Thursday, June 28, 2012

June Garden Progress

The Rattlesnake Snap Pole Beans have sprouted from the 6/16 planting.   They are planted on one side of the bean structure.  Big expectations for little beans - I really hope to see it looking like this post link later this year.

These are the Scarlet Runner Beans plant on the other side of the structure on 5/26.  They are ready to start climbing any day now, and then the fun begins.    

As of today, I have planted out all other seedlings into the garden:
  • Queensland blue pumpkin, from Matron  (and follow her updates on a GIANT pumpkin she is growing this year)
  • Delicata squash
  • Pattypan scallop summer squash
  • Sugar pumpkins
The pumpkins and squash are in the main garden beds vs the pumpkin patch.   If the vines go everywhere, I'll be okay with that. 

I planted sunflowers but only one sprouted.  I may try more.  However, I decided beets and carrots will come from the farmers market or Carpinitos this year.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Napping Lessons

This is the look of a content cat once again in possession of her favorite napping place (& her stuffed cat).

Today, my plan was to follow Maria's training and nap in between a dentist appointment and my evening schedule. I'm not a good student, though.  I did take it easy outside and watch the tadpoles (some now with legs).

Her spot is on top of a bookshelf.  To get there, she uses the windowsill out of the picture on the right.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Truck

Last weekend, DH nervously turned over the keys to our 1986 truck (nervously, as he doesn't want me to hurt anyone).  I've been helping friends haul some things this week. 

First, he checked out the fluid levels and cleaned out a few years of treasures behind the seat.  Then I had to take it for a drive with him to learn its new issues (idiosyncrasies, as he likes to say) since the last time I drove it.  

Actually, it's fun to drive and hauls a lot of stuff/plants.  

He didn't tell me that the windshield wipers work, but only stop when they want to.  That's better than the left turn signal that doesn't work in the rain.  Thank goodness for a water resistant watch and left turn lanes. 

Fortunately, he talks as carefully about my idiosyncrasies.  He has had longer to adjust to them. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's (Summer) Time

Happy summer!  This is where the celebration will center in Alliance, Nebraska.   Carhenge - One of the more special places I've discovered on my travels.  It's a replication of Stonehenge in size and placement of the car/stones. Touchable big art under a big sky.

It is also a Car Art Reserve, with other creative uses of old autos.  The Hungry Holler Art Reserve reminded me of it, but I'll have to find time to hunt down the Car Art photos on a different computer.

Time! How did I have enough of it when I was working (and when I go back)? There are great things to fill more than every moment.  
I suspect I have just the right about of time for the important things in life.  And its just that those things change at different times.  

See this link to the post about our visit to Carhenge in 2007.  And about the Gremlin car, above.

Enjoy your time today.

Monday, June 18, 2012


While I was gone, DH was watching the tomato seedlings and the planted beans in the garden.  Just before I returned, he asked about the plants in the garage window.  They had sprouted!   I had given up on them before I left.

Matron - this includes your Queensland blue pumpkin and Jubilee tomatoes I planted at the end of April (some Jubilee already in the garden).  The other sprouts are delicate and patty pan squash planted in May.

I knew it was a little risky planting squash in these starter pellets but did it anyway. I was still surprised to pick up this pumpkin to find these roots.  I had to go find a larger pot.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Broccoli Lace

I returned from my trip to catch slugs in action on the broccoli.  Usually, the broccoli isn't at risk at this size.  They were large slugs!
 Broccoli and Flashy Trout's Back romaine lettuce. Self-seeded borage plants have popped up, too.

In the cloche, the tomatoes and mini bell peppers have been joined by more borage.  I've now removed most of the borage.

Friday, I picked up a big bag of coffee grounds to discourage the slugs.  I hope they will venture into Petunia's space instead and she'll eat them.

Friday, June 15, 2012

June in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, we drove by these fields about every day.  I finally stopped as we left for the airport.  And I'm happy to report the ticks stayed away from me this time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Speedy Katydid

My cousin and I had to ask our Aunt about the singing we heard every evening in Oklahoma.  Frogs, birds or insects?  "Katydids," she said.  Then she called me over to show me one hanging out on her truck.  

 He wasn't into posing, and quickly kept moving directly toward me and the camera.  Aunt had him on her cane for a while, but he could walk to the end of it in no time.  She'd turn it around and he'd do it again.

He moved back to the car and then for me.  My aunt thought it was my shirt color, but I think he was going for anything taller than the car.  It took this photo before I realized how fast he was climbing. 

Finally, we relocated him to a plant, with no harm to either of us.

Monday, June 11, 2012

"I'll Drive You"

Don't tell my subaru, but it's been a lot of fun driving this ford escape around in the hills and curves of NE Oklahoma. It's not the rental car I expected. I'm glad it's what I ended up with, though. So who else need a ride somewhere?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

At the Lake

Oh yes. There is a lake here. And aunts and uncles and cousins. So far, I've avoided the ticks.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

An Invitation to Linger

It is a good thing DH doesn't read this or he would change his memorial plans.

It is easy to spend a bit of time at the Cayuga Mission Church and its cemetery. Mr Scearcy made sure you won't leave in need of an outhouse. (a nice one too, with a seat for the taller folks and a seat for the little folks.)

Cayuga Mission Church

This church has served the community around Grove, Oklahoma since 1896. Mathias Splitlog constructed this church of local hewn limestone for his wife, Eliza Splitlog. She died before it was completed. Her memorial service was held here anyway. It is a very peaceful location overlooking one of the many lake coves.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Hungry Holler Art Refuge

On the drive to grand lake, we saw these playful bicycles riding along the fence, up in the tree and down the other side.

I'll post a different art refuge on June 20th.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Next Stop: Grand Lake

First, a GPS found Starbucks in Owasso, Oklahoma. No more Starbucks, but we had an interesting discovery on the drive. More later.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Not for the Lily-livered...

Children's Museum in Charleston.

Castles, ships, water activities (& floods), balls, garden (with ripe cherry tomatoes) and more. A lot of future business majors were at work in the children's market play area (with scanners even). Then the pirates raided the grocery section for ship supplies.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Plays With Planes

Near Savannah with young great-nephews at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. We saw a lot of planes but the history exhibits will have to wait until another day.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Sunday Walk

The cat took us for an evening walk from brother's house. What is the vine in the photo below?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

SC Vegetable Gardens

The gardens of nieces and nephews in SC. Big corn. Harvesting summer squash. (Yes, there is a donkey and much more.) My car riders didn't appreciate my stops in the middle of the road to look at strangers' gardens, so no pictures of those.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Happy Birthday, Brother

Always seeing the opportunity for a little teasing and fun - hope this day is fun for you too.

(our house siding project with Dad sometime in the 1970's)