Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Salsa with fresh vegetables from our garden

The time is here. Time to harvest the many blessings from our garden. This is my first batch of salsa this year. The tomatoes are from our garden, pepper, onion and garlic purchased. We have some really nice jalepeno pepper plants, but not enough peppers for salsa yet. I hope to make at least one more batch this summer. Our weather is so hot and dry, I'm afraid we may not be able to water enough to keep the garden going very long. We have already watered the pear trees, when they started dropping their pears. I've never watered the pear trees before.

Aren't these tomatoes just a lovely color of red? So grateful for this bountiful harvest!
I love the vibrant colors of fresh peppers!
Here's the final outcome. I didn't get the picture downloaded of it all mixed together in the pot.
Yum! Now for some warm salsa on tortilla chips!
It's a little warm with peppers.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What a beautiful night for a sled ride!

We finally received some rain. We have been in dire need of rain on our lawns, gardens and pastures. All the grass is brown, and the roadways have been catching fire nearly every day. Then it rained. We were so blessed. We got about three inches. This also gave me the opportunity to move some thorn bushes that had been cut down to a burn pile to burn, since we got some rain. We've been under a burn ban for awhile. This is my low budget operation to transport these thorns to a suitable place to burn them. Drag a 16 foot 'cattle panel' behind the four wheeler, and pile thorn bushes on the panel, then drag to the fire. The Bear actually thought of this idea. It wasn't without glitches, but after a few minor adjustments, it worked just fine.
Here are the thorns after their sled ride to the fire! I heard a piece on NPR about someone had invented a competitive sport of eradicating some vine (probably Kudzu) in some southern state. I must think up something like that to get rid of these thorns. We've let them go for several years, and they are threatening to take over.
This is the worst lightening strike I've ever witnessed. It blew the top of this tree all apart and shredded  the trunk down to the ground. See how far the large pieces were blown away from the trunk. There are even large pieces of the trunk hanging in trees.
Mr. Green Snake. He is very large for a green snake.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Another shady project

I began my project, that I've put off for over a year now. I like to think I had good reason to take so long in finishing this part of our house. But breast cancer does have a way of taking some of your time and energy. So now that we're past all that, I got back to my brick painting. I wanted to give our house a little contrast and paint the interior walls on my front porch. I didn't want the paint to completely cover the brick. I wanted it to have a light, washed effect. So here is the wall with all the windows.
I began by power washing the whole porch. Then the prep work, covering the windows, ceiling and floor. I'm a little distracted, the Bear says I've got ADD. So I tend to start projects before the prep work is complete. Just to see how it goes. I suspect that I inherited this trait from my father. My mother would agree.
So this is the paper covering the ceiling. And we have this nifty little tool that was well worth the money. It attaches the tape to the paper as you roll it out.
There's my chigger bitten hand and the wonderful tool. The Bear talked me into that when we painted the interior of the house.

This would be the point in my preparation that I began to anticipate what it was going to look like. So I decided to start painting before I had all four windows covered. I had a strategy, not a very good one, as it turned out, but I had one. This would create problems for me later, but it all worked out in the end. My eagerness usually creates extra work for me. But hey, I like hard work.

And this is how the first wall looks when completed. Next I'll turn the corner. I have two more walls to paint. I've watered down my paint, 3 parts water/ one paint, and am spraying it from a hand sprayer.

And here's a shot of the house, just a little too far away to see the painted wall, but you get an idea of where this is going. The color matches the siding on either side of the chimney. Next I'll paint the front walls on either side of the chimney.  My husband, the Bear, is quite apprehensive about this project. He's a brick mason, laid all the brick on this house, and it's against brick mason law to paint brick. I hope he forgives me when this is done!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Another shady day

I try to stay out of the sun. But I love to get out and work. So I spent a little time today under another of my favorite trees on our place. This is an old hackberry. A large tree, with hugh limbs. Though it's rather large, it's not very sturdy. They splinter and break easily in wet or windy conditions. Our large tasks today were cutting down a couple of other hackberry trees that had broken and become a problem. But this is one of my favorite trees on the place.
Not a very good picture of the tree, but you can see the enormity of the branches. It doesn't have the thick leaf coverage to provide the deep shade that the oak has. Notice the hole on the trunk to the left. I wonder whose home that is?
This is my son's dog, Oakley. Another nice feature of this tree is the pond beneath it's branches. Oakley is preparing to go for a swim.
Here's Waylon. One of my son's three dogs. I missed the picture of all three of them together. So you have to see individual pictures of the dogs. See how large the shade is? Waylon, watching his mother swim.
And there's dog number three, Trigger. He's a sweet heart. He seems to be a watcher, he's usually sitting and watching. I'll not have a photo of the tree from outside the shade. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of the tree's profile.
And here is what we do under our favorite trees, we bury our dogs. This is Aussie's grave. We loved Aussie for fifteen years. He is the reason my son has three Australian shepards. He loved that dog! Aussie died Nov. 17, 2007. Ah, to live like Aussie. What a life. He made every step across that valley that I ever made during his 15 years here. He never barked unless it was absolutley necessary. If he did bark, you knew it was important. He was quiet, respectful, patient and loving. He rests under the shade of this beautiful tree.