Saturday, May 31, 2008
The garden is just amazing us, we will be busy tomorrow checking on everything and picking greenbeans I think. It makes me feel good that I have done something towards putting food on the table. Even if its just vegetables. We priced bean and squash the other day at $1.50 a pound. I guess I should start weighing what we pick.
Well I'm heading for bed early today, goodnight all, I'll have more pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
- Wake up - go out and get the "Texarkana Gazette" newspaper, make coffee, settle in to read the paper, move Colby around so I can read the paper. He thinks he needs to be right on top of it.
- Reset the Pagoda, Amanda called it the leaning pagoda, now it doesn't lean anymore.
- Weed the flower bed around the Elephant ear plant. Get it ready to plant "hollyhocks." They are seeds I bought last year, we'll see how they do.
- Deadhead the petunias. This keeps them blooming.
- Check the garden. We have our 1st cucumber growing.
- Measure the sunflowers - 7' today.
- Check the strawberries - 3 today; only got to eat 1, something else is getting them before we are. I think its slugs.
- Spray the weeds along the fence - poison ivy. Kenneth sprayed it Monday, but I think we'll give it some more since we had rain yesterday.
- Sweep/vacuum, dishes...all the usual.
- Read "Chickens In the Road". She makes me smile.
- Have a good day!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Dallas you really need to stop eating the dog food!
Dusty lounging in the pool.
We started the day doing some weeding and placed the pagoda under the pecan tree.
watched the "Memorial Day Movie Marathon"grilled out and...
We attended the first game of the "Texarkana Gunslingers". Top row, right hand corner, sitting, just left of the second blue balloon. Kenneth is wearing orange shirt and hat (OSU Cowboys), I'm on his right.
It was fun and the fireworks at the end were really good. It's a good way to spend an evening and well worth the $5.00 entrance fee for General Admission. Since you can't bring in food or drinks, the large soda with ice ($3.00) is the best deal.
Note to self... next time wear a hat and sunglasses.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Texarkana Free Cycle firstname.lastname@example.org
and Texarkana Trading Post Texarkana_Trading_Post@yahoogroups.com
Free Cycle is for anyone who has something they are giving away for "free" and the Trading Post is if they are selling it for money.
I got my first free thing Wednesday, some flowers from a very nice couple in town. They are "Moon Flowers" a sister to morning glories, only instead of blooming in the morning they bloom at night.
Very high winds which lasted about 15-20 minutes. The weather man said we had winds of at least 100 mph. These are when warm air front merges with a cold air storm and the moisture in them dries very quickly, which causes the storm to basically drop the bottom out of the storm.
It uprooted trees or broke them in half, torn down electric lines, blew down huge billboards. About 15,000 people were without electricity in the beginning. I was worried what we might find when we got home, we had left Dusty outside and I had watched the path of the storm on, www.intellicast.com, from work and knew it had gone right over the house. Luckily everything was fine, the garden was still in tacked and Dusty was just a little damp.
If you would also like to track storms at home - when you go to "Intellicast" type in your zip code. Once you see your daily temps (if your having a storm), click on the "Storms" label, from the drop box click on "Severe Weather" then "1K Storm Watch", It not only shows you the direction of the Storm, but if it could have hail (blue box) or tornado activity (red box).
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
You can see our huge burn pile in the backyard, Kenneth's shop, the patio to the left and closeline to the right...windchimes and my birdfeeder. A pleasant view.
Here is my kitchen window sill. Every item holds a memorie.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I think I like that story :-)
But, I don't care I like it there.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This one made me think of Courtney, because she loves olives.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Today is sunny and supposed to get warmer.
Kenneth is harassing Dallas (the cat) she's out in the yard as long as you have the backdoor open a little, but as soon as you shut it she panics. So of course he has to close the door to watch her run. She is also the one that carries the laundry through the house. If its clean she carries it towards the bedroom, but if its dirty she carries it towards the washing machine. Kenneth says "If we can only train her to match the socks and put them away..."
Daisy is looking for a foot to rub against. She has a foot fetish. Ever since she was a puppy and Charles was still in college, he would pet her with his foot because he was usually on the laptop. Now that's all she knows. She very rarely allows you to pick her up, unless of course its her idea.
The family in California "Pathway to Freedom" was on "NightLine" last night, but if you were at work or asleep like many, here is the site. Take a look and see what the possibilities can be. And yes, they eat Granola for breakfast.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I put another string on the green bean/corn row and placed tomato cages around most of the tomatoes. Only broke one limb.
After cutting the lettuce, trimming off the stems and cleaning it, you spin it in a salad spinner to dry it. I got mine from Sam's Club for less than $20.00.
Place the cleaned lettuce in paper towels (2-3) and roll it up, not too tight, place in a gallon baggie. This will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Along with the spinach Amanda brought in from her garden I got two baggies of greens to eat over the next few days.
Kenneth took one of the string from the bottom of the sunflowers and moved it closer to the top. They are just growing so well.
We made "Cornmeal Muffins" for breakfast this morning, they turned out really good, this would be a good muffin for anytime. I made the powdered sugar glaze, but I think they would have been good with just a little butter. We made them with the apple butter Amanda and Charles made for Christmas. They were very moist.
Takes about 10 minutes to mix. Makes 12.
- Preheat oven to 450*, Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
- In large bowl combine all dry ingrediants. Cut in butter until flour resembles course crumbs.
2/3 C. yellow cornmeal
2 T. sugar
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/3 C. cold butter
3. Combine liquid ingrediants and pour into well in flour. Stir with a fork just until moistened.1/2 C. buttermilk
1 C. fruit (your choice): fresh, canned and drained, fruit preserves, etc.
4. Add fruit (if using fresh toss with 1 t. cornstarch) stir gently 3-5 turns, do not overmix.
- Drop by spoonfuls into muffin tin, Bake 12-15 minutes.
- Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze, or just use butter and honey.
Powdered sugar glaze
1 C. powdered sugar
3 t. melted butter
1 t. vanilla
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
We have puppies. Two girls and one boy. They were born on Charles and Amanda's 2nd anniversary, May 6th. She had four but the first boy didn't make it. They are now 1 week old. They will be available about the first week of July.
Here's Mom, but we had the others looking in and she moved.
Dusty and Colby at the door, they know they can't come in.
I did take some pictures of the garden when we got home. The sunflowers are almost as tall as the patio cover.
Amanda wanted to know what we're feeding the squash.
Here is a picture of the watering set up, see the PVC pipes connecting all the beds, and the timer, which we got at WalMart, allows you multiple watering possibilities.