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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oct. 6th 2019 Happenings

Feeding my gluten free sourdough.  About once a month I get it out of the refrigerator and feed it with gluten free flour and water and make muffins and pancakes.  Then I put it back in the refrigerator till the next time.  A box of six gluten free donuts can cost $5 so this helps out with the cost of eating gluten free.

The Lord is still blessing us with a few strawberries and raspberries!  When there are too many to eat I slice and freeze them and then put in a bag.  They can be eaten frozen for a snack, put in smoothies or on cereal.

My poor lettuce got beaten down in a hard rainstorm!  That is not a snake in the corner but the cord to my camera!

Sungold tomatoes still producing on the front porch.  We had some days in the 80's but in the 60's now so probably won't be ripening for much longer.  I guess fall has arrived!

Isn't this the most beautiful rose!  It was just a little different color pink and has opened up even larger than in this picture.  I had a tooth extracted but hubby got this a day or two before just because he is glad we can grow old together.  I second that!

I have a small raspberry patch but put a couple in five gallon pots to try.  I also planted strawberry plants around it that I started from runners.  Don't know if they will live through the winter but thought I would try.  Next spring I want to get a blackberry or black raspberry plant to try in a pot.  Gardeners are always planning for next year!  Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week!  Nancy 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Misc. Sept. 19th 2019

Here we are again still plodding along.  Me with my chronic fatigue and hubby spent a few days in the hospital with a blocked small intestine.  Home and doing good now!  Thank the Lord.  Here is one of Coco's favorite spots to lay now.  Under the bedskirt on the bed.  She is 13 and 1/2 half years old and goes about the speed we do.  LOL

I read that it is time to plant my fall/winter garden in the cold frame.  We have had lots of warm days in the 80's but they seem to be doing okay even though the temperature in the cold frame reaches over a 100 degrees.  I do cover with a cloth quite often to help shade them.  Hoping for things to eat at least until December!

This is an 8 ball zucchini.  First year I have grown one.  Don't think I will order seeds again but may try to use up what I have.  I planted regular zucchini too but no luck this year.

Finally getting a few raspberries every day!  Makes me happy.  My friend brought me some she picked for the freezer.  That makes me happy too!

More lettuce I planted in another bed hoping to eat soon.

Trying to figure out how to make a kleenex box cover!  Wish me luck!

I had so many of these last year but have only seen one this year.  It is on my parsley.  Thanks for visiting!  I need to try to go out and plant a few carrot seeds now.  Hope you are enjoying these nice days!  Nancy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sept. 4th update

My roasted broccoli.  It is roasted alright and went into the trash can.  Better luck next time!

My Raspberry bushes were spilling over into the path!  They have been cut and pulled back and a couple wires put on stakes to hold them back.

I planted celery seed in this pot.  Do I cut them now and dry them or how do I use them?

Christmas cards are so pretty and I hate to just throw them away.  I used this punch to cut out gift tags to be used at Christmas time from a bunch of mine.

I thought this pepper plant was done so I sat it by the door to be thrown out.  It didn't get tossed right away and then I saw some peppers growing so have kept it.  Who knew!

I missed using my hand lotion bars.  I really like them so used my energy one morning to make more.  Guess I kinda forgot how to do it!  Next time I won't fill them so full.  They will be easier to handle and I will probably have enough to fill the forth container.  Till next time enjoy each day!  Nancy  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Another Setback!! 8/22/19

Isn't this just the prettiest little bouquet!  The pot says Bee Well Soon.  I had a toothache start Friday.  By Monday my chin and jaw were badly swollen.  Had it fixed but by the third day I was red down into my chest with blood infection so was admitted to the hospital for five days on an IV and home on oral antibiotic for 10 days. Many prayers were sent up on my behalf.

Sue also brought me a half dozen beautiful pink roses after I was home.  She knows I love PINK!

Got my gluten free sourdough starter out of the refrigerator and started feeding it again and made up sourdough pancakes for a month and froze and the last batch of gf sourdough muffins will come out of the oven soon.  Then back into the refrigerator the gf sourdough starter will go for another month!

Not the best looking cucumbers but I wondered at one point if I would get any.  So far no zucchini and I doubt I will.  I thought zucchini was suppose to be easy to grow!

I am not too impressed with growing Amaranth so will probably plant fewer next year.  As you can guess not much accomplished around my little homestead lately!  Thank you for visiting and please come back again!  Nancy  

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Trying Again July 30 2019

It has been one thing after another.  Still trying to cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and then I had to break my arm!  I was walking in the house trying to get some exercise and went around a corner and down I went.  Here is Sue standing on a chair so I didn't have to bend over much with a trash bag over my head washing my hair!  Where there is a will there is a way!  It was my left arm but I never realized I used my left arm that much.

These are lemon balm leaves I decided to dry in the dehydrator.  I have always just hung up them up to dry before.

 Gluten free cookies.  Yummy.  Healthy except for the chocolate chips I had to put in them!

I did three of these embroidered Christmas bulbs (all different).  They were free patterns until the end of July from Joy from Joy Filled Days.  I am not sure what I will decide to do with them yet.  She made hers into a wall hanging.

My Courtyard path is obviously a jungle and needs much work done.  I need to rearrange the tall plants behind the smaller ones.

My cucumbers seemed to have lots of little cukes but are not growing!  So I bought some and made a jar of refrigerator pickles.

My first year attempting to grow amaranth.  I thought the flower would be much prettier.

I just love the color of this lily!  Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.  I hope the bad gremlin has not visited your house and that you are having a wonderful summer!  Nancy  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Busy Bee Feb. 10,2019

I won't be gardening anytime soon!

My latest adventure was making a gluten free sourdough starter.  Evidently it was not strong enough as this is how my bread turned out and I had to throw it away  Gluten free flour is expensive so will wait awhile before I try making bread again.

I made these gluten free sourdough muffins and I do like them so will continue to make those.  Sourdough is suppose to have many health benefits so I am hoping I will get healthier!

I also tried a GF sourdough biscuit recipe but they didn't turn out either.  I may try a different recipe later on.

One more GF sourdough item was pancakes.  I do like them and will make more.

Valentine's Day is approaching so thought I'd better get my heart runners out.

I had made two so the other one was put on the music file cabinet.  There is quilting of hearts in the middle of them.

My friend, Sue Husted gave me this little wreath years ago so I thought it would look nice hanging here.  I have yet to find a pretty Valentine's wreath for our front door.

Hubby got this rose for me.  It smelled so nice.

He also got me this Accuquilt Go for Valentine's Day.  I have not had a lot of time to play with it yet but with my bad shoulder it will be so nice not to have to use the rotary cutter and ruler so much.  He has been having to hold the ruler for me so I think he is glad too!  I am one lucky wife!

This is it out of the box.

And opened up!

Different size cubes work with it.  I chose the 8 inch one.  Does anyone else have one of these?

Gracie learned how to sew a button on in school.  She did a super job and I am proud of her.

And here is one of the buttons.  Didn't she do a great job!  I am so excited to see any of the grandkids or great-grandkids learn new things!

Of course I wanted a silly one of them also!

This is the last picture!  Honest!  I chopped the celery leaves to freeze to flavor my soups.  Thank you for taking the time to look and read  I hope you will leave a comment!  Happy Valentine's Day.  I hope cupid is as good to you as he was to me!!  Nancy  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I received my new seeds for my little courtyard!  It will be awhile yet though!  I have never tried Amaranth before but it looked pretty and I think the leaves are suppose to taste like spinach.

Sitting in the house looking out at the neighbors roof I thought this roof looked like a quilt!  My husband said "only a quilter would think of that".

This is great granddaughter Nora talking on our antique phone!  Doesn't she look just like a teenager!  Those days will be here before we know it  Can't believe she is this big already!

Another one of her enjoying the snow in our courtyard!  Hmmm!  This is pretty good stuff!  When you don't have toys, a bucket and big spoon works!

Our other little great granddaughter Claire came to visit. So precious.  These little "greats" bring sunshine to our days.  Aren't they just the cutest and sweetest!

My newest adventure is trying to make a gluten free sourdough starter to make gluten free bread!  Wish me luck!!!  So far, so good!

I made this gluten free raspberry crisp and it was yummy.  The raspberries were in my freezer.  My friend Ann gifted them to me.  Thank you so much Ann.  It is delicious.

Our church is doing a one time book study on this book February 13th from 1p.m. till 3p.m.  I am usually napping by 3pm. but this kind of fit into my energy slots so thought I would try it.  I am enjoying reading the book.

One more dish cloth knitted.  This one is red although looks more pink here and it is for me.  It will be nice to use around Valentine's Day.

My last picture is my little buddy, Coco.  She is warming up the bed for my nap which I will take after posting this!  I am glad you could visit and would love if you could leave a comment.  Zzzzzzzzzz