Farm Fresh

… Fresh on to the farm. Here is an occassional chronicle of a new family in a small town.

Gāyatrī Mantra

My acupuncturist played this for me. I had forgotten it and what it meant, but it brought me peace. Later in the evening, I offered it to Porter hoping it would put us both to sleep and calm my restless mind.  I just revisited some translations of the text.  Over the years I have chanted a lot- sometimes understanding the translation and sometimes not. It never matters, it’s always helpful and calming- even if I don’t know the pronunciation.

This is what I was chanting:

om bur buva svaha
tat savitur varenyum
bargo devasya dimahi
dyoyonaha prachyodiyat

It was something like that!

oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

Of course my favorite:

Ganesha shananam
shanam ganesha
(and on and on)


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Happy Un-birthday!

You are 6 months old today!!! Longest, most unreal 6 months of my life! We are living in Natalie and Tanner’s rental, called the Red House now.  When I look at how you’ve grown and changed, I’m amazed.  You are now rocking on your hands and knees, speaking in your own way, you recognize your name and those closest to you. You love to smile! Especially at me and dad, Natalie and the grammas- but anyone will do.  You can pick up two objects with each hand. You like your exersaucer- you love the dogs. I think you are about 19 pounds, 26″. 90% for those. You are lean like your dad but even though your eyes are blue- they at least are like mine. Oh, and we have started experimenting with “solids”- pears, potatoes, sweet potatoes, grains. I am secretly hoping you will take to them more and more as the months progress but you are the boss.

Right now, you are napping. I think you are developing something like a schedule as this is your second day in a row for a 10 o’clock nap. When you wake up, we will take a shower together and then go to grammas where you will stay while I go to Gallery One to work on Paint Ellensburg. Your dad is at work. He has kept his full time job for us- heath insurance and all but he is also moving into the firehouse so that he can have a studio to make art. Primarily to get ready for his residency in New York in October.

I can’t wait to see you grow more. I read that your sign, aquarius has tendencies towards humanitarianism.  I should enjoy your attention while I can.  Scientist, musician, politician, news reporter?  We will see! I just hope you are happy- like I am. I hope you can talk to me as you continue to find your way in the world.  In general, you are extremely friendly and happy. Every now and then, I see you look away and I wonder where your mind goes.  You look down briefly and my heart reaches out to you. I wonder if it was a self consciousness or simple self reflection.

Well Mister Porter Miller Beckman- I love you a lot. Happy Un-birthday!

Love, Mom

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Garden Notes

Try more seeds!

Add to the list-

green beans

already in the garden are:

5 tomato – woah- they are off the hook- 1 cherry, 1 beefsteak, 1 roma, 2 others maybe too many
2 swiss chard
2 kale
1 other green , 1 died with aphids
dill- pretty good

3 basil starts- 1 cinnamon basil
3 eggplants- 2 did well
2 peppers, doing OK
4 cucumbers- only a few cukes so far
2 zucchini- maybe blight, little fruits turn yellow and die
3 brussels, nothing yet but still possible
3 peas- not strung right but a few fruits
onions- doing pretty good but not pulled yet
2 squash- seem okay but nothing yet

radishes- doing awesome
lettuce- doing awesome
carrots- appear to be awesome but haven’t pulled them yet
beets- planted late(2 weeks ago) but are on their way

garlics only- pretty small but from Porter house

OTHER- sage, parsley, mint and chives all doing well

raspberry plants from Joey doing well
strawberries did pretty well

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