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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Fruits of our Labor - The Garden 2013


WELCOME TO OUR COUNTRY LIVING

Season after season, there’s no other season that anyone always wants to come, that is – spring time. The best season every human and animal life in this world always desiring to come.  It’s the first season of the year, a season  of rebirth for all God’s creation to start life anew, and  a season of hope when one can feel that something impossible can be possibly achieved at the end.  A season of joy when one sees the sunshine like a  glorious light coming from above, this encompasses us with strength and courage to face the daily life’s struggles. As the sun gives light to every part of the world and penetrates beneath the ground, it warms up our own being penetrating also our soul to bring out our sense of appreciation to Mother Nature for its beauty and abundance of natural resources. It is during this season the days are longer than the night. More days to sow the goodness of what life can provide us with the best of our abilities. Because of this, God is really good, His love is eternal. He knows everything and what is best for us. Surely, there are things we don’t know that might come unexpectedly, but the important thing is -- the continuity of the season cycle every year. And this is also what life is to be and will be – unless we contradict it.

For the Great Gardener, this is the best time for him to come home after working hard from his out-of-state job.  The moment he arrived home, he has already a plan what kind of plants and trees to order and where to plant them. This year, he expanded the garden area and has been working hard everyday. He tilled the soil patiently and planted each kind of vegetable seeds in every one or two rows, except the corn. He made 8 rows for the corn seeds this year.  He made 2 small hills of soil for each kind of vegetables like the summer squashwinter squash and pumpkins, cantaloupes,watermelons, and honeydews. He built  vines made of bamboo and also used steel fence,  especially for the pole beans, snow peas, and grapes.  He has newly-arrived trees planted on the other side of our lawn and they are cherry, persimmon, apple, and walnut trees.  But I’m not going to post  them yet, till they have shown a good amount of growth. I'm still showing some plants that had already been planted last year and were shown in our Garden 2012 story. They need to be shown again to see if there are improvements in their size and fruit-bearing capacity.

Spring season has just recently ended and summer time has begun.  Even the intense heat can’t prevent the Great Gardener from doing his passion – planting. Grass easily grows and he mows the lawn to put the grass clippings in the compos tumbler. In that way, he can make organic fertilizer for the garden. What are we looking forward to have this year, in short – the fruits of the Great Gardener’s labor?


Avalanche Snow Pea Plants


Avalanche Snow Peas

DIFFERENT KINDS OF BEAN PLANTS


Blue Lake Bean Plants


Orient Wonder Bean Plants


Tender Pick Bean Plants


Beet Plants


Bell Pepper Plants

DIFFERENT KINDS OF BERRY PLANTS


Blackberry Plants


Blackberries


Draper Blueberry Plants


Blueberries


Raspberry Plants


Raspberries


Strawberry Plants


Strawberries

DIFFERENT KINDS OF CANTALOUPE PLANTS


Giant Cantaloupe Plants


Lil’ Sweet Cantaloupe Plants


Corn Field

Cruciferous Family of Vegetables


Chinese Cabbage Plants


Collard Green Plants


Mustard Green Plants

CUCURBITACEOUS FAMILY OF VEGETABLES


Golden Egg Summer Squash


Summer Squash Pride II


Sweet Zuke Zucchini


Fig Trees


Figs


Fruit Cocktail Trees


Fruit Cocktails (with Nectarine)


Fruit Cocktails (with Peach)


Grape Plants


Grapes


Lettuce Blend Plants (a)


Lettuce Blend Plants (b)


Nectarine Trees


Nectarines


Okra Plants


Onion Plants


Peach Trees


Peaches

DIFFERENT KINDS OF POTATO PLANTS


O' Henry Sweet Potato Plants


Red Pontiac Potato Plants


Pumpkin Sugar


Spinach


Sunflower Plants

DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOMATO PLANTS


Tomato Plants (round shape)


Tomato Plants (bell pepper shape)

DIFFERENT KINDS OF WINTER SQUASH


Argonaut Winter Squash



Buttercup Winter Squash

It's worth every effort coupled with lots of patience and more love to see the growth of all of these plants and vegetables and look forward to harvest them in due time.  I hope and pray that all of them will bear good fruits.  


Happy Gardening ...  (-.-)





Please see also the Fruits of Our Labor (2013):
     Harvests #1
     Harvests #2





Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Lord says ... Luke 9:51-62


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and He sent messengers ahead of Him.  On the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for His reception there, but they would not welcome Him because the destination of His journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.  As they were proceeding on their journey, someone said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”  And to another, He said, “Follow me.”  But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”  But He answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.  But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”  And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  To him, Jesus said, 


“No one who sets a hand to the plow 
and looks to what was left behind
 is fit for the Kingdom of God.”



DECISION MAKING

In serving the Lord, whether becoming a nun or a priest, one really has to decide truthfully and sincerely, if a person is willing to give up everything for the Lord without turning or looking back.   It’s a vocation that God calls you to serve Him and no one else.  But there are people, who took the vocation of becoming a priest or nun for many years after ordination, but in later years, they leave their  vocation, probably due to some general factors, like health condition, moral issues, sexual abuse, sexuality issues, and emotional state (likes to marry someone).  The latter reason is a good example, I can say, is very true because a friend of mine has a cousin who got married to a former priest.  The priest quit his vocation and married my friend’s cousin.  They now have two teenage children.  Nevertheless, we can’t judge them for doing so because God can only judge them.  

Actually, I have a cousin, who entered the seminary.  He will be ordained as a deacon in 2018.  I wrote an article about him with the same title as this post, Decision Making.

In our daily living whether as a laity or not, putting God at the center of our family relationship, is considered our journey in making a firm decision.  That each one of the family members upholds what God intends us to do, if we are really to follow Him.  There must be no excuses or alibis not to say the family rosary prayer,  have Bible reading, hear Sunday Mass, say a prayer every meals, respect and love each other, and other goodness we can offer to do for family members, as well as, others.  It's never too late to change our strayed life or do anything good for the glory of God.

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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My hands can do this --- All-Summer Zoe Pouch


This regular-sized, beautifully designed bag is made for small kids on the go—whether going on summer camping,  shopping, field trips, and other vacation trips.  This bag is a must to bring because it is very light and convenient to carry. There is enough space to put their teeny stuff.  Its colorful, attractive, flowery design makes any kid become proud of carrying this bag. 


All-Summer Zoe Pouch (a)

*ALL-SUMMER ZOE POUCH

Materials:
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (soft blue)
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (baby brights ombre)
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (dark sage)
(3) small fancy buttons
      crochet hook size – F5 /  3.75mm
      yarn needle
 
Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)      chain                                                    
(hdc)    half-double crochet
(dc)      double crochet
(tr)       treble crochet
(sc)      single crochet
(sl st)   slip stitch                                        
(pc)      popcorn
     
Special Instruction
(pc) - 4 (dc) in next (sc).   Remove hook from loop and insert in 1st (dc).  Pull up loop of last (dc) and draw through 1st  (dc).  Pull yarn to tighten (pc) and press outward.

Instructions: 
Use soft blue yarn first. 41 (ch).  Just let the extra yarn hanging.  It will serve as a marking for attachment at the bottom.  Always count the number of (ch), (2-ch sp), (dc), (hdc), (tr), and (sc) in each round to avoid mistakes.

Using Soft Blue Yarn
1st to 31st Rnd:   
Insert hook in 2nd (ch) from hook.   (Sc) in next 40 (ch).  [Turn round, slip st in 1st (sc).  3 (ch).  (Dc) in next 39 (sc).  (Ch), turn around,  (sc) on beginning (dc).  (Sc) on next 39 (dc)]  31X.
Result:   40 (dc) and 40 (sc) per round

32nd Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Dc) in next 38 (sc).
Result:   38 (dc)

33rd Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (dc).  (Sc) in next 36 (dc).
Result:   36 (sc)

33rd Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (dc).  (Sc) in next 36 (dc).
Result:   36 (sc)

34th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Dc) in next 34 (sc).
Result:   34 (dc)

35th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (dc).  (Sc) in next 32 (dc).
Result:   32 (sc)

36th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Dc) in next 30 (sc).
Result:   30 (dc)

37th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (dc).  (Sc) in next 28 (dc).
Result:   28 (sc)

38th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Dc) in next 12 (sc).  2 (ch) and skip 2 (sc).  (Dc) in next 12 (sc).
Result:   24 (dc) and (2-ch sp)

39th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (dc).  (Sc) in next 12 (dc).  2 (sc) in (2-ch sp).  (Sc) in next 12 (dc).
Result:   24 (sc)

40th Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Sc) in next 22 (sc).
Result:   22 (sc)

41st Rnd:
Slip st in 2 (sc).  (Sc) in next 20 (sc).  Extend yarn a little longer longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Hide the extra yarn through the stitches.
Result:   20 (sc)

Connecting Both Sides (Baby Brights Ombre)
Have both sides meet together up to 30th Rnd.  Tie the new yarn 2X in 1st (dc) of 15th Rnd in the right side.  Slip st and 2 (sc) in 1st (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc).  [2 (sc) in next (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc)]  19X.  (Sc) in next 2 (sc).  2 (sc) in 1st (sc)  of corner side.  (Sc) in next 18 (sc).  2 (sc) in last (sc) of corner side.  (Sc) in next 2 (sc).  [2 (sc)  in next (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc)]  19X.  2 (sc) in last (dc) and (slip st).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Hide the extra yarn  through the stitches.      

 
Making of Flowers, Stems, and Leaves
A)   1st Flower (Baby Brights Ombre)
1st Rnd:
Extend yarn longer before making (ch).  8 (ch) and slip st in 1st (ch).  Leave the extra yarn hanging.  (Ch).  20 (sc) and slip st in 1st (sc). 
Result – 20 (sc)
2nd Rnd:
20 (Dc) and slip st in 1st (dc). 
Result – 20 (dc)
3rd Rnd:
6 (Ch) and slip st from front to back around post of 1st (dc) below.  [3 (ch) and (dc) in next (dc) above.  3 (ch) and slip st from front to back around post of next (dc) below]  19X.  3 (ch) and slip st in 3rd (ch) of  6 (ch).  Extend yarn longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Insert the extra yarn into a yarn needle to attach the flower in the middle hole for insertion of the button.  Pull up extra yarns at the back of the pouch.  Tie them 2X. 
Result – 20 (3 ch x 2 and dc)

B)   2nd and 3rd Flowers (Baby Brights Ombre)
1st  Rnd:
[Extend yarn longer before making (ch).  4 (ch) and slip st in 1st (ch).  Leave the extra yarn hanging.  (Ch).   8 (sc) and slip st in 1st (sc). 
Result – 8 (sc)
2nd Rnd:
(Pc)--  3 (ch) and 3 (dc) in 1st (sc).   Remove hook from loop and insert in 1st (dc).  Pull up loop of last (dc) and draw through 1st  (dc).  Pull yarn to tighten (pc) and press outward.   (Ch).  (Pc)--  4 (dc) in next (sc).   Remove hook from loop and insert in 1st (dc).  Pull up loop of last (dc) and draw through 1st  (dc).  Pull yarn to tighten (pc) and press outward]  7X.  (Ch) and slip st in 1st (pc).   Extend yarn longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.   Attach fancy button in the middle.  Insert the extra yarns into a yarn needle to attach the flower in the designated area.  Pull up extra yarns  at the back of the pouch.  Tie them 2X.  Do the same procedure for the 3rd flower.
Result - 8 (pc)

C)   (3) Stems (Dark Sage)
1st Stem  Extend yarn longer before making chain .  40 (ch).   (Sc) in 2nd (ch) from hook.  (Sc) in next 38 (ch).   Extend yarn longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Insert the extra yarn into a yarn needle to attach it below the button. 
2nd Stem  Extend yarn longer before making chain.  15 (ch).  Attach it at the back of 2nd flower and slip st.  Extend yarn longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Insert the extra yarn into a yarn needle to attach the stem to the flower.  Do the same procedure for the 3rd stem.    
D)   (3) Leaves (Dark Sage)
[Extend yarn longer before making (ch).  8 (ch).  2 (hdc) in 3rd (ch) from hook.  2 (dc) in next (ch).  2 (trc) in next 2 (ch).  2 (dc) in next (ch).  2 (hdc) in last (ch).  Extend yarn longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Insert the extra yarn into a yarn needle to attach the leaf to the stem. Do the same procedure for the other 2 leaves.
 
Cord Making (Blue and Baby Brights Ombre)
Cut 62 inches of soft blue yarn 8X.  Cut 62 inches of baby brights ombre yarn 4X.  Combine them.  Tie one end once.    Braid them.   Tie the other end once also. Both ends should be left unbraided. Cut both ends to make it even.

 

All-Summer Zoe Pouch (b)
See how this little girl becomes curious of the flowery design that was attached on this project.  She said,  "Mama, I like this bag." 


*This project was featured also in my crochet designer's profile as "Summer Cross-Body Bag" at All Free Crochet. It's listed also as one among my Top Crochet Projects.