Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This is such a quick and easy way to make fresh TOMATO SOUP.  
Don't bother with peeling the tomatoes.  
That is what makes it so easy!

Today's pick!

Time to make some soup.

Hard to believe it is 10/29/13.

These tomato plants sit up against the house in a protective nook.  They receive southern exposure all day and are still going strong.

Supplies:  TOMATOES, tomato paste, vegetable stock, carrots, celery, red onions, pepper, garlic, sugar, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper.

Saute carrots, celery, pepper, onion and garlic in olive oil.

Add vegetable stock, TOMATOES, tomato past, basil, sugar, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 45+  minutes.   

Place in a blender and puree. 

Lunch is served!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seeing Spots

This little one should loose his/her spots by the end of October.  Fawns are born between late April and July. A Doe will have either a single fawn, twins or triplets. (Last year we had a Doe with triplets.  This year we have spotted two sets of twins and this single fawn.)  The baby's are spotted for about 3 to 4 months, and weaned from their mother by the time their spots disappear. However, some fawns may nurse for a month or two longer if the Doe allows it. (I had the pleasure of watching this one nurse yesterday evening.)  Baby deer weigh between 4-8 pounds at birth and grow to 75-85 pounds by November.  The bucks (fawn) face will become darker as he grows, and little nubs will protrude on his head between his eyes and ear area.  This mother and baby are very skittish, so it is difficult to get close enough to see if the fawn is a girl or boy.

Today's Pick...of Peppers....

Q.  "If peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers how many pickled peppers did peter piper pick?"

A.  "Peter Piper did not pick any pickled peppers. You have to pick the peppers, then pickle them."  Answers.com 

"Trim and Edge While Standing"


Long Handle Grass Shears

 My husband picked these up for me as a gift!

"The innovative design of our grass shears makes trimming your ornamental grasses easier than ever. A long shaft completely eliminates kneeling and bending, so you can get the job done without sore knees or an aching back. The blades swivel for convenience, and a smooth-cutting mechanism makes every snip virtually effortless. The fully hardened, precision-ground steel blades stay sharp and hold the grass up for clean cuts, the ergonomically designed handle offers comfortable use, and the lightweight aluminum shaft provides lasting durability."


  • Ideal for edging and trimming decorative grasses around flower beds, trees and sidewalks
  • Long shaft eliminates sore knees from kneeling and back ache from bending
  • Blades swivel 360 degrees for easy trimming at any angle
  • Smooth-cutting mechanism makes each snip easy
  • Fully hardened, precision-ground steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use
  • 4-1/2" blades hold grass up for clean cuts and cut all the way to the tip
  • Ergonomically designed handle provides a comfortable grip
  • Aluminum construction provides superior strength and reduced weight 
  • Easy-open lock protects the blades during transport and storage
  • Length: 36"
  • Lifetime warranty