G is for…

garden‘g’ is for garden… which we planted a week ago today.  I am trying to coax my thumb to the darker side of green.  My mother can grow anything.  I, on the other hand, have killed an aloe plant.  This year, the plot is smaller and more focused.  It has a fence and texasnorth mulch [read: with cow and chicken contributions].  We’ve got beans, sweet peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, hot peppers, cucumbers, pickles, and pumpkins.  If things go well, we’ll add space for carrots and potatoes next year.

‘g’ is for God… who drives the bus of my life.  I am in charge of decoration and maintenance.  I suck at maintenance.

‘g’ is for grandparents… of which I have one remaining.  Grandma Betty Kluska, my mother’s mom, has an incredible story which deserves its own post.  All grandparents deserve their own post.  She turned 83 this year.  Rylie is her only great-grand child, and I have loved watching these two opposite ends of life get to know each other.  Gramma read a book on tape for Rylie, and I like knowing that we will always have her distinctive voice around.                  

Aggie‘g’ is for goats… which my parents raise down in Central Texas.  Boer goats, officially.  I think they got lonely when Danny and I left to make our way in the Big World.  We love to visit the goats.  They are just like big dogs… full of personality and character.          

‘g’ is for Goonies… which needs no explanation.

and, ‘g’ is for grace… there’s a new grace for meals I’ve just learned in a book I’ve had since I was a child.  I’m working on embroidering it for the dining area wall so we can always see it.  It goes like this:

God, we thank you for this food,

For rest and home and all things good;

For wind and rain and sun above,

But most of all for those we love.

-Maryleona Frost             


I do thank God for you.  All the time.

See you Thursday!  I’m going to try for the bloomer tutorial… so get out your scissors!

About texasnorth

TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

11 responses to “G is for…

  • jtp

    very cool prayer- I can’t wait to see what it looks like finished! yeah on the garden! yeah on goats…and God too- I like your “g”…oh and great grandmas….i like those too

  • Jim

    Please, please, please have Curt come over to the Plymouth area this fall to till our garden. It looks like his technique is much better then mine…. and I think we have the same tiller, almost the same age as me. Watch for those cucumber and squash bugs…

    Happy gardening.
    Love the grace,it should well used.

  • Julie

    I love that you are embroidering that for the dining room! What a cool idea. Garden sounds wonderful and yummy too.

    I can’t wait to get the aprons!!!!

  • Jessica "Haynie" Carr

    your right. Goonies needs no explanation!

  • Jami

    I let my strawberries overtake one of my garden boxes….I’m so excited!!! Fresh strawberry shortcake in a few weeks, yummo!

    Your garden sounds amazing…and I think your size is good this year. 🙂

    Field trip this week!!!

  • Miss Laura

    I thank you for sharing a little of your TexasNorth mulch with us humble Polacks…I planted my organic cucumber seeds in a terra cotta pot yesterday. (I am hard-core.) Please thank the cows and chickens for me.

    Thumbs up for Grammas. I have just my maternal grandmother left also, and I swear she gets more and more hilarious every year. I suppose if I was 92 I’d lose some of my filter, too. So funny to hear such snide remarks out of such a tiny, proper little old lady. I desperately hope she’s still around to meet a baby of mine…you and Rylie are so fortunate.

  • ecky

    you are stellar at the decoration!!!

    our garden is basically all potato and squash – with a tiny bit of soy beans/edamame thrown in because they are delicious!!!!
    we need something that can survive without us hovering since we live nowhere near our garden. someday….

  • wende

    I can’t wait for the bloomer tutorial. Not that I have anyone to make them for, but still.

    And you’re in charge of decoration. Oh. My. I love you. 😀

  • Becky

    G what a great post! love me some Goats and Gardens!

  • heather

    I love, love, love the ‘g ‘is for God one! So cute! Sometimes I like to think that too. I’m just the passenger in the car with God and he’s the driver, so I can trust Him! Good luck with your garden; sounds like you have healthy and enriched soil!

  • Annie Mulder

    Dear kate,
    it less than two weeks I will be home from Seattle at which point I will be swept strait out to camp to work the ropes (your old stomping grounds I do believe) and I would love to come out some evening a love on your animals. Would that be alright? Sounds good. I’ll give you a call before I show up.

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