Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bluebonnets & Bulbinella

We finally have Bluebonnets from seed, and doing well after many unsuccessful attempts to get them started. Never a difficulty with the Bulbinella has multiplied abundantly, and I've planted it several places throughout my flower beds. It also blooms almost year round, whereas the Bluebonnets are just colorful for a few weeks in Spring.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blue Turns Blah To Beauty

I tried to take pics of the Dogwood Tree when the sky was gray. Blah! 
But now they show up quite nicely against a clear blue sky. Beautiful!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sharing Their Lives

Times of relaxing and laughing together... so glad I get to share in that!
I do so enjoy being a Grandmother :-)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Triumphant

Close-Up of Bridal Bush at left...isn't that an amazing creation?!  And then more of the show of Spring triumphantly bursting forth. I go outside and just walk around... it's like finding treasure to see all the new plants sprouting out and there is such anticipation for what's coming. 

We have cucumber, melon, tomatoes, cilantro, bluebonnets, butterfly weed, lettuce, cabbage, rosemary, and purple coneflower started in the garden, and more seeds planted that haven't broken through the soil. 

The scene changes every day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So Loved!

My daughter posted 
this artwork and
corresponding article 
on her blog 

I asked her permission
to share it again.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


We found this at Ross... just perfect to brighten a day!
I especially love the chipper little wren,
and the blooms remind me that
"The earth laughs in flowers" 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

From Scraps!

We have been incorporating vegetable and fruit scraps, 
tea and coffee grounds, dryer lint, and such into our 
garden soil. Now I know you can replant celery stumps, 
green onion roots, budded potatoes, and a few things...
but I did not know that cabbage cores would grow 
more cabbages! So this is what I've discovered this week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Walnut Sphinx

So I was washing dishes, when I spied a Robin wrestling with a "meal" that looked like a...lil' snake!?  I didn't know Robins were equipped to do that, so I rushed out to verify, and was a snake! About 9" long. Probably a "good" snake, but I'm not really fond of any kind of reptile. However, this one did manage to get away, thanks to my inquisitive nature...LOL

So later that afternoon as I was out pulling weeds... putting my hand through the tall green, resting my fingers on the cool soil, and trying to pull those unwanteds by their roots... of course the thought of a slithery critter entered my mind. Over and over it did :-) 

Thankfully, my imaginations were not realized, but I did find this nice little moth! I fetched my camera and came back out to find it right where it had rested when I upset its hiding spot. After the photo session, I put it back where it came from, but it rushed back to me immediately. Not once or twice, but about five times! Upon internet research, I believe the friendly creature is a Walnut Sphinx Moth. Another of God's created wonders!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Just Warming Up

Why I love bulbs!!! They MULTIPLY and require no effort on my part. 
These are Oriental Lillies that were started just a couple years ago, 
and now they've formed a nice solid clump, and should put on quite
a show this year! Then in the Fall, I can divide them and make showy
spots of color elsewhere. Bulbs definitely are a great investment!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Continuing From Last Year...

Lavendar Trailing Lantana   ~   Variegated Creeping Vinca   ~   Golden Bells Forsythia  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lady Banks

Only 3 or 4 years now since I planted this Lady Banks Rose, 
but it sprawls widely and is loaded down with blooms this time of year. 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Flippin' Ferns!

Inspired by the uncurling fronds of a fern, this border took on a shape of it's own. 

When a photo was snapped, edited, flipped, copied, copied again...and again...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Garbanzo Bean Soup

1 lb. dried Garbanzo Beans w/ 3 quarts of water
3 carrots, sliced
2-3 ribs/stalks of celery, sliced
4 cloves of garlic
1 c. chopped ham
1 Tbs. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. sugar

You could cook this in a crock-pot, a pressure cooker, or any pot you like. 
Just make sure to add water if needed, and cook till beans are to desired tenderness.  
AFTER beans are tender, add 6 oz. of a tomato product (diced, sauce, paste, etc.)
(I used "fresh tomato & basil" out of a jar)

This is down-home comfort food...especially great for a cold, damp evening.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thrown Together

1/2 c. softened butter,  3/4 c. sugar,  4 large ripe bananas (mashed)
1/3 c. milk,  1 egg,  1 tsp. vanilla,  1 tsp. baking soda,  2 c. all purpose flour
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Blend butter & sugar till creamy. Add bananas and other ingredients; mix well.
Bake in muffin tins @ 350 till done. Makes 18 muffins. 

It was just that easy, and not at all a disappointment!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


 I have enjoyed having a few
of the Red-Winged Blackbirds
(like these pictured here) 
at my sunflower feeder lately.

Their sounds remind me of 
the Meadow Larks in Kentucky,
bringing pleasant memories
of summer days outdoors. 

 (This picture is from the book  
Science Around You
 which is now available in my Etsy shop!)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nine Small Accomplishments

How nice to get time with my daughter today to actually sew together! 
We finished nine little bow ties for Spring...
hoping to make mint colors tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Egg Shells...Repurposed!

While reading up on gardening, I've lately come across several sources 
which say eggshells are a great source of calcium for the garden! Who knew?  
So now I'm saving the egg shells, baking for about 10 minutes when I heat 
the oven to bake my cake or casserole or whatever. Then I toss them in the 
food processor to pulverize them, and store in a jar. I plan to sprinkle them 
around my tomato and pepper plants and even add some to my houseplants. 
Also, I'm hearing that crushed eggshells make a good pest deterrent in the 
garden as the slugs and bugs don't enjoy walking on the sharp bits of shell. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gingham and Swirls

Ironing, cutting, sewing...
and I love how these coasters
turned out last night.

Simple. Just red gingham
and some striped ticking.

And stitched swirls...

They are in my Etsy shop!