Sunday, April 22, 2012

April TUSAL

I've seen so many people joining in the fun recently over at It's Daffycat, with her 2012 TUSAL...
Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long...that I just had to be a proverbial lemming (yes, Mom, I'm jumping off the cliff with all the others).  I've kept a jar in the past, so it seemed this TUSAL was a no-brainer.

And, without too much wordiness...here it my April 21st contribution...

I see a lot of people placing cute little kitty baubles near their TUSAL jars, but having kitties that don't seem to bother my stuff (lucky, lucky me!), I placed a bunny next to mine...which run rampant in my yard eating my plants and making me generally crazy(er)!  I guess that's the next best thing. 

Anyone who is interested in participating, you can find the link HERE to take you to the fun.
Or...here is the straight-up address:
 http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2011/11/totally-useless-stitch-long.html

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I recently received a note from Jen over at "Stamp with Jen" letting me know she awarded me the Liebster Blog Award!  All I  can say is thanks so much, Jen!  I humbly and gratefully accept your kindness.  I'm honored.

So now the fun begins....

Here are the award rules as found at The Fine Arts Studio site:

1- Choose FIVE up and coming blogs to which you award the Liebster. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
2- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3-Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites

So here are my five award recipients...
1.  Miss Abigail's Hope Chest:  a chronicle of what is being made and going into Abigail's Hope Chest!  I don't even know if folks do Hope Chests anymore, but I love that she's inspiring us with her posts!
2. Suburban Homesteading : A site where the owner will tell you that her family is "on a path of low-impact, self-sustaining, old-time ways on a budget"! Kudos to them!
3. Cooking with Veggies:  At this site, Ruth gets a box of produce from the local organic farm every other week, and then you get to see her apply her creative culinary juices!
4. Violet Viola Viooltje:  Cross stitcher extraordinaire.  I can't find how many followers she has, but her site is definitely worth a gander over.  She stitches some remarkable pieces.
5. Sampler Lover's Blog:  again,  some beautiful cross stitching going on there, along with some site seeing here and there!

Wow, that was sooo fun!  This was a great idea and I once again thank Jen over at Stamp with Jen and hope you visit her site as well as the sites listed above.

Have an excellent day!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Our Spring Yard


As I peek at the Weather Bug on the edge of my monitor, I see it's 69° outside.  How is one to resist perfect Spring temps for very long?  So out I went to survey the land...(I wish)...

First thing I needed to do, before they got out of control, was pull up the old stems from last years Spearmint.  
It was a little scary in there....
It looks so much better now...
I really never use them, the previous owners put them in.  They were Pakistani and used them a lot in their cooking.  I should pull the whole thing out, but I don't have the heart.  The smell of spearmint reminds me of my grandma.  When I was a kid, she brought me over to her s-mint patch and rubbed some on my wrists.  I smelled the skin off myself that day and ever since I associate the smell with Gram.  I still rub it on my wrists.

So while I'm at it...here is how things are growing this year...
Rhubarb....check
Looking like it's going to be a banner year this year.  And I get to harvest much more this year because it's four years old!!  Pretty excited about that.

Next...Kiwis...check√
The last two or three years either the weather or the rabbits have taken their toll on the poor things.  This year we finally got smart and put up some chicken wire around the bases.  That seems to have taken care of the bunnies, and we've already been out once in the evening with sheets trying to protect them from pop-up freeze warnings we've had.  We do have a male and female and the variety is called "Anna", if I remember right.  It supposedly does well in Maine, so we figured it would do fine here.  We have yet to prove that theory.
UPDATE~~It froze last night!...and you guessed it...disaster.  We covered it, but to no avail, I think there are 6 green leaves left on the poor things...all else is frozen-brown.  Ugh.

Let's see next is the Asparagus patch...check and check√√...
 We've already harvested enough for two or three meals.  This is their 6th year and they are soooo good!

This is one of our two Blueberry plants...(it has yet to receive it's check....)
These have struggled since we bought them.  Partly due to the critters that nibble and partly due to our learning curb.  We put a "cage" around these, too, this year.  Now we wait...

Also not quite earning it's check this year (yet) are the ever bearing Raspberries...
 I'm sorry, but I really don't get these plants very well.  I grew up with the 'staked' seasonal raspberries (I picked them in the summer for $$), but I always forget these are outside needing to be checked.  We'll weed them and give them one more year to prove themselves (they haven't been big producers) and then it's curtains!  Today I placed an order at Gurney's  for a couple Heritage Raspberry plants.  My sister in S. Oregon swears by them, so I'm hoping for good things.

This is my overgrown herb bed, the things that come back strong year after year.  I think I need to get my hoe out and do some precision surgery this year though.  They are running rip-shod over the area!
Especially....duh, duh, duh.....
CHIVES!!!   They have taken over out there!  And how, you may ask, did this happen??

Above you is the culprit...seeds.  They bloomed and seeded all over the place!  So, I am now prompted to sit out there and pinch off all the buds so they don't pull that trick again!


The last thing I have to present at Show and Tell is my husband's water barrel system.  Water is outrageously high here, so this is our solutions for garden water...
And again...
And...again...

There are eight in total.  Hopefully that should keep water costs down and be an asset in an emergency.

We have been shopping for a few acres to build on and become a little more self-sufficient, but to no avail so far.  Being farm kids ourselves, the urge to return to the land is great, like Salmon spawning.
Wish us luck on our endeavours, as we wish you the same.
(Broccoli, spinach, lettuce and peas went in today.  Poor guy...he needs more space!!  That tree is meeting it's maker this year.)
Hope this wasn't too boring, the kitties certainly enjoyed the spectacle as it was occurring!