Thursday, September 18, 2014


In case you haven't noticed, I've been away for a few days.  On Monday I actually packed a few things, told Poppy and the animals around here goodbye and drove myself to Yorktown Virginia. You see, September 8th is my daughter Andee's birthday and September 14th is my birthday. We look forward to having a special day together to celebrate our birthdays...time to talk, have lunch together, laugh, and do a little shopping. We did all those things on Tuesday. I drove home on Wednesday. I loved having some time with Todd, Andee, and Madison. 

It was absolutely wonderful to get away...even for just a day. Going to Walmart two or three times a week has been my only outing in the last six months. That is pathetic!

Here in beautiful Yorktown and my only pictures are taken through the windshield of the car crossing the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel on I 664. The total length of this bridge/tunnel is 4.6 miles which makes me just a little nervous...

Notice the white Toyoto in front...that is Andee. How sweet is this...she drove from Yorktown down to Suffolk to meet me and I then followed her home. Andee knows me pretty well. It was comforting to know she was up there leading the way. 

Heading into the tunnel...

The bridge leads right down under the water into the tunnel...Wow!

Hope it is okay that I borrowed this picture from Pinterest.

Gosh, here it is 10:30...bedtime! Thank you for stopping by.

Henny Penny, world traveler!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My dream, my plan!

I am a list maker too! Lists on top of lists! And I can not throw my old lists away. Yesterday two items listed early last spring got crossed off by me. I washed the teeny tiny greenhouse that sits beside the teeny tiny garden and cleaned out the teeny tiny gutters that were packed with rotted leaves. Here all dirty and grungy...

Now nice and clean...

I then pulled all the weeds from a small flower bed near the back steps...

We've simply got to add more red crushed brick stone to this oldest path in the yard. 

Friends, I've come up with a plan. A plan I'm telling you! The greatest plan EVER for our little hobby farm. But getting Poppy to listen and be excited and get involved. Oh my, there's got to be a way to do this, my dream. I've spent many an early morning hour lying awake working on this project and just this morning did I finalize the plan.

Anybody who reads my blog knows how much I want a donkey, or two donkeys. We have a small goat lot but no pasture.  If we fence in the back of our property, the entire back, beginning at each back corner of the house...

running a fence from the right (the chimney) to the left (past the swing) with a gate opening to the path that leads down to the dam of the pond (the green you see behind the little red shed), then run the fence all the way down the side of the dam, turn right at the far end and then run the fence across the back side of the pond along our property line...

view across the back of the pond (lots of green grass back there)...

Then on the right side of the house...

from the corner of the house (the screened-in porch), run the fence to the right, into the woods, then turn and run the fence down our property line, which would be opposite the dam side of the pond to join the fence at the right back corner of our property. 

This hill and green grass is on the right side of the pond...more green grass...

Whew! Did I actually explain all this? Sorry for the ugly muddy pond right now from the four and a half inches of hard rain last week.

The fence I have in mind would be made from eight foot metal T-posts and probably dog wire? or cattle wire? What I need to do is figure the cost, yeah, this should blow the plan all to heck. The area would probably be three acres to fence in, maybe? And then there is Eli. We could let this big fellow out the back door to run free all around the back fenced area.

After Poppy had his coffee this morning I quietly, calmly mentioned my dream, my plan. Poppy's response...Mel, at our age I'm not going to make a change that big to this place. My response, if I, at the age I am now, decided I wanted to become a doctor...really really wanted to become a doctor, I would go for it. Why not? I'm not quite ready to settle in and wait to die. I may not live another day, but then again there may be twenty years ahead to watch two donkeys grazing in the grass on the hill above the pond. So there!

Oh my! Time to jump off my soap box and get busy sweeping the kitchen floor. Thank you if you have managed to get through this ranting. :) Thank you friends!

Henny Penny

Friday, September 12, 2014

A little critter post is better than a Walmart post

After buying groceries at Walmart yesterday I came home fuming mad and wrote a great long post...which I just deleted. Who wants to read about Walmart anyway! I just need to give my money to Food Lion, after all that's where Poppy works. And stay the heck out of Walmart.

Writing about baby Eli is more fun anyway. Looking at Eli's baby pictures again, I can't believe how much he has grown since we brought him home last March...

I want to hold this little ball of white fur again but he's too big. He still sits in my lap but he completely covers me. I believe Eli thinks he is still little, like Weetie.

Poppy trying to put on his socks and shoes this morning getting ready for work...

Dumperoo says he never gets to lay on the bed anymore since we brought that big dog home...

Thanks for visiting. Guess I had better get busy. It looks like rain again this morning. Hope to be back soon!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thinking of the Farm

Okay, there were going to be no more vegetable pictures from the teeny tiny garden. Not this year anyway. But then I went to the garden to pull a handful of grass for Bun Bun, (what better place to find grass than in the garden), and there it was...this pretty bright orange bell pepper. How could I not take a take a picture for my blog? I need to stop admiring this pepper and eat it!

I remember back one summer between the years of 1957 and 1960, we had moved from town to the country...I've posted before about "Daddy's farm". Anyway we had a garden near the house. Later on the garden was moved to a field down the road. Mama and daddy were going to the beach for a week and daddy told mama that she needed to fertilize the garden before they left. Mama got the bag of fertilizer from the garage and lugged it to the garden and put it around the plants. Some time later during a conversation daddy asked mama where she had put that opened bag of fertilizer. Mama said, there was none left in the bag. What! None left! You put that whole bag on the garden! Oh Hell, you might as well forget about having a garden! Everything will be burnt up by the time we get home! Well when they got home from the beach, mama was very thankful. The garden was not burnt up. The garden plants were huge, lush and green, and hanging full of vegetables that needed to be picked.

Moving to the country could have been the best of times, but not so. It  was 1957 and the best years of our lives were coming to an end...too many changes, too many bad times.

Wish I had pictures of our farm, the house, the pastures, the ponds, the fields...but I don't. This is all I could find...

Yep, that's me with Randall, my youngest brother in front of our house...

and here's Mama, Jackie, and Randall on the front steps. If mama could see this old picture she would say something like, "oh good Lord, don't put that old picture of me in those sunglasses on the computer"!

and not long thereafter I joined the Air Force and left home for San Antonio, Texas. That's where I met my future husband, Lynn and Andee's Dad...

Well I've strayed far from my post about the orange bell pepper. Sorry about that. 

Thank you for visiting.

Henny Penny

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gloomy Sunday, Rainy Monday

All day long it has looked like rain, but none yet. This has been a quiet gloomy sort of Sunday. Cloudy with a little breeze blowing. Anyhow, I have piddled around wasting time, doing nothing much of anything.

I picked up an old picture album and turned through the pages, pulling out two special pictures that made me smile. Both are pictures of Poppy and our Granddaughter Madison. Madison is sixteen now and driving. But back then whatever Poppy was talking about sure had her attention...

A few years later down at the pond trying to catch a fish. Those little legs! Now she swims and works as a lifeguard during the summer months...

Good Monday morning! We woke up at 4:30 this morning to the sound rain...a much needed rain. What a good morning this would have been to roll over and go back to sleep, but not so. Poppy had to be at work at 6:00.

On my way up the path yesterday, heading toward town, I noticed the Goldenrods beginning to open. Lots of Goldenrods. I was worried they had been trampled down or mowed over.

Even on a gloomy day these bright yellow flowers bring a little sunshine...

and Black-eyed Susans...

A vase of these flowers on the front porch makes me happy. Looks like the rain is here for a couple of day so picking flowers will have to wait.

Okay, time to get busy. With it wet and raining, I have no excuse for not getting the dust wiped off everything inside this house. Yuk! I'd rather plow a field!

Thank you for visiting.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Last of the Beans

I got smart this morning and went to the garden early. Although ugly with bug bites, here is the last of the beans. If I pick through these carefully, I might get one more potful to cook. Lots of these will need to be shelled...

I made darn sure there will be no more beans to worry about picking by pulling up the vines as  I picked...

Eli went with me to the garden and played inside the fence whilst I picked and pulled. I didn't think about how bean leaves cling to can imagine how Eli looked underneath...

I called in Henny Penny and Cocky Locky to to get some of the bugs that have been eating the beans. (Actually this is Big Boy and Pest)

Bickett and Dumperoo were ready and waiting to come in from the porch...

Finishing up here. I left for a while and got those beans ready to cook, in fact they are on the stove now. Just as I thought there were lots of shelly beans...

Here it is 3:20 in the afternoon and I still need to vacuum and sweep the kitchen. Better get busy. Again, thank you for visiting. Oh, and I promise, this is my last picture of beans cooking on the stove. :)


Friday, September 5, 2014

A little complaining

It is so terribly hot and humid today.  Now, in September, we are having that North Carolina August weather! There's work I want to do outside but good grief! The heat and humidity simply wears me out!

This Chocolate vine needs trimming. It is actually causing the arbor to lean toward the goat lot. I need to root some cuttings. I've set out a small cutting on the left side to even things out. If it grows like the vine on the right side we may need a new arbor...

The little greenhouse needs washing. I want to fill in the open space under the shed with bricks to keep the ducks out. The grass in the garden needs to be pulled so that I can make a row or two for collards and turnips. Not that I can grow collards and turnips but I want to try again.

The weeds and that crazy bamboo grass seem to be taking over everything. That old chair that Cousin Pat gave me...I never did get anything to grow there. Where did spring go anyway? There were so many thing I wanted to do in the yard. Oh well, maybe I'll be around to enjoy another spring.

My list of things to do outside goes on and on. But the heat! Beginning Sunday, according to the weather report, we are supposed to have a few cooler days. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Bun Bun is still hitching a ride to the dog lot these hot days. It is much cooler there than in his bunny cage. He's a funny bunny! 

Eli was proud of this stick he picked up in the yard. What a mess he had...bark peeled off on the floor and see his dirty legs...

Need to get busy. Poppy is home from work and will probably want to get on the computer. He has started selling his big collection of racing memorabilia on Ebay. Thank you for stopping by.