"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sunflowers as big as my vintage dinner plates

are now growing on the grounds...........

they are such a delight to see each day out in my garden. 


The pomegranate tree has got quite a few fruit on it's limbs


and the ornamental gourds and pumpkins are starting to fill out their beds with their vines and large leaves

with an assortment of different 


and colorful gourds


and my favorite........pumpkins

the Lantana bushes are all in full bloom

and I have planted zinnia in containers........
and in one very large garden space.......
that I hope ,soon, will bloom and I can show you. 


The prairie is still full of colorful wildflowers.

The Mexican Hat Coneflowers have caught my eye

and my imagination...........so I captured them in my embroidery.
It has been extremely hot ........sometimes, humid.......
yet we have gotten wonderful rain.
So tell me..........what is growing in your gardens?
How is the weather treating you?




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Taboo's mouth and whiskers quiver,

and his tail thumps...........in his deep sleep. He is having the wildest dream.......
and I know what about...........
He had a most interesting and exhausting day.......
for a cat ........on his first day out

Taboo has been sitting by the window......most of his first year of life here, 
watching us outside.....and wanting to be with us.
It is extremely dangerous.......I do not want to lose him,
so I have been placing him in a harness and he has had little 
visits in the backyard........with Homer

he watches Sophie catch her Frisbee

and he acts puffy and silly when Sophie approaches.
Now he has been walking the grounds with Sophie and I.......
today was an adventure for him, 


he got to visit the chickens in the chicken yard, as I placed a few eggs into my pocket, 


he was drawn to the buzzing of busy bees as they were trying to 
make a home into a hole on the outside of the house

just as we made it into the front .......a very hot and thirsty raccoon came to make his daily visit

The coon now knows me well and does not mind if I sit to talk to it for a few moments....
Taboo........is safely tucked away behind me...........
terrified of what he thinks is a strange new cat.
I will not allow Taboo close to any wild animal........another good reason
to have him on a harness
He sniffs out a new scent at the base of an old mesquite tree


and discovers a nest.......with 

5 warm and snugly baby bunnies in it.
I pull Taboo away before he gets to introduce himself.........

then.......he gets into a crouching mode.....you can see his interest all over his face.........
but no way....Taboo


this hornet is almost 2 inches long and can deliver a very painful sting


Just as the day is growing tired.........and starts to push us home for the afternoon.....
A bobcat comes out of the brush behind the chicken yard......


and 3 lively and bouncy bobcat kits come out with  her. 
They jump and roll just like domestic kittens do......
and I lingered to watch them play

a little too long perhaps..............
soon the mother bobcat noticed me..........time for Taboo, Sophie and I to head home


So here lies.........a very tired cat.......
dreaming about his adventures of the day.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A few weeks ago , I posted about the wild Algerita Berry

bushes that grow abundantly and were full of blossoms and buzzing bees
( March 13 2016 post)

well, now they are heavy with sweet edible berries. 

The berries have a sweet tangy-ness to them.......safe to eat.......
but full of seed much like a black berry. Most people gather them to make jelly.
The leaves are very pointed and sharp and they hurt your fingers when trying to remove the berries.
I have heard of people laying a cloth underneath the bush and then whacking it with a broom to remove the berries easier. 

The Cherry Laurel is also heavy with berries. It grows wild here as well.  Although, not good for human consumption, the birds love to eat the juicy berries. 

My cactus was showing 
"its heart" to me the other day. I don't know how this sometimes occurs, but once in a while I spot a heart shaped cactus.

You have asked if I am in the middle of the terrible flood waters here in Texas.........no....
I am far away from that, however, as I was walking with Sophie, I saw this quickly approaching

in no time the whole sky was dark and orange and the dust so thick and choking.
Horrible dirt storms are sometimes a constant when the wind is blowing hard.
The next day, my car looked like someone poured a load of dirt all over it.
It covered the grass and the pumpkin plants out in the garden.
But in a day it was over and gone.
Hope this finds that you are having pleasant weather.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"No Matter How Fast Computer and Email Is, " she said,

"Let's Always Write Long Letters To Each Other"
..... although I love the fast response of email...........I agreed with my dear friend,...... 
and every month, or whenever the mood struck..........for years................I would write a long letter to her, describing my day, my life, my world..........the news of children growing too quickly, of ideas and dreams ,of happiness and tears, ....often placing  a pressed flower or leaf from the gardens.........sometimes a feather, dropped from a wild bird,  flying in the woods........... between the pages and then sealing and finding the right stamp ...........and then dropping  it into the mail box........
waiting anxiously for a thick stuffed envelope the following week, in response from her.

I remember the day her daughter called to tell me that she was suddenly gone...........
no more anxious waiting and checking in the mail box.........
no more letters to write.
It's been years since she has passed..............I still have letters that she had once sent........ full and fat,
with words of new job offers, romance and marriages happening,  grand babies on the way, the death of a husband, a promise to come visit soon.......... and flower petals from a brilliant colored rose that once bloomed in her garden. 
Now I am not anxious to wait for the mail.........for a bill, or advertisement.
My old weathered mail box , that was once used before having to chose a post office box.........
seems as lonely as I do for just one more letter.  
I place some of my garden flowers inside of it to cheer us both up.
How about you?  Do you still love pretty stationary and writing pens? Do you have someone to write long letters to ?  Or does your busy schedule lure you to email for fast response?
 I would love to hear.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

In gardening, I always have 2 major problems,

when planting any kind of seed.........in any kind of container, and in any place outdoors......
or inside of the greenhouse.......
mice and rats always dig up the seed. It happens every year.

Now, one problem has been remedied .........so far.  I have had 3 large glass aquariums with wire mesh lids , that my children used to raise toads and lizards in. They have been sitting in storage for a long time.

I have now used each aquarium as a terrarium of sorts for sprouting all of my seed.

The glass walls of the aquarium and the wire mesh lid, keep the rodents completely away from my newly planted seed.  I also tape clear plastic wrap on the inside of the mesh lid to help prevent moisture from evaporating.

Now my greenhouse is full of growing plants 

from pumpkins to all kinds of flowers, 

getting ready to be transplanted into my gardens outside.............

which now brings up the other problem.........rabbits, rabbits, and more rabbits.
There are so many rabbits out on the grounds..........I love them, I do,..........but they mow anything that I have planted down and I lose all of my hard work in just days.

I can fix chicken wire fencing around every garden.........which I really don't want to do..
for time consuming, watering issues , and expense.
But I will, if I have to.........so can any of you , dear readers, 
give me any advice?
Do you have rodent problems in your gardens?
If so, what do you do to make them stay away??
Poison is not an option for me, and I don't have time to trap, re locate, and release.
I hope to start planing by the first week of May.
Any advice you can give me, will be greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 18, 2016

No Matter Where I Serve My Guest..........They Seem To Like My Back Yard Best

In the early morning hours, while feeding the chickens and looking over the gardens, I have been hearing the wild turkey, "gobbling" from somewhere in the woods

this morning, I heard them close to the front yard.

Just a little while later, this tall hungry character shows up only 10 foot away from my back door, enjoying the bird seed . I love the way it's eyes look........don't you?

I carefully and quietly slipped out of the door,  and took it's photos,  and then......
it spotted me and off it ran into the woods.........."making it's gobbling noise as it went"
How lucky I feel to have seen this beautiful creature.
So tell me........any dinner guests at your back door lately?