Busy busy weekend

I haven't stepped one foot into my garden this weekend.  I have been too busy preparing for the fund raiser garage sale this upcoming weekend.  At the previous moment, 1/2 of my living room is being swallowed by garage sale items.  I also have a covered trailer full and 1/2 of a garage stall.  Through a collection of things that friends and family have donated, and what local business have donated, I think I will reach my goal, of reaching $1,000.  That and sleeping more than 4-5 hours in a night. Here is the website with an update on the fundraiser.  http://www.cspmf.com/.

I have managed to peek into my garden and noticed that several days of not paying attention to the garden has resulted in a huge amount of ready to pick tomatoes just waiting to be plucked from the vine.  They are going to have to wait until tomorrow.  I think I may try to dry them.  Never tried this before so if anyone has tips, I would love to hear them.

I also noticed that my giant pumpkin has decided not to grow any more. I don't know what the deal is but my giant pumpkins have not cooperated at all this year.  I need to to some serious reading for next year as I was really looking forward to a 120 lb pumpkin. 

So I have a question for all of you parents.  This question involves toilet training so if you prefer to skip this section, now is the time.  We have had our daughter #1 trained for probably a year but #2 is a another issue.  She was going for awhile and decided she would rather not.  We have tried everything, bribing, reward system, stickers, being stern, making her sit on the toilet for 10-15 minutes of which she will hold it.  She will go into her room and put on one of her night time pull ups to go instead of going on the toilet.   Recently we have told her that if she goes, she will be able to pick out her favorite dog.  Her response was, "I don't want a dog now."  That stinker.  So all of you experienced parents, do you have any tips or tricks that may work to help my little independent girl along?  We are running out of ideas. 

Even though I wasn't able to get into the garden this weekend, I did enjoy something that us Iowans look forward to every year.  Fresh from the field, to roadside stand, sweet corn.  Topped with some of my homemade butter, I was in heaven.  Fresh sweet corn is such a treat. 

On to the work week, I hope my garden forgives me for my neglect. 
3 Responses
  1. Dirt Lover Says:

    I don't know how old your daughter is. Maybe you said in another post. I have two boys, and they were each about 3 1/2 years old. When I thought they should have no reason not to be trained, I made sure I used cloth diapers in the daytime so they would definitely feel wet when they went. The big "Ah ha" moment for them was when they figured out they could pee outside on a tree. Boys! They loved it. I wonder what would happen if you hid all her night time pull ups? Is she holding it long enough to get her pull ups, put them on and then immediately goes? Oh, my! If that's the case, she certainly has moxy! A wonderful trait to have, but as a parent, sometimes guiding that gets tiring. Hey, I just had a thought! Maybe she needs to pick the date. If she is in on the decision, she will feel a little more in control of what's going on. If she picks when she's 20, then go the route of: count the daytime diapers, estimate the number of diapers/day, and use that info to guess when you think they'll run out. Show her that many days on the calendar, and tell her when that day comes, no more daytime diapers will be left, and no more will be bought. If she wants them to last longer, then don't get them wet. Ahhh, good luck! Let me know how it "goes"! Hah!!
    ~~Lori
    PS, my youngest is 19. They really do get potty trained! Fond memories, my friend!


  2. meemsnyc Says:

    Yum, fresh summer corn is the best!! Your garage sale sounds like it's going to be amazing! I don't have kids, so I couldn't offer any advice there.


  3. @Dirt Lover, my daughter is 3 1/2. She wears her undies during the day and only pull ups over night. That is unless she sneeks into her room to put one on before she does her business. Moxie, yes that is a great description of her. Fearless, independent, ready to tell you like it is and a troubleshooter. All of this coupled with a great level of common sense. Great qualities I must agree but it does require a great deal of patience on our part. Not that we mind as she is a very fun kid. I love your idea of picking the date, in fact, I think that will be an activity for her tonight. That is something we havent tried yet so maybe, just maybe it will work. Thank you!!


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