Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Last of August

Now this cucumber starts to grow after not having success with them all summer!

I don't usually have much success trying to grow radishes in the fall time but thought I would try once again!  If you are successful what is your secret????

Picking a few strawberries but they are kind of sour.  What is the problem??  Guess I need to go to google!

We took a trip to Pt. Huron, MI where we use to live for a family reunion and stopped to see my brother.

I think this is a grasshopper.  I would say it is not a good bug to be in my garden!!

These are lemon cucumbers. I wasn't sure when to pick them.  Because of limited space I don't think I will grow them next year.  Have to pick and choose.

We received this Cactus Candy from a friend.  We think it tastes like the "chuckles" candy.

I made these yucky gluten free biscuits.  Having to eat gluten free is not fun but there are much worse things in life so I need to be thankful!

This is our adorable great-granddaughter Nora with her first piano!!   I played piano duets with a friend today and so enjoyed it.  I hope she grows up to love the piano as much as I and her Grandma does!  Seems strange to call our daughter Grandma!!

I bought one pot of Rudbeckia and we got it planted today.  It should spread and help fill in.

Mums were on sale so bought two pots, one yellow and one burgundy.   This one is still in the original container but got them both planted in the pots today.

Picked a few raspberries.  Might have gotten more if Coco had not knocked this clump of unripe ones off.

Now tell me, who could stay mad at this sweet innocent face!  

I found this nice basket at the thrift store although I was looking for something else I didn't find!  My yarn for my knitting and crochet projects are resting in it now!  Time to relax!  Have a wonderful rest of the night!  See you next time!  Nancy

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16th

I have some very organized friends that love to organize.  That is not one of my skills!!  I love putting things in jars and found these pretty labels on the Strangers and Pilgrims blog.  "Wonderful Gardener" made them up for me and now I have the jars on the floor of my pantry looking so nice and easy to find.

Here you can see a close up of one.

Two more beautiful peppers from my one pepper plant.  There are two more small ones and that is it for this year.  

My friend and I are getting together to play piano duets.  We are having so much fun doing this!

I dug out a little raspberry runner from around my bushes and planted it in this pail.  Hoping it will grow!

Our friends went out of town and said we could pick from their garden.  This is what we were blessed to come home with!

Here is "Wonderful Gardener" helping me make tomato juice from some of those tomatoes sputtering all the time saying he would just buy his tomato juice and there must be an easier way to do this!!

Our granddaughter from VA is in town for the week so we are enjoying her.  I had bought quite a bit of organic white flour before I found out I had to go gluten free so ask her if she would make up chocolate chip cookies for her Papa.  They turned out really well except for the last pan I forgot and left in the oven a little too long!!  Oops!  They weren't burnt but just a little too brown!

We are enjoying our great granddaughter Nora!

What a sweetheart little Nora is!!

Our Gracie is growing up so fast!  She can't wait to be old enough to babysit!!  Would you please leave a comment so I will know that you have visited and have a great rest of the week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bits and Pieces

My green sweet pepper had almost turned red and so I picked it!!  It had one little bad spot on the bottom so it is a good thing that I did!

I had three yucky tomato worms this year.  I had not seen a live one before in my gardening experiences.

Even with the plant falling over and the tomato hornworms I picked quite a few tomatoes.  We pulled it out today.  It seems that the gardening season is ending a month early here this year.

My cucumbers had lots of blossoms but some of them just shriveled up like this one and I don't know if the ones left will ever develop enough to eat.  Could it be the reason is that they did not get pollinated?  This has not been the best first year gardening in my little courtyard!

Here is one that hasn't shriveled up yet.  Do you think it has time to grow into something large enough to eat?

A picture of one of the other tomato hornworms.  See all those yucky white things hanging from him!!  Are they eggs or little worms?  This part of gardening is not for me!!

Since we were having company I picked some flowers off the front bushes and three lavender flowers that were left and stuck in one of my tea pots for a centerpiece.

We were delighted to have our friends, Darlene and Rich from Michigan, stop by for a visit.  Also Marcia from there who I neglected to get a picture of.

A green pepper and a red pepper from the same bush!  Isn't that amazing when you stop to think about it!

Coco helped herself to a couple of my zucchinis!  Grrrrr!

I made wonderful gardener a raspberry pie.  I was good and did not eat any of it since I am not suppose to have gluten.

Some of my tomatoes.  Aren't they a pretty red against the blue placemat!

Bought some cucumbers and made up a batch of freezer dills.

Started another quilt!  Never mind all the other projects I need to finish!  Thanks for taking the time to visit!  I am off now to feed Coco her dog food and her carrots!  Come again!

Progress in the Courtyard!

  It was so nice to look out my bedroom window this morning and see the Clematis blooming instead of a pile of snow.  It is a rainy day agai...