Last Friday my seven-year old grandson had the day off school and I was blessed to get to have him for the day
He and I had a picnic at a wilderness park that he loves dearly. Of course he had to share some of his lunch with a curious squirrel. I bet that rascal just hangs out close to the tables because he knows most humans have a soft heart and will give him some of whatever they are eating.
After we ate we hiked on the boardwalk and climbed the tower (I don’t like the tower but you can’t let a seven-year old go up there by himself.)
It was a pleasant afternoon and even the animals were enjoying the beautiful weather so we got a peek at the wildlife inhabitants.
I won’t bore you with all the photos but trust me there were several different gators, turtles, herons, crows, blue jays and many others. I am so glad we had this time together and took a peek at the animals’ life and homes; making memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon until then take a walk in nature, you might be surprised how much you will enjoy it.
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I promised an update on my garden, so since I will have my wonderful grandson tomorrow I thought I better get this done tonight.
As you can see from the photo above it is coming along just fine. Look closely at the mustard. I do believe we will be eating some in the next couple of weeks. What do you think? I can hardly wait. I absolutely love reaping the result of my hard work. Like collards mustard greens is an acquired taste either you will or will not like them.
Remember I told you about planting the radishes, beets and carrots last week? Well most of the tiny plants are peeping out of the soil. You can see the radishes but the other two will need a little longer before they will be easily seen in a photograph.
If you are wondering about the straw it is hay; part of the compost from my chicken pen. My chickens pay for their keep in more ways than one. It’s a good thing I get compost because right now most of them are molting and I’m only getting one egg a day. I know the egg comes from Amera because it is blue and she is the only one that lays blue eggs. And another factor that figures in to the “no egg production” is the shorter days. They don’t lay as much when they have less sunshine. However, we should change time soon; fall back, so we will be eating eggs again.
Thank you for stopping by. I will keep you updated on the garden. I’m so happy it is doing well. God truly blesses me. Until next time happy gardening 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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There really isn’t much about glow in this post unless you count the sun and smile on my face when I see my garden. I’ll try to do better later in the week.
I promised to keep you posted on my fall garden so these photos are from the third week of it.
On the scale of life I believe gardening is high on the list. True it is hard work and sometimes in vain. Sometimes I toil and my efforts just don’t pay off. Today was a prefect example. Over the summer I planted sweet potatoes, my first try at it. This morning I dug the potatoes and found only a handful of small ones. I guess I got over-anxious and pulled them up too soon. But that’s okay because I needed the space they were taking up in my raised bed. In their place I planted beets, radishes and carrots. Now we have to see how they will grow. I’ve never had much luck with beets. I know for some places it is too late in the season to plant these vegetables but I don’t think so in Central Florida. Our seasons are much different from most places. And it was definitely too hot for them in the summer. I just ask God to please bless them so I’ll have enough to share.
Collards,onions and banana peppers.
Mustard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes.
Yellow squash and garlic
Maybe from these pictures you can tell how everything is growing. Gardening is a slow process. The peppers are also doing fine. I was able to pick a few of the hot ones this morning and make pickled peppers. Now I’ll just have to find someone to eat them since I don’t like spicy food. But I do like growing the peppers.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon. We should have collards and mustard ready for Thanksgiving. Ahhhh Thanksgiving in the south. Y’all come, you hear.
The other evening I went to the bay to watch the sunset. It was so beautiful and relaxing. It is one of God’s wonderful blessings to us. When you look at the water and the sky you stop and realize the contrast between God and man and how His ways are so much higher and greater than our ways. You stop and realize all of this belongs to God. It was created by Him and for Him. He is so gracious to give us what we have and we should be thankful. So many of the things he makes are more beautiful than man could ever hope to even copy.
I’m glad I took the time to go and relax; a treat I gave myself. I plan to do it more often. You hear so many of these “Self-Help Authors/Doctors” that get on tv saying to be good to yourself. Well this is a wonderful way to be good to yourself and it is free.
When we realize the scale between God and man we know how small we really are.
Thank you for stopping by. Until next time stop and smell the flowers, so to speak, relax and watch a sunset or sunrise. You might be surprised how good it makes you feel.
The joy of getting my fall garden in the ground is something that only fellow gardeners will understand. You start with a blank slate, so to speak, but you have a picture in your mind so you start adding plants.
At the first of this week my beds were not exactly bare. Over the summer I had allowed them to rest and of course some weeds decided it was a great place to make a home. There I was on Tuesday and Wednesday busy pulling out the unwelcome guest and filling a large trash can to be put out at the curb to be picked up by the county with other yard garbage. I definitely didn’t want to add the weeds to my compost pile thus giving them a new chance to grow and multiply. I already have some that I have no idea how they got started in my yard but here they are. Probably with the help of the birds and/or squirrels I feed; ungrateful loots. Only kidding I love the birds and enjoy watching them. Now the squirrels… well let’s just say I don’t welcome them as freely. But to make a long story short (I know too late) I was busy preparing the beds for the fall vegetables which I finally were able to plant on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.
Now you know how I am and that I will pop a plant in any container that will hold it. I had a couple of recycle bins from years ago, before the county furnished us with a large can, and I have been using them as planters. But when the storm Irma came through she decided they should help support part of a huge limb she flung to the ground; see the before and after below.
After but I still use them.
You just can’t keep a good woman down. And as long as it can hold potting soil it will serve my purpose. They, along with an old laundry basket, are the new home for my grandson’s sweet peppers.
And his old wading pool is keeping the yellow squash and garlic.
Yes, Thursday I was definitely sore in places I haven’t been sore in a while but I am so happy I have my garden planted. Now the joy of watching it grow and sharing what it produces will be worth the toil and soreness. I will do my best to keep you updated with photos.
What does all this have to do with pedestrian? Heck if I know but I did do a lot of walking while I was weeding and planting so I hope that counts so I’m not cheating.
Thank you for stopping by. Now I think I’ll have a nice cold glass of iced tea and relax for a bit.
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Good morning All,
Just a quick note to let you know that this year October 28,2017 I will be doing the Making strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Tampa. Most of you know that I have one sister who survived breast cancer and another sister and niece who did not. So my participation in this event is to honor them and also help raise money to research and fight this horrible killer. Please don’t feel obligated to but if you wish to make a donation to help support my walk just go to MakingStridesWalk.org. You might have to cut and paste this site. Every little bit helps.
Thank you I appreciate your support.
I guess we are all tired of hearing about the hurricane Irma. I know I am but I will put out this one more post on her. The people on the West Coast of Florida were the perfect definition of “waiting.” We were told it would hit here… then that it would not and so forth and so on so we waited to see what out future in this beautiful state would hold.
Then she came at us with all of her fury; tearing roofs off buildings and ripping giant trees out of the ground roots and all and smashing some houses. Some areas it look like a war zone. And that wasn’t enough she had to bring rain, rain and more rain. Many homes are still filled with water with the banks of rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds gushing out of their banks and destroying whatever is in their paths. A lot of people are going through this with no electrical power. So many of our beaches are a mess and crews are working hard for long hours trying to get them usable again.
My favorite Coquina Beach has fallen Austrian Pines every where. The trees and picnic area was one of the things that made this my favorite beach. You have seen a lot of my photos that was taken there.
I was blessed at my house. Sure I had damage but it was minimal compared to so many others. The trees that fell missed my house and shop even though they crushed some of my beautiful flowers. The flowers will grow back and if not I’ll plant more. I had six papaya trees just loaded with fruit and Irma took two of them so I was blessed to still have four. I never lost power the whole time. So God has His mighty arms wrapped all around me.
My yard was a mess but we’ve been chipping away at cleaning it and it will happen. There are a lot more photos of the mess but this will give you an idea. I’m just so thankful that we didn’t have any damage to our home or shop and we are all safe.
Thank you for stopping by please come back soon. Until then you know where to find me; in my yard clearing the aftermath.
I like to go for a three-mile walk every morning just to try and stay healthy. I usually try to go around seven o’clock before it gets so hot. This morning it was very nice; over cast and a nice breeze. The breeze always helps. There is one hill that almost kicks my butt so I celebrate with a big drink of water when I crest it. Small treats that makes one smile. This grasshopper doesn’t have anything to do with my walk but I love his colors and was happy when I was able to capture his photo; another small treat. God gives us so many things to be thankful for and we don’t have to look hard to find them.
So what does grasshoppers and walks have to do with a row of ants? Nothing really, I guess, except they are God’s creatures. But as I’m walking I always notice these cars on one street I have to cross. They are lined up like a row of ants waiting to get on the main highway and get to work or whatever. People are so busy. I once was a member of that rat race before I retired. And I guess they don’t have a single thing to do with Shiny unless you can claim their headlights. But it is interesting to see. Just a few of my Monday thoughts.
Thank you for stopping by and God bless. Stay safe out there.
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