Lizzie is nuts. She loves water and taking showers. She'll even try to jump into your bath. If she hears water being turned on she will trot into the room and try to drink it.
The other day the glass shower door was open a bit as I was warming up the water. Of course she had to explore. I put her up on the ledge while I showered and then picked her up and bathed her with the warm water. She holds on to you like a koala bear. Afterwards she wouldn't get out.
I wrapped her up in a towel and then gave her a blow dry.
This is the spot that she always sits at when I blow my hair. She wants you to blow hers too but you have to be 4 feet away. She waits every morning for her blow dry even though she isn't wet. What a cutie!
Helen and I went to a local farm that is only 10 minutes from our house to go blackberry picking. On the way there a white crane flew right in front of our car and then we saw a huge buzzard on the side of the road. I stopped to get a photo but it flew off too fast. Up the road a bit we saw two beautiful horses on the top of a hill by the road. I wanted their picture.
We got to the farm, picked up our berry basket and went to the rows they told us that had the ripe berries. The farm had thousands of berry bushes in multiple rows that were extremely long. It was so cool to see. I had no idea that unripe blackberries were red. I ate one and promptly spit it out~ whew~ sour.
I took a few pictures and Helen filmed a video of me talking about blackberries that I will show my foods students. We picked and picked and ate and ate. Good thing I brought damp washcloths with us to wipe away the sticky juice.
On the way out we got some fresh peach ice cream that we gobbled up. As we drove home I stopped the car on the side of the road, climbed the hill and took some pictures of the horses. The spotted one kept snorting at me to go away while the brown one came right up to me. Beautiful- love his eye lashes.
I made these soldered pieces a few years ago for a magazine project that ended up being canceled. As I was cleaning out a box from the move the other day, there they were. Wire with flowers, beads, and the soldered charms that I made in the 'home' theme that they requested. I'm not sure what to do with them now- maybe tree ornaments? Suggestions?
I went to the downtown farmer's market and bought all kinds of goodies that I am not growing in my garden. Fresh peaches were everywhere. I haven't made peach soup in over 10 years. Forgot what I was missing!
Chilled Summer Peach Soup
8 fresh large peaches, peeled and sliced 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. water 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 c. half & half
Directions: 1. Place water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil 2. When the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla 3. Chill syrup 4. Place peaches and syrup in a food processor and whirl till smooth 5. Add half & half and pulse till combined
Serve chilled with fresh berries and/or pound cake croutons
Helen and her friends have been planning to celebrate their minors in chemistry by burning their lab manuals that they didn't need to keep. Two of the three girls spent the weekend at our house and one of the nights Bill got the fire pit going. The roast was pushed till Saturday night because of rain. Holly requested my chicken tortilla soup so I made that Friday night for the girls. They roasted hot dogs (you can see 3 that fell off the sticks in the fire) and made smores. Then the fun began by ripping page after page out and watching them burn. The neighbors house and their garden is in the background and the corner of my garden is on the top right.
So the other day I was in my garden chatting with my neighbor. She was telling me about this huge green worm that was eating her tomato plants when she looked up at the top of one of mine and said that it looks like I may have one too since the new growth was chewed off. I hadn't noticed the minor damage. So we started hunt for it and a few minutes later I saw the beast. It was about 1/2 inch thick and about 4 inches long. I was freaking out trying to get it off of the plant
but then ended up breaking the branch off. I put it in a jar w/ lid to
show Hunter when he got home later that night. We didn't know what it was so after some research, the beast was a tomato horn worm except mine was missing the horn. I forgot about it until the next morning until I walked in the kitchen and saw the jar open w/ the lid on the counter. I assumed someone let it go. Boy was I wrong. I don't know how it got out! We looked for it for several hours. I was so freaked out that the green monster was roaming my house and that it might crawl on me at night....eeeeewwwwwww. Later in the day I noticed Kitty (aka as inspector gadget) was following something and there it was, crawling quickly along the kitchen baseboard. After Hunter got a good look at it, he put it back in the jar, walked across the neighborhood and let it loose. Lesson learned- never bring creatures into the house!
I think the hornworms win as the nastiest thing I have found in the garden. So far I have gotten rid of 5 of them! Ick. They are hard to see but their poo is easy to spot on leaves or the ground since it looks like round ribbed grenades. Very unique. I have noticed they like to feast on the upper new growth. All were found on my Sweet 100 tomato plant which is actually my favorite small tomato since it tastes like sugar. Other creatures that I regularly battle with insecticidal soap are beetles, cabbage worms, white flies, and zucchini bugs which look like stink bugs to me. eww.
Here's the small guy (compared to the other 4) I found today...oh the goosebumps.