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Thursday, June 27, 2013


Can't say much more.

  
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    emoticon Good reminders! emoticon

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  Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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Garden bounty

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hubby and I have been busy today. First I picked 2 gallons of blueberries. It takes me about an hour a gallon. Got up early and did this before the heat set in.


Next I washed and snapped and hubby brined 3 gallons of green beans. (Since he retired, we do all our garden and canning work together). Had enough beans left over for green beans and new potatoes for lunch.

Then we had picked enough small cucumbers to make 6 quarts of dill pickles. I always add a teaspoon more dill and a garlic clove to each jar. I use Mrs. Wages kosher dill pickle mix.


So it has been a really busy productive morning. Lots of exercise going on.

  
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NELLIEH1 6/26/2013 9:29PM

    Ohhh...Your photos are so encouraging!! thanks!

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IAM_HIS 6/26/2013 5:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Everything looks so yummy! Wow, you are doing great...now this is real food!

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XNANNY 6/26/2013 1:33AM

    Good work on your produce. I miss having a garden but not all the work involved in having one.

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BARB4HEALTH 6/25/2013 10:01PM

    Wow! You have been busy!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/25/2013 3:40PM

    They look so tasty! Oh, I wish I had a garden.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/25/2013 1:55PM

    Wow! That's wonderful. I had to check where you live to have all that already.
We just got our first cucumber and some peppers are almost ready too.
Either you start plants indoors or there a big difference in the growing season between Arkansas and Virginia.
I've got a lot to learn.

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0309COOKIE 6/25/2013 1:47PM

    Everything is so fresh and delicious! Good for you!

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Whimsical Sheep Rug

Monday, June 24, 2013


I had found a free cross stitch pattern on the internet and had worked this design in cross stitching and loved it so much that I enlarged it and drew it up for rug hooking. Here is my rendition of this rug.

  
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IMREITE 6/28/2013 10:44PM

    it looks cute and really fun. its been a while since i have done any latch hook.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 6/26/2013 7:07AM

   

Great design

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KRISTINSGOALS 6/25/2013 11:48AM

    OMG! I love it, Barb!!

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TURTLETALK 6/25/2013 11:47AM

    Adorable!

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IAM_HIS 6/25/2013 8:15AM

    This is great..I love it!!

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BARB4HEALTH 6/25/2013 7:27AM

    This is absolutely darling! Great Job! emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 6/25/2013 6:11AM

    Love it!

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0309COOKIE 6/24/2013 10:52PM

    That is so cute! You do nice work!

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KIMPY225 6/24/2013 10:04PM

    That is so awesome! Such a cute idea

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Man in the moon

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Did you see it last night. It came up early and even though it was still somewhat daylight, the moon was so easy to see. It rose in the east above the mountains and by 9p.m. was high enough to get a good photos. And since this is the biggest moon of the year due to how close it was to earth last night. I have tried for years with my old cameras to get good shots of the moon but seems it just hasn't worked. Well now with this new camera with 40X lens, I got a really good close up shot. I keep it on auto as don't know how to do the manual settings yet but it's auto focus will home in on the main feature in your shot. I found if I took photos with the mountains or trees in the background that it would focus on what was closest and the sky would be light. But if I zoomed in and held the focus on just the moon, I could darken the sky enough to get a great picture of the moon.

First going to show you a really eerie photo of the moon I took at 2a.m. on Friday night. I woke at that time for my usual night run to the bathroom. The moon was shining in our window at the top of the mirror. Being half asleep I ran and got my camera and took this photo. Now you are going to wonder what that hand is holding the moon. Well I have this small collection of ceramic, wood and metal hands and I keep it on a ledge under this window. I thought it really took a unique picture. I'm a little weird so really liked this photo. You can even see the spiderwebs on the outside of the window which made it even eerier.

Now here is the shot I got last night when I zoomed in around 9pm. Can't you see the man in the moon smiling.

  
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    Wow!

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    Cool pictures!

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More photos from around the homeplace

Saturday, June 22, 2013


This year we have grown a lot of beans and peas in our garden. We had ideas to make a 3 bean salad pickle mix. The problem with trying to do that is your green beans come off before the seed beans. But this is what we are trying to do. We made a pickle brine from white vinegar, salt, sugar and water. We had picked all our burgundy green beans. We were hoping that we could keep the purple color to make the mix interesting but when heated they turn green. This picture shows right after we added the hot brine to the jars. The purple still shows at the bottom of the jar. We have stored these in the refrigerator and when the seed beans come off we will add all together with onion and then water bath can them. You don't need to pressure if they are a vinegar mix. Just a water bath is all that is needed.

This is a wide shot looking down across part of our yard to the garden.

This is a scarlet tanger bird. I took this shot by zooming in to the top of our biggest oak tree where he was singing his heart out. We have this pair that has nested near this year. I've seen glimses of them in other years but this year it seems they have become either many in numbers or just friendlier than normal. They come up on our porch and don't seem to be afraid of people. They are a tiny bit bigger than a cardinal and don't have the top knot on their head. Their wings are a reddish brown. I had a hard time taking this photos as zooming that far in takes a steady hand or tripod. But I finally managed.

I love looking at spider webs. I don't like walking into them or really like the spiders much. But I do leave them alone as know they perform a needed function in the bug world and that is eating other nasty bugs. But spider webs are so unique and lovely to look at and like our finger prints...no 2 are alike. I plan to get many more shots of spider webs this year.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 6/23/2013 9:14AM

    Waht a beautiful, peaceful place..thanks for sharing!

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GWINNER1 6/23/2013 12:37AM

    Great pics....thanks for sharing

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/22/2013 11:25PM

    You have a lot of Green Beans. DH didn't plant them this year, but our Tomatoes and Bell Peppers are looking good. What a beautiful bird. We don't have them here. That's an interesting spider web. emoticon

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XNANNY 6/22/2013 10:04PM

    Love your pictures! Good work on the garden and produce. I enjoy home canned vegetables and have made them in the past.

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BARB4HEALTH 6/22/2013 7:58PM

    Thank you! Lovely pics! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 6/22/2013 3:44PM

    Thanks for sharing your pix and for the info on canning beans with vinegar!

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0309COOKIE 6/22/2013 1:03PM

    What nice pictures. Except for the spider web, lol. I don't like anything to do with spiders.

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KALISWALKER 6/22/2013 11:39AM

    I love your pictures! What a beautiful place.

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NAPPIGURL 6/22/2013 11:15AM

    I've always wanted to try canning. I downloaded the USDA's canning guide, but have yet to put it to use, lol. Great pictures!

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HOLLYM48 6/22/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon pics! Love the shot of the bird, that is always hard to do but you got a perfect picture of him.
Hope your beans come out good, they sure look great!
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KKKAREN 6/22/2013 11:12AM

    Nice pictures, a lovely place!

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