Random thoughts about Gardening, Creating, Nature and of course Scottish Terriers!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Dad & Mom, before he left for Europe, during WWII.

Wishing all of our veterans, and those currently serving in all branches of our military peace!

On this Memorial Day, I have a special request for those visiting...
please visit our good friend Becky's blogspot today. It will mean so much to her and her loving family. We love you Becky! Special prayers for all of you today, especially for angel Jordan!Sweet Cottage Dreams: Posting Of The Colors On This Memorial Day#linksIn Flanders Fields
The original inspiration for veterans to sell paper poppies for Memorial Day came from the famous poem below, which was written by John McCrae in 1915:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.

Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

In 1922 the Veterans of Foreign Wars became the first veterans' organization to sell poppies nationally for Memorial Day. Two years later their "Buddy" poppy program began selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans.

Friday, May 22, 2009

What Sweet & Tangy Finds Today!

It's the first radish of the season ~This calls for a recipe:

Spring Radish Tea Sandwiches
Thinly sliced radishes
16 slices best-quality white bread*
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

* Choose the best-quality white or wheat bread as possible. Never serve end slices. Freezing the bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling.

Spread one side of each piece of bread lightly with butter.

Top the buttered side of the eight (8) slices of bread with the sliced radishes and top with the remaining bread slices, buttered side down.

Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwich with a long, sharp knife. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and then cut in half again.

Yields 8 whole sandwiches or 16 halves or 32 fourths.

Our resident robin is checking it out ~ hope it knows how pinchy that veggie is!

Our neighbor's kitty is taking time to smell the roses....err,make that azaleas ;o)

First we find momma and baby titmouse in the yard........

Then we see the first bearded iris in bloom.....

Baby titmouse decides to investigate on its own....all in all, a wonderful day filled with all of God's gifts!

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

John 15:5

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Welllllllllll......this is why! I can't even remember where or when I found it ~ it had to be at a yard sale or flea market..how many people that you know have strawberry mallards? Strawberry jam, strawberry jars, but strawberry ducks? Adoring our web footed friends here, the way we do, it just made sense!

While we are the subject of STRAWBERRIES, I wanted to share this recipe from an old Time Life Cookbook series..this one is on preserves, which I know you all love to make. The great thing about strawberries, is that they enable you to start hot packing those mason jars in the Spring!

Sun Kissed Strawberries ( makes 2 pints )

4 cups of strawberries

4 cups of sugar

1/4 fresh lemon juice

1/4 water

Mix the sugar, water and lemon juice together. Heat slowly, stirring, and boiling for 4 minutes. Add the berries, heat to boiling, and boil for 10 minutes. Pour into mason jars and process for 20 minutes, or simply refrigerate.
MMMMMM.........good and good for you!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

~ No Rest For The Weary Here ~

Seems as though our working crew is growing bigger everyday ~ strange thing is they all seem to be watching all the activity, rather than participating in it! Well, that's ok ~ we can let them slack off a little bit...it is Spring, and love is all around!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It looks like we made some progress!!!

Time to call it a day ~ WHEW! Good thing our little foreman let us run the show today........wonder who is really supervising who????Until tomorrow ~ g'night...sleep tight...don't let the scottie dogs bite :o)

Foreman Angus Reporting For Duty!

Today we are digging the holes for the posts for the new fence. As you can see Gussy Dog is forever vigilent in his watch. There will be no goofing off today ( except by him !)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Very Happy Mother's Day To All!

Talk about dating yourself....take a look at that photo...smack dab in the middle of grandpa's garden. No wonder I have a green thumb. I actually still have that little rubber kewpie doll from 19...well you do the math :o)
And YES, those are the original cards given to Mom waaaaaaaaaaay back when.

Wishing all of you a Mother's Day filled with joy!

Monday, May 4, 2009

A very special visitor today!

This little angel has returned for yet another Spring migration, through our neighborhood. A female NE Towhee, which came across the country to feast on our nut and berry mix. We first started to see them in 2000 and like clockwork, they have returned every year. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect frame to snap this picture in! I am going to try and post more pix of our feathered friends tomorrow, after Gussy and I mail all of our parcels!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


What a week this has been! Gussy Dog and I have been working diligently to remove that tired ol' fence, I thought that we would NEVER see the light of day, under all of that debris. Someone PLEASE remind me to wear a long sleeved shirt the next time I tackle the rose bushes........OUCH!

Even with all of the battle scars, it was worth all the work ~ Watching that truck haul away the debris was such a good feeling.

Now the fun part can begin ~ Reinventing the backyard bird sanctuary :o)