Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
As an aside I think you need to know that the natural ant remedy that I made a week ago did have a little effect on the ant population in the garden. 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1/3 cup of molasses, and 6 tablespoons of dry yeast. It was an incredible bait - thousands joined the feast - but we noticed them eating around the yeast for the most part. Still, many, many ants met their demise. And many more were still chomping my vegetables (which has to have something to do with this drought). In desperation I used some pyrethrum and neem oil to spray on the vegetables to protect them from the ants. Pyrethrum is made from chrysanthemums and is supposed to be the least toxic pesticide if one must be used. It was such a relief to go out to the garden this morning and see healthy ant-free plants.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Memorial weekend has been oh so fine because all our lovely daughters came to visit. I made gathering bags for the grandkids the week before. I can't say they were an extreme hit but there was some gathering going on.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
- We had a wildfire just to the west of us and were evacuated. Crazy weird. House and land okay. Lewis Creek Trail burned. Smells like a wet ashtray around here.
- Baby chicks are now in the big girl coop.
- I made goal weight of 132 pounds using Weightwatchers. I can have six points more every day. Whoot whoot!
- Peas are coming up. At last.
- Lots of lettuce, radishes, and spinach in the cold frame.
- It's finally started to rain a bit but we're still in severe and persistent drought. Grass is green.
- The scrub oak is leafing out.
- I adore the lone barn kitten. I'm wooing her (because she is very skittish).
- Lambs are playing together. Sylvia, one of the ewe mothers, made a miraculous recovery from pneumonia.
- Jerry and I are going to "camp" in Estes Park in June. We are proud owners of a 1978 fifteen foot Wilderness camp trailer. Plaid and paneling galore.
There was so much more - fantastic dinners, trout fishing, wonderful and beautiful adult daughter report. And what about the Ready Ice truck that flipped over just at the Hwy 67 and Hwy 96 intersection? So much more!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
We've kept the sheep, donkey and horse in the corrals to save what little pasture there is. Had to move Angel, the donkey, out of the sheep pens when she started to drag the sheep around on the ground out of sheer boredom.
I need to get ready for work. Egads! Just found myself sitting and thinking.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I woke early this morning to the wind howling yet another day. The humidity is low, too, which means another "red flag warning" day. There is a bit of green here in the Wets but on the plains it's looking brown and dry. I got up at just before 6 am - because there are few things I like better than to make coffee at the break of dawn and NOT go to work. The habit is to pour a cup and then wander from window to window to savor the four directions.
My youngest daughter, Madeline, has returned home for awhile. She has brought Rooster, the blue heeler, back with her and her huge yellow cat, Moses. Last night my middle duaghter, Emily, came home for the weekend and she brought her dog, Bear, with her. We now have four dogs and two cats who are used to being allowed in the house. My first task this morning was to feed them all (the animals, not the daughters) and send them outside to play. They've been in and out all day.
My daughters each are moving on their journeys through this time and I am honored that they allow me to be, in some small way, part of them still. They are truly my pride and joy. My daughters, not the animals.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
There hasn't been a lot of that entwining business going on here for the last week until last night because of the Illness. I thought I'd go to work yesterday because I was feeling like the Illness might be leaving me. I was wrong. Started the "Zpack" antibiotic and some kick ass steroids yesterday and I just about feel human again. Does anyone else ever think about how many times they might died in their lifetimes without the miracle of modern medicine?
It looks like it will stay cloudy today. I will hang out some sheets later if it doesn't snow/rain and knit on my sweater and be grateful for kick ass modern medicine.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This morning the clouds are roiling about and it is windy and cold. My brother Tom and his new bride are coming tonight and will stay until Sunday. Tom - at 51 - was a total bachelor until he married Deborah last Fall. I am very happy for them - they just seem so right for each other. Tom has always been kind of a loner. He loves his family but really never went out of his way to visit us for heaven's sake. What would be the point? So, here comes Deborah who hales from a huge Hispanic family and is related to everyone in Pueblo. Family is important and she is quite responsible for orchestrating several family gatherings in the six months she and Tom have been married. She is exuberant - and I just get a kick out of her for that.
Have a wonderful full of possibilities weekend, all.
Monday, February 21, 2011
And, what a treat it is to have President's Day holiday. All day I've been grateful. A few times I caught myself thinking about work tomorrow - and promptly reminded myself to focus on the moment. We got up early and went into Canon City to do errands, came home and raked up the yard a bit, planned a few garden-y type projects. After lunch we took a hike and because Jerry was there - we ended bushwacking up the back of the property on deer trails through the scrub oak. Jerry loves a good bushwack.
I've started another knit project - the February Lady's Sweater which is a "big ass version of the February Baby's Sweater" originally patterned by the queen of knitting, Elizabeth Zimmerman. And - hey! - it's February!
Monday, February 14, 2011
If you want to know the truth of it? I was very impressed with the Julie/Julia Project and started to cook with an adventurous attitude about a year or so ago. People who know me well know that I cook basics competently. You know, a mean leg of lamb. I have never been one to go to specialty grocers for anything. Shit, I live 50 miles from the nearest specialty grocer and there is no way I will spend a precious day off going to shop for FOOD, for heaven's sake. I still feel this way - but, it's fun to replenish the old spice jars with fresh content - and I can do that in Cañon City - and look at different ways to combine these with food.
I'm making some tandoori chicken thighs tonight. Page 184 Weight Watcher's New Cookbook. 8 points. Roasted green beans 0 points. Whole Wheat noodles 3 points. I haven't lost one single pound this week but haven't gained any, either.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
And I drank red wine and watched Rob Roy for the umpteenth time. I love that movie, truly do. When Liam says in his gruff Scottish brogue, "Do ye know how fine ye are to me, Mary McGregor?" - well, I just melt. Who doesn't? I want to get to the loom and weave plaid, drink Scotch and have babies. Or rather, do the things that cause babies....
We are getting through the dark winter days. February is always wonderful as the sky is still rather light when I leave work, not dark like it is in November. It almost makes one think that after work walks with the doggies are just a minute or so away. Usually by the time I actually get in the door though, it IS dark. But the thought is there and very possible - and that is so uplifting to my heart.
Hoping you all are loving the dregs of winter. (BTW -were you aware that snowshoeing for a mere thirty minutes earns 5 activity points?? - that's practically a whole bar of chocolate!)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The very cool part of this print was the internet journey I took in trying to discover my artist. There are whole sites devoted to nursery illustrators! Here is my favorite from yesterday.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
We are expecting a fabulous snow storm tomorrow into Monday! So very hopeful on several levels. First, southern Colorado is in severe drought. It's not extremely dangerous in terms of wild fires this time of year, but come spring and summer? The prospect is terrifying for me. Second, I love the snow and want to snowshoe - jeezo peezo - sometime this winter without having to travel to do so. Third, I want a snow day on Monday. And who wouldn't???