Friday, July 21, 2017

Cats, dogs, and a little bit more

looking smoky.

Eli says it is too doggone hot to play outside.

Weetie agrees!

but it is never ever too hot to run out to meet Poppy coming home from work!

It's been a real struggle keeping the garden green and growing lately. We need rain! it's HOT and it's DRY!! The rain keeps missing our place.

Okra likes hot weather! and we are still getting lots of the little Sun Gold tomatoes. Everybody who stops by, leaves with a bag of these sweet little tomatoes.

I haven't done any canning this summer but have been freezing quart size bags of green beans, okra, bell peppers, stewed tomatoes, and peaches.

The regular tomatoes are plentiful and still producing,

but let me tell you about the bell peppers...

as it turns out, the orange bell pepper plants are not orange at all, but are growing green bell peppers. The four green bell pepper plants are growing red bell peppers. Someone had to have mixed up the little plant markers at the store.

and cooling in the kitchen...

old fashioned crustless egg custard, except this time I added a heaping cup of coconut. Sigh...and I really want to lose ten pounds!

Hope to be back soon.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Making aprons

Four days since my last post! Where do the days go!! 

I've simply got to get busy and finish up some aprons, and stop trying to make the perfect cross-back apron. Here's one...

and another...
this is my try at sewing an apron with a ruffle all the way around.

not exactly what I had in mind, and a far cry from the pretty blue checked below. Need to use a different pattern to get the look of this apron I saw on Pinterest. I love this one!

borrowed from Pinterest

The two muslin aprons I made a week or so ago wear pretty good. I've been trying them out, along with a new pair of pantaloons...

Pantaloons used to sell pretty good at the farmer's market, along with the bonnets and aprons. I have to tell you, I felt like "Little Bo Peep" out walking Eli on Saturday, and he made a good looking sheep. :)

He's tired and sleeping good here.

It's bedtime, so I won't get any sewing done tonight. If it wasn't so late, I would delete this boring post and start over. :(


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Been in the garden

Henny Penny Lane...

and the sun shining through the trees, early Monday morning...
I carried my coffee out to the front porch and sat in the rocking chair. Hearing the rooster crow, and the birds singing sure beats listening to the morning news on TV.

Here it is Thursday already and I've just come in from the garden...

Is it as hot there as it is here??? Good grief! I thought I would roast! and there must have been 200 or more little sun gold tomatoes to pick, and there were just about that many Japanese Beetles on the bean vines. Most of those got thumped into a pitcher of soapy water. It's been like this since early June.

The green beans are looking pretty bug eaten and bad right now. The many eggplants are big and heavy and pulling the plants over. I've cooked two, given some away, and still plan to make eggplant parmesan one day soon. 

Please, would anyone know why the Gomphrena in the garden looks like this...

so many leaves and so few blooms? The Gomphrena we grew several years ago reminded me of red clover. It was tall with a larger flower head...easy to pick and tie and hang up to dry. I'm disappointed in these. We ordered the seeds on line and paid over 5.00 for the little pack which was supposed to be mixed colors.

but so far, this is what we have.

The house seems empty and too quiet today. Poppy had to go in to work and won't be home until 6:00, and Eli is at the groomer's getting a much needed bath and brushing. Nobody here but the cats, Weetie, and me.

Speaking of cats...
Wonder what was going on here between Poppy and the cats last night.  There 's no telling since it's like a zoo around here most of the time! Poppy keeps telling them he is going to turn them into a bunch of outside cats, if they don't behave. :)

Better get busy and do something with all those little piles of stuff I brought in from the garden. Hope to be back soon. Oh, and I have an idea. I am really going to try and reply to comments from those of you without a blog. It is easy to correspond with those of you who have a blog, and whose blog I follow, but replying to comments is the only way to respond to my friends without a blog. Good I go again. :)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The bunnies on Henny Penny Lane

These hot days, says Bun Bun,

it is cooler under the bunny cage. Oh, it is not very pretty down here, but much cooler.

Why, there is a fine breeze in my upstairs room said Fiona.

Who cares, said penny. Dig a hole like I do. Holes are cool. Good thing Henny built a secure fence or I might be right out with the wild bunnies. Hey, I know a secret, said Penny.  There really is a wild bunny who lives just up the hill by the old shed where the tools are kept...

Pshaw! said Bun Bun. Are you sure about that? 

Sure I'm sure. Look for yourself...

I was watching one day said Penny, when Miss Ann pulled in the driveway. It was about three weeks ago. She tooted the horn for Henny to come out. Then Miss Ann gave Henny a shoe box and there was a baby rabbit inside...

Miss Ann said her dog caught the baby rabbit and brought it up on their porch. 

Seriously, friends, I am caring for a wild baby bunny. I am not trying to tame the bunny, just take care of it until it is old enough to turn loose. Most wild bunnies that are caught, die from shock or fear, but this one is eating and growing and doing good. 

Inside the pen is a little brush pile and also a little straw hutch for the bunny to hide. Late afternoon, there is clover, hay, kale, apple peelings, and rabbit pellets put inside. During the night time, the bunny comes out to eat and play.

A silly little post, I know, so thank you for visiting.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

This most beautiful Stargazer Lily came up through ivy and weeds in the back yard two years ago and bloomed like crazy on a tall healthy stem. I fell in love with it!

So, last year I moved this lovely Stargazer Lily to a flower bed along side the path that leads to the shed, then went out and bought more lily bulbs and added them. I then decided to move the little peach tree...

this one, that had outgrown it's pot, and plant it in the same flower bed. The little peach tree, happy to be free from the pot, grew like crazy, shading out the lily bulbs. So there were absolutely no pretty Stargazer Lily blooms last year. None!!

Early this spring, I hurriedly dug out the lily bulbs from under the spreading branches of the pretty peach tree and put the poor stressed bulbs, plus another handful in a new bed in the front yard around the bird bath, all the while picturing the beauty to be...

and here's what we've got. Have you ever seen such a tall spindly flower. I thought it never would stop growing, and bloom. 

Looks like there will be only one lily bloom this summer, but if the good Lord lets me live another year, and if I don't go digging and moving things again, maybe there will be a bed of Stargazer Lily blooms. There are fifteen bulbs here. The little group in front, to the right of Weetie's head will be a surprise as I bought them for $1.50 at Lowes on Mother's Day, after the blooms had fallen off.

Maybe it's time for a Dumperoo picture... 

Dumper likes nothing better than to curl up in somebody's lap...he watches for the first opportunity.

These days lately have been hot and humid, too miserable to work outside after lunch time, so there is no excuse for not getting more sewing done.

Hope to be back soon.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Plans for the Fourth!

Happy July 4th!!

As usual, Poppy and I will watch the fireworks and celebrations on TV tonight. We had planned to drive up the road a piece, 15 miles, to the town of Castalia for their fireworks show, but just found out we missed it. It all happened on Saturday the 1st. ??

Castalia, population 268, is kind of well known for it's fireworks show. The town became even more well known after July 4th 1995 when about 4,500 people had come to watch the show and lightening struck a metal fence there. 36 people were taken to the hospital. Glad we were not there.

How to turn a nice healthy purple eggplant into this...

I put the sliced eggplant in salt water for about thirty minutes, drained them, dipped the slices in a batter of flour, milk, a little salt and an egg white and fried them in oil. 

Mama used to say, "I can't stand an old eggplant", so I had never eaten one until I married Poppy. His mom told me how to fry eggplant. Next time, however, there is a really good sounding recipe at that I want to try. It uses breadcrumbs. Sounds tastier.

Sharon at Rivercrest cottage asked how I freeze bell peppers. Well, I simply wash them, pat dry with a paper towel, cut, remove the seeds, slice, and freeze. They keep really well this way. 

I'm no expert at anything though. Hey, for somebody with about a third grade vocabulary, I sure can use a lot of words. :)

Better get moving. I do appreciate your friendship. 


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Another little update

Poppy, thought he might get a nap on the back porch...

Looks like we need to trade in the old cast iron bed for a double size.

Does anybody know how long it takes for green bell peppers to turn orange?

these peppers were so crowded and so packed on four plants, there was no room for the smaller peppers to grow, so we went ahead and picked them green. I've frozen three quart bags, eaten a few, given a few away, and still the plants are covered. I really wanted orange peppers!

 Seems like just overnight the eggplants started growing...

Eggplants are beautiful!

and the Sun Gold tomatoes are amazing, both in taste and abundance. Nellie stopped by yesterday and we gave her a sack full. I love these little tomatoes!!

the okra has just started to come in...not quite enough to fry yet.

and plenty of sweet banana peppers.  We've had only one ripe large tomato. Sure hope we get more.

I can always count on old sweet Smokey to keep me company at the garden. 

he saw that big lizard who lives in the teeny tiny garden.

Okay, it's time for a change, time for something new and interesting. Posting about the garden is getting old. Maybe  I will come up with something new in the sewing room tonight.

Be back soon, hopefully.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gardening and sewing...what else is there?

We've had three beautiful sunny days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with temperatures in the 70's and low humidity, which is practically unheard of here in North Carolina in late June. I have taken advantage of every wonderful minute... 

by walking my legs off with the mower. Looking a little snaky here in the picture but that was before I arrived with the mower.

 In May I rambled around in the woods cutting down saplings for the garden...

skimpy looking here...

but now...
why, Jack could almost climb that bean stalk!

the plants have filled out and covered the sticks in the wattle fence...

the Dill came back on it's own...

I've been in the sewing room some at night but not accomplishing much. Have been ripping out seams more than anything else. You see, I've made myself a pattern. Something I have never attempted, and to my surprise...

it turned out wearable! I do want to make one and put ruffles all around and a big gathering pocket on the front. This one was just a trial run, made from a piece of muslin, but I really do like it!!

Better go friends. Here it is bedtime once again. Thanks for looking in.