What a Weird Week

July 25, 2008

Gardening

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been a little under the weather this week, or what. I’ve had all my days mixed up. I even missed an appointment Wednesday because I thought it was still Tuesday, and today is Friday but I keep thinking it’s Saturday! :-p

The kids and I have been spending a little time outside, trying to pull up weeds in between rainy downpours. It’s been the rainiest July that I can remember in a few years. It’s only been scorching hot for two spells this month. I like it cool, so I’m not complaining! Our dry June has kept the mosquitoes and black flies down a little, so I am grateful for that.

We visited the famous Nichols Pond Park yesterday. I plan to have the post on my travel blog by next week. What, you’ve never heard of Nichols Pond?? lol. That’s where Samuel de Champlain (French explorer and founder of Quebec) got the brainy idea to provoke the Oneida Indians, in their village that was here. Happened in 1615. It was the first time the Indians had heard a gun shot. Champlain and his buddies the Huron Indians from Canada killed a few Oneidas, too. The Oneidas never forgot, and it’s part of the reason why the New York Indians (the Iroquois, of which the Oneidas belonged) fought the French so fiercely during the French and Indian war in 1754.

We wandered the park quite a bit– it was a wonderful place to explore! There’s a large open grassy area, and there’s a deeply-wooded swampy area. This was the location of the large Oneida Indian village, 400 years ago.

Path to Pond Overlook

July is the month that New York State hums in floral beauty. Everything is in bloom and is so lush and verdant. Walking in the cool woods is especially delightful.

Today, it’s a little bit of garden work. I’ve had to leave most of the gardening to the kids this year. It’s been so painful to bend over. I miss it– I love gardening so much that I even enjoy weeding! My new grape vine is growing so beautifully– I have to get a trellis built up around it or it will tear down the measly wire fencing it’s currently attached to.

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4 Responses to “What a Weird Week”

  1. Karen Says:

    What a beautiful place. Could you feel the Indian spirits there?

  2. Karen Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  3. Malou Says:

    Nice place I can feel the freshness out there .thanks for the visit.

  4. Ellen Says:

    Oh my, oh my!!! What I would give for some rain!! It was a scorching 104F today in Dallas and now we are under a heat advisory!!! This weather just wears everyone out. I just looked at the temp and it’s 93F at 9:45 pm.