Friday, July 27, 2018

Remembering how tasty life is!

I remembered most of what my Grandma Twila taught me.

She was a teacher for more that 40 years and taught all of my family either first or second grade. She also lived thru the terrible depression, where her large family (14 brothers and sisters) took in another family to survive those lean years.  At the age of 18 she traveled by train to Kansas to earn her teaching degree. At the age of 85, she didn't have a big garden anymore, she mixed her vegetables in with her flowers in her many flower beds around her home.

The oast two years I have mixed my vegetables in with my flowers.
This has saved me a lot of back pain and hard labor.

Here are a few photos of our delicious harvest.

Thehubs loves radishes!  
He had fresh picked radishes daily from March thru the middle of June.

We always had our peas, onions and radishes planted by Valentine's Day.
Our potatoes were always planted by St. Patrick's Day and all according to the moons phase.
She loved her Farmer's Almanac.

I remember her using every space she had, rotating her crops so that something was always growing.
This year I tried hard to use her experience and knowledge to grow food that had no chemicals from seeds harvested the year before. She always said that if you planted the seeds from the year before they would be more heat and drought tolerant.

The new potatoes and peas were delicious!
I picked three good harvests from my small patch of peas.
I've planted Dill to attract butterflies, basil, thyme and chives to dry and freeze.
The marigolds keep the bugs away.

We have enjoyed fresh ripe tomatoes daily since June 4th.
My favorite is to walk out and pick a red tomato, rinse it with the hose, then sit and it on the patio with nothing but a salt shaker.

My Dad was a great gardener. We grew up with apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, walnut trees, and pecan trees. There was always something good growing outside.
He also planted grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Yum!

And each spring his big tiller would start our garden filled with corn, green beans, peas, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and so much more. He would get home from his job as a welder and set his lunch box down on our porch and go right to his garden.

He also hunted, so we had a freezer full of deer, quail, raccoon, and even crawdads and turtle as well as spoonbill, crappie, bass, catfish and walleye fish.

We also raised cows, pigs and rabbits over the years.

He was also a survivor of the great depression.
That generation spent very little on food.
I can even remember my grandma taking the left over vegetables from a meal and putting them into her vegetable soup container in her freezer to be used later in vegetable soup. It was so good!

Do you have any garden memories of times past?

Linking up with Jemma over at the

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Oh Joanna!

Thehubs does not like Target, or "Tarjay" as my cousin calls it.
Because of their stance on our Veterans and military,
he will NOT shop there.

He sticks to his beliefs and being a Veteran, 
he feels very strongly about it.

Then, Joanna Gaines built a beautiful display in their stores.  I love her style and feel that it has always been MY style only now its popular because a "designer" chose it. 

I watch her shows, follow her on instagram and have shopped her Magnolia site. I didn't want to take out a second mortgage just so I could say I own something from the Silos. Sorry Magnolia but I would feel so guilty spending $60 on a watering can. Would her savvy business move to be in Target mean I could actually afford something from Magnolia?


Well, one day I drove to Target alone, incognito, just to take a "look" and this is what happened!

I paid $9.99 for two dish towels, just because
I love black/white/cream and blue checks.

Aren't they pretty?

Just don't tell thehubs where I got them.

Linking up with:
Katherines Corner

Monday, July 16, 2018

Happy Birthday to me!

Today is a very special day for me. 

I made it to the great age of 60 years old.

I awoke at 4am this morning
and began my day enjoying some of my favorite things:

I drank a cup of fresh brewed coffee 
in my favorite mug
outside on our patio
 in the dark
listening to the quiet
absolute quiet
except for a few crickets and frogs.

I watched the sunrise turn different shades of blue
then purple
then light pink.

I read my Bible in absolute quiet without any disruptions.

I did my morning stretches
outside while listening to our neighbors rooster
singing his morning wake up calls to his girlfriends.

Kitty followed me everywhere
 purring, hopping,
and rubbing her tail against my leg.

Its a great start to a great day!

See ya later!