Sunday, April 26, 2009

Snow and more Snow

This first picture is of flowers next to my house and SNOW.
But as my Mother used to say, snow is good for tulips.

Friday, April 24, 2009

It is really Spring !!!!! REALLY !!!!

Here are some daffodils from my garden.
I have enjoyed them more than ever this year.
They seem to last longer than tulips.
This first picture is a typical daffodil. The next two are a little different, kind of fancy don't you think?

Next are a few tulips that are my favorites.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's raining snow !!!

Here are some pictures I took when it was snowing large flakes. I took several pictures, these three are the coolest. This one was taken using the manual setting at 1/12 sec, ISO 400, 85mm and F20.
This one I used manual setting at 1/13 sec, ISO 400, 85mm and F22.

Also manual setting at 1/12 sec, ISO 400, 85mm and F22.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


More signs of Spring. These crocuses had to work hard to come out from under a rock. Neat!!

These small blue flowers are called Chiondoxa, I think they are a type of Crocus. They are so pretty, they usually have pink tulips next to them, but I guess the tulips will be later this year.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Guila Robinson Olsen's Birthday

This is my favorite picture of my Mother. Today is her birthday. She would have been 90 years old today. I thought about her all day. For some reason she has been on my mind quite a bit this past week. I couldn't help remember the sacrifices she made for me, what she ment to me and the things she taught me...
...all the things she made, all the things she did, all the things she said, and so much more.

I miss her so much !!!
Here is the last blossom of my Amarillis, I can't believe how pretty it is.

Notice the neat peach colored stripes in the leaves.

I was checking out my garden today. You know, looking at the tulips to see how they are growing. Quite by accident, I spotted these out in the west garden. I couldn't believe my eyes. I quickly got my camera and took these pictures. This must be quite an old bunch of crocus' because there are about 30 blossoms there.
I'm so glad I saw these today, and to think I almost missed them.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yes, I can cook.....this

First you prepare all the ingredients.
Black forest ham on the left, pepper jack cheese on the right.

Peppers on the left, tomatoes on the right.
Note: These are frozen peppers and tomatoes from last fall.
(I can't eat the tomatoes from the store)
I cleaned them, quartered them and put them in plastic containers, then froze them.
They are pretty good for salsa and omlets.

Three 'homemade eggs'. My friend Joan has chickens and she gave me these eggs. YUM !!!!

I mixed the eggs with a little pepper and salt, then poured them in a pan with a little canola oil.

Next, put the ham, cheese and peppers in.

Finished in the pan, it looks more like a pancake, but it's not !!!!!

This looks great, right? Well it tasted pretty good too.
The jam is Raspberry/Strawberry and the garnish is sprouts.

As many of you know, I really can't cook. I tell everyone that I have 8 recipes. Actually, I have 199 recipes on my recipe a week blog, that others have given me. I still need more, so please contribute!!! Check by recipe blog out here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Green Greenhouse

I told my friend Joan and Bob Daniels that I was going to make a cold frame to try to grow some radishes, lettuce and onions. Well a knock came at the door and they surprised me with this super great greenhouse, that Bob made.

As you can see, it has a plastic window, and it is big enough to plant anything I want.
I can put a heater in it and grow things all year round if I want.

Bob is showing how the door works and how spacious it is.
It is about 6' X 4' and 6" deep. I can't wait to try it !!!!!

Here is a good shot of the inside. Radishes anyone?
It got 96 degrees inside today.
If it is 45 degrees outside with the sun out, it gets 136 degrees inside.

If you want Bob to build you one of these, let me know and I will get you in touch with him.
It is built so well, you can get a jump-start on the Summer.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shaker Sacked

Shaker just playing in a sack.
Shaker ready to attack.