Monday, August 21, 2017

Clinging Clematis

Every year, this vine tries to take over my rhododendrons, 
and climb up into the holly tree... and this year it finally succeeded. 
I can't count the times I pulled the vines down earlier this year, 
and every other year...but just give it a few weeks with no attention, 
and now it's gone crazy! I just don't want it to smother out Spring blooms.

It is pretty. I am enjoying it. But as soon as it quits blooming 
I'll be tugging it out and throwing away as much as I can get hold of. 
It's called Sweet Autumn Clematis, and it is quite tenacious! 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Y IS For Yellow!

My grandson is growing up...
getting tall, getting so smart, 
learning to spell his colors...
and I am thankful that I was 
able to read him a story today 
even though there are 
many miles between us.

Because he's changing so quickly
and one day he won't care about 
Goldilocks And The Three Bears.
For today he sat spellbound 
and looked at the pages as I 
read, and I got to watch his 
expressions in real time...



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Find Of The Day!

We went to a thrift store this afternoon, and I found these. 
Isn't it so typical of siblings? 
I can just see the whole setting...
brother playing the flute and sister so tired of listening
and begging him to stop already! 

They are listed for sale in my Etsy shop
but I will enjoy them in the meantime :-) 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All Of A Sudden

The sparrows seem to be waiting in the bush until the Blue Jays 
finish their debate over who has first rights to the sunflower seeds :-)  

We haven't seen many birds here lately, but all of a sudden there were 
5 Blue Jays, more than a dozen Sparrows, a male & female Cardinal... 
and a Squirrel! Now, where are the hummingbirds?!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

To Health!

Not because it was delicious...
but just for the 
health of it.

Celery, Cucumber, 
Pear & Ginger

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

So Colorful!

Salad again, and we don't mind :-) 

Romaine, Carrots, Onion, Bell Pepper, Strawberries, Nuts...and Bleu Cheese!


Monday, August 7, 2017

For Sale!

 Found a few items at an estate sale over the listed for sale on my Etsy shop!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Corn Tortilla Tostado Thingy

Laughing out loud at the title...but I don't know what to call these :-) 

It was good, and should be relatively healthy, and we will probably do this again! 

I mashed pinto beans with a bit of grated cheese for the base.
Then seared frozen corn, onion, and red pepper in a non-stick skillet.
And topped with finely diced avacadoes.

Good enough, very filling, and healthier than alot of other options. And easy! 
We will likely do this again, though my husband wants to skip the corn, 
and I want to try broiling them in the oven. Similar but different.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Best Okra!!!

You must know!
This is the most tender, luscious okra
I have ever prepared! Best I've ever grown,
and possibly the best I've ever eaten!

It is easy to pick, not prickly like some other
varieties I've had. It grows long and quickly
so you get a better yield. And it stays tender!

Last year whatever kind I grew was such
a disappointment! It was very prickly to
pick, and if it got over 4 inches it was too
tough to eat!

I highly recommend this variety,
and Baker Creek who sells it!
I'm so very pleased!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Do :-)

I'm no kin to the, no, no...
but I can learn easier by watching somebody do something! 
After watching a video showing how to make this simple bread 
I knew I had to try it! And I must say, it's just as easy as they say it is!!!
Inexpensive (about $.40/loaf!), I can hardly wait to experiment with different 
flours, herbs, and shapes too! The dough can be made ahead and stored in the 
refrigerator for up to 2 weeks! I plan to make it again and again! 

Saturday, July 29, 2017


When I can walk out 
on the patio
and see colors 
greeting me
and know that 
they came from
a tiny seed 
that we planted 
in the dirt, 
well then I'm reminded
that there is 
too hard
for God. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Of Cannas And Caladiums

Seems to me that God wanted us to enjoy these beauties! 
Why else make them so lavishly colored...even heart-shaped...
I know gardening is not the most important thing in the world, 
but it was His original plan for the first man and woman to live in a garden!
Now, how 'bout that? I like to wonder what it might have been like.
He could have planted them smack-dab in the middle of a concrete jungle
or in a desert... He could have given them a fine mansion then and there.
But nope...He set them in a garden to tend it and enjoy the fruit of it.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Missing Together

Those days when the children were little...
Those days when there was a houseful of chatter...
Those days when so many things were going on at once...

I miss those days. I miss the togetherness. I miss them. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Preying / Praying

It's named the Praying Mantis because it holds it's front legs like in a gesture of prayer. 
It's named the Preying Mantis because it catches other insects and eats them! 

Either name is applicable and will bring up this creature in a Google search. 
I don't see them often, so was excited to get a picture, though it's not as detailed as I wanted. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hairy Legs!


Hairy legs!  Will you just look at 'em!? 

And I love the intricate detail in the wings!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hippo Taken

"I'm sorry I missed your birthday! 
How could I miss such a big event?"

That is what the front of this vintage card says. 

I love the random and fun artwork :-)

I listed it yesterday in my Etsy shop, and it has already sold!