Talk Till Dawn – 19

Creative Cain Cabin's Talk Till Dawn Series

I’m excited to share with you a new series I’m starting called, “Talk Till Dawn”, I want this to be about my everyday life, the things I’m reading, eating, my everyday ups and down, along with photos that I’ve taken over the week.

My life and home is far from perfect even though I always share with you pretty home decor picture. Now from time to time I’ll give you a look at how things can get out of control like everyone else’s life.

Fresh Picked Garden Green Beans

Where has July gone? I’ve had a little more free time now that the chickens have all been butchered and put in the freezer for winter so I’ve been devoting more time to the garden. Green beans are what’s producing like crazy right now. I’ve been picking a harvest basket full every other day and we’ve been eating them most nights with dinner.

I really enjoy eating what’s in season the way most people used to eat. I really look forward to a particular vegetable being ripe and eating my fill of it. We’ve also had zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers ready. The peas, broccoli, and cauliflower are done for the season. Next year I won’t be planting broccoli or cauliflower. There not big producers and it’s hard to keep the critters from nibbling on them so I’ll rely on the farmers market for those veggies.

Michigan Northern Water Snake

I had quite the eye opener the other day. I was out watering the flowers and bent down to move the hose only to realize it wasn’t a hose at all it was a Northern Water Snake. YIKES!! Luckily I’m not afraid of snakes but it sure gave me quite a startle when it moved.

Since then I’ve been watching for it and seems to be living under the rocks by the bird bath. The plant it’s under is a volunteer and I’m not sure if it’s a pumpkin or squash plant but it give the snake plenty of shade and pretty soon whatever it is will be producing. You can see something starting to form now in the upper right hand corner of the photo.

Boston Fern

When I first noticed it growing my plan was to pull it out, but after a few days it really took off so I decided to let it go and see what it is. Let me tell you that’s a first for me. I like my landscaping to be neat and tidy with no weeds so for me to sit back and let it grow where it wasn’t planted is something new for me.

You know what? It doesn’t look bad at all where it is and I’m excited to see what it turns out to be. Hopefully its a seed from the garden that got moved by a bird and will amount to something. If it’s a seed from the compost pile you never know what it will be. I’ve had seeds germinate, pollinate, and produce some cross between a pumpkin and a squash before. Nothing I could I identify that’s for sure.

Keen Mary Janes, Potted Flowers

I’ll be back later in the week to share photos with you from our trip to a Lavender Farm. I’ve been wanting to go and hubby had a few days off so we booked a cabin through AirBNB and headed north. Friends went along with us and we had the best time. Next stop we’ll be heading to Boston and from there we’ll travel up the east cost through Maine and then back to Michigan.

We’ve been to Boston before but with a limited time schedule so we’re looking forward to going again and hitting a few new places that we didn’t see last time. If you have any recommendations leave them in the comments please.

Laundry on the Line

The only other thing we’ve been working on this month is our sons barn/home conversion. Our business finally had a week of down time so we took advantage of it and replaced the roof on his place, and finished the electrical. Now the fun stuff can happen like installing cabinets, flooring, and decorating.

Until next time take care and thank you for spending the time talking till dawn with me today!

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  1. Dawn, I almost jumped out of my chair with that photo! I can’t even. I would not be able to go outside seeing that. xo laura

  2. Dawn, I live outside of Boston. Some of my favorite places are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the USS Constitution, the Swan Boats in the Public Garden, the statues of Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings also in the Public Garden, the North End for Italian anything, a drink at the Liberty Hotel (used to be the old Boston Jail), any part of the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s house also in the North End, a boat tour of the Harbor, the Aquarium, Newbury Street. A Duck Boat Tour of the city is really fun, you get a great tour in an iconic duck boat, both land and water, and the chance to see pretty much all the highlights. The JFK Museum and seems wonderful and the views from there are amazing. I’ve given you a lot, probably too much, so enjoy the trip! Where in Maine are you going? We spend time there swell.

  3. So happy to read that you left the snake alone. I’m not afraid of snakes either and recognize that they are part of our ecosystem and have their duty to nature. Too many feel that they should be killed just for being a snake and that saddens me. I’m sure there are no mice or other small critters or insects nearby.
    He’s protecting that volunteer plant for you, whatever it is. 🙂

    1. Pat, I did find out the snake is the type that eats mice so that’s a good thing and the volunteer plant ended up being my favorite kind of squash.

  4. Cheryl Major says:

    Dawn, you sure are brave…I am actually scared to death of snakes. I would not kill it but my husband would have had to move it else where….unfortunately, I come from a family that are scared of snakes.
    Your volunteer plant is very nice …I love when a surprise plant pops up.

    1. Cheryl my hubby is afraid of snakes too so I haven’t told him this one is hiding in the landscaping. LOL

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Having a good volunteer in the garden is always a lovely surprise. Luckily I have never found a snake in my garden. Living on a farm, diamondback rattlesnakes and bull snakes are quite common. I did find a baby rattler in the grass when I ran out to move the water. I have not left the house without shoes on since then! I think I would kill a rattlesnake if it is by the house and I can grab a shovel quickly, but that determination hasn’t been tested. Love the bull snakes…they really help keep the mouse population down!

    1. Susan, It’s finally producing and it’s my favorite squash; dumpling. That couldn’t have worked out any better 🙂 I wouldn’t keep a rattler around either but this one is no harm so I leave it be.

  6. Dawn: Wow! That was a SNAKE!!! Enjoy our trip – especially to Maine! I live on the coast and it is beautiful right now. Try to find a beach to walk on, dip your toes in the Atlantic, have some fresh seafood, visit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay – it’s so beautiful! There are lots of art galleries, antique shops, LL Bean store, puffin & whale watching boats, hiking, etc. You will love Maine! Safe travels! -Jill 🙂

    1. Jill, Thanks for all the Maine places to explore I’ll add them to my list and do a little research.

  7. We loved Bar Harbor Maine and Acadia National Park when we visited last year.

    1. Diane I’ll add that to my research list. Thank you!

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