Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mom mom and the hydrangea

Many many years ago I don't know maybe 8 or 9 years ago I was visiting a friend and her mother. Her name was Katherine but her grandson called her mom mom. Now this isn't just any friend, no it's my best friend of 20 + years. Well while I was there I noticed a plant mom mom had thrown out. It was probably Mother's Day or an Easter gift you know the kind that comes with beautiful blooms and that ever popular foil wrap and a ribbon. Well it came home with me I didn't know a thing about this particular plant but I popped it in the ground right beside my front porch. And forgot about it. Between over zealous weed wacking, front porch restoration, hardiboard house siding and this year a large rocking chair blew off the porch and landed on it! But last year there were blooms! And this year the color is so pretty! Mom mom sadly has left us. Now when I see these beautiful blooms I think about mom mom and how she would say " it's just this life then the next" and somehow both make me smile!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Morning walk

I've been enjoying this cooler weather, by taking a morning walk with the dogs. When my daughter was here with her doggies it was quite a different walk. But this morning it was just me and my two pooches. So armed with my cup o coffee, and iPhone off we go. I am so lucky to have the creek run through our farm. This years abundant rains feel like a luxury compared to last years drought. The fields are lush and green. I need to mow but I've so enjoyed the wild things that have been growing. So here are a few photos from this area of Indiana on a summers morning. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Well I've done it! I have seemed to find a way to step a little closer to that eccentric  old woman living in the country! This year while planning my garden I was a little sidetracked. You see when they put in the new geothermal, the dug up oh about 500 feet starting to the left of my back door all the way out to the fence then into the pasture beyond the fence. Going through my garden spot of years past! No worries I thought I'd just till it up and go on. Well the top soil was no where to be found just hard clay! So I just planted a few beans, tomatoes scattered some lettuce seeds, zinnias ect just to see what would happen. Then I got busy and forgot about it. With all the rain this year it always seemed to be a mud mess when I went to weed. I wasn't that motivated. Well now here it is time for harvest to begin. I took a peak here and there cut some very pretty zinnias, found a mess of beans for dinner tonight for 2 with little red potatoes smoked sausage  little onion into the crock pot! Will be great with the little cherry tomatoes from the garden as well! So below are pics of the little garden, and today's catch!  Yep weeds almost as high as the old outhouse in the back ground! It's my favorite garden so far! No I won't be putting up anything from this garden this year but I've been loving going to the farmers market anyway. Can't say ill miss all those days weeding ect.. And it's a treasure hunt each time I go and look in the garden. Seems as though the critters haven't found the goodies! Puts new meaning to no hassle gardening my friends ! Oh yes and the milk weed this year is Devine .

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Farmers market

Recently, our little town liberty Indiana has started a Friday evening farmers market. It is so lovely. Last evening I went in to get a few things for dinner to go with our left over hamburger we were going to have as burgers on the grill. I came home with a sack of ripe tomatoes, a dozen ( 13) sweet corn, a homemade peach pie, and a little $2.00 bunch of garden flowers. Our dinner was so enhanced by all the delicious produce. And yes my weakness for fresh flowers. I have a $5.00 bunch of gladiolas on the dinning room table, very grand indeed. It's my bad habit! I've been known to make a stunning arrangement of roadside lilies, and Queen Anne s lace. My favorite. And right now seems like all the wild flowers are in bloom. They take turns in my back field as well. Sometimes joe pie weed, milk weed, or this time blue coneflower otherwise known as chicory. We are getting ready for an afternoon thunderstorm. We could really use one to give Mother Nature a brake of the almost daily upper 90s heat wave. I got to see Michael Franti last Thursday evening. What a treat if your not familiar with his music I urge you too look him up. It was a wonderful evening. Young old, black, white, jumping, clapping, singing together. Perfect  just what I needed to restore my faith in people coming together for fun. And I got to have my picture taken with him as well! I love a guy who can rock the dreads and bare feet look! The tickets were for my birthday back in may what a great gift. Something I needed and could use up in one evening!

Friday, July 12, 2013

July farm camp 2013

It's over for this year! And I loved every moment of them both! The kids, the parents, the creek, the dogs, the pool, my friends, the food, the tractor that started every time, the old hay wagon, the crafts, the fish, the craw dads, everything !

Monday, July 1, 2013

Where ever I go I am not alone!

Sometimes with my morning coffee, I read blogs! Much better than the news! Anyway today's pics are of my company on the sofa this morning. Most times if I can I am outside doing this. But it's a little cool and damp out today. Boy do I feel for those out west suffering from the record heat. Bu today and for the last week I've been thinking about change and why we make the decisions we do? What holds us back from making change? For me I guess it must be fear. But fear of what? The unknown ? After the big carbon monoxide scare of this winter it seems silly to contemplate too much about some major changes.... Hey there was distinct possibility that I might not even be here at all right now! After having a few health scares over the years , thank God they were only scares it starts  to make one think about life ..... And right now is one of those times when I feel like I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I know better but I guess we all have our flaws and that is certainly one of mine. So today I am going to enjoy my company, read some blogs and try to nail down some indecision .... And get started on and Finnish up some projects.