When I lived in Central Texas I tried many times to plant morning glories. They never would take. Last year, I planted a couple of seeds at the base of the bird house in the back of the picture hoping it would climb up the bird house. Welllll.... you can see that it did, in fact, climb the bird house and has gone wild! It is everywhere!
After our rainy weekend I can only imagine how crazy these vines are going to get.
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We had a quiet weekend here on the lake. I got my hopes up a tiny bit that one of my kids might come home only to have my hopes dashed! And after a brief pity party I decided to get my act together and make my own fun!
The weather was cool and what better way to have fun than pack a picnic dinner and spend the evening out floating on the boat.
I decided to go all out... I made creme brulee. It was my first attempt! I packed a homemade pasta dish with fresh ragu.
It did start to rain but we had our enclosure zipped up and we were determined to ride out the rain!
Of course we brought along our best girls. They love boat rides.
Here they are riding up on the dash board of the boat tucked up under the windshield. They liked it there because they are right up by our faces as we ride down the lake.
We packed a couple of movies, enjoyed our dinner, and a nice quiet night on the lake. Joe says we're practicing for our trip to Cuba. :)
And after a boat ride with these 3.. how can one have a pity party??
Life is good!
We definitely need to plan more picnic boat rides.
I guess I've been doing this for a while and apparently my subscription time is up! Is anyone out there??
I have SUCH a green thumb! I even have things growing I didn't plant. ha ha. :/
No but seriously. I have a well known plant problem. I can not be trusted not to buy plants whenever I go into nurseries or any garden department. I really don't have any room. And my yard isn't one of those manicured professional looking landscaped type of yard. Because of my love of plants and planting I really have more of an ad hoc type of yard. It's been planted, torn up, replanted, etc. many times over.
My problem is... I love everything. I want one of every kind of plant, tree, flower. Deciduous, evergreen, perennial, annual, tropical, succulent, etc. Get the picture? And it doesn't end with outdoor plants.
I would really love to have a real garden. My ideal garden would look like the one in the movie "It's Complicated" or The White House garden. Nothing too big. I would also like a greenhouse. But I don't have room in my existing yard and there are also covenants in our neighborhood that prevent me from doing a greenhouse.
My husband has been a pretty good sport about all of this. He doesn't say much when I ask him to dig up an existing plant that I've decided isn't working out. He happily digs holes for me wherever I ask. The only time I hear anything from him is when his clutter radar goes off. In the spring when I had starter pots all over the deck he was starting to twitch.
Here's one flower bed at the front of the house that I would love to redo. These plants were planted when we first moved in. I was working full time and I feel like I hastily planted all of this because I was just wanting landscaping.
This bed is out of control.
Now... on to my current issue.
These Japanese Ligustrum were planted on the north side of the house when we moved in. I knew they grew to be really tall but I had every intention of keeping them under control. As you can see they are up to the roof of the house and that's with us trimming them once or twice a year! They grow crazy fast.
In addition to being tall they also grew out to the point that nobody could walk on the sidewalk- you had to walk in the grass.
<------- Hey look! It's my shadow!
This was taken May 16. I began to trim the shrubs.
Then I got frustrated at the losing battle.
Then I got even.
The next day the guy that mows my yard was at the house and said "What did you do? Have a hissy fit and cut them down?"
I knew I didn't want to plant anything hastily (like I've done many times before) and I knew I didn't want to plant right at the beginning of summer. I decided I would just let this be and plant in the fall. I was hoping I would have a plan by then.
I still don't have a plan! Eeek!!! I've been thinking about all the things I would love to plant.
I'm at a a loss. Do something pretty and organized? Use this space to propagate plants (which is my new obsession) or use this to make a garden??
Meanwhile... I have the weeds enjoy.
It does get easier. I have been reading all of the back to school posts on Facebook and seeing pictures of the little ones. I have one friend who's already crying on her daughter's first day of kindergarten. Boy... she's got a long row to hoe! I can remember those feelings. It's just knowing that these moments are precious and life will pass by far too quickly.
I've made an observation... and it's just MY observation. I don't want to start a fight. But it seems to me that when kids are leaving for college it's always harder with the first one than it is with the last. Even though you think you'll absolutely fall apart when that last one comes along. The other thing I've noticed is.. it's harder for moms to let boys go. Is it because girls are such vixens and will take advantage of your ever-so- innocent boy? I can see my kids shaking their heads at me. It's just a theory..
But I do know that after you've had one kid leave for college you see that it's all going to be ok. And by the time it happens again you look forward to the excitement.
I've mentioned before that I worried about how lonely my husband and I would be when kids left. But we discovered last year that it's actually very nice and it gives you a chance to reconnect and remember why you loved this person in the first place. All the focus is now back on each other rather than kids. It's very sweet and reassuring. And romantic. <3
Don't lose hope if you're feeling blue about kids being gone.
Yesterday was my first official day of empty nest round #2. It was a peaceful day. I got laundry caught up, dinner cooked, the house cleaned, and enjoyed a summer storm. Bring on fall and milder temps! I also brainstormed about some fall(ish) meals to cook and freeze. Maybe some pasta sauces, chili, etc..
We went to eat at AYC and had their pasta bar. And it has inspired me to get some delicious meals together than you can pop out of the freezer and have an elegant and fast dinner. There is no need to eat bad food just because school is winding up and life will be getting busy again.
My favorite sauce was a "natural" sauce that was simply olive oil with sauteed garlic, some white wine with lots of veggies tossed with a little bit of pasta, and a lot of herbs. I'm inspired!!
Happy Friday folks! Enjoy this gorgeous weather!!
It's been so long since I've gotten to enjoy the smell of rain! But we had a little bit of rain today on my trip to Joplin, Missouri. It was glorious!!
I took my baby (he'll be 24 in a couple of months) shopping today. It's been a while since I've done that too. He was desperately needing some clothes and his style has changed completely since I did buy him clothes last. I believe we got him fixed up. He's going to be a sharp dressed man on campus now- look out women of Norman!
My girl got through her first experience as a sorority member who was on the recruitment end of things and got her first "temp little" sister today. She was so excited to meet her and I'm excited too. I believe in life-long friendships and have lots so I know that experiences like this could be the beginning of a new life long sister and friend. So nothing but smiles here today!
We hopefully will get our air conditioning fixed tomorrow but we survived quite nicely through the night thanks to the cooler temperatures. It was pleasant listening to the sounds of the outside and I was thankful the dogs didn't wake me up through the night because of the sounds of wildlife. They are usually on patrol.
I'm getting excited that Labor Day weekend is coming up which means friends and family coming back to the lake. It also means menu preparations! I'll have to see if I can come up with something new for everyone! I'm open to suggestions!!!
<3 See ya later!
OH! And P.S. Look what flew into the kitchen tonight! The back door was open and it came right on in!!
We had to catch it to let it back outside and it flew right back up into a tall tree. I'm sure very happy to have a second chance!
Actually, this hasn't been too bad of a Monday other than the fact that our air conditioner croaked on us. I'm trying to think positive though. At least we've had a cool front. A week ago we had 115 degree temps and the low's at night never got below 95 degrees. Today our high was in the upper 80's. Not bad for August!!
I think the cool weather is making everyone feel better. My dog Mazie ran and played yesterday and I haven't seen her that happy and care-free in weeks! My plants are coming back from the brink of death too.
I've also grilled a few times. I'm not quite sure if I'm breaking the law since there is a state-wide burn ban. I hope not. It sure is nice to be able to cook outside again without having a heat stroke.
I went to Norman last week to go see my girl. I didn't get to see that much of her because she was working hard on recruitment for her sorority. But I did get to grab a couple of quick meals with her and she spent the night with me one night. I had no idea how hard those girls in the sororities work to get new pledges. Weeks of preparation go into cleaning and decorating their houses and also go into how to greet people to make them feel welcome. They work on chants, songs, skits... it really is a cool thing to see. I got to go for a parents night which doubled as a practice run for them. They chanted us in the door and then performed for us. It was so cool. I had tears in my eyes. I'm just so glad that my kids get to have that kind of life experience. It is something that she'll treasure forever.
On my way through Tulsa I stopped at Bodean's Fresh Seafood Market and stocked up on some seafood. We really are blessed to have such a place here in central Oklahoma. The food is flown in daily and it is so good. I got a side of king salmon, some tuna steaks, halibut, and shrimp.
I have a couple of recipes to post and will get those up soon!
On a side note.. I've had to post-pone dieting until I can get back to my doctor. I don't know if I'm having side effects of medication or what.. but my heart rate has been completely off the charts. So, I've decided to just take it easy until I can get back in to see my doc. Have my thyroid checked again, etc. I'm still watching what I eat but just wasn't feeling very goo
I've already been to town to run errands and I'm back home to stay. As I drove past our little farmer's market downtown I wondered if they might have green tomatoes.... so I turned around and went back. They did! I've never made fried green tomatoes but I'm going to give it a try tonight. On Facebook a few days ago I posted a picture of the fried green tomato caprese` salad at Cherokee Yacht Club. It was delicious! It had fresh ripe tomatoes along with the fried green tomatoes and baby mozzarella cheese with a green goddess dressing. That's going to be my inspiration for tonight.
Our heat wave continues so I'm thinking of how to cook without heating the kitchen so I think I'm going to make some ribs in the crock pot to go along with the fresh salad I'm making. It all sounds good to me!
Last night I tried to tackle one of my cooking hang-ups. Pie crust. Yes, believe it or not I struggle with pie crusts. I don't have that gift of intuition when it comes to that. Do you par bake? Poke holes? Don't poke holes? What if it shrinks? burns? etc..
I made a quiche and it was yummy but it came out very ugly so I need to work on it again before it's blog worthy. Meanwhile I have a piece of advice for you all. If you bake something and it turns out ugly. Just call it "rustic" and it's all good. My quiche was very rustic. ;)
Rustic Bacon & Leek Quiche!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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