Tuesday, July 29, 2008

End of July



July is coming to an end and it's HOT here in Arkansas!!! The heat index has brought our temperatures to over 100 every day for the last 2 weeks!
I've been doing most of the gardening/yard chores at night to escape the worst of the heat but even at night it's well in the 90s!

The garden has been giving us a beautiful assortment of veggies everyday!



I've been really concerned about the amount of trash we have every week and as we don't really have a place to have a compost pile...I turned a trash can into a composter and it's been wonderful!...It has already cut the amount of things we throw into the trash at least in half!

Did You know that you can compost:
Paper napkins/Paper Towels
Freezer-burned food
Pet fur
Post-it notes
Wood
Hay
Popcorn (unpopped, 'Old Maids,' too)
Dryer lint
Old spices
Pine needles
Leaves
Matches (paper or wood)
Hops
Manure
Pet cage cleanings
Grass clippings
Vegetable peelings
Unpaid bills
Hair clippings from the barber
Stale bread
Coffee grounds and filters/Tea bags
Wood ashes
Sawdust
Shredded newspapers
Egg shells
Pea vines
Houseplant trimmings
Old pasta
Jell-o
Sunday comics
Kleenex tissues
Tree bark
Melted ice cream
Q-tips (cardboard, not plastic sticks)
Stale potato chips
Old leather gardening gloves
Tobacco
Nut shells
Cattail reeds
Apple cores
Nail clippings
Shrimp shells
Watermelon rinds
Cooked rice
Banana peels
Wooden toothpicks
Dust bunnies from under the bed
Pencil shavings
Liquid from canned vegetables
Grocery receipts

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Yup...I'm a farmer!


BEHOLD.....el pepino hermoso.....



The container gardening is going GREAT! We've had so much rain this year that I was afraid I wouldn't get much out of the plants. I have lost a few to the over-watering...we won't be getting any squash or zucchini...and I lost 3 jalapenos.

Obviously the cucumbers are growing!!! I can't wait to make refrigerator pickles!!!

The tomatoes are doing incredibly well...as a matter of fact...They are so much taller than the cages and have so much fruit on the vine that John had to put hooks in the fence so that I could tie them up!

The peppers are out of control...Bananas, jalapenos, cayenne, and habanero are all big and beautiful!

Herbs are fantastic with the exception of the cilantro...I'm not sure why....maybe it feels my negative energy towards it...Uuuuugggghhhhhkkkk!

Monday, July 7, 2008

The beasties, they love my yard....

This beautiful guy is a Tomato Hornworm....we call him The Tomatinater...



He had a delightful time destroying part of the Mountain Pride tomato plant...Luckily John spotted him before he ate the other half!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ahhhhh...VACATION


I LOVE vacation! I've never had one before...but now that I've had a taste I am hooked!

John and I were sitting around the house at the beginning of last month and up and decided to drive to Branson, MO for a few days! We made some reservations,packed the dogs in the car and went on our merry way! First let me just say this....NICE,VERY NICE! I'm a little bit in love with the total freedom of having no real chores or schedule!! WOOT!

The vacation was great but the VERY best part was the drive! The scenery is astonishing. There were times when I was speechless and times I would feel like laughing out loud at the beauty of it all.

The main strip of Branson seems like a miniature Vegas. We planned on seeing a few shows but were really more interested in really seeing the town. Driving around we were thrilled to discover the historical downtown of Branson which seemed to have a much more healthy energy than the strip did. The real treasure in Branson though is the natural resources that circle the city. Hills, creeks, trees.....Beautiful!

We got settled into a hotel that looked looks a castle inside and out. Had a nice meal and then we took in the most amazing show that I have ever seen! The Acrobats of China! I can't even begin to find the words to describe it so check out this VIDEO
We spent most of the next day at Silver Dollar City and had a great time people watching and exploring.



Oh yeah...that's right...CANDY...homemade...an entire store of it.....



We planned to stay a third night but missed our own bed desperately so we came home the next day...Great to be home but I'm determined that we take at least a short trip somewhere at least once a year as it seemed to soothe the homicidal thoughts that prevail when I'm overwhelmed by the mundane!