Sunday, June 25, 2017

Teddy's Little World

 My poor old girl is slowing down.

 The older she gets, the smaller her world becomes.  I guess she is a lot like us.

 It's been years since she would get in the car.

 She no longer goes down to the lower gardens.

 She is leery of crossing the creek.

So, about 6 times a day, we go to the upper pond for a drink.  I tell my husband it's like someone pushing an elderly parent around the grounds at the retirement community.

 Here's a new mirror chain I made.

I really like these hummingbird chains because when the wind blows, the bird flies.  Click on the pic for a closer look.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Roses and Daisies

 We rushed our planting to get everything in before Tropical Storm Cindy arrived.  As it ended up, she arrived much later than predicted but still in time to water everything.

 I planted the beds with Knockout Roses, Daisies and some Impatiens.

 They will add the little bit of color my garden sorely needs.

Remember this bed I showed yesterday?
 Here it is now.

 It will be so pretty when it fills in.

 A grumpy chow.  She is not thrilled with this storm.

 My vegetables are going a bit crazy this year.

 And I finally have a zucchini!

 Here is a better pic of the front.

 Yesterday's pics had uneven sunlight shadowing them.

 I also potted the Geraniums for the cistern.

 If you look closely you can see the cistern running.

It recycles rain water that runs off of the garage roof.

 Here it is from my kitchen window.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


 I suddenly had a desire to plant geraniums.  I don't know where this came from. I was studying my back garden the other day when it hit me.  My gardens need geraniums.

 Then I realized my front steps needed red geraniums.  A splash of color for sure. Maybe it's the 4th of July inspiring me.  Geraniums just seem to go with the 4th.

 In the back I am going with pinks and whites around the cistern.

 I just need to pot them today.

 They will look pretty with the stonework in the background.

And look, the Oakleaf Hydrangeas are turning pink already.  Autumn can't be too far off now.
 I actually had trouble finding geraniums.  Most places were sold out already.

 I bought some roses and daisies too.

I am going to replant a couple of these lackluster beds.

 My constant helper.  She loves it when I work outside.  I tell her we are going to do work and she runs out the back door.  Then she lays down and falls to sleep while I work.

 Hydrangeas are blooming.

 More clematis on the back gate.

 This is blooming by the pool.

I'm waiting for my gladiolas to bloom too.  I've planted a lot of Zinnias recently.  I've never had much color in my gardens but this Summer that will change.  I've got to get everything planted because tropical storm Cindy is on the way!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Solstice

 It's my favorite day of the year, Summer Solstice.  This means that the dark will begin to return.  The days grow shorter, the night's longer and the countdown to Autumn begins.

 It's time to start decorating for my favorite season.

 Did you dance beneath the moon last night?

 Did you build a bonfire.  I had a nice fire burning last evening.

 As of Sunday, we are halfway through the growing season.  How does your garden grow?

Enjoy the first day of Summer and let the fun begin.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Some Lebanese Please

 A good old friend of mine was having house guests this weekend.  Her sister was bringing her new fiance to meet the family.  The fiance is Lebanese.  I had a couple free days so I offered to make them some food. I had so much fun preparing this. I made kaak which is the bread with the holes in it.  And Turkish simit though I am sure there is a Lebanese version of this same bread. I'm not sure hwat it is called.

 I made a big spinach pie, a Lebanese cucumber and tomato salad, garlic sauce, hummus, baba ganough, Tzatziki, roasted red peppers and pickles.

 I made Lebanese rice too.  It always has toasted vermicelli in it (think the original Rice-a-roni).

 The hummus was decorated with paprika, parsley and toasted pine nuts.

 Stuffed zucchini with lamb and rice and a ton of spices, very tasty.

I threw in an American chocolate cake frosted with a rich chocolate ganache.  My husband delivered it to them just as the guests arrived.

The fiance said he couldn't wait to go home and tell his Lebanese family that a Polish woman cooked him authentic Lebanese food.  Ha!