Smoke and Sunflowers

Because half the country seems to be on fire right now, we have been having pretty smoke filled skies.  Last night we watched the moonrise from the deck and it was as orange as I’ve ever seen it.  While it does make breathing a little uncomfortable at times, the pictures are spectacular.  This is from the deck at about 6 am this past week:

Smoke Sunrise

One of Colorado’s big crops is sunflowers.  There are fields and fields of them around us.  In the past week they have all reached their peak and there is yellow all around us!  Next weekend we will be harvesting in earnest as well.  The garden seems to be doing well despite our inattention this year because of so many distractions.  Zina has already picked all the kidney beans and the wheat is in the winnowing stages.  The potatoes look to not be disappointing.  Getting them up and stored is always a big job.  Hopefully my fingers will be healed up enough after cutting them up working on the greenhouse.  Potatoes involve a lot of hand digging despite the tractor’s best efforts.

Sunflowers 2015

Zina The Reaper!

Zina’s birthday present arrived this past week.  She has had so much fun with the wheat growing and harvesting she decided that she needed something more efficient to cut the stalks with.  As this is nowhere near needing machinery the Scythe was the logical choice.  She has all the gizmos:  The scythe, the peening stone and holster, sharpening kit, and book to teach her all the ins and outs.  I don’t dare sleep now, I may wake to the grim reaper standing over me!!  Happy Birthday Sweetie!

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This Thing Is Just About Finished!

Of course now that the more tedious parts of the greenhouse project need to be done, my son started back to school and we are in a heat wave!  While the last remaining pieces aren’t that difficult, I have been forced inside because of the 95 + F temps we have been having.  The walls are up and the door is covered on the back.  I couldn’t keep going today it was just too hot.  So the last steps are to cover the front door, caulk the seam where the roof and the front and back walls meet and then add the decorative trim.  I have had to make many round trips to the hardware store (which is about a 2 hour round trip) because the manufacturer shorted me hundreds of the self-tapping screws.  I kept wondering if I was being over zealous about my screw usage but looking at his website I’m pretty sure I am just following the instructions.

I have burned my thumb and I have bandaids on 3 fingers on my right hand where my cutting/grinder raked across the top of my hand.  Self-inflicted battle wounds.  Now that the whole thing is pretty well sealed up, it is a smart thing that we invested in the fans and vents.  It is definitely a greenhouse!  I’ll bet this afternoon it was 110 inside it.  I’m going to have to get a thermometer to hang in there to see how the temperatures fluctuate and adjust with the seasons.  We are all very excited to see this coming to a conclusion.  This is the end of our hands on construction for 2015.  The solar installers start on September the 8th.  All we’ve had to do with that is print up lots of money!

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