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This is me. Not much to say. I think there is nothing better in the world than having a good friend that you can have an entire conversation with and never say a word. I love to read. Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson are two of my favorite authors. I am not afraid to choose a book by an unknown author if the title catches my eye. If my kitchen was not so small I would have people over all the time and cook for them. I love to try new meals and make new things. Life without a pet is not a full life in my opinion. I have one dog – Sasha. Could not imagine not having her there every day to shed all over my house and get in my way and be totally excited when I got home from work. She knows when to jump on my lap and just be there when I have a bad day. People need to give animals more credit and everyone should own one.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Garden Update - Tomato

Once upon a time there was 9 little plants. Now there seems to be one HUGE plant with very large tomatoes on it.

And the plants are now taller than me.

Garden Update - Cucumbers

The new cucumber cage is working very well.

Friday, July 1, 2011


So...those of you that follow this blog I am sure are shocked, I am finally posting a garden update. Of course I am behind like always but here it is. This should score me some points still!!!

I planted a little differently this year. Instead of straight rows across the garden, I planted in sections.

There are 3 main sections with sub-sections for specific plants within them.

Peas (lattice for them to grow up - 2 rows that are not up yet to prolong the season)
Cucumbers (Is that a cattle fence - YUP it is! Will show details farther down)

Lettuce (two additional rows not up yet)
3 rows onions (white, yellow, red)
Spinach (two rows not up yet)
3 rows onions (white, yellow, red)
Beans (two additional rows not up yet)

Peppers (Hot Tabasco, Giant Jalapeno, Habanero, Jalapeno, Bell)

Looking into garden from tomato corner

Looking into garden from cucumber corner

Looking into garden from dill corner

Looking into garden from pepper corner

The Cucumber Cage...

Last year Chris helped me a LOT in the garden since I was not living in IA full time yet. And anyone that has had a garden knows that picking cucumbers is not fun. Then throw a horrible year for mosquitoes on top of it and it becomes even less fun. Well I am hoping the cucumber cage makes the picking part easier. On one of the jobs Chris did last year he could see their garden out back and they had taken a cattle fence, cut it a little shorter and welded it in a circle, stuck it in the garden and planted the cucumbers around the outside. The cucumbers grew up the fence making picking easier.

I will keep you posted but so far it seems to be working. They are growing right up the fence, with a little guidance from me every night!

We have had 2 really hot days and this plant is huge now.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More Garden 2011

Tomatoes - Started from seed in basement with Grow Lights and Heat Mats.

Broccoli, Zucchini and Cucumber - Started in basement from seeds.

Broccoli, Zucchini and Cucumber

Tomatoes, Broccoli, Zucchini and Cucumber


Garden - 2011

Here is the start to the 2011 Garden. I tried to start everything that I could from seed this year again. Not everything turned out but I did have more success then last year and learned a lot for next year.

Peppers - In the end the peppers did not turn out

Lights on my green house shelves in the basement

Plants ready to grow

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Walking the kids to school...

The new office in Iowa is across the screen from a community college. Behind the building that is next to ours is a pond where quite a few geese live. Twice last week I look up from my desk and see the geese have traveled from their pond, along side our building and are crossing the street to the parking lot of the community college. On day 2 I was quick enough with a camera to get a few shots.

Looks like they are walking the kids to school!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Well since it is about time to garden for 2011 I thought I better get some 2010 garden pictures posted...

Just planted

Onions - Beans - Onions - Peas





More Cucumbers

Since I was not in IA during the week last summer Chris took care of the garden during the week. He was great about sending many pictures so I could "keep up" with the gardening!

Green Pepper

Hot Tabasco Pepper - They turn yellow - green - orange - red


Tomato - Pepper

Beans - Onions - Peas

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kitchen - Before and After

Finally painted the kitchen this weekend. I love it. Grandma's Linen (sage green) and Earthy Merlot.

Kitchen - Before and After - Cont...