more room now for vegetable wonderland!
all the plants are doing well. the watermelons are growing faster.
the squash is taking over, and the tomatos are tomatoing.
every morning the brussel sprouts catch the prettiest dew. its awesome.
oh, and the cactus is blooming and fruiting too.
its really pretty.
the other day a giant mushroom sprouted out of one of the logs from the cut down tree. over the course of 24 hours it got crazy huge.
and now its really ugly and dead.
i finally released all the scarabs that had transformed from hideous grubs. they were pretty cool. always exciting to grow your own bugs.
and they were really cute! look at those little antennae, like tiny flags.
lately the nature scene in our backyard has been out of control. all kinds of birds, gold finches even, tons and tons of bugs, and lots of cool plants.
these dudes are EVERYWHERE right now. two days in a row they were in the pool. they're my favorite i think, they look so fancy.
unfortunately, unless you are making them totally freak out, they are very boring.
today is miss dotties birthday, she is a staggering year old. best two years of my life so far, having mr. egon and miss dot. such good dogs, they make all my crappy days so so so much better. it is totally worth having a job that sometimes bums you out and always stresses you out to be able to take care of such wonderful loving pups. they're so cool.
can you believe that this little thing...
turned into this little thing....
that earned her namesake from the spots on her nose..
whose ears USED to curl backward....
and who has always been a huge ham...
even when sleeping...
the same little monster that grew up torturing her big brother....
and is now a ferocious beast...
and LIVES for snuffling around in the dirt in the yard....
that same monster is now a total grown up monster
and she's awesome. even though she doesn't have dots on her nose anymore.
egon helped me bake a cake for dottie last night.
even though he was tired, he stayed up with me.
even though he was falling asleep sitting up.
and so here we are, on the cusp of dog birthday cake partytime. they will get cake tonight for dinner...i will have a hundred million pictures, don't worry.