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Who knows what Pajama Gardening is about?

Written by Sue, Monday, April 27, 2015 , beautiful spring day, sunny, cool, high 60's!

Pajama gardening is when, one (moi) wakes up and can hardly wait to go check her garden to see how many slugs have been captured and killed! I didn't even take the time for coffee. If left to themselves slugs can destroy your flowers and vegetables, every year the slugs and I go at it. I am a stickler for not using chemicals in the garden, just a personal choice! Beer or wine will do the job!!

Last evening was the first battle, guess who won? They only come out at night!

 Can someone say "Yucky"?

While checking the vegetable garden I found Colorado Potato Beetles having breakfast on our few potato bushes, picked them off, and let them join the slugs, I am still pajama gardening! ~Smile~

Since working two nights a week, and having so much rain, I haven't had a chance to do much gardening, so things are a little behind!

I turned and saw the weeds were beginning to take hold in my new garlic bed, "this will never do", I say!

 I kept thinking that I needed to go in and change but just kept plucking , sometimes I get a litle  carried away!

Now, that's completed! Have I ever mentioned that I love to pull weeds? I don't like weeds in the garden for sure, but I love to see them gone. ~smile~ I know you are probably wondering, "who is this woman?"

 The first strawberry, not yet ready, I was tempted to eat it anyway!

Other News...
Last Saturday night I discovered the refrigerator was not cooling, lost everything in both compartments, my freezer was full! You might ask why I didn't discover this sooner! I have a perfect excuse, we were gone from the house for two days, leaving early in the  morning, returning late, (another story for another day, ~grin~) there was no need to go into the freezer, the only thing we used once was cream for coffee. I didn't have thermometers in there, but,  now I have two ordered, and will be checking every day no matter how tired I am. ~grin~
I am happy to report it was only a switch that kept the compressor in check, it seems in my efforts to clean the coils, I pushed some insulation into the cooling fan, which hindered it from doing its job! So much for being a clean fanatic! The cost was doable, so glad it was fixable!

Sunday I worked on cleaning it for 3 1/2 hrs., when I finished, it looked almost new!

Spring brings forth new life here on the farm, 

This lady is ready any day now, the old gander is watching close by!

Are you a list maker, I am, this is what a typical day is for me. I really like this coil index card holder, I can flip back to see what was done and when, I always put the weather, Bible verse and sometimes personal notations! What doesn't get done today goes on the next day! I love coming in to check things off,just a fun thing to do.

Enjoy your day,


living from glory to glory April 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM  

Hello Sue, Pajama gardening...
What a hoot! Yes, I have never heard of it, but I sure have done my share of it over the years. So slugs are a bunch of lushes, did not know that either!
Your frig, looks super clean and now you will not have to wonder what is fresh in there anymore. Have a wonderful day and week...
Blessings, Roxy

Farm Girl April 27, 2015 at 4:54 PM  

Yes, I am a pajama gardener too.
I am so glad we are so dry we don't have slugs and snails. When I lived in town I did that every morning.
Your fridge and stove look just like mine. Well, now your fridge is clean. :) Mine isn't. It looks wonderful.
I am glad you caught it.
All of your pictures of spring are wonderful.

happywonderer.com April 27, 2015 at 5:07 PM  

My Dear is always surprised when I go out in my pajamas and robe to do anything outside! Glad the fridge was an easy fix and it sure does look clean!! Ugh we get slugs here, too, and they are so ugly! I use a notepad with the spiral at top for my lists but it's the 5x7 variety.
Happy pajama gardening to you!

Vee April 27, 2015 at 6:11 PM  

Nope, I don't share your hands-on love of gardening. I don't even want to see a slug or a beetle. I'll be using a perfectly natural repellent that doesn't hurt bees. I am looking for a stirrup hoe so that I don't have to bend to weed. If I have to bend to weed, It won't get done. The bounty of your garden, Sue, is a testament to the fact that you ARE a hands-on gal!

Oh so sorry about the loss of all the food. That is horrible. It sure looks pretty now. Have you been shoping to fill it up again?

Happyone April 27, 2015 at 7:43 PM  

Your garden already looks so nice. We can't plant ours till the end of May and I am so excited about our gardens this year.

Oh no too bad about your refrigerator.

I get dressed as soon as I get out of bed and go out walking. : )

I too am a list maker.

Happy@Home April 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM  

I'm rooting for you, Sue. So far it looks like you're doing pretty well with the battle of the bugs. I also applaud you for using a natural approach in the battle. I try to go that route when possible.
You made me laugh with your pajama gardening description. I would definitely do that except the neighbors are too close and I wouldn't want to scare them.
Oh gosh, what a shame about the loss of food in your fridge and freezer. Glad to know it wasn't a more costly repair charge. You sure did make the interior look like new.

Lea April 27, 2015 at 9:26 PM  

Oh, those slugs are such a damaging pests! My husband has battle with them every year and I'll have to tell him about the beer and wine. How funny!

I LOVE lists and have one everyday but have it in my daily planner and I too, love marking things off my list.

Happy week!

Mrs.Rabe April 27, 2015 at 11:18 PM  

I'm so glad you didn't have to replace the whole refrigerator, but oh to lose everything in the freezer and fridge!

You love gardening way more than I do! ha ha! I do like a beautiful garden though!

Glad to see you posting more regularly again!


Barb April 27, 2015 at 11:40 PM  

Hi Sue!

What a fun post - except for the slugs...yuck! And the potato beetles, that is truly something a girl from Idaho potato country really hates to see!

I had a friend who went out in her garden...in her pajamas, and time simply got away from her. When she finally came inside, she had a very sunburned back, where her top and bottom didn't quite meet...oops! Although I'm sure she was very comfy!

So sorry about your refrigerator, that's such a loss!

That baby calf, is just too adorable!

Have a restful week, hopefully with no slugs!


Cheryl @ TFD April 27, 2015 at 11:55 PM  

I'm sorry you lost so much food! Your refrigerator looks brand new now. I know you didn't want to have to clean it under those circumstances.
That a cute pic of the little calf. I love seeing all the new babies this time of year.
Good work getting rid of slugs and beetles. Pesky things! I don't like to use chemicals either. Your natural method is the best way!
Take care, Sue, and enjoy your week!

Debbie April 27, 2015 at 11:57 PM  

Well I can't say as I've ever done any pajama gardening, but it sure sounds like a good idea...yuck on those slugs. Sorry about the food, but glad it was an easy fix. YES!! it does look like new! Good job! I love a list but will confess I don't use one often. Though I should. I love crossing things off. I enjoyed a little peak into an ordinary day for you. Hope the rest of your week is good!

Cheryl April 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM  

No, I don't think I have ever done any pajama gardening, but I am not a gardener extraordinaire as you are!

I am happy to see your results with those horrid slugs, because I NEED a natural solution. Slugs are attracted to the cat food on the back porch, but because of our little outdoor cat, I will not use the store bought slug repellent as it is not pet safe. Thanks for the tip. I hope our slug population prefers beer to cat food! ;)

Lists are my friends. They are my brain.

Patsy April 28, 2015 at 10:23 AM  

Just when you think you have life in control things start testing our control and peaceful life. So I have to pray to just go with the flow. Love seeing your farm photo's in spring.

Cranberry Morning April 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM  

I totally get pajama gardening! I've done pajama gardening, pajama blogging, pajama post office visit (although no one would know they're pajamas). I am so sorry about the freezer. What a pain! At least it's really great now. Have a wonderful evening!

Wanda April 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM  

Hi Sue ~ Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday. I can see already we have much in common. I have been a list maker since a young girl, and truly think my life would fall apart if I didn't have my list...HaHa. Also I don't have a farm, I have a balcony (in our retirement apt), but I do go out and check my plants in my PJ's (in my case a cotton gown).
I loved your photo, and growing up with a farmer day... I'm very familiar with "bugs", I am also a follower of Jesus.

I will put you on my list of blogs I like.

Wanda April 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM  

OOps. I meant to say a Farmer Dad....

Debby Ray May 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM  

Hi Sue...thanks for visiting! No, I can't say I've ever done any pj gardening either but it sure sounds like you got quite a lot done that morning! OOHH...SLUGS...CAN'T STAND 'EM! Have you ever stepped on one with a bare foot in the dark? YUCK!

NanaNor's May 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM  

Happy May Sue, Wow what energy you have to garden right after you get up! I hate, really hate, weeds and don't enjoy picking them either. We don't have slugs here thankfully; as a child we'd pour salt on them and watch them shrivel up. Your garden is really coming along.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Christine May 1, 2015 at 7:47 PM  

I love it!
~~~~ * PAJAMA GARDENING * ~~~~
I think you have just coined a new saying!

Electric appliances, love'em... hate them.

Janette Wright May 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM  

Oh I have to share with Benjamin, he says, when you aren't posting as often, "we haven't heard from her in awhile." He still loves to talk about you, you have won a place in his heart..and I thank you for that.

Oh lady, I need your energy pill, I truly do. That ref, looks wonderful..and I wished I enjoyed cleaning as much as you do and all this while working, oh my goodness!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Janette Wright May 2, 2015 at 9:14 AM  

Benjamin loved the whole post and even laughed at your to do list by saying...she hasn't done her laundry yet!!! What a fun way to start our Saturday...thanks!!!

bj May 2, 2015 at 12:42 PM  

Pajama Gardening...PERFECT

Nellie's Cozy place May 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM  

Hi Sue,
Thanks so much for coming by last week
for Thankful Thursday, always so appreciate your sweet comments.
So were you able to get the book this
week. It is such an enjoyable book to read I have to say.

Pajama gardening....I like that, it is nice to have the privacy to be able to go in your back yard in your jammies I can do that too since our backyard is so wooded, and sun bath too, so that is nice as well.
I am like you when I am in the mood
to do something I just want to get
with it no matter what.........
I used to have Hostas and loved them,
but so did the slugs, and unfortunately they won out........
That is the only thing about my wooded back yard is the woodland animals.....they like to eat every
thing....I have given up on growing
flowers cause every time I plant them and they are looking gorgeous, some
lovely lil critter has din din.......
I use fake dwarf azaleas now!!
Would love to see their face when they try to eat these!! lol

Sorry to hear about your fridge, and
that it was full too........Poo....
Glad it was fixable and just something simple. That is good to know cause who would think there was
a switch that could be changed without your even knowing it.

Your lil calf is so cute and your pasture looks so pretty. I would
have eaten that strawberry.....lol

We just came in from the yard, been
mowing and we did a lil work out in the backyard again, love seeing the progress every time we work out there.

Also liked you lil notecard file
I only write the date and scripture in my journal and have a separate to
do list, but that is a great idea
and to put the temp. as well.

Well, you have a great rest of the
Blessings, Nellie

Elena May 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM  

I love your posts Sue. I am a pajama gardener too and so is Mary. Now that the weather has warmed up that is where we go even before breakfast. Mary has planted a fairy garden and she also is excited to see her sunflowers and hollyhocks coming up. I have closed my blog for a few months as had some strange visitors. God bless you dear sister!

Melissa Gill May 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM  

Oh so sorry you lost everything in your fridge and freezer!
Glad it was an easy fix though!

Your list reminds me of my moms, she always had "devotions" and "walk" listed on hers too. :)

Schotzy May 8, 2015 at 6:05 PM  

Loved my wee visit with you... you are one very busy lady... I wish I had your initiative.... a matter of prayer for me! I dont know how you found my site today... but your sweet message meant a lot to me. I am adding yhou to my blogroll. Thanks.

Laura May 15, 2015 at 11:32 AM  

Hi Sue-

A kindred spirit! Woo hoo!
I like to garden in my gown.
There is nothing better than walking straight out the back door-as is- and gardening.
Enjoyed visiting,
White Spray Paint blog

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