Okay, here's the first installment of a season-long look at my vegetable garden. After a week of solid work (thank God for my nice neighbor with his tractor, who plowed up the sod for me), this is what I've got. Doesn't look like much, does it? But things are happening underground - I hope so, anyway. I've planted tomatoes (five varieties), sweet peppers (seven varieties), eggplant (two varieties), zucchini, yellow summer squash, string beans, cucumbers, cilantro, basil, rosemary, parsley, oregano, and dill. Also, sunflowers (the ginormous kind), zinnias, and snapdragons for a cutting garden. As things progress, I'll post more pictures.
On another note of country living, we were putting up a ceiling fan in my office, a little room off the living room that used to be a porch. Rick poked his head up into the ceiling and saw this in the rafters. It's about 20 inches around. Fortunately, it appears to be unoccupied.