Fava Greens and Fava Beans

Sometimes I feel so incredibly small. Swallowed by the sea of information I attempt to swim in each day. The internet does that to me sometimes. Makes me feel even tinier in scope of the big picture....more

Jeanine, you're like me when it comes to having many interests. I can't do everything I'd like ...more

E-Cards: Father's Day and More: Free

  Father's Day Cards and More Original cards for free, providing you keep my name intact and don't attempt to sell them. If you like these, check my other blog for other freebies.     ...more

almost fishing

almost fishing There was once a fisherman on the beach of Mexico. He was hanging out by his boat, docked on the beach when an American businessman on vacation came and sat by him. The businessman asked the fisherman what he did, he said he fished. "Is that your boat over there?" asked the businessman. "Yep," responded the fisherman. ...more

A Passion for Hostas

  More on hostas.  Of course I love them.  I can't grow enough of them.  Miniatures, mid-size, big ones.  Blue ones, chartreuse, white borders, yellow borders, varigated, cupped leaves.  I love them all.  My two biggest problems with growing hostas are that slugs like them too.  They pretty much leave the big ones alone, but they love the small, tender ones.  Early in the spring, as soon as the first leaves begin to unfurl, I see tiny pin-holes and know that the slugs have visited.  I sprinkle slug pellets on the ground,...more

Georgeous,I'm addicted to growing them. I want to give them the best soil, the best weather, ...more

The attack of well...everything.

I have had a day. First off, all day at work...I couldn't wait for the game. People were weird, and grumpy and sometimes rude. I can handle it there is a game tonight... All good. The Game. Was. Brutal. We lost 8 to 1. I am not even messing with you here. We took the first two games, playing like the team we have been all year. Tonight. We were someone else. That sucked. Hard. Hopefully that teaches them a lesson and they play the next game like their lives are depending on it, because it kinda does. ...more

Summer Heat, Sweat, and Flowers

Summer time, and the livin' is sweaty!  The humidity and heat have already begun their torturous cycle here in the south.  In spite of them both, I still love getting out and puttering in my flower beds.  This morning was devoted to watering and putting out mulch.  I'm still not finished with the mulch, but the heat forced me inside to get water and cool off for a bit.  Late this evening, the mulch will beckon me again.  And I'll gladly go.  There is something about digging and playing in the dirt that is therapeutic and soothing to the soul in spite of th...more

wherefore art thou, romesco?

My local  Central Market just finished celebrating two weeks of everything Spanish. We had flamenco dancers and great music in the cafe; we sampled bits of cheeses and sips of wines, tiny tastes of chocolate and bacalao, and I discovered romesco sauce.I can only say that I am sorry to be so late to this party......more

It is now the “Bistro Garden”

Last weekend my husband and I noticed that our 10-year-old bistro set was quite rusty.  It was time to upgrade. We could have replaced it with a traditional patio table and chairs but here’s the deal. Dave and I use our deck for cocktails after work or, on the weekend, after a workout.  When we dine on the deck, it’s usually just the two of us. So we decided to go with a bistro table and chair set again.  I love the set but you know what I love more?...more

Hostas For the Shady Spots

  My backyard has big trees and lots of shade.  I started years ago, carrying buckets of dirt from the woods and using it to amend my sandy soil.  Over time, I've have added peat moss and dehydrated cow manure so now I have the humusy soil my shade plants, hostas in particular, require.  Oh sure, many hostas will grow in the sun and in regular soil.  I know that, but I've had to work with sandy soil and shade! I no long buy hostas, but divide those I already have.  I still browse the hosta sections of my local greenhouse, however. ...more

Thanks, Gorgeous. As you can see, I love hostas too. Some hostas, you'll find out, grow ...more

The Peonies Are In Bloom

I spent six weeks one summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan....more

Thank you for the kind words! :)more