Monday, December 31, 2012

Little Things

Found this piece of twine while going through some papers a few days ago. Twine that is used in hay balers, the ones that make square bales, the kind my Dad used to work on. If Dad was out and decided to stop by and I wasn't at home he would tie a small piece of twine to the handle on the storm door to let me know he had been here. He always had twine in his truck. Most times the pieces tied to the door found their way to the trash can. So, it was a really good feeling to find this piece of twine and the memories that came with it.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Don't Forget

The birds need suet in the winter to help in keeping
their little bodies warm. A small woodpecker enjoying
a suet treat. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Looking Up

A spectacular sunset that took your eyes from the horizon to
the magnificent display overhead.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fog & Frosted Webs

A thick fog and heavy frost displayed some of the handy work
of the little spiders this morning. Even the broken neck and broken
 bill goose sported a beard of frosted web.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hay Man

the sun had just dipped below the horizon
and I was too late for the 'good light' but 
the hay man's labyrinth was still a beautiful
sight



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October Buzz

...the bees are still busy gathering their supplies to make honey
..I have not seen a lot of bees this year...I have read several 
books and articles about their decline and know that we all will
pay a dear price if we do not make changes to help save the bees.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dot...Dash...Dab...

...the way I 'painted' this tree on my Kindle using The Drawing Pad, 
an app that let you choose paint, crayon, colored pencil or markers
to make your fun.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Drawing from the Ink Cap

...... an inedible mushroom...probably
growing off the roots of a deceased tree...

two days later... shooting skyward...
between 8 1/2 and 9 inches in height

the ink in the cap....in other times the caps were
boiled with water to make a 'drawing ink'

needing a writing instrument...this small found
feather will do...

the final results...the ink cap itself will be gone tomorrow.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Frost Patches

The arrival of the sun this morning displayed patches of light 
frost scattered across the yard and fields. The warm days and
cool nights have given a boost to my energy and working outside
is more pleasure than work.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Horse Nettle

This plant is native to the United States. I think these star shaped flowers are beautiful. If you take a look in the lower right corner you will see the 'prickles' . Take it from a gal that grew up barefoot stepping on one of these plants is not a fun thing to happen. Small, juicy, yellow/orange fruits will remind you of cherry tomatoes although I have never eaten them. You would not want this plant growing in a field where animals were grazing.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Going to Seed...

...the beautiful hateful Trumpet Vine. Beloved 
of Hummingbirds and  a source of great
frustration for land owners and gardeners
 who think it can be controlled. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Benefits of Weeds....

...a place to wait for Mother's return. The click..click of the camera
captured the attention of this young fawn. It's twin is unaware of
the moment. It is wonderful to have these beautiful creatures on 
the property.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kindle Cherries


Cherries that I 'painted' on my Kindle Fire with a 
painting App. It has a little blur that gives it an 
impressionistic look. Not a Monet but it was so 
fun to do. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Look Close....

the 'wee folk' are bound to be here. 
This photo taken last year in July and
just look at that luscious green and the 
drops of dew gathered in the grass.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rolling Through

A thunder storm came through early this evening with booming thunder that sent the cats scurrying for shelter under the bed. The weather radio now seems to prepare for us the worst with every announcement of  'winds to sixty miles per hour and hail the size of quarters'. None of that was received but being prepared is always best. Of course it was a blessing for it dumped some water on us, not enough but still a blessing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Favorite...

...of the Hummingbirds. I have always known this as Red Honeysuckle. Some call it Coral Honeysuckle, but the name doesn't matter to the hummingbirds. The sad part of this beautiful story is the photos above were taken a week or so before the 100+ degree heat wave. There are now no blossoms on this beautiful bush and the hummingbirds are having serious battles at the feeding station. Oh, and for those that don't know, there is no fragrance that we can detect from this gorgeous plant.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thirsty Tree

The Tulip Poplar is casting off it's leaves, waiting for a truly drenching drink from the sky. Showers arrive and depart quickly, barley wetting the leaves and can be weeks apart in their appearance. Corn crops in the region are suffering, farmers are looking to salvage a crop and hoping the rain will fall before all is lost.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Wild Rose

Or Multi Flora Rose was brought to the United Staes from Asia as an ornamental rose in the 1860's. It is a multi-stemmed and thorny plant that can attain heights of fifteen feet. It can also grow into dense thickets and in the mid 1900's was planted as a living fence to contain livestock. Evidently it still thinks it's a fence and sprouts up in the fencing around the property here. Even with it's awful thorns, it still possesses a beauty all it's own.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Co-ordinated Color

Of course I went for a closer look when I saw a blue worm and then
did a double-take when I noticed the spider in the photo.
 Did they communicate and co-ordinate their color  ?
 Or, is it just the early morning light that gave them this blueness ?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A New Face

Meet Patty Cake !! 
The newest granddoggie. Adopted at the shelter by Tiffiny. 
Patty Cake is about two years old and a really sweet, laid back
doggie.

She likes to lay around and snuggle and sleeps quite a bit. She does
have an alternate side that has also given her a second name,
Patty Snake.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wild Blackberries


The wild blackberries are near finished in their bloom and many
small berries have set. We always have a coolness in the weather
 during this time, known as 'blackberry winter'. 


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Out and About

Lots of green meditation happening here. The green pony is running 
most every day.

The Tulip Poplar Tree, Kentucky's state tree and a Mother's
Day gift a dozen years ago. Fast growing, beautiful trees.

Just one of the beautiful blossoms adorning the Tulip Poplar tree.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Robin's Nest

It's that time of the year when Robin's are willing to 
show their recklessness to the world.  You would 
think that a being with the skills they possess in construction
would also choose the best building sites. Not so, they will build 
a nest on the top of a tire on your car while it is parked. The nest 
above is so close to the ground that it would brush the top of a
cat's head.  I found a nest blown from a tree and placed in on the side
porch, in less than twenty minutes there were two eggs laid in it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sunny Morning In KY


Well, actually it's raining in KY right now but, I know that will change shortly. The rain has given me a little time to make a post and catch up on some blog reading.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Daze

Mandy has the right idea for spring, find a beautiful
spot and just enjoy it. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Catkins on Wild Cherry

A catkin that is just beginning to start the bloom. 

From small, tightly closed buds to magnificent
tiny flowers.

A wild cherry tree is an explosion of beauty. And no,
there are no edible cherries on a wild cherry tree
for human consumption.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Holstein Calf ??

I do get into town every week and as this is a rural community
I was not too surprised to think this was a Holstein calf in the
back of a small car. But, as I got closer I realized it was a really
big dog ! There are many strange and funny sights on the
highways today, keep your camera ready.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter Corsage

...........for a tree.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Small in Design

Large in  Beauty

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dandelion Fritters

Off With Their Heads.....

Most Important !!!!!!
Do Not Gather Any Flower Heads That Have
Been Treated With Any Chemicals.......
Start small...gather two cups of Dandelion flower heads...

Prepare The Batter

1/2 cup Biscuit Flour 
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup milk

***Please note...I did not have Biscuit Flour in my cabinet today
 so I used this wonderful Seasoned Flour

Heat about 1/2 inch of cooking oil in a skillet over medium+ heat ...
I am using a small skillet..the oil is ready when a small amount of batter dropped
into it sizzles..

Dip flower heads into batter and drop head first into hot oil
Cook until golden brown and turn with tongs to fry bottom side.
Drain well on paper towel.

They are delicious!  Good hot or cold. If using the Seasoned Flour
try them with Ranch Dressing....yummy!!


The original recipe and other great wild recipes are in this book.
Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Thunder Rumbles...

and rain throughout the night have brought a bright and wet beginning to the day. Where did that gorgeous (?) thistle spring from ? Looks like the clothes lines need to be restrung and the rain gauge tell all.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Extra Day


February's 'extra day' gave us wind, rain, and about four tornado watch/warnings. There was such a downpour that at one time the front field looked like a river was flowing through it. Mother Nature did relent and withdrew the rain and left behind a humid seventy degree temperature this afternoon. I like the thought of an 'extra day' versus 'leap year'. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coming Soon

...to a location near you. The best way to rid yourself of this aggressive plant is to consume it. They are very tasty when young and sweet, leaves can be added to salads and flowers can be fried as 'fritters'.  Will be posting recipes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February Finds


An empty pod of Honeyvine Milkweed. The Fairy like seeds all blown away to bloom in another field this year. This plant is recommended by beekeepers as a source of pollen for honey production. And of course it is a favorite of the Monarch butterfly as well. It does spread easily and can become a noxious weed if not controlled.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Farewell

To Angel, the Granddoggie that has lived with and loved us for many years.  She had heart surgery as a puppy and came to live and share in our lives when her original family moved back to California. She was devoted to my son and I think she really enjoyed living in the country as these pictures indicate. We will miss her greatly.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tiny Planets

 I am just enthralled by them at the moment. This is the first one I did with a new app "Tiny Planets" on the phone. I will get better at doing the shots. This one was taken at dusk yesterday and even though it is somewhat blurred I still like it. I am posting a different one here that I did using a photo from the camera. If you would like to see some fabulous tiny planets done using photoshop go here.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I Love...

Baby Chicks...A painting project from last February. I can remember from my childhood the chicks and all the 'cheeps and peeps' they made and right now when every gardener is drooling over seed catalogs I am thinking once again of having a few chickens. I would love to have fresh eggs ! I usually get myself talked out of it as I think I have enough work and companions already. Still........