Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Special Day...

Happy Birthday, Dad!  

You are my hero!  How lucky am I to be your daughter!  

Have you counted your admirers?....2 children and their spouses....10 grandchildren and their spouses...and....11 great grandchildren!!  I'd say that is pretty impressive! 

I hope today is a great day for you.  (Even if it isn't your day off!,). Relax, smile, and enjoy!  You are loved!!

So excited !

Have any of you seen the works of Ona Kingdom?  She is a marvelous, talented artist...and she is going to give me online lessons!!!  Am I excited??  Oh!  You bet!

Check out her link below and drool!

I am terribly behind on my "Pink Lady."   There never seems to be enough hours in the day, I'm afraid...but lucky for me, this art class can be done at my leisure.  My focus will be portraiture, and this weekend I will have LOTS of subject matter when the "Littles" visit for our end of summer get-together.

What have you planned for this, the last weekend of summer?

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Farmer I Am Not...

Well...my little garden is not doing so well.  My squash are small plants still, have the odd blossom, but no evidence of fruit.  The one and only pumpkin plant is larger than my squash, but nary a teeny pumpkin to be found. 

I had two!  TWO! Peppers from 6 plants.  

I do have tomatoes, and we have enjoyed them in salads over the past week.

Our kale is doing well and we have made kale chips twice.

Grapes we have!  They aren't ready yet, but they hold great promise if they taste as good as they look.

I believe that we will not get corn this year.  The plants are strong and tall, but devoid of cobs.

At this point in time I wonder whether I want to bother with a garden next year.  If I had to feed my family from this garden we'd starve.

I suppose, however, that birthing a garden, is like birthing a child...painful...a lot of work..messy...we all promise to never do it again.  Time passes.  We forget the agony.  Our families grow.  We plant gardens every spring.

I guess that this is a reminder to be thankful for what I have rather than mourning what I don't have.

I think I may be visiting the farmer's market this week.