Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Flowers

I really like begonias, but I haven't had any place to grow them. They require so much shade. This year I figured out a place. I am so happy with it. It's here on my deck in an old watering can. Begonias remind me of Grandma Pitt, Laurence's mom. She had a passion for begonias and we used to give her begonia tubers for Mother's Day. She would have them all lined up on her back porch all summer long.
My morning glory. I go out every morning and count the blossoms. This morning there were 6 blooming, that's the most so far.
Cardinal vine. It is a member of the morning glory family, but it blooms longer into the day than my purple ones. It has wonderfully lacy leaves. I am hoping it will grow to cover the container it is in.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What's Better Than a Garage Sale? FREE!

Aisling brought me this pillar when she met us up on the Big Horns last weekend. They were getting rid of it where she worked and she thought of me! Bless her heart. I love it out in my flower bed. I think it is making the deer go around as well. That's a good thing. Thank you Aisling for being such a thoughtful daughter!! Love you!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Love the Mountains, I Love the Rolling Hills.......

I grew up in Lovell, Wyoming at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains. I love the Big Horns. We try to go up there every summer, as we now live only about 2 1/2 hours north east of them. Since we gave up the camper and pickup a few years ago, we like to stay at Arrowhead Lodge, renting a rustic cabin.
This is the cabin we stayed in this time, although it isn't the one we generally prefer. Rustic means exactly that, bring your own bedding, everything to cook with etc. They provide beds, perhaps a table and or chairs, four walls and a roof AND it has electricity!! There is a shower house with bathrooms that all the cabins share.
Not the Taj Mahal, but we enjoy it. Here are some of our favorite events:
Laurence has taken up the hobby of making walking sticks from Diamond Willows. He does a beautiful job! Thanks to Doug Mcdonald for keeping Laurence in sticks to carve on! Laurence enjoys sitting on the porch whittling.
We like to cook in our Dutch ovens while we're there. This time we had apple cobbler (with my own homemade apple pie filling), roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots. YUM!
While we were there Aisling and her friend Durand from Powell came up Friday afternoon. Aisling had come up to Lovell from Ogden for the Lovell's Day celebration. We had a little guest at our cabin. She loved to eat at our porch. On this occasion she had knocked over Laurence's hot chocolate, that wasn't hot anymore and was licking it off the railing. Then she licked it off his glasses. I didn't get a picture as I was laughing too hard.
Laurence put out some "Inferno Peanuts". I couldn't believe she liked them. She would lick the spices off the outside then eat them. She would also take my chicken wing bones and chew on them a little then take them up the tree to her nest. So entertaining.
We got to see this mama moose and her baby. The guys there told us that the baby was about 2 weeks old. Just adorable.
Unfortunately the story doesn't end so well. Later that night we heard the squeal of tires on pavement. The baby moose was hit by a car and killed. Then when the mama moose went to cross the road to check her baby she was hit by a car as well. The highway had lots of moose hair on it. So sad. I cried.
We did see the mama the next day. She definately looked worse for wear, but looked like she would be okay. They tell me that moose only have a baby every two years.
The sunflowers are blooming right now, the lupine is just starting to bloom. It has been raining so much that the grass is a beautiful green.
When are we going back???? As soon as I get Queen Bee's website up and functioning!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Harvest!!

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE gardening and harvesting!!
This is my first radishes. I pulled them about a week ago. I love seeing the fruits of our labors. These we did in our square foot garden. YUMMMMM Okay, so it doesn't take much to make me dance with delight!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My New Favorite Gardening Tool

I needed some new gardening gloves. I had worn through the tips of the fingers on my leather ones. I went to several stores and couldn't find anything like what I wanted. So, I tried a different type. These Atlas Nitrile Tough gloves are fantastic! I love them for planting, weeding etc. Now they would not work at all for working with thistle or roses those still require my tried and true leather gloves. They have a bit of elastic cuff that keeps the dirt from falling down into the glove. They also seem to wick the moisture out so your hands don't get so sweaty. Laurence purchased a pair as well and he loves them for weeding too.
Durable Nitrite Coating, resists punctures and abrasions, outperforms leather. No seams, fits like a second skin. Wears like iron; extremely durable. The flexible nitrile coating is tougher than rubber, protecting palms and fingertips from the rigors of every day work. Seamless lightweight black nylon knit liner increases comfort while it repels dirt and stains. Ideal for jobs requiring maximum dexterity and freedom of hand movement without the fatigue associated with heavier, bulkier gloves. Machine washable.

Addendum: I discovered they have them in colors as well. Now I have a pair of pretty pink ones too!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 3, 1989

3:02 pm
Aisling changed my life forever.
4# 10 oz., 18" long.


Sorry about not sending you that lamborgini for your birthday.(You're still my favorite!)