Friday, July 8, 2011

Five Question Friday

  Here we go.  A little more about me. 

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)

 I LOVE a good cursive writing.  We use Italic handwriting in our homeschool and I only have one child that can will actually write that way.  But we press on...

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone?

  I LOVE PAPER AND PEN!!  I can't even figure out how to put phone numbers on my very basic cell phone that my parents pay for because I really don't want one but they are afraid for me to drive around  (we could put a period on that statement but let's go on) without connections.

3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)

 OH MY!!  Pictures of course,  my pillow (it is VERY difficult to get your pillow just right, and I need my sleep!),  and I don't really know.  Everything I own came from a used place like Goodwill or a book sale.  So I guess it could be replaced.  I think the box of notes, letters and pictures the kids have given me over the years.  I keep them in the closet and those WOULD be irreplaceable.  Ok,  that was hard to think through. 

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?

 Can I be a Country Mouse wannabe???  I love the idea,  I love playing chicken farmer,  and corn farmer,  BUT,  I grew up City Mouse and love my comforts.  Maybe I could half it.   6 months country 6 months city.  This is SO confusing. 

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick? 
  Hands down it would be Amazing Race and I would go on it with my sister.  She has the best sense of direction and is pretty practical.  I would be adventuresome (ok,  well,  I DO like to travel and eat new foods!!).  But then again,  she won't get on an air plane and we can't take a train or drive everywhere.  But since we are dreaming..Amazing Race with the greatest sissy sister ever.
and there you go.  A little more about me.  Really, you should know me pretty well by now.  I would love it if you DO read this,  to answer these and send them back.  That way I could get to know YOU a little more.
thanks for reading,

Chinese Lantern Plant

I took a walk tonight, inspecting the garden and letting out the chickens for a run in the cool of the evening.   Here are a few pictures to tease you.

It looks like a jumbled mess.  And I AM beginning to wonder how I will harvest the corn, beans and melons when it is fully in.  But we will take THAT step when/if it gets here.  I am trying the Three Sisters way of gardening.  I'll let you know how it worked out later.  Here is something hiding under all that mess.

I can't begin to tell you how much we like melons around here.  And good thing too.  I think I have around 15 melon plants growing.  Again that's PLANTS, not the melons themselves.  I walked out Wednesday morning to the beautiful sound of many bees buzzing and flitting from flower to flower.  Music to my ears. 

Here is something else growing in that jungle.  I did not know what it was, but with   a little research  came up with....

Japanese/Chinese Lantern plant.  I can't wait to see it through the fall.  I THINK it will change into a deep orange color.   More as time goes by.

Here is another wild flower I found outside.  You can't see it very well, but the fuzzy cone facing the camera is a deep blue.  I think it is a Creeping Eryngium.   I LOVE identifying new wild flowers.  How fun to walk along and be able to name them.  I feel like we are friends, well, in my case since I can't remember their names sometimes it is more like acquaintances, but at least I try!!

Here is my basil which is growing crazily.  I have already made two batches of pesto,  put some on pizza, and plan on eating some for lunch tomorrow.  I have three other plants besides this one.  I think my friend Kelly could use some of this,  can't you ??!!!!

This last picture I thought was so pretty.  I have these planted around my tomatoes.  They seem to keep everything but those nasty tomato horn worms off. 

And that was my walk tonight.  Our days have been so dreadfully hot and humid.  Enough to make you sleep all afternoon.  But the evenings have been pleasant and breezy.  Probably just the STARK difference makes it feel that way.  But I have enjoyed getting out and walking the yard,  puttering.  Puttering...since I used that word and like it,  does that make me old? 

thanks for reading,


You are doing what...?

We are off to the pool to do this. 

And this...

and this...

It's where we have been all summer.  We love it.  But it is VERY time comsuming.  So between swimming,  keeping up with laundry, cooking, and other essentials,  I can't find the time or energy, (mostly energy)  to blog.  I am taking NAPS almost every day.  Not sure what THAT'S about but the family is thakful.

thanks for reading,