Sunday, April 28, 2013

Growth in the Garden

We have a lot of new growth in the rhubarb patch. It was covered with straw throughout the winter, which we took off yesterday so that it could feel the warmth of the sun!

This is the kale that wintered over from last year. I need to cut it back today so that the new growth can hopefully take off and we'll be harvesting it again soon!

I planted these onions last year - they didn't do too much then, but here they come again! It looks like a bunny may have been nibbling on them, though.

Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes!

Yesterday Larry re-potted 20 tomato and tomatillo plants and moved them permanently outside, so they can enjoy the wonderful weather we are finally having! We keep them in front of the garage, so that if a sudden hail storm occurs at any time in the future, we can pull them inside. Some of the plants that aren't big enough to be re-potted yet will go into the "greenhouse" outside, with the heavy plastic door that can be shut at night to keep them warm. We still have some seedlings in the basement under the lights, and I planted more purple cayenne pepper seeds yesterday. Today I'll plant some marigolds and some more peppers of some sort. I truly do enjoy this time of the year when there is so much growth happening in our little corner of the world.
Tomatoes and tomatillos soaking up the sun on the back porch before being put into their larger pots.

The garage with the tomatoes and tomatillos in their new pots.

Some of the tomatoes and tomatillos.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Playing on Photoshop

I hadn't done anything for awhile on Photoshop and decided to go down into my basement "studio" and play around for awhile. I came across this poem and it reminded me of the day I spent at the Denver Botanic Gardens on my 60th birthday. I had been re-reading Julia Cameron, and wanted to experience an "Artist's Date" with myself, as she encourages us all to do now and again to touch base with what we appreciate about ourselves and the things that are important to us. This was my first visit to the Botanic Gardens, and even though it was an incredibly hot day, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If I lived closer to Denver, I would love to volunteer in this beautifully serene spot in the middle of the city. As it is, I'll just make a point to make the trip to visit more frequently.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Progress On My Dollhouse Rug

I've been happily stitching away on my newest dollhouse rug and am quite pleased with the way it's coming together. It's sometimes difficult to tell how it's going to end up when looking at the pattern on paper, but once the stitches begin to accumulate on the fabric, and the colors actually end up looking good together, I can see that it will be a good thing! I think I'll switch out the rug that is currently in the dollhouse living room with this one. It's time for some redecorating! I'm still working on hemming the rug for the music room and will post some photos of that when I'm done - couldn't wait for the hemming to be done before I started on this new one!

The photo seems a little blurry...hmmm...

Friday, April 19, 2013

I am so addicted to I can spend hours on end editing my information and finding new people to add to my family tree. Larry calls it hanging out with dead people, but sometimes those are the best kind! I get excited even if the person I discover is my 12th cousin 3x removed. We still share something! Right now I am in front of my computer looking at all of the people with "hints", while Larry  and the dogs are snoozing away a few feet from me - a perfect Friday night! This is my grandmother, Ruth Alice Garletts, with two of her sisters - Rene and Nettie. I am on a constant quest to discover more details about their lives.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I thought the snowflakes would never stop...

The sun is shining and the snow has finally stopped least for the time being! One can never know what may transpire weather-wise from one day to the next around here.  The birds have been pecking through the snow to find their seed. I'll have to take some more out for them soon...
My flower pots and the bird-feeding bench beginning to thaw out.

The driveway is still covered with snow, but I think I'll venture out to the grocery store soon... 

A robin paying us a visit. It will be awhile before he'll find any worms under the snow.

The garden spot covered in snow - the rhubarb will love the moisture!
I finished the little rug for the dollhouse music room last night and started a new one this morning. The stitching is so soothing, it's hard to put it down and turn to other things that need to be done around here!

Michael Kahn, 1936-2007 & Eliphante

 If Larry keeps on with his glass art, perhaps someday he can build us a house like this!

Michael Kahn, 1936-2007 & Eliphante

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Moroccan spiced cauliflower & almond soup recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food

I'm making this for dinner tonight...
Moroccan spiced cauliflower & almond soup recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food

Tiny Stitches

I have been working on this cross stitch rug for the music room in my dollhouse for about a month now, and I only have a little corner left to finish.  I made a few adjustments to the original pattern - added a few rows to make it larger, and came up with my own color combinations. I will be a little sad to finish it, I've enjoyed the process so much. Sort of like finishing a good novel and having to say good-by to the characters. But in this case, I can  peek into the dollhouse and enjoy it whenever the mood strikes me. I have another little rug planned to start when this one is finished. Sitting and stitching, looking out the window at the birds....quite a soothing, meditative state of being.

Springtime in the Rockies

My poor tulips are trying their best to bloom, but at an elevation of about 6200 ft. it's not easy. This morning they are peeking through the latest snowfall, surrounded by the chicken wire fence that protects them from hungry bunnies. I look at the beautiful photos of the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley of Washington and sigh, but I treasure my little clump that I know will eventually provide a few beautiful blooms!

Here are my pots of rosemary and lavender that I put out on a beautifully sunny day just a week or so ago. I think they are sturdy enough to make it - in fact, they probably enjoy the moisture - but the poor pansy blooms are quite shriveled up and frostbitten. They're in the pot on the right, totally covered with snow this morning. I think the plants will survive, though. It's this way every year. We are fooled into thinking Spring has really arrived, and then Mother Nature brings another storm our way.

Monday, April 15, 2013

I took the girls out to lunch yesterday at the Olive Garden to celebrate Bailey's sixth birthday. It had been awhile since we had gotten together, and we had so much fun. I had shrimp scampi, Kamaria and Alyra shared seafood fettuccine, Chloe had pizza, and Bailey chose spaghetti. And for dessert, Alyra and Bailey had some little lemon pudding pots. Kamaria and Chloe were going to share a chocolate pot, but the waiter accidentally brought a big slice of chocolate cheesecake. When I pointed out that we had ordered something different - and much less expensive - he said that he would leave it and only charge us the lesser amount. We were fine with that!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Salsa is Defintely in Our Future...

We moved some of our tomatoes that we started in the "greenhouse" in the basement upstairs to the dining room window because they were getting too tall to fit on the shelves down there without hitting the lights. They are much happier enjoying the natural light now, but it will be sometime before it is warm enough to move them outdoors. Larry moved some of the other tomato plants and tomatillos to some shelves in the basement hallway, near one of the few windows down there, and moved some of the lights to give them some additional light and warmth. He does have an outdoor "greenhouse" - some shelves encased in heavy plastic - where the young plants can live until the danger of frost is past. That will be the next step. I planted a few more seeds this morning to germinate under the growing lights downstairs - some basil, cilantro, thyme, sage, dill, Serrano peppers, and red cayenne pepper. At the rate the tomatillos are growing, we'll have salsa before we know it!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Little Stone Cottage

As some of you know, one of my passions is dollhouses. I have built a number of them from kits, but had to leave them behind when I moved to Colorado. Shortly after meeting Larry, he gave me a kit for a small dollhouse - The Orchid - which I built and filled with the little treasures I had been collecting for so long. The ones that mean the most to me are the ceramic bathroom set and "cast iron" cook stove that my Mom made shortly after I built my first dollhouse in 1980. I also love the "wicker" living room set that Margie and I found in an antiques shop in Mount Vernon, and the piano that came from a miniatures shop that Larry and I visited in Georgetown a little before Christmas last year. I turned the Orchid into a little stone cottage by covering the outside with stones that I crafted from paper clay. My latest project is stitching a rug for the music room. Larry has created a You Tube video of its progress, with some views of the dollhouse at the end.

Larry's Thursday Night Dinner