Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Different Way

I like to use different things in different ways,
a repurposing if you will.
I've always thought that I'm a tiny bit of pack
rat but not real bad or anything, there are no huge piles
of things to fall over and crush me (hoarding at it's worst).
My family comes by it naturally, my Grandma raised her children
through the Great Depression and she taught her children
and her Grandchildren to reuse as much as possible.

Sometimes I set something aside without knowing
what it will become. Sometimes it becomes nothing
and I send it on it's way but every once in awhile I
think of something....
A coffee bag.
Our lilac has to be trimmed once a year as it grows right
up next to the house. I saved the trimmings and this 
is what I made.

A Very Pretty Volunteer

This popped up last fall in this planter on the front
steps, I left it to see what beauty awaited me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A little bit of sunshine in the garden

It's amazing how a little bit of sunshine can make me feel,
even if I only spend a few minutes out there.
I've been trying to finish some indoor chores (yuck)
and then there is the groceries and cooking
and I've been recipe testing for my other blog.
I try to spend a half hour outside in the sunshine,
it makes me feel healthy - here are some
photos from the garden this week.
I'm not sure what this plant it, a mustard leafy type of plant.
There are still a few squash blossoms out there, they
almost look frosty in the sunshine!

These beauties still turn my head, (amaranth).

My mission fig has a few little fruits on it, I assume this is
the figs second fruiting of the season - I doubt they will
ripen before a full frost but then again you never know.
I want to say thank you to everyone that keeps stopping by,
I hope to be able to spend some time soon
visiting everyones blog -
I miss seeing all your beautiful flowers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

There's still sushine blooms coming from the garden

The recent sunshine allowed me the time to get out
there and see the sunshine blooms.

Mexican Sunflower


Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan and Callicarpa

And last but not least, a weed.

Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum virginium
I've been growing mountain mint for a few years, mainly because
it is a native plant and well it smells like mint.
It's main use is as an insect repellent, just rub it on ya!

If you have irritated skin, mountain mint can prove soothing
to it, as well as it can soothe a toothache.

Mountain mint has many other medicinal uses actually,
check out this link for more information.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Faces

These cute little flowers always make me smile.
They come up all over the yard and a group of them has taken
over one of my garden beds. Yeah I left them!
They need to move so veggies can grow there
but honestly I enjoy them too much!
I am contemplating not posting on the weekends,
while I enjoy the blog I am always late
on the weekends.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wild Mountain Berries

For our birthdays we usually go for a ride in the Mountains, it just so 
happens to be the perfect time at the end of October.
The color in the Mountains at this time of year is stunning and as
an added bonus the communities on the other side of Stevens Pass
have a lot of orchards which means I get apples and pears
(which means he gets pie!). All in all a nice day trip.
rose hips

wild rose covered in hips

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