Archive for September, 2010
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Tags: family, Playstation3, video games
As we get to fall, I wonder how long this garden will last. The aparagus plants continues to mystify me. It is now basically drying up, so I do not know what to think. One the other hand, my peppers are really starting to take off as are the cucumbers. I harvested three this week. I am going to try making pickles. I went to the store today to get supplies for pickle making but I could not find a mix for sweet pickles. I can not stand dill pickles so I will have to try a different store.
Anyway, here are my photos from this week or rather last week because I took so long to edit them.
Here is the perfect cucumber. Soon to become a pickle.
Here is another one. I decided to harvest this one too since these cucumbers are one steroids and if I leave them one more day I will not be able to get out of my back door.
And another next to one that was killed by the evil sun. Why? Because it can.
Nice Bell Pepper. Looking good.
But….The evil sun has struck again. Had to harvest in order to save the pepper. What good parts are left will go on my veggie sandwich tomorrow.
Here is my pretty, red pepper and still clutching the leave.
My corn is getting tall and so far the nice evil sun has been kind. Hoping to see the first corn sprouts soon. Ok, I know that is probably so wrong. Grandma M, help me out here. I mean really, you choose to raise me in the concrete jungle and not the farm!
Here is a little yellow pepper guy, hanging smack dad in the middle. Cute little guy.
OMG! The zucchini has escaped out the back of my garden. Maybe it will bear out there. It certainly has done nothing but attach to every other thing growing in the garden without a single zucchini in sight! I want me some fried zucchini. Now!
Here we have a single carrot growing in my corn crate. Funny, I planted a whole row there. One flippin carrot comes up. Story of my life.
Here is my harvest for the week. For some reason the carrots in my garden are just not getting any better or bigger. I think that would be due to Corvette insisting on planting too many seeds to close together. So let’s just call them baby carrots. Yea, that works.
I found some other interesting things in my garden. Seems my yard is bursting with spiders. Great. Check out this one on my corn.
And this one on the swing set in my yard. After I took these photos these webs met my broom. Funny, looks like my neighbor’s tree is in the middle of that web.
Of course, my big, red dog Lucie always acompanies me on my garden adventures. Because hey, you never know if you might find a butterfly to chase or a cricket to eat.
Ever wonder why I never feature Buddy, my Chihuahua? Well, all he ever wants to do is scratch on the back door to get back in the house. Loser.
Tags: Buddy, garden, Lucie
Well, since I featured just about all my limited amount of flowers here numerous times, I decided to seek out some different flowers. It is hard to keep flowers alive here in the Desert Southwest without a kick butt irrigation system. So, I went to a park that contains a rose test garden. What does that mean? I have no idea. All I know is it is a beautiful spot in the middle of the desert that is filled with tons of species of roses. It is also the site of many weddings and I once attended a memorial service for a very special woman that was a co-worker, great friend and cancer victim.
Anyway, I took a trip yesterday to this park. We experienced a cloudy day which does not happen here much. It was heaven not to have to battle the evil sun. I am sure all you people in Seattle are thinking I am a total nut, but when you walk outside and are blinded by the sun, you learn to appreciate clouds.
I took so many photos that I decided to post a few on my other blog, Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates. Please check those out too!
Hope you enjoyed the roses. I certainly did.
Tags: flowers, roses, you capture
I seriously am beginning to wonder about myself. I know I am getting older, but I am not senile just yet. Or so I thought. Last week I locked myself out of the house as I was leaving to go to work. Corvette was already gone. I knew he was not at work yet so as I sat there waiting for the time to pass, I smacked myself upside the head a couple of times.
Finally after waiting I put in a call to my son, Hippie Guy, who works at the same place. My call went to voicemail. Great I thought he is probably away from is desk. Now I got a bigger problem because not one human being answers the phone at this place. It is all automated. I tried the receptionist but of course I am sure she was not in at 6:00 in the morning. So I just keep trying to call. Finally I get a hold of my son and he tells me my husband is on his way home because he heard the phone ringing and listened to my voicemail.
My husband shows up lets me in and I grab my keys and go to work. End of story right? Nope, not in my universe. Fast forward to this morning. Same senerio. I get ready for work open up the door. Lock the door. Get in my card and NO KEYS AGAIN!!!!!
I think it is time to take a baseball bat to my head. Once again I wait. Call my son. Son tells me my husband is not there yet. What? Not there? Where the hell do you go at 6:00 in the morning? Well after a few minutes, my husband walks in. I get off the phone and wait. My husband arrives and trust me that was not pretty.
I decided that from now on those keys are going in my purse no matter what. Yes, Grandma M. I know. That way this will not happen again.
Unless of course I walk out without my purse.
Tags: keys, locked out, purse
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of TiVo. All opinions are 100% mine.
I really love being able to record and rewind TV. It is so nice to be able to watch my favorite shows whenever I want. In fact, my DVR is already set up to record Dancing With The Stars since tonight is the season premiere. Fall TV is just getting started. Saturday night I watched the season premier of The Apprentice. Cannot wait for Glee tomorrow and I can watch both because I will be recording them.
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Tags: Contests, Fall TV, Tivo
I say Fall, but really it is still hitting 100 degrees here. Nothing new as our Summer’s are typically almost six months long. Someday I am going to move to an area with seasons. Not long winter seasons, but somewhere that includes fall leaves and grass. Yes, miss the grass.
My photos did not turn out as well I would have liked so forgive me for only using a few. I think the glaring, evil sun had a lot to do with the fact that I really can not see what the photos look like as I take them. My camera does not have a viewfinder. Dumb move on Fuji’s part if you ask me, but no one did so what can I say?
Corn now has tassles. It is getting taller and seems to be escaping the evil sun. Really hoping to be enjoying some corn on my Thanksgiving table.
I found this guy hiding out under the pepper leaves.
I love how this pepper is wrapped around the leave.
Here is my big, red dog Lucie looking at my garden. Don’t even think about it!
So, that is it for this week folks.
Tags: fall garden, gardening, Lucie
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you heard about the Aladdin Do The Reuse Challenge? It a commitment for 30 days to give up disposable items like paper cups and other paper products that you use when you purchase items like coffee or food.
I always reuse my water bottle and just take it home to wash it. I keep it for several weeks until it begins looking a bit tattered. Then I toss it in the recycle bin and purchase a new one. I started thinking I should probably just purchase a permanent bottle and then I would not have to purchase a disposable water bottle again.
It takes seven barrels of oil a year to produce all the bottles that Americans use each year. In this country, we consume 50 billion disposable water bottles each year. That is a lot and I am sure not every one of those bottles ends up in recycle bins. As of right now 23 billion paper coffee cups will be thrown out in 2010 alone.
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Families go through many challenges together. Some are good and some are bad. There are weddings, births, graduations and sadly death. All of these events have occurred in my family. Sometimes when the bad things happen I believe I can try to help, but sadly that is not always possible. I wish I had a magic wand and could make the bad times good. But I do not.
After a particular bad day I watched the Oprah show. The Judds were on and I was always a great fan of these two women. It is well known about the problems in their relationship. I was glad to hear that they have reunited and will soon begin a new tour together. Oh what I would not give to attend one of these shows.
They preformed their signature song, Love Can Build A Bridge on the Oprah show. It brought me to tears as it always does.
I would like to dedicate this video to my family. All of them.
Tags: family, love, The Judds
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Since it is still quite warm here, my garden continues to bear. My bell peppers are really just starting to produce. Hopefully in a few weeks, I will be able to harvest them. I can already smell the tacos, burritos and veggie sandwiches.
Unless Lucie finds them first.
I am assuming that this is asparagus seed pods. Funny, they look like snap beans.
I managed to capture a bee on my corn.
After a little nosing around, I found this zucchini. Another couple of days and this little guy will show up for dinner.
I can not pass up on including a photo of my sunflowers.
While taking photos, I ran across this spider web in Lolly’s tree.
I also noticed many tiny butterflies hovering around my marigolds. I tried to capture them but failed to get a good shot. I also noticed two adult butterflies dancing around Lolly’s tree. You must look closely at this photo. The butterfly is in the upper left-hand corner. All the more reason to hopefully upgrade to a Nikon D70. Christmas is coming. (hint, hint)
I caught a little video of one of the butterflies. It is brief and the best I could do with the point and click.
And of course, Lucie was intrigued over the butterfly adventure too.
In fact, she pretty much demolished a bush trying to catch the babies. So the saying, Dog and Butterfly?
Tags: fall garden, garden, Lucie