Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Close Encounter with a Red Tailed Hawk

With a bright sunny morning ahead I took my laptop outside. When I'm reading I need quiet, but when I'm creating I like to have music playing, this is to say that my presence was obvious.
Apparently this Red Tailed Hawk was not at all concerned with me being just twelve feet away from where he choose to land.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chive Blossom Vinegar

I love the pretty lavender colored blossoms perched on top of my garden chives.  Occasionally I chop a few blossoms to toss in the salad bowl for more color and a little zip.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July = Summer

Spring was the beginning of a tough road to summer. Well...summer has finally arrived and it is time to appreciate the beauty and bounty nature delivers.
These aromatic roses are flourishing since we built the compost crate next to them last summer. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring On

Spring is an inspiring season for me. Climbing out of a snowy Winter and cold temperatures I am only limited by my imagination. Having turned two big corners ~ Daylight Saving Time and the calendar flipping past the first day of spring ~ well, my imagination is in high gear. I am working hard to keep it in check, unlike last year. I can confidently say that I will not grow more than twelve tomato plants this year, rather than the seventeen of last season. The words of wisdom, just because you can doesn't mean you should, have become my mantra whenever I open my garden planning book. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Birdhouse Gourds, the Ultimate Tiny House

I'm not complaining because it's snowing.  Every reasonable person knows the facts.  It snows in winter, it's still winter, so find something else to do while Mother Nature does what she does.  The birdhouse gourds that I grew last year have dried and are ready to become the ultimate tiny house.
This is really an easy project, all you need is a drill with a hole saw and of course, a dry gourd.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let the Games Begin

As much as I enjoy watching the the best athletes in the world compete in the Winter Olympics, those games are over and now it's my turn to say Let the Games Begin. I'm talking about the garden games. Plant, nurture, cultivate, compost, harvest, and all the other events of summer gardening. The Seed Catalogs are arriving faster than I can empty the mailbox. Already having more seeds than a person needs, I still have to flip through every page just in case there is something that I MUST have. It's really encouraging to see the number of organic seed options that are showing up.
The last frost date in the Denver area typically coincides with Mothers Day during the second week of

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Have Spices...Will Travel

I want to share an idea I recently came up with.  Being a big believer in re-purposing items I already own, I am quite pleased with this re-invention.  Wherever we travel there is usually a kitchen available, and that being the case, I'll probably be in it.  I can find a grocery store almost anywhere that will help me stock my temporary refrigerator, but attempting to find my favorite spices, that's another story.  Even if I did happen to locate said spices, only needing a teaspoon or so, the purchase of half a dozen bottles just rubs me the wrong way. 
In almost every craft room and garage, there are likely to be some of these plastic storage containers.  They come in very handy for keeping