The Herb Garden. Anne, Sperry, and Faith Like Potatoes
Arthur built me something new this year - a herb garden. It's in the back side of my vegetable garden and back behind the raspberries so the grass is kinda long. I'm working on that... And yes, it looks like it's full of little weeds, and it is, but it's also full of things barely peeking out of the dirt. The chickens also make their home back here so it's kinda unkept. Again, I'm working on that... This is something I've wanted for a long time, not that I use all that many herbs, but it started out as a need to plant dill somewhere that I could let it reseed every year. My plans grew, and grew and here it is. Arthur even put up an arch made out of popple trees and a nice bench to sit on when the mosquitos let up a bit. (Not for awhile with all the rain and cool weather we've been having!) Now I'm looking for something to put in the middle. Priscilla said it needs a statue. Neat idea but I'm looking for something free, something I already have around but not just plants. Any suggestions? Maybe a big rock?
I labled some of the things in the garden with rocks using a permenant marker. That way, if I tell one of the kids to go get me some basil leaves, they won't come back with sage or marjoram leaves. Also am working on getting a good bed of mint going. So far I've gotten apple, chocolate, and orange mint but no peppermint could be found in any greenhouses around here and no one seemed to have any so I ended up planting some seeds. The bee balm "menarda" in the picture is actually from my flowerbed but it's dying out so I thought I'd transplant some to try and keep it alive. I've used the petals of the menarda flowers in salad before and it gives it a nice red garnish. The leaves can be used for tea I'm told but I've never had enough to use them that way which is one reason I'd like lots of mint since mint tea is our favorite.
We got a few new videos. The first was the 1934 version of "Anne of Green Gables". I kept having this feeling that they were copying the 80's version of Anne of Green Gables but actually it was the other way around. It was kinda funny if anything.
"Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" was really good. The main message was that everyone is going to die and will either go to heaven or hell and we need to tell everyone how to get to heaven. The main boy had a girlfriend in the beginning, but if anything, what he did in regard to this girl added to the message. Again, it was good.
Then this morning since it was cold and rainy, we decided to watch another one of the movies we got, "Faith Like Potatoes". At first I wasn't sure why people would think it was so good. The main guy had quite a temper and his life was a mess. But you need to see the mess in a persons life to really appreciate it when they finally get their heart right with God. He did, and went on to really demonstrate what God can do with the life of one man when sold out for God. It's a true story and takes place in south Africa. It was a little too gory when a boy falls off a tractor and gets run over but I can always turn my head when things get gross! Told Arthur I've often pictured this exact thing happening when I see kids sitting on the fenders of our tractors when someone else is driving. It was certainly inspiring.
With ice cream being the favorite dairy product, what's your favorite flavor? Answer in the poll! The question for this week from midwest dairy was suppose to be "How many times have you been on a dairy farm" but I figured most of you have been on them many, many times, so you get an ice cream question!