Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, September 30, 2004
11:39:49 AM EDT
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow! For the grapes' sake,
if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost
-- For the grapes' sake along the wall.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I'll write the name as soon as I remember it...have lots of these
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I could pretend and say,"I don't remember."
But, no, I'll tell you what I did today --
I stored September.
Sat in the sun and let the sun sink in,
Let all the warmth of it caress my skin.
When winter comes, my skin will still remember
The day I stored September.
And then my eyes --
I filled them with the deepest, bluest skies
And all the traceries of wasps and butterflies.
When winter comes, my eyes will still remember
The day they stored September.
And there was cricket song to fill my ears!
And the taste of grapes
And the deep purple of them!
And asters, like small clumps of sky...
You know how much I love them.
That's what I did today
And I know why.
Just simply for the love of it,
I stored September.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in who is heaven:
The hallowing of our name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world.
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from on another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love now and forever.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And this is the book bag they all came in.
Also the grands belonged to the childrens summer book club and got a trip to the fair, a trip to the museum, a trip to the train museum and a McDonald's Happy Meal as their prize. We went to the fair and took a few pictures. It was a rainy day but they had on their splashing boots and had a great time.
And Hali has decided on a new hair style which she wears everywhere. She says she doesn't want to have bangs.
Going to Farmer's Market and the Boutique in the morning. Children are away for three days so hoping to get some weeding and pruning done in the gardens.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Drouth weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat—a league of rutty way—
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal all is well,
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side --
A friendship that takes time to grow --
Small wonder why we love them so.
Friday, August 07, 2009
It's interesting how certain flowers evoke a sense nostalgia: roses, hollyhocks and hydrangeas to name a few.
There's no question these are beautiful in the garden but if cared for properly you can also use them inside.
There are 2 methods you can follow to preserve these blooms and both involve drying.
The first is rather simple. All you do is remove the leaves along the stem and bundle 5 or 6 of them together and hang them in a cool dry place.
The other method actually involves water. Just prepare a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part glycerin. You can find this at your local pharmacy. Now the way this works is that the water and the glycerin are drawn through the stem of the plant and the water evaporates through the petals leaving the glycerin. This makes the bloom more soft and supple to the touch and it also helps to preserve the color and the shape of the bloom longer. To help with the uptake of the solution I cut the stems at a SLIGHT ANGLE before sliding them into the vase. It's important to remember that the best time to cut hydrangeas is when the petals are showing a slight green color. These processes of preserving are a great way to enjoy hydrangeas through the fall and winter. From the garden, I'm Allen Smith. P. Allen Smith Gardens? Copyright 1999 - Hortus, Ltd
It’s a small compost bin made from a rubber trash can. It’s just the right size for small spaces; it has a lid to keep out the critters and it’s easy to maneuver around the garden.
Materials:Rubber Garbage Can with a Locking Lid (Choose a size that will provide you with enough compost, but still be manageable. Just make sure the lid locks.)
Drill with a 1/2-inch twist bit or a hole saw bit
Bricks or Concrete Blocks to Raise the Garbage Can Off the Ground
Directions:Drill holes in the bottom and on the sides of the garbage can to provide plenty of air circulation. Place the garbage can on bricks to raise it off the ground. This allows air to circulate under the can and prevent the composting material from becoming stagnant. Some gardeners prefer that the garbage can sit on the ground so earthworms can help with the composting.
Add kitchen scraps, dried leaves, grass clippings, and disease-free plant material.
It is helpful to chop kitchen scraps into small pieces so that they will break down quickly.
Good to Know: What's that smell?If your compost bins starts to smell, it’s not getting enough air. Simply turn the pile and add more brown material such as dried leaves.
Keep the compost moist and turn it every two weeks.
To turn, just put the garbage can on its side and roll it around. Make sure the lid is locked in place.
A piece of rebar or a bulb auger attached to a drill are also useful tools for stirring up the compost.
Be mindful of how much you put into your compost bin.
You don’t want it to become too heavy to manage.
If space allows, build 2 trash can composters so that you can allow one to compost while you fill the other.
What can you put in your composter?
Uncooked vegetables and fruits.
Be sure to cut them up into small pieces so they will break down faster. This is helpful with a small compost bin.
Disease free plant material.
Avoid sticks and woody plant materials because they will not break down.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The garden at Elmore school where Owen went to school last year was in need of a summer caretaker so I volunteered for the job and take Owen and Hali along to help. We weed, hoe, water and pick whatever is ripe to take to Salvation Army. It's a lot of fun and we can play in the park during the watering time as there is a handy dandy sprinkler to use. The top picture is the vegetable garden, with corn, peppers, asparagus, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon and squash. The middle picture is the wildflower garden. I know the white ones are daisies LOL. The third picture is the butterfly garden with the milk weed in bloom now. I'm waiting for the butterflies to arrive in August.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Owen and his friend from last summer got back together today at the Teddy Bear picnic at Southwest Library.
Holding their 'rent a bear' Teddy Bears...ours got left at home
Friday, July 03, 2009
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So on this 4th of July holiday, take a few minutes and silently thank these patriots and others who have given so much for our freedom.
That's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Hail Columbia, happy land!
Hail, ye heroes, heav'n-born band,
Who fought and bled in freedom's cause,
And when the storm of war was gone
Enjoy'd the peace your valor won.
Let independence be our boast,
Ever mindful what it cost;
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let its altar reach the skies.
Firm, united let us be,
Rallying round our liberty,
As a band of brothers joined,
Peace and safety we shall find.
Immortal patriots, rise once more,
Defend your rights, defend your shore
Let no rude foe, with impious hand,
Invade the shrine where sacred lies
Of toil and blood, the well-earned prize,
While off'ring peace, sincere and just,
In Heaven's we place a manly trust,
That truth and justice will prevail,
And every scheme of bondage fail.
Joseph Hopkins and Philip Phile
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
To the scenes of my childhood days.
A sudden thought, or an old movie script,
Words from a spoken phrase…or fireflies.
A Little League game,
running boards on cars,
The smell of tar as it hits my nose,
Wild violets, red rover, or "8-9-10, here I come!
"Hot, dusty dirt between my toes…and fireflies.
Cotton candy will do it,
or pink bubble gum,
Or dandelions thick in my grass,
or the bounce of a ball,
But nothing transports me as fast…as fireflies.
The flick-flick signal like a flashlight
Of the lightning bug's mating call.
The flutter of my heart again
the mason jar
And the chase is on,
as I recall…the fireflies.
By Suzanne Bailer
There is a certain sadness that comes to me in summer.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Played at the Fish Park today and went out for lunch.
Tomorrow is Hali's birthday Party, she'll be three.
She's been asking for an alligator and a clown doll.
Went out to lunch with old friends a couple days ago. It's always a fun time with them.
My sun porch is so pleasant that I spend a lot of quiet time there reading and resting.
I planted a lot of perennials close together and it seems to be working, not many weeds are poping through.
Today I am thankful for the sunshine and soft breezes.
A couple good salad recipes.
Authors and Poets.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Yesterday was library day and they had a campout...or I should say in. The tent was set up in the library. They sure had fun. I got some good books and movies too. I have pictures still in the camera. We're looking forward to opening day of the Bullfrogs, local baseball team. It's the 28th and we're hoping to go. Also got tickets to see Thomas from Sodor on June 13th. Have purchased little flags for the kids to put out in the yard for Flag Day, the 14th
A family of Cardinals is in the yard, how beautiful.