June 14, 2012

More flowers and garden produce.

The garden has begun to share more produce.I picked the last of the radishes and strawberries.The peas are just beginning.New peas and potatoes.Yummmmmmmmmmm.

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Marvelous muffins.These are strawberry/rhubarb.These are all that are left of 15.Mr.T. likes them.

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup unsalted butter(melted)
1 1/2 cups fresh fruit(blue berries peaches,rhubarb etc.)mix dry ingredients together,pour in buttermilk and melted butter,alternating until all moistened.Do not over mix
Bake @ 400 degrees for 20 min.watch close may be done sooner.

1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
mix and top muffins before baking

I took a few more pictures of flowers in the yard and in the screen porch.The pretty pink begonia was a gift from my friend Pat.Roses are blooming and the marigolds are bright and beautiful.j

June 11, 2012

Porch and patio plants/picture heavy

 I shared baskets in a former post that I wanted to have filled with plants this summer.Things are looking good.Some still a bit small but will be full and beautiful soon.I had really good luck last winter keeping some of the plants in the greenhouse.The ferns,tall purple spikes and begonias did really well and are looking good outside.The last 2 pictures are on the patio. I saw milk separators used as plant holders.I had 2. They worked great on the patio. My motto this year.Use it or lose it..j

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Big job/Hosta garden

We are back from another weekend of camping at the lake. Good friends and good food.Nothing better.Mr. T started a big job this past week.He and our friend Larry started to side our house. A very big job for 2 retired guys.The difference is going to be great.

This morning Mr.T. got to work early.Working on the side of the house where my bedroom is.He knows better than to poke the bear. GRRRRR! I looked out the north bedroom window(not a room I am usually in) to see my hosta garden from above. What a pretty site. Have a great week everyone. j


June 6, 2012

Wild things

After our experience with the squirrels I had hoped no more wild things would bother to visit.Well last week we had several. Some I like others not so much.
We feed an outside cat. She and her brother were found under the bushes.Mom had died. We took care to have them spade and neutered but they were not invited to live inside. The male wandered away years ago but Sissy stayed and became Mr. T.'s side kick while he works around the house.
This history, of the cat, is part of the story. Because he feeds this kitty  we have had other cats. Many have been trapped and taken to farms. What we thought was a big hairy cat turns out to be a raccoon. Brazen thing did not even run away but sat on the patio and stared at us. It was a very clever coon..Took 3 nights to trap it.

It went for a very long ride out into the country side. I sure hope it does not find it's way back to town.
Also this week we had a snake in the fish pond. When I saw it it had a fish in its mouth. It has gone to snake heaven.No picture of it.
I got a new bird feeder for mother's day and we have put it up ,along with a finch feeder we bought. This morning we had an oriole visit but no food for him.I need an oriole feeder. We have had blue jays, finches,sparrows, and starlings so far.It is nice to sit on the screen porch and watch them all.
The Hallie Anna vine outside the screen attracts the humming birds and the humming bird moths.
We camped with Cameron at Malory Park Friday and Sat. He was in heaven. He caught  10 small bass Sunday morning. I'm not sure how many he caught the other days.
He and Papa(Mr. T.) took a long hike. Malory is where we did a lot of camping when our kids were young.
Good times.Good memories. Hope your days are good.j