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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Playing catch up....

Well Hello!!

No I didn't fall off the face of the earth,
just been busier Busier than a flying squirrel in a wind-tunnel!

Over the next few days (hopefully) I catch you all up on the happenings
around here.

In the mean time I'm joining:
Linda over at Coastal Charm



Diane over at A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Haven't made it to any yard sales lately,
but
I did make it to one of the Thrifts.
Hadn't been to this one before,
it's an hour away. 
But it was so clean and SO organized!
Unbelievable!
Big selection and good prices.
Hope to make it back again. 


Scored these 2 clocks.
They don't work but after new workings
and makeovers they will be awesome! ;)
Also I grabbed this great port hole someone made into a mirror.
It will be the second one added to my hall bath. 


I loved the color of this cocktail glass.
They only had one, but that's OK.
How 'bout this mini Bell Cloche?
Cute huh? 


Picked those for a total of  $7.53.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sopas

I hadn't made Sopas in a long time so I did the other day.

Thought I'd share the recipe with you.

Place in Spice Bag or make Cheesecloth bundle:
 3/4 can Pickling Spice
5 Bay Leaves 


1 can Tomato Sauce
1 Onion, chopped
4 cloves Garlic, chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Dry Wine (Burgandy)
3 lbs. Stew Meat

Cook meat and save liquid.
Place all ingredients, except mint, into large pot.
Cover with water.
Cook 2-3 hours till done.

You can see my recipe had been used many, many times ;)


Add the tied bunch of mint and simmer 15 mins. more.


Remove spice bag and Mint.
Toss.

Serve over sliced French Bread.

Sorry for the bad photo.
I forgot to take a photo of it plated
 so had to grab an old one.


Enjoy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fertilizer Friday! 7/8/10 and ID Help

It's Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time!

Come join and see everyone's gardens ☺

What is it about BIG bees I love??
Don't know, just do!
Gorgeous!
He sure is enjoying my Sweet Peas.


a baby Dragonfly towards bottom of photo


two mid photo in this one
The Dragonfly pond has been loaded with larvae


Agapanthus/Lily of the Nile
Always blooms around the 4th of July



Petunia chair being covered by Honeysuckle...
smells heavenly ☺


Mimosa (I think)
These things pop up all over the yard
thanks to my neighbor who has a huge one.
We decided to let this one grow, but keep reigns on it.


sweet old fashioned single pink Hollyhocks
these reseed freely


I've been picking Tomatoes regularly


and the Figs are ripening like crazy


Need to find time to make some jam!


There's Mr Mocking Bird helping himself to some figs


We have an understanding...
He can have the ones way up high,
but the ones within my reach are mine ;)


Last year he tried renegotiating but I wouldn't budge!

XOXOXOXOXOX

OK I'm sending out the word here for HELP!!

Those of you who follow along know my Oldest
and his girlfriend have a
great Veggie Garden going.

Some of the seeds he has planted were from back
when my Dad has his huge one.
Dad saved seed and over the years the paper bags
he had them in aged and tore.
The seeds got all mixed up.

Some were identifiable, some weren't.
All got planted.
Believe it or not almost all of the 10+ year old seed grew!
Anyway~

There are some plants that we can't figure out what they are.
They don't bare any veg/fruit, per se.
Not sure if they were weeds seeds that got mixed in...there were a lot tho.
So I'm hoping someone can't help ID this plant...

It's about 3' tall
large heart shaped leaves 


Here's a top portion of the plant
we broke off.
It has yellow bell shaped flowers.


With large seed pods? 


that darken and get hard


with tiny black seeds inside


Can't see anything edible on these
and can't figure out what they were doing in with his veggies seeds.
Tried to ID it as a veggie and weed but no luck.
Hoping maybe you know what this mystery plant is.

Thanks!

UPDATE

Thanks to Larry and Dar for IDing the mystery plant.
It is Abutilon theophrasti, Velvetleaf Weed.
AKA China Jute, Buttonweed, Butterprint, Pie-maker or Indian Mallow.

'Velvetleaf has become an invasive species in agricultural regions of the eastern and midwestern United States. It is one of the most detrimental weeds to corn causing decreases of up to 34% of crop yield if not controlled and costing hundreds of millions of dollars per year in control and damage. Velvetleaf is an extremely competitive plant, so much so that it can steal nutrients and water away from crops.'

YIKES!!
Where's the Roundup!!??

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl!

My dear daughter's birthday was June 29th.
Yes, I know I'm late posting this...
I'm late with everything these days.
I know I keep saying this but..
really, where does the time go??

I wake up, blink and it's time for dinner....

Must be something in the water.

Anyhoo, we went out to dinner at Red Lobster...
always good food and more importantly,
good drinks ;)

Don't we look like we're having fun?


Ah that's better!!


Love ya sweetie!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fireworks and an Update

We lit up the night sky on the 4th to celebrate out Nations Independence.

OK, maybe not the sky, but our Court in front of our home ;)


Brandon playing pyrotechnics....


Melissa and Tanya...loving this picture ☺


and the hazy aftermath...

smoke




There were lots of illegal Fireworks all around us,
(as usual) ...
dangerous but very pretty...
I'm just too slow with the camera :(



~~Update on Cyndar and Baylee~~

I've had several of you ask how they were doing.

I'm glad to say very well!!

Cyndar is back to Sentry Duty...


We are not letting her jump or run as per Dr orders...

but that is easier said than done.



Try stopping a 170 freight train when it's determined...
we've taken a few spills trying.


We're watching her weight and
she is now on Rymidal.


Katie doing the "chow chow chow" dance
who said my pets weren't talented?? 


 Cyndar at the ready ☺ 


As for Baylee,
she is also doing well ☺


Enjoying the sun...


and back to complaining...


yup, still complaining


She has full use of her leg which has healed beautifully.
The Dr said the fur would come back darker..
and she was right.


So far no signs of more lumps...
keeping fingers crossed.


Wishing everyone beautiful smells and big barks!! 


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