Dog Days of Summer

I took today’s video yesterday because bright and early today we left to take our daughter back to college (junior year) out of state.  She’s only been home a week from her internship, so it’s hard to say goodbye! It’s always a bittersweet trip that you can read about it in this post

Saturday, August 13, 2011, 2:09 p.m. EST, 86 degrees F
Meanwhile in the garden…the weeds and everything else (like the vegetables) are growing like crazy. We’ve been harvesting beans, tomatoes, Swiss chard, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, kale, turnips, lettuce, carrots, raspberries, blueberries, basil, oregano, chives, cilantro…I think I got everything—there’s a lot! (Don’t worry, I won’t list all the lovely weeds we’re growing!)

A frequent visiting garden grazer is Abby, our black lab. She will eat
almost anything but especially loves snow peas (which are now all gone
so she’s settling for this yellow bean). Sorry about the poor quality
photo but I only had my iPhone with me!



  1. CMSmith says:

    I hope your trip went smoothly and the return home was peaceful.

    What’s really important about a relationship doesn’t change, even across distance.

    Your garden looks wonderful. We’re jealous.

  2. That is a SUPER great photo of your dog enjoying your fresh produce! 😀 I can’t wait to set up a bigger vegetable patch. Right now, our poor tomatoes and beans are looking very sad, but the blueberries have tiny green berries growing! Hooray!


  3. Abby’s adorable. I love that she feels free to help herself to the beans.
    Lovely beach video. I like the childrens’ voices in the background. Looks like hightide…the sandbar is underwater.

  4. Bella says:

    Julia, weeds or no weedes, your garden still looks gorgeous–so lush and green! The photo of your dog in it is just priceless! I also enjoyed watching the video, especially listening to the sound of the wind! 🙂 Just a few days ago I had to say goodbye to my daughter, so I know how difficult it is. It’s even harder when I realize I won’t see her for another year! 🙁

  5. E.J. Wesley says:

    That picture is priceless! Pesky dogs. 🙂 Sorry about having to say goodbye to your daughter so soon, but it’s just a part of that growing up stuff. You sound like a good mamma, so she’ll always come back!


  6. I’m so envious of your garden. What are you going to make with the herbs and berries? And I really love the garden dog. A garden isn’t complete without a 4-legged friend in it.

  7. Ann says:

    Julia – thinking of you as you take this trip once again…

    The garden looks amazing and your doggie is SO cute …and BIG! My dog is a whopping 7 pounds!

  8. Julia, I’m so jealous of your garden! Tell us what you’re cooking with all that amazing produce. I’m also sorry to hear that your daughter has to go back to school so soon. I hope you all had a nice trip together though.

  9. I always hated when it was time to leave my family and head back to college. And, to let you know, children might not always show it, but being left behind is often just as hard as leaving. Hope your momma heart is okay. Hugs to you.

  10. Christine, Saying goodbye is hard, but the relationship doesn’t change for the distance — but both “kids” left in the same day. Very rough! The trip was epic and memorable (in that it was 20 hours of the worst traffic we’ve ever experienced)…. and exhausting. BUT I do think I may get a blog out of it 🙂

    Ashlee, Glad you enjoyed the photo of Abby! She is quite the entertaining dog! I couldn’t imagine not having a veggie garden — and I hope you’ll be able to expand yours soon.

    Cynthia, Awww, thanks for finding “Abs” adorable! She is quite a character. As for the beach video, LOL I barely noticed the kids in the background we were honestly in such a crazed rush! (p.s. so cool that you can now identify low vs. high tide on the little beach by looking at the sandbar! 🙂

    Bella, Thanks for the compliment on the garden — it’s quite the lush late summer garden at this point, no question! Abby loves the garden (she was especially happy that day because I usually don’t let her sit right in the middle! I can only imagine saying goodbye for a year — for me it’s (at most) 3 months and that’s tough enough. Nice to meet you, share mother goodbye heartache, & thank you for your comment on my blog!

    E.J., Abby is certainly pesky at times, but she’s a major sweetie pie so we overlook it! However, we used to have Bo the Golden Retriever who once polished off EVERY tomato and green pepper in a HUGE (double this one) sized garden… THAT was big-time pesky! (p.s. thanks for the Mamma compliment — I try! 🙂

    Leah, Glad you enjoy the garden!… The berries we eat as is, often from the bush, or sometimes on cereal (unfortunately not a big enough harvest this year for much else). With the herbs, I make a lot of fresh pesto with the basil, and I make a salsa with the cilantro and fresh tomatoes — YUM! I also use them in salads, fried potatoes. Oregano & cilantro I also use in beans and rice!

    Ann, Thanks for your support when I make this trip, you’re so sweet! It was a “trip from hell” that will soon be a blog!
    Your dog at 7 pounds is less than 1/10th the size of our Abby. Wouldn’t they be cute friends? 🙂

    Jen, Would love any suggestions for the garden produce from you! We cook a lot of tomato sauces, salsas, salads (the other day pepper, cucumber, tomato, basil, onion, and lettuce all from the garden — I was so proud!!), lots of pesto, kale with pasta and greek olives…..
    It was hard to say goodbye to our daughter, but she’s so happy that it makes it a lot easier!

    Jolina, I know you’re right about saying goodbyes…. I think now that our daughter is a junior with so many friends at school (and she’s an RA), it’s a little easier for her but I know she sometimes gets homesick. You are so very sweet to ask about my “momma heart” (I love that expresssion!!) and I have to say you brought tears to my eyes! 🙂