Welcome to August 10 on 10!

It’s been a crazy-busy month since the last 10 on 10. This month the 10th sort of snuck up on me, but I didn’t forget! (Ya’ gotta celebrate the little victories 😉 )
If you happen to be new here, 10 on 10 is a monthly photo challenge to shoot 10 photos over (roughly) 10 hours, on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with.

10 on 10 photo project - awesome radio tunes

This 10th found me heading to town bright and early for a physical therapy appointment. On the drive down I cranked up some tunes to try to get psyched up for the tests ahead.

10 on 10 photo challenge - FMS balance test

As I get farther along in my PT they start testing me to see how well I’m progressing. This little device is designed to test my balance and range of motion. This was definitely the easiest (read, least painful) of the tests they put me through!

10 on 10 photo project - restocking at Target

Each time I make a trip to town, I try to make the most of my time by getting as many errands accomplished as possible. My first stop was Target where they are restocking for back-to-school shopping and it seemed like everywhere I needed to go was blocked off. It was like a game of hide-n-seek.

10 on 10 photo challenge - Oregon bottle deposit return

The next stop was bottle returns. Here in Oregon we are required to pay a deposit on recyclable bottles, and you only get your money back if you return them. While it’s a great idea, it’s always a big time-suck. The bottle return machines always have a waiting line, and they are always getting stuck and require someone to come and restart them.

10 on 10 photo project - grocery shopping at Safeway

The garden is in full production right now, so that means my grocery list is super short this time of year.

10 on 10 photo challenge - Oregon Hazelnut Salted Carmel ice cream by Tillamook

Since we are Hazelnut farmers, this ice cream has been on our list to try for quite a while. With the 100º+ temps they are calling for, it seems like the perfect time.

10 on 10 photo project - still combo tool blower

I don’t look terribly thrilled about this project, do I?

Here at the farm we are finally finishing up repairs on our driveway after the contractor disaster of last fall. The company that will be doing the asphalt patching should be here first thing in the morning, so today I need to clean the driveway. Yippee… (sorry for the hazy photo, apparently my lens was a little foggy from the heat)

10 on 10 photo challenge - driveway asphalt repair

Cleaning was only part of the driveway prep, I also needed to place markers for all the repair areas.

10 on 10 photo project - home canning green beans, pickles, and relish

The garden goodies I canned yesterday needed to be washed, labeled, and put in the pantry. The dill pickles (kosher and regular), dilly beans (pickled green beans), and sweet relish, will be enjoyed this winter.

10 on 10 photo challenge - home garden with deer fence

I’m doing double-duty with these next two pictures. I’ve had some repeatedly requests for photos of my garden, so I figured this seemed like a good time to oblige 😉 This photo is of the fenced area. This protected area is where we plant the things the deer like to eat most, and therefore need the most protection. There are four (high) raised beds on the left, and six (low) raised beds on the right. So what’s in them?

left side beds:  bed 1 watermelon and cantaloupe. bed 2 cucumbers and zucchini. bed 3 tomatoes, peppers, and peas. bed 4 – spring bed – lettuce, spring carrots, red potatoes, beets, and peas. bed 4 – winter bed – lettuce, beets, parsnips, and winter carrots.

right side beds: bed 1  strawberries. bed 2 – blueberries. bed 3 – red currant, asparagus, rhubarb. bed 4  yellow raspberries. bed 5  red raspberries. bed 6 – garlic, and yellow potatoes.

10 on 10 photo project - home garden

This “open” part of the garden is still protected from the deer by a motion-activated sprinkler called a Scarecrow. In this area there are more tomatoes and peppers, plus pickling cucumbers, green beans, and of course, corn!

10 on 10 photo challenge - watching Olympic swimming

The day is finally winding down, so that means time spent watching the Olympics; and swimming is the sport du jour.

That brings another 10 on 10 to a close. 10 on 10 is the most achievable photo challenge I’ve found, so please consider joining me next month.

Until next time,
play hard, and have fun,

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