We’ve had a little cold snap here in Florida for the last couple of days and it zapped some of my basil and my broccoli. Maybe the broccoli will grow back but if it doesn’t that is all part of gardening. I’ll plant again in the spring.
This morning I gathered some collards and have them cooking so I can take them over to my son’s for dinner tonight. He loves collards. I also picked green beans for dinner because my eight year old grandson likes them. I try to go over at least once a week and have dinner with them. I love to cook since they are so busy working and what have you. I’ve been there and done that so I know what a hassle it can be. Tonight along with those green vegetables I am making mac and cheese and lemon-pepper chicken two more favorites of my grandson. He loves his vegetables and I am proud of that.
I still have a few flowers blooming in the yard and that makes me smile because my goal is to have flowers all year round. Granted my Mums might look a little ragtag but they are mine and I think they are pretty.
I love these dark red ones. Strange because I had forgotten I bought them. I usually look at the marked down flowers when I go to Lowes and find some pretty good bargains. I have to be careful because I am a plant collector. I will buy one and figure out where to put it once I get home and I take anything someone offers me whether it is seeds or plants. But like I said I have flowers blooming in my yard all year round. which is a blessing.
I am still working on the manuscript “Forethought” but will try to give you an excerpt in the next few days. Sometimes it is hard to write even though I love it because I am busy with the garden, my online classes and of course work at the hospital; all of which I find rewarding. Once I get out in that yard it is hard to get me back inside so my writing is usually regulated to working at night after I do my classes.
I just finished a great novel I have to tell you about in another post. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day.
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Here we are back to Monday again and life is good. My young chicks have started to lay. Not all eight are laying right now but at least they have started. Yesterday and today I got five eggs each day so that was good. It is good the young ones have started because the older hens are molting so that means no eggs from them for a while.
The young chicks scratch all the hay out of the houses. Why? I have no earthly idea. However, they leave a small amount in the little red house and that is where they have laid their legs the last two days. Saturday I found two eggs under a couple of the houses so I had to have a talk with the girls and explain the idea behind having the nest.
They are all so funny. The six older hens crowd into the little red house to sleep at night and the young go in the new house. There is a fine house the size of the newer one in the middle but they all insist on sleeping where they choose. The older hens laid their eggs in the middle house (when they were laying.) Each house has a nice run and they all join to a larger pen; plenty of room.
They love day old bread and any fresh greens that I am not using. That is their treat along with their regular food. Their eggs are so rich and creamy.
The new beets and carrots are peeping out of the soil. Plus the radishes and English peas that I planted last week are sprouting. This past week we had the first from the turnips and they were delicious. Right now we have plenty fresh green leafy vegetables. Healthy and good,
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I guess we all have our on definition of what serene means to us. To me sitting quietly on a beach and watching the waves wash ashore is the epitome of serenity. But there are many other things that bring me peace and joy. I love sitting on my back porch and watching the wild birds.
And working in my garden which by the way is coming along great so far. All most all of the radishes I transplanted last week took and that makes me so happy. It was an experiment. I was not sure if one could transplant radishes but I knew I had to thin them out and I just can’t stand to throw away any plant. So now I know. And the two new rows I planted are all peeping out of the ground. One row is the same as the others that are almost ready to gather, I got one this morning, and the other row are white radishes which I have never grew or even eaten but I will now.
And every thing else is coming along. We had mustard for dinner one day last week and could gather more now but I’ll wait a few days and see if my sister-in-law wants some when she comes to our family Christmas party this weekend. The collards are also ready and I plan to have some for Christmas dinner along with the ham and other fixings (fixings is a good old southern word for what else one might cook.)
And as you can see the lettuce is almost ready to gather some for a nice salad but I’ll give it a couple more days. We’re eating out tonight but my husband doesn’t know it let. I’m just too busy to cook.
I won’t bore you with photos of all the other vegetables but I do have a few tomatoes and one bell pepper. I hope the critters don’t get my pepper again. They’ve stolen the last two before they were big enough for me to pick. I’ve put Cayenne pepper powder on them to deter the unwelcome guest. We’ll see if that works.
Thank you for stopping by please come by soon and God bless.
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No pun intended. I was looking for a photo with something ’round’ for this week’s photo challenge and I found these taken a while back. They are different from a lot of mushrooms I’ve seen and I think they are pretty. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? I’m always snapping a photo of something, but aren’t we all. That is why we love our challenge every week.
I find mushrooms when we go hiking and sometimes just in my yard. I know some are edible but since I don’t know which are I won’t take a chance. I’ll just continue to click away with my camera.
Speaking of edible I know it is time for an update on my vegetable garden and I promise to do that in the next couple of days.
Thank you for stopping by and looking at my photos. Until next time. God bless.
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This beauty is said to only bloom at midnight. A very dear friend of mine gave me a cutting of this plant and I as so thankful to her. She warned me that it only bloomed late
at night. So this year it is loaded with flowers and I just had to sneak out that at 4:30 this morning before I went for my morning walk and grab a peek. I was so excited when I saw this wonderful flower. Yes, of course I had to pick one of the blooms and take snapshots to share with y’all.
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I think collards are probably a green vegetable that is usually eaten in the south United States and even then some have never developed a taste for them. If you’ve eaten kale, well that is a cousin to collards and has a similar taste. Yes it is a strong flavor and I suppose it gets some getting used to. Frankly I love them and so does my oldest son. The rest of my family will “kindly pass thank you very much.” My seven-year old grandson surprises me how healthy he eats but he also does not like my collards. Anyway, they are a must plant in my fall garden along with mustard greens. Now my husband can absolutely eat a lot of mustard greens.
I’m telling you all that to tell you this. Last fall I planted collards as usual and we ate them at various times and gave some away to friends and neighbors throughout the fall and spring. But what really surprises me is the fact that they are still growing strong. Week before last I gave some away and put some in the freezer. This past week I was able to gather (that’s how you say harvesting greens. You don’t harvest or pick “you gather in the south) another mess (also a southern word for enough vegetables for a meal. Stick with me and you will learn Southern). The mustard greens, tomatoes and other spring vegetables are all gone but these collards keep hanging on and producing.
I planted sweet potatoes and since this is my first time for trying to grow them I’m excited to see how they do. Trust me I will keep you posted. The whole family loves sweet potatoes.
As you know gardening is one of my many hobbies and I truly enjoy it. It is a wonderful feeling to plant a seed or small plant then watch it grow and produce. If you are stressed gardening will help you relax and forget all the problems. Try it.
Thank you for stopping by. Until then, keep praying, smiling and seeing “how does your garden grow.” (quote from Mary, Mary Quite Contrary a Mother Goose rhyme.)
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This morning I was working out in my back yard. I suppose some would say garden because I do have flowers and plants out there. I’ll admit “I’m a plant collector.” When I see a plant I like I get it knowing I’ll find somewhere in my yard to put it. My poor husband just shakes his head when he sees me lugging home something new. Anyway, back to what I meant to tell you. I was working away transplanting some beautiful red, rose and white geraniums from the pint size pots they came in to bigger nice pots with plenty of room to grow. I think geraniums are so pretty and since these were marked down like 75% of course I had to buy them. I turned from my planting table and there was this beautiful white bird; some kind of crane, running its long beak down in the ground and coming up with earthworms; helping himself to my natural aerators.
I said “Welcome” and turned back to my work and my quiet visitor continued with his searching and eating. He was a polite fellow only getting what he could eat then he went on his merry way with a full tummy.
I decided to give you a quick glimse of another part of my yard….. a teaser for another post.
Until next time I’ll be busy tending to my plants and I hope you have something that you enjoy doing. Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I tell you 2016 flew by so fast I was surprised it was that time again. But we had a wonderful time. My family was together and that always makes me happy. Both of my sons and daughters-in-law are Christians and they are teaching my six-year-old grandson to serve God. I know we can’t make that decision for him but at least we can give him the foundation.
With that said I must talk about one of my pet peeves. I hate it when I hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids.’ No it isn’t! Christmas is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We are celebrating His birth. Yes, I get the gift giving concept because God gave us His Only Son as a gift that we can accept and have eternal life. I guess you could say Jesus was the First Christmas Gift. And listen, I love giving at Christmas and I love getting gifts also but please let’s remember the real reason for the celebration.
Don’t get me wrong I love children…well most of them anyway. I have been around a few I found hard to tolerate but that is not the child’s fault. There are no bad children just terrible parents who fail to teach what they should. But that’s a subject for another post.
Thank you for stopping by and come back whenever you want; you are always welcome. And please when you hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids’ explain to them what Christmas is really about.
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Looking out at the back of my back yard on a misty morning.
Every thing has a different conception of home.
To a honey bee this hive was home. A storm came through our yard a few weeks back and blew a huge limb off one of our trees. I knew bees did live there for almost a year but for some reason they left. However, I was both surprised and grateful to see this hive. Surprised because before this I had never seen inside a beehive in nature. And grateful that the bees had decided to travel on because I worried they might attack my six-year-old grandson
For a few days one summer this cabin in North Carolina was our home. It looks rustic but it had all the real comforts of home.
So…while our homes differ in style and how we conceive them all creatures have something they call home.