Sunday, June 25, 2017


Suddenly there's heavy rain and it put my husband to sleep!
Both of us love, love, love this kind of weather :-)  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lap Puppy

Snuggles can hardly wait!
Several times a week, she prances to the door, 
stands on her hind legs eagerly waiting to be let inside, 
and then runs and jumps in the lap of her friend.  
And her friend laughs and strokes her fur 
and tells her how glad she is to see her.

(Her friend is 103 years old, with a sharp mind and keen interest in the daily happenings.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pea-Pickin' And A Lesson

A handful of peas, a bowl of blackberries, and a sweet lil' melon....
plus there were a couple small eggplants, and another gathering of tomatoes too. 

And a lesson learned: Netting does not protect your tomatoes or blackberries!
It just makes them more difficult to pick! The plants continued to grow right through 
the netting, and now I'll have to cut the netting off or break the plants to disentangle it all. 
The birds can get to the berries through the netting, and bugs get to the tomatoes. Grrr!
Next time I go to pick, I believe I will carry my scissors and do away with all that netting!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Chili Sauce Recipe

12-15 medium tomatoes (peeled)
4 Pablano peppers (halved & seeded)
2 medium onions (halved)
1/4 head of cabbage
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1/4 c. sugar,   2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. white vinegar

Cook altogether at medium-low heat for about an hour or till 
most of the liquid is gone. You'll need to stir occasionally to make 
sure it doesn't stick to the pan. Let cool. Put in a blender to puree it. 
(It should be thick. Taste it and make any seasoning adjustments now.)
Heat again over medium-low heat on stove and pour into jars and seal. 
Yields approximately 3 pints.

This is yummy-delicious on cooked beans & peas...
served with cornbread, of course :-) 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just Passing Thru

Finally, we put up the new bulletin board scene! 
It wasn't my original idea...I copied from Pinterest,
but I do love it :-) It would be a "piece of cake" for 
somebody more artistic ...but I'm glad I 
persevered and glad it's done! 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017


This morning I discovered that each caterpillar has now formed a chrysalis!!!
This is my first time to discover one "in real life" my own garden!
I've seen them in a butterfly museum, or in a video, or a book... but wow!

And then I saw this silk thread that is supporting a sling of a thing. 
I was so confused, and so curious! How was it possible for the caterpillar to do this?! 

Well, I found the answer! You may watch the process here, starting at 2:40. 

What an amazing Creator 
that gave this tiny creature the instinct and ability to do this! 



They are different...two caterpillars I discovered on my little dill plant today. 
One has black stripes between white stripes, and the other has white between black!
I think they're some kind of Swallowtails...hope I get to see the finished butterfly. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Parrot Lily

Alstroemeria Psittacina

Ummm...I have no idea how to pronounce that, 
so I'll stick with the common name, Parrot Lily. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

My husband just replenished the seed in the feeder,
and soon afterwards we had this visitor... 
I'm always excited to see a woodpecker so close-up!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great Faith, Great Success

"America is a nation of believers. In towns all across our land, it's plain to see what we easily forget -- so easily we forget this, that the quality of our lives is not defined by our material success, but by our spiritual success.

I will tell you that and I tell you that from somebody that has had material success and knows tremendous numbers of people with great material success, the most material success. Many of those people are very, very miserable, unhappy people.

And I know a lot of people without that, but they have great families. They have great faith; they don't have money, at least, not nearly to the extent. And they're happy. Those, to me, are the successful people, I have to tell you."

-Taken from President Trump's speech at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


I think this home would be quite nice if I were a bird...
but I'm not a bird, and it remains vacant this year. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Angel Wings

One of the common names of Caladiums is Angel Wings. 
I love all the variety of colors they come in!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Comic Relief!

 The little Purple Finches have started eating the seeds 
from the sunflower heads before they're even dried out! 
But I was quite surprised (and really tickled) to see a squirrel
at the tip top of the stalk, doing all sort of acrobatics to get his share!