Friday, November 18, 2011

its winter Nov 18th 2011

Winter has been a bit slower arriving this year than years past. We usually have snow on Halloween. This year r=the first little snow was this past week and today we are getting some ground sticking footage. I still have a few pots on the porch cover in blue plastic and they are still alive. We brought in 2 bell peppers and a tomato bush, all alive so far. I need to clear the porch before Thankgiving and today might be the day for that. The chickens are fine in the coop, the light is on and we are still getting 3-4 eggs a day. The younger chicken have still not started laying. We have eaten the corn. Bill has been drying bell peppers, bread crumbs and mushrooms. We are going through about 15 pieces wood a day not including palette wood...heaters are still off. Bill think 75 degrees in the house is way too hot I think its fabulous!

november18th our first big snow 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

NO SNOW yet lots of frost

Nov 7th and all the leaves are down...chickens are cozy in the coop and you know its cold when the dogs don't mind being inside.
Made the crock pot applesauce and a pot of meatball soup....Bill is making green chili stew tonight for dinner....yum!
starting to plan for the upcoming holiday parties!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

FINALLY some eggs

Well we are now getting some eggs. 3 Today!!!! Bill adjusted the nesting boxes higher and put the roosts a bit higher too.The ladies seem to like it. Tonight I put in some new hay and we'll see what tomorrow brings. Earlier this week (Tuesday Oct 4th) we had a first fire in the woodstove...very toasty. That was a week later than last year! We still are above freezing at night for hopefully another week. After work today I pulled the remaining potatoes and a few carrots. We still have lots of green tomatoes and since it is getting dark now before 7pm I doubt they will turn red on the vine.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

heading to Indianapolis to see Chris! been shopping at Heart of Ohio....wish i could take all of these home.

Monday, July 18, 2011

today was warm

This evening we walked the dogs and picked a bowlful of wild strawberries to eat over lemon whipped cream tonight (sigh) still delicious! Wild Strawberries are tiny but tasty. There are several good patches and I am letting it spread in the flowerbeds hoping they will be abundant next year. I would love to have a bowl of my own blueberries blackberries raspberries and strawberries. Maybe next year! We planted blueberry bushes recently...3 are doing well... one not so hot.
I got up early and watered this morning watering especially the pots. Potato,lettuces and peppers are doing well.
Chickens are tucked away for the night. They have been dining on fresh grasses and seed heads and old apples. The barred rock chicken is still the biggest, the rhode island red still the bossiest.
This has been the best year ever for the delphiniums and my elderberry looks beautiful. This evening is wonderfully cool but the mosquitos are biting too much to sit outside.
It is starting to be a nice summer....finally.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A beautiful weekend July 9-10

This morning I went for a little walk with the big dogs to check the wild strawberries.This time of year I check almost everyday to see how many have ripened. Pick a few to eat on the trail. Wild strawberries are so sweet even when they are not quite ripe you just cannot resist standing there and eating them right away. While I was out there I think I found some wild asparagus...sort of purplish pink and fuzzy ,weird looking, about five inches tall (pictured below)....strange we were just talking about wild asparagus.
The wild roses are almost finished and I am hoping for a good crop of rose hips.Last year they were not so hot! I want to try to make rose hip jelly full of vitamin C.
In the garden.... the corn is growing,broccoli tomatoes are all coming along nicely.
Its so warm I hung the laundry out today.
Must water tonight!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I could weed 24-7 and still would be behind. The grasses have gone wild this year since I ignored them last summer. Napweed and dandelions are my main focus. I love clover so I only pull it when I must and give it to the chickens.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 4th weekend

WOW things are popping with just a little heat. Potatoes,onions and cabbage are doing well. planted more broccoli, brussel sprouts,peppers in pots, lettuces, amaranth and parsley. Peonies are going CRAZY which is nice since the rhodies were a bust this year.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

back from Portland

The yard has gone crazy since we left. Peonies,lobelia,iris and poppies are blooming everywhere. the potatoes are doing well and the peas are up. I have one tiny tomato on my old german tomato plant.
At Bear Creek Nursery in Stayton/Scio we bought 4 blueberry bushes,hebe, chocolate penstemon and assorted sedums. At the red barn we got a shitake mushroom kit.
I replaced our bell peppers plant and took the wall of waters off the tomatoes.
weeding is my new hobby every evening...grasses have taken over certain areas. Oh and I will be mowing for the next 3 days solid!

Chicken cam

Thursday, June 16, 2011

cold summer

So far...I am now hoping for a long autumn!
Went out this morn at 5:30 to check the yard, which is very wet,nearly froze in just a light sweater Tshirt combo.
Bill is up early making kielbasa sausage. Dogs are napping. Chickens need checking.
The corn is finally popping up and we may get some peas soon.
My little fushia plants look good for a change...they like this crappy weather!

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Bills corn

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The main color poking up this week is blue...lupines,iris and columbines. I do not think I will have my usual iris display this year.Some of my favorites are not sending up blooms at all . I did thin a bit last year which may be why.
We had a good rain yesterday and thunderstorms last night. This morning my sweats are a muddy mess after just a little walk around the yard.
I think I might remove the wall o waters this weekend and see how the tomatoes are on their own.
Bill has been furiously working on wood and is almost at the halfway mark for this coming winter.
Hamish (the big white dog) went out last night,headed down the front steps then heard one crack of thunder turned and ran back up the stairs. What a big baby!
This morning....Tapas is still in bed.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another 3day weekend

since I have to work next Saturday ... I though I would take another 3 day weekend to catch up on home and yard.
It helped.
We planted corn, Navy beans,yellow wax beans Moulin Rouge sunflowers, teddy bear sunflowers more basil, carrots,beets, zuchinni red onions.
I mowed and would again today but we are expecting thunderstorms today.
the columbines are blooming along with the creeping phlox. the first Iris are not far off.
The first Five chickens are doing well out in their coop. (Buff orpinton arucana rhode island red and barred rock) They seem to enjoy the sunny days and run back in the coop when the dogs come by. It is funny that the youngest wyndotte is now the second largest. The second batch of chicks are in the bathroom and if the weather stays warm will be in the coop 3 weeks from now.

Monday, May 30, 2011

slow spring

2011 has been a slow spring I still have daffodils in late May and the lilacs are not close to blooming.
For vegetables I have cabbage broccoli cauliflower peas lettuce and beans in. Thanks to the wall o waters pumpkins, peppers and tomatoes. Oh and potatoes for the first time.
Hoping to get red onions in today.
I lost the remaining back roses. Julie from work gave me four bushes she was digging up and they are doing very well so far. I bought 2 own root roses at the master gardners sale and a joe pie weed (Chocolate variety) that seem ok as well.
Bill planted the first patch of asparagas this year and he plans for much more next year.
Rhubarb is up and ready to cut and there are tons of wild strawberries.
I have spent a bit of time (7am-3 pm) planting flowers and digging up dandylions.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

wow winter is almost over

I saw the first bluebirds today and a robin...the sun is out and the snow is melting. The ground is still loaded with ice but it is retreating in 45 degree weather.
Here is a lovely spring picture from may 2009. I am hoping some of these tulips survived.

Dish obsession continues

A very fun set that Elaine Madrid gave me. Perfect for breakfast or steak and beans! Then one of my Autie Caroline's tea sets. She p...