Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We had lunch in a diner run by the local Mennonites. I don't know if it was a family operation or a community or church operation, but it was good. And see the chalkboard? Free dessert because it was their 3rd anniversary.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The walk on, the grape tomato vine, is making up for lost time. Aren't they cute? The big vines have about 10-12 tomatoes, and two have begun adding some orange color. It won't be long now!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Michael Jackson burst onto the scene my junior year in high school with Off the Wall. Then came Thriller.
Over the years there were so many hits and the dancing, oh the dancing. Everyone wanted to move like that. I think Smooth Criminal, the video, captures it all. This is long, about 9 1/2 minutes. If you don't have time for the whole thing, go to about 6:40 and you will see my favorite part. Oddly, you can't buy this version on iTunes.
Whatever you may think about the man, the musician made an imprint on music that will live on.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The dogs love to lay on the air vents in the summertime. When Gus gets there first, he puts as much of himself over the vent as possible. And the rest of him sprawls along the wall (there's a lot of Gus to sprawl).
When it's Cotton's turn, she is much more precise in where she places her feet and her nose.
Sometimes, she turns her head to the side like this and I imagine it's because her nose got cold. But always those two front feet are placed side-by-side.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I am reading the book by Molly Wizenberg who posts the blog Orangette. And I read the blog called Smitten Kitchen. So in SK's blog she posted about a recent obsession with grapes. That she got from a Molly Wizenberg/Orangette recipe.
Oh-ho, not just any grapes. Red, seedless grapes combined with peppercorns. Cinnamon. Mustard seeds.
Interested yet? Read on.
White wine vinegar. Sugar.
Does anyone else see the Rorshach test below?
Pour brine over grapes in two pint jars.
Update: ohyesohyesohyes! The pickles are delicious and would be great with cheese...of course, they are good on their own. I will be taking a sample to the office tomorrow to get opinions.
This morning I woke up before my alarm went off, and decided to try some photos of the altheas. These are not altheas because everyone of those photos was so blurry I was not going to show anyone. As it turned out, everything I took this morning was out of focus, this was just the best of the lot and can be called "artistic" if one is feeling charitable.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Take heart, I do have some flowers besides my beloved hydrangeas. Meet the petunia - first bloom.
This is the petunia pot. I like this photo despite it's mundane subject, probably because it says Italy, and I saw lots of terracotta in Italy. This is also the pot that I picked up on the side of the street that someone was throwing away. There were a stack of pots, as a matter of fact, and I had to carry them and handle two robust golden retrievers. My shoulder may never be the same.
The petunia is in it's pot on the iron table to the left below. But the point of this photo is to show you the odd growing pattern of the pachysandra. I've puzzled over that, and had a sneaking suspicion. And, the other night, I was validated: We walked to the back yard and Gus made a beeline for this spot, flopped down and began to roll. I was just in time to save the hosta.
Tim the Landscaper will not be pleased.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
These are eggs from an area farmer...I've been shopping at the farmer's markets and am thinking of joining a CSA group. Anyway, these eggs were all sizes and colors. I saved my favorite blue one for last because it was so pretty.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Gus, always hopeful, peers at the brush pile from his perch on the deck to see if they are back.
So he can run over and bark his brains out.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Cut, glue, tape, staple,
Here's my project - it's a count down thingy. I call it the counter-downer. From 14 days out, you can tick off the days to a birthday, holiday, trip, getting a new puppy, or taking delivery of a new car/house/loan (hehe, as if).
Because anticipation is part of the fun of all those things, right? The original that I followed is here.
It was fun trying to make it look like the real one without having all the stuff. I used tools I had never tried before. I dug out stickers I've had for eons. I made my own wings with transparencies I had on hand (one wonders why one had them on hand if today was the first day one opened the package, but one digresses). I think my artsy-crafty is rekindled.
This one is designated for a family I know with 4 kids, three cats, a dog, and a gerbil. Keep an eye on the mail this week, peeps.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
These tomatoes are surprisingly attractive in a sci-fi kind of way, aren't they?
This next one is not technically part of 'mater watch...it's the first vegetable to have formed, though and I thought that got it a place in today's post. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
the baby jalapeno! (and it's siblings)
I know, it'll be over soon. Just be glad it isn't vacation slides. Here's the first bell pepper ( I planted green, red and yellow).
Here's a reward for hanging in all this way. A lovely lace cap hydrangea blossom...you know, I could've called this the blue and green post.
Check back next week for the update to 'mater watch 2009: will a cutworm attack the vines? will Molly remember to fertilize? and what about those passing dogs? oh, the drama!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My favorite color is red, but I seem to be fascinated by blue in my photography. And while I'm at it, my favorite color combination is aqua and red, especially the vintage combinations. My house has aqua colored walls with dark brown in a couple of places, another favorite combination. The front bedroom/office/clutter-catcher is a blue color, maybe a shade or two darker than sky blue. And I've recently taken a shine to orange, but for furniture, I'm all about painting things cream, off white, pearl or some other variation of white. On the other hand, I recently painted the outside bench tomato, which was really coral and now we're back to red again.
The spin on the color wheel made me dizzy.
What color do you like to see and where?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here you have my latest design challenge...the view to their view. Yes, the window in my bathroom looks into the neighbor's dining room. Either end of the spectrum, I suppose.
Anyway, with the blinds open the hall has light. I love light. However, window, next to well, you know, so blinds can't be open that often.
Until I actually applied my brain and remembered one can buy window film, like this:
What do you think, internets?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I come by it honestly. Does anyone else have the memory of loving the "chore" of collecting the vegetables each day?
Have I explained that my yard is quite shady?
Except for the front, that is. So all the space in the back is in shade but the front has a fair amount of sun.
This year the pull was irresistible. I needed to grow some vegetables.
I have 3 bell peppers: green, red and yellow. They are blooming right now.
I have 2 jalapenos and 1 pimento (hello home made pimento cheese).
And there are already little peppers on the jalapeno!
4 tomato plants: Mortgage Lifter, Amish Paste, Brandywine and a grape tomato.
1 eggplant, chives, basil, rosemary, parsley...and that's all I thought I could cram in among the flowers.
All that bright green at the bottom is the oregano...I step on it to water the raised bed and it smells soooooo good.
The mailbox planting is picturesque with clematis, verbena and daylilies...but productive with rosemary and basil.
Speaking of flowers, aren't these beautiful?
Why is the simple act of growing something so thrilling? One of my retirement daydreams is a small farm. 1 garden, 1 cow, 1 barn cat, a few chickens...maybe one day :)