Saturday, October 16, 2010

Gone Junkin and Punkining

Last night Sarah and I want to the Junk Salvation Breast Cancer Benefit at the South Hill Mall. It was so much fun to walk around and look at all the creative things people do with junk. My favorite booth was the 4th Ave Girls.
Tinell is one of the girls who run it and I know her from the neighborhood where I walk the dogs. They have such creative stuff and very good prices. I bought a couple of things from them and so did Sarah.

This is one of the things that I got from the 4th Ave Girls. It's very heavy and I'm thinking of putting it in the kitchen. I'll let you know later.

This little chicken feeder was half full of candy corn when I bought it last night. Candy corn is one of my favorite candies at this time of year and as you can see most of them are gone now. It's going to be perfect when I get my chicks in the spring.

Today my friend Carla put together a little party of four to go to the pumpkin patch.
It was really a lot of fun. We went through the corn maze, did the sling shot and picked out pumpkins. It was wonderful, sunny and warm. A perfect October Saturday outing. Here's some pictures.

This is Leanne getting ready to sling shot a pumpkin.

Here I am getting ready to let go. None of us made the barrel. But we had fun trying.

Lisa was wearing a Charlie Brown Halloween shirt and people were taking pictures of it and I thought it would be cute for the blog. Thanks,Lisa.

Carla wore a crow shirt.

What's a pumpkin patch without a scarecrow?

Here we are. Me, Carla, Lisa and Leanne. Thanks for a fun time.

Well, this is the third day in a row to post. Let's see how long I can keep this up. Ta ta for now.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Beautiful Day!

This has been anther beautiful day here in the Northwest. When it's good here, it's very good. We seem to be having an Indian Summer before the very cold and wet winter they keep predicting we're going to have here. But I'll take all the good days I can get until then.

I took advantage of the great weather to work out in the half-moon garden today and planted a winter blooming honeysuckle that is supposed to be very fragrant. Then I planted three little agapanthis that I had started from seed from my good friend Susan, who gave them to me last fall and I got them to come up. They are now planted in the ground with tomato cages over them to discourage Bing and Lola from trampling on them when they go charging through the garden. We'll see if it works.

My hydrangea bushes still look pretty good. At least some of the blooms do. I love this color.

Here is one of the agapanthis plants in its cage. I hope it makes it through the winter.

And here are Lola and Bing. Lola's tongue is too long for her mouth so it sticks out all the time giving her a sort of dumb dog look. But we love her anyway and she is our sweetie.

Right now they are at the back door begging to come in and get fed so I'm going to let them in. They are demanding little buggers! Ta ta for now!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I'm just going to show you all some random shots from around the yard and some other things that have been keeping me busy. I love fall and the colors and fragrances.

Here's a scabiosa with a bumblebee.

This lavender pansy has beautiful veining.

Red zinnia from the half-moon garden.

Profusion Berry from the half-moon garden.

Old birdhouse in the half-moon garden. I'm planning on more attractions for this garden.

Fuchsia in the lasagna garden in the front.



A gardener's helper.

This is my one decoration outside on the front porch. In the six years we have been here in this house we have never had any trick or treaters.

This saying is over our breakfast nook in the kitchen and I just love it. It's our motto. We love to have people over and it really fits our life style. The leaves really make it festive for fall.

This is from left to right: Green Tomato Relish, Jalapeno Jelly and Red Hot Jelly. Since I wasn't getting a lot of red tomatoes my Dad challenged me to make the relish and I did and got twenty jars. I also made three batches of the jalapeno jelly and two of the red hot pepper jelly. The jelly's are wonderful over cream cheese and spread on crackers. And they will make wonderful Christmas presents.

I've been to a lot of garage and yard sales this year and here are just a few of the things that I bought. The child's wardrobe for $10.00, two garden pillows for $1.00
and a picnic basket for $3.00.

I keep saying that I am going to get better about posting and I am really going to try to. Sometimes I just have blogger's block and don't know what to blog about. Well, Mark and I are running out the door. Ta to for now!