Sunday, July 29, 2012


In northern Nevada and it looks more like this.

Garden report

Good - hubby reports of the harvest

Next Excursion

Leaving western Washington.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Growing Salad

Tonight I remembered to add the basil, fennel, parsley and mini-peppers to the broccoli, peas and lettuce salad.   Added lavender to the sweet pea bouquet, too.   The kitchen has a nice aroma from the herbs and flowers.

In the garage, I have new sprouts of rainbow chard and lettuce. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Now we're cooking (eating)

I'm happy to have broccoli and peas for salads now.  There were tomatoes, too, but they didn't make it into the basket.  It complements the special cooking niche I've discovered (finally).  Finding a do-able cooking niche (something good we can/will cook regularly) was a quiet objective for this summer... maybe.   In order to maintain expectations, I only committed to one complete dinner for DH (done).   Running out of time, I'm glad to learn my specialty.

The joy of clearing out unneeded stuff has moved to the kitchen.  Target:  cupboards and freezer.   My special niche is creating meals from the food found there, especially if it has been there a while.  I think it is the satisfaction of using it up that motivates me to cook it.

Results: the blueberries frozen in 2008 (fresh from the grower) are great additions to morning cereal (foodsaver sealed bags).  There are chicken breasts we froze because we had more than we would be cooking that day, and many other days, the left over Costco brownie bites from some gathering, and garden green beans.   Frozen garden pumpkin will go into a pie soon.  From the cupboard, I made blueberry muffins, scalloped potatoes, and I just found some pudding - we never have pudding (but now we will).   I did throw away a few things I remember moving from our previous house.

I thought I had some freezer jam, but it turned out to be cranberries...I think.   I dumped it, so it counted as a cleared out item too.    I added to the freezer this year's raspberries from the neighbor and I plan to add more blueberries.  Both will be nice to have in the winter (and I won't wait 4 years).

Funny - the Ghirardelli brownie mixes never stay in the cupboard until their 'best by' date.  Oh, and I was willing to eat the girl scout cookies approaching their best by/freeze by date so DH was subjected to 'old' cookies (and why add them to the stuff in the freezer?).

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tomato Progress

This is one of the small Sungold tomatoes from the earliest blossoms.  

Tomatoes, mini-peppers and borage inside the cloche, before I removed it on July 7th.  With their cloche start, some of the plants were taller than the tomato cages I used.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fence Rose Season

This has been a good year for the roses that grow in our pasture fence line.  They grew for years under the care of the neighbors who lived in this area long before the rest of us.  The roses have adapted to life on their own.    
These red ones are visible from across our yard, especially when the afternoon and evening sun shines on them.

This one has a soft rose aroma too.  I think it is a type called a moss rose because of the mossy texture on the buds and stems.  

I have a rose that has sprouted in my garden.  It may be some time before I know if it related to these or to the wild rose that grows on our hillside.      

Friday, July 13, 2012

Borrowed Sunflower

What a week!  I'll start with this sunflower in a friend's community garden in Renton.  I didn't remember my own sunflowers blooming by now, but there have been some (click on the "Sunflowers" label below to see more).   Not this year.  I will visit Renton for a sunflower treatment now and then.  This link has a bouquet with cosmos from this same community garden.

This was the thermometer outside of the barn on Sunday (see the barn here).  I spent that time sorting and clearing out my barn space.   It has been a while since I've planned my outside time to avoid the sun.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

For Tim

On the patio with my free slurpee (11am - 7 pm) in memory of Tim and his birthday today. He liked to have this 7-Eleven free treat each year and his friends and family like to continue it.

This young man touched the hearts of those who encountered him or saw him perform. Today, and any day, those who knew him try to do something caring for someone "for Tim" to make the world a kinder place.

Happy Birthday, Tim.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Tree Frog Freedom

The tree frogs are out of the water!  A week ago, they were still tadpoles.  For several days now, I've noticed them very quickly splashing back into the water when I walk by. 

There is no stopping them now that they are braving the world above the water.

I hope Petunia stays in the garden and sticks to the full menu of slugs (I saw her there today). 

Saturday, July 07, 2012


It's almost time for making tart cherry sauce. We are deep in yard cleanup today so the cherry sauce will be a treat (in a week or so) for all this work. Here is the recipe, from a year with many more cherries on the tree.  

Monday, July 02, 2012

Clean Up

In cleaning out the garage yesterday, I found all of these!  I was not a good garden glove wearer until I found this type in 2006 or 2007.  Add a pair a year or so and they add up.  They've been washed and redistributed to convenient spots in the barn and garage. 

One of the washed pair was handy for a waste transfer station run today.  Yes - more truck time for me. DH replaced the arms that hold up the truck topper hatch (retiring the board we've used for years).  The hatch now works great!  Still clearing tree storm damage, plus garage cleaning.