Amazing little things…..

11 Jul

The last several weeks have been a little hectic with canning everyday, trying to get the new chicken yard completed and weeding the field.  So much so that I haven’t taken the time to really look around.  This past weekend I was de-tangling weeds from pumpkin vines, and laying them in the rows so Kenny could then take the riding mower and cut between the rows.  We do all this because he is procrastinating on buying the equipment we need that attaches to the back of the tractor enabling you to get the job done in a fraction of the time it takes to do manually.  It’s not that we “can’t” buy the equipment, he just can’t stand to let go of the $$$.  We must spend time “looking around and getting the best deal”.  That’s easy for you to say Fred you are not the one weeding 2 1/2 acres!

Anyway, so I am out there untangling weeds and I begin to notice bees, big bees, little bees, bumblebees, long slender bumble-bee looking things (as long as a fifty cent piece) I have never seen before in my life.  Everywhere!  Hhhhmmmm, I’ve been bugging Kenny lately (no pun intended) that we need our own bee hive.  Fertile, productive farms have bees, it ensures pollination of whatever you are growing, plus you get all that wonderful honey, which of course you can bottle and sell.  He doesn’t wanna fool with bees, it’s too much he says.  In a moment of shere frustration he succumbed and said if I wanted to mess with the bees “I” could get some.  Generally when this sort of thing happens I jump at the chance before he changes his mind, which he usually does when his brains begins to focus in on what I asked for.  This of course is how we ended up with the chickens.  However, I don’t particularly like the idea of the occasional sting bee keepers risk when caring for their charges, but I want the honey.  I know a tad lazy but I’m just not into self-inflicted pain.  So, I am now on the hunt for a bee keeper to “keep” the bees for me, at least until I am way, way, way more comfortable with what is involved.  At this point you are probably thinking, hey your field is full of bees you just said so, why do you still want more?  Aaaahh, but those bees do not belong to me and I have no idea where they are hiding the honey they are making with my pumpkin pollen!

As I am running all this through my mind whilst attacking the weeds I also notice the blooms, blooms and more blooms.  Ya know, I’ve never seen a pumpkin blossom before,  and didn’t have a clue what they would look like.  They are awesome, they are huge, and I just found out the “male” blossoms are edible.  How cool is that?  Now if I can just figure out which ones are male…….

Absolutely beautiful!  And we have the beginning of our pumpkins:

Aren’t they just the cutest little things?

and then it hit me…………….I get to take care of, fret over, worry about, pick bugs off of, weed and feed these adorable little boogers (and about 600 more) for a whole nother 81 more days, until we harvest and then another 92 days until they are all sold.   Yes, yes I know that is a quess-tamation.

The truth of the matter is, it’s pretty cool to look out the window into the field and see all those yellow blossoms, knowing that each (female) one is attached to a little growing pumpkin.  It’s life and it’s amazing and I guarantee you this did not come about because two atoms collided together somewhere out in the great beyond.  And this is just one small little blossom, one teeny tiny pumpkin among so many other amazing bits and pieces of life.  I look at this and have to laugh at the simplicity of the atom theory, come on – Where do you think those two little atoms came from anyway?

Today I pray that each person who reads this blog, “be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  (Eph 3:19)

One Response to “Amazing little things…..”

  1. Liz July 12, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Get the dang attachment for the tractor!!

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