What a Summer!

Well, I can’t believe it’s the end of July already! It seems like the summer just started!

We’ve been very busy around here. We started a garden in March. We’ve been struggling this year with drought, poor soil, and minimal time. Our original goal was to produce enough fresh vegetables and herbs for our family and my parents’ household, especially since the garden is on their property. 😉 Now, our current goal is to improve the soil and try to get anything to grow/produce so that next year we will be more successful.

Speaking of gardening, has anyone had any experience dealing with tomato hornworms? Totally gross! They are huge larva of the Five-pointed Hawk Moth, which is even huger.

I mentioned Peanut’s butterfly garden before. Well, the cacoons formed in only a week, and they hatched in only four days! A bit speedier than we were expecting. It was a totally awesome experience, though. Definitely worth the cost of the house and the caterpillars. Just today I ordered Sweet-Pea’s birthday present (her birthday is Sunday). We were going to get the Ladybug Dome for her. Unfortunately, they are not currently shipping the ladybugs. Apparently, ladybugs are very sensitive to heat, which means that they die in transit. So, I used plastic coins to show Sweet-Pea how much money we were going to spend on the ladybugs, and she found some other items that would cost the same or less. She chose the Grow A Head and the Grow a Bug for her presents. Incidentally, this company does sell kits with live hornworms, but we decided against that. 🙂

Anyway, we’re back to school next week. I’ve been reading Cindy Rushton’s Notebooking! Yes! You Can Be a Binder Queen Too! and we’ll be working on that in our homeschool. I’ll let you know how it goes. So, lots of interruptions here today, so I’ve lost my train of thought. 🙂 I’ll be posting again soon.

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