|Bantam Discovery (2008) - Paperback - |
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
|Loose-leaf lettuce growing in a wire basket on the back deck|
|Into the kitchen sink for a good rinse|
|Lettuce, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, garlic, green onion, flaxseed, dried cranberries, croutons, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, tarragon vinegar, olive oil|
|Salad with bacon and potato frittata|
Fast because the frittata was cooked yesterday and warmed over for today. It was a very good lunch!
|I could not find my copy, but a Google search produced this image on eBay. The wonders of the Internet!|
|The Jr. High School Auditorium, which also was used by the Elementary School.|
Well, there it is; just a few of my memories of growing up at Anderson Elementary School. Occasionally I speak with former classmates of our experiences there and we all agree it was a wonderful school and we were so privileged to have had that experience.
Friday, April 27, 2012
4. Honey -- Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.
5. Potatoes -- A small baked spud won't overwhelm your gastrointestinal tract as it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effect, mash the potato with warm milk.
And how about a recipe that uses several of the above sleep inducers?
Thursday, April 26, 2012
|Image Credit: Country Living magazine|
It was 8 p.m., dark outside, as I turned off the water spicket and headed for the kitchen to make a quick meal. Showered, hair washed and dried, I finally have a few moments to devote to this little piece of the world I've created here for my enjoyment, and hopefully, on occasion, yours as well.
When the potager gets going, I'll provide pictures. I've been intrigued by creating such a gardening space for a couple of years, and have been working to get the beds marked off and enriching the soil. I have six beds, about five feet square, with paths intersecting. Having such an arrangement allows me to work from all sides without having to tread on the soil. I considered true raised beds but decided against it (I can't remember why now!). The soil in these six beds is slightly raised above the paths, but not so much that water runs off.
|Image Credit: Better Homes & Garden magazine|
A potager is unlike the classic American harvest garden -- which is planted in spring and culminates in late summer with much of the harvest preserved for winter's use. A potager is a year-round garden whose purpose is to supply the kitchen on a daily basis with fresh vegetables and herbs. So while some items are harvested in the current season, it continues to be replanted for the coming season.
But a potager also is planted for asthetic considerations. In some European countries they feature flowers, an apple or pear tree, and especially flowers for cutting and bringing inside. So I plan to sow a few seeds of cornflowers, bachelor buttons and larkspur to make it colorful.
Planned for planting in coming few days are two zucchini, one eggplant, one cucumber and two summer squash. Later in early summer I'll think about sweet peppers and maybe a sweet potato or two. Come late summer, I want to plant winter squash, spinach, more lettuce. For fall, leeks, turnips, more onions, perhaps a broccoli plant, more radishes. During a mild winter in this climate, you can harvest kale, onions, cabbage and other cold-weather plants until around Christmas.
So you see it's an on-going thing with the potager. And remember, the quantities are small; nothing overwhelming, but hopefully you hope to have enough to share with a sister, mother, a few friends.
I have four blueberry bushes (with berries this year!) growing alongside the garden and numerous garlic bulbs --growing happily since last year -- than run the entire length of the garden on another side. Also planted last spring were four strawberry plants, which didn't do very well, but this year they have leaped out of the garden and are happily growing along a line of shrubbery. There have been a very berries, but alas, the birds have beat me to them!
Other plans for the area include a low fence around the entire perimeter, preferably white picket, but I'll take whatever my husband decides to install. The fence is needed to keep out rabbits and eight dog feet!
Stay with me on this one. I'll keep you posted on how things are progressing in my potager garden.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Hair teased for volume|
I'll admit the hairstyle in the picture that accompanied the article was rather nice, or at least I liked it (see below). The model's hair is long and pulled back into a sloppy chignon. The teasing was to make it stay in place. It was not smoothed over as we did it back then; the suggestion was to strive for the "messy" look.
|Hair teased and pulled back into a chignon. You can read the article and see step-by-step instructions here|
With the current popularity of "Mad Men," and the craze for vintage clothes and the retro look, I should have guessed that teased hair wouldn't be far behind.
I remember that mother said back when her older sisters were young that teased hair was in style (that would have been in the early 1900s or 1912-1917 or so).They called it "ratting" then and special little combs were made to accomplish the backcombing. Then in the 60s and it made a slight comeback in the 80s with film stars and glamour dolls.
Just proves what goes around eventually comes back around!
|Me with my teased hair style in the 1960s. It actually pains me to look at this picture from my school yearbook!|
What do you think of teased hair? Would you submit to that torture to achieve a fashionable hairstyle?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
|Lettuce in the deck planters. I thought at first the leaves were damaged with those brown spots, but I read the seed packet and found out it's supposed to look this way; it's a mottled variety!|
|I cannot remember the name of this ground cover! But I like it!|
|The little cherub that overlooks some of my plants|
|Five-leaf Akebia, or "Chocolate Vine"|
Monday, April 23, 2012
When we were small, we argued like all children do. I always looked up to her, though. I wanted to be like her, go where she went, do everything she did. I was the annonying younger sister. After we got through the teenage years and started to make lives of our own, we became very close and have remained so until this day. I know it shall be so for as long as we live.
We have shared so many good things and good times together. There also have been the sad times as well, but we survived them together.
I cannot imagine life without her. She is strong, smart, beautiful, kind, tender-hearted and tenacious! If she loves someone she'll walk through fire for them. She would do anything within her power for me, and I for her.
For all these reasons I want to wish her the happiest birthday ever. And I want her to know that I love her very, very much!
|Sisters -- in matching dresses made by mother. I remember that they were bright yellow print with white linen collars.|
|Ready for the piano recital. Wearing our taffeta frocks with net overlay on the skirts and the carnation corsages which smelled so good!|
Sunday, April 22, 2012
And here's a quote from one of the most hip guys of the 1960s:
And the lyrics of a favorite song from that time:
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|Free sunglasses in lime green, bright yellow and turquoise (brighter than it shows in the picture)|
I believe good things often happen when we are not seeking them out. There used to be an old saying that went something like this: “He/she will never find a wife/husband became he/she is looking too hard.” That saying might apply to many situations in our lives.
Friday, April 20, 2012
|The green dining room walls|
|Daddy, left, born in 1917, with his brother Roy.|
|Daddy, at right, with brother James, left, and sister Millinea|
|Late 1930s or early 1940s|
|1950s, with mother. Check that tie!|
|Daddy making me laugh by trying out my fashion wig! Mother is too engrossed in her needlework to take notice! Sometime in the late '60s.|
|On his 80th birthday in 1997.|
|65th wedding anniversary, 2005|