Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mini Meow

 I think little Meow Moses has almost won Snuggles over. And we think he's pretty cute too :-) 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meow Moses

A few days ago we had a good rain in the early morning hours. Just as the rain started I heard urgent meowing below our bedroom window. When it continued for quite a while, I put on shoes and a jacket and braved the downpour to investigate. Shining my light among the shiny undergrowth below a large rhododendron bush, I spied 3 tiny kittens in a puddle, and around the corner of the house there crouched the mother cat with two more little ones. When she realized she'd been spotted, she ran. So I gathered the kittens and put them in a tub with a dry towel on the front porch, just so they'd be out of the rain. By daylight, two of them were gone. I assumed the mother cat had come and taken them to a safe place. Later in the morning two more of them disappeared. But the final one stayed all day with no rescue, and at midnight I brought it inside because it was cool and damp out there, and it was all alone. So now we're feeding it every few hours, and it is very active and loud at that time. But once its belly is filled again, it will sleep till hunger strikes once more. And the eyes are still closed. So tiny and helpless, and missing mommy. We've set it outside a few times during the day for hours at a time, in the same spot as the others were. And I've seen the mother cat a few times getting a drink out of the bird bath. I suspect she took the other little ones underneath our house, but don't know why she's not claiming this one. 

Our grandson calls him "Meow" and I'm thinking "Moses" is a good name...because after all, I did draw him out of the water :-)  (Exodus 2:10)

My husband is getting quite adept at nursing my furry find... I think he likes the challenge. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

White Cupcakes

White cake mix with buttercream frosting. 
I used vegetable shortening instead of butter so it 
would be whiter, and hold it's shape better. And then 
I added butter pecan flavoring instead of vanilla. 
They're not healthy, but they were tasty.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Return of the Indigo Bunting

We left patches of this grass with seed just for the Indigo Buntings, 
and they have returned! Well, I've only seen two of them, but my 
husband spotted four at a time a couple days ago. So pretty! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Plant Addiction...Maybe?

My husband & I are both quite country at heart. 
And it just seems necessary to plant a few more seeds every year :-) 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Though They Be Small

Not sure where I bought
these pepper plants,
but they grew all 
Fall & Winter, and 
are now bearing lots of 
small red bell peppers. 
They're quite tasty, 
crisp, and sweet. 
I'm thankful for them :-)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sausage Ball Recipe

1 lb. raw ground sausage,  2 c. dry biscuit mix,  8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
Mix all together and roll into walnut-sized balls. Bake @ 375 for 20 minutes or till golden brown. 

These have long been a favorite treat in our family. They're great anytime of the day!
My Mom used to make them, I make them, and now my children make them.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


I believe it's been three years now that I've watched and waited for this sight. 
I planted "butterfly weed" for this purpose! Oh yes! And I was quite excited 
upon making this discovery this week :-) Five of them! I've counted two 
seperate days, and hopefully they will all survive to the butterfly stage...
And I do believe they are Monarchs!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stalk O' Crinum

There will be dying flowers, perfect blooms, and buds at the same time.
On this stalk I counted 16 flowers in one stage or another. On one stalk!!!
This Crinum plant makes a nice, large clump of long leaves at the base of the stalk. 

(The foliage in the background of the top picture is Ginger
with Narcissus in the background of the bottom pic.)


Monday, April 11, 2016

Ever Learning

An ever-learning experience...that's what gardening is for me. 
What spot is best for a particular plant? Does it like to be wet or dry? 
Does it like sun or shade? Fertile or infertile soil? 
And oh my! How do I keep those weeds out? 

These particular irises do not like to be overcrowded! That's for sure. 
They multiply readily, so they bloom better if they are thinned out every year. 
I think they're worth the effort to keep them happy :-) 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

On Photo Editing

I do enjoy photographing my flowers, and it just makes it more fun when you can edit them. 
All of the photos on this blog (if edited) were done with the use of Picmonkey. There are so 
many options with this free online photo editor, and even more options if you want to update 
to the Royale edition. I've never paid a penny for editing photos, but someday I may try out 
the Royale option :-) The tools are very user-friendly, and I recommend this website! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Like Velvet

A friend shared these plants with me a couple years ago, and they've finally bloomed! 
Petals like velvet! And they're such a deep, rich purple...they're almost black. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chicken Dog

We said, "Snuggles, don't chase the chickens!"
We said it often. But now she's pretty content 
to sit back and watch them as long as they're 
where they should be. Tonight when they got in 
the garden, she made it her duty to get them out. 
Then she was satisfied that she was so helpful. 

It's not that I mind them eating the kale, 
but I sure don't like them scratching out the 
new plants, or the seeds that haven't sprouted yet.

They sure do go at it, 
digging for bugs and such. 
They scratch with a vengeance. 
They make holes in the mulch.

But they're such fun to watch, 
and each of them lay an egg a day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Papaya Butter

3 cups mashed papaya,     1/2 c. granulated sugar,     1 Tbs. lemon juice

Cook papaya & sugar in non-stick skillet until liquid is dissipated, stirring occasionally. 
Add lemon juice and mix well.  Spoon into jar or container.  
If not using right away, store in refrigerator. 

This has a smooth consistency and is not too sweet.  Just yummy.  Just right.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Greens

Collards, Kale, Turnip Greens, and Cabbage...

The baby collards are yummy fresh out of the garden, but I haven't figured how to enjoy them after they get bigger. I have been putting kale in the blender and then pouring into ice trays to freeze. We then transfer them to a zip-lock bag for my husband to add to smoothies. I also eat some of the baby kale raw. Turnips and turnip greens I cook (adding bacon grease, onion, salt & a bit of sugar) and serve w/ hot cornbread. And the cabbage isn't ready to pick yet, but I plan to saute it w/ some onion and sausage links...
that's the way I like it! 

We're still learning this gardening bit. Developing tastes. Trying new things. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016


It's his new thing. When he comes to our house, 
he asks for Pepaw to take him out to see the "din-duhz". 
The chickens...the three hens in their chain-link pen. 
And Pepaw even lets him gather the eggs! 
So he randomly sings about Pepaw 
and the "din-duhz" and the eggs...
and Snuggles, the puppy, 
of course. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Amaryllis Again

They're so prolific here and abundantly scattered throughout my flower beds.