Monday, July 21, 2014

weekend adventures: florida vaca

over the weekend... i joined ten family members, mom, dad, one sister, one brother-in-law, five nieces and one nephew.  in three vehicles we came down to white sandy beaches and so far... wind, a touch of sun yesterday on the beach and one massive ocean thunderstorm that woke us all up last night.  amazing.  i also brought my yoga practice with me for two mornings in a row so far.  i feel fantastic and am ready to do some gypsy shopping.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

squash and zucchini

Well.. now that you've got all this squash and zucchini... what are you going to do with it?  

I announced on Sunday that I had "put up" all the zucchini that I was going to put up for the winter.  Meaning that we would either have to eat or share the rest until the plant begin to go the other way.  Our zucchini has been producing like crazy.  Our squash on the other hand is just beginning.  I only had three crooked neck squash plant come up out of a dozen but the lemon squash (free seeds came with an order) plants all came up.  They are much smaller, about 4 slices per squash, but I am enjoying them and boy they are really starting to make.  

I have begun to recollect recipes that I had found over the winter and am making a mental note to have a special place in which to store "summer recipes" so I can find them once the garden is booming.  I remembered a couple of good ones that we have tried in the last few days.  Nothing like using what you've got while you've got it!  

Also, my method of freezing zucchini and squash to have for minestrone soup and chicken tortilla soup is simple.  Just chunk or cube cut your vegetables, sprinkle with salt, and place in the middle of a pre-ripped piece of heavy duty aluminum foil.  Bring up end to end and make a pouch, folding and pinching the sides to close.  Then place pouches in a freezer gallon size bag that you label and freeze.  Pretty simple.  It hasn't killed us yet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

weekend shots

Hiya folks.  I've missed you terribly and normally don't apologize for lack of posting but... sorry!!  I have been so busy working on the magazine for my father-in-law's annual dove hunt.  Every time I have wanted to post to my blog or think of something to write I wound up guilt tripping myself and working on the book.  So now, outside of proof reading, printing ad receipts and taking it to the printer this Friday, the dove book for 2014 is finished!  YAY!  

This past weekend I was working on the centerfold for the magazine.  I was inspired by a blog that I frequent who has a segment called "7 vignettes."  I wanted to create shots of events that happen at the Sleepin Bear Lodge and Farms.  I collected items from our house, shop, porch and from the farm next door.  I was able to create seven vignettes of my own all pertaining to things and happenings throughout the year on Gary's (Shaun's dad) hunting lodge and farm next door.  It took a bit of creativity and turned out to be so much fun.  My favorite is first here.

The Bed & Breakfast

The Dove Hunt for which the magazine is for.

Graduation Party at the banquet hall.


These vignettes turned out to be so close to my heart.  For instance, for the wedding shot I used my wedding dress, rose pedals from my Julia Child rose bush, our wedding rings, a turkey feather that I found, the pheasants from the top of our wedding cake, a piece of slate from Windrock Mountain with chalk writing on it and the passage of 1 Corinthians used in many a wedding sermon.

Some of the other pictures housed things like a picture of my Granddaddy on tractor day, a picture of Shaun, his Dad and Granddad quail hunting, I just love them all!  I think the B&B one would make a good puzzle and think they all would make good postcards for his business.  Don't you?

If you would like a copy of this year's dove hunt magazine please email me your address and I will make sure you get one through the mail when we get them back from the printer!

Also, here are 2 or 3 more shots from our farm over the weekend.

I got a little nostalgic with my wedding dress.

I found time to lay underneath my clothesline on the crunchy grass with the warm breeze blowing to the tune of 96 degrees.

Miss Kitty being extra lazy on a hot day.

A fly noticing me too.

Did you know there are parts of Queen Anne's Lace that are edible?  A wild carrot they call it.

We have fields of tousled wheat and blooming sunflowers right now.  It remind me of Tuscany... or my thoughts of Tuscany having never been there.

Friday, July 11, 2014

library list

one.  Stalking the healthful herbs, by: Euell Gibbons.  Still on my quest in natural and herbal foraging.  My soul wants to know so much more.  I have read Stalking the wild asparagus by Euell Gibbons and really enjoyed learning about wild edibles and the commentary stories so much so that I sought out more books by him.

two.  Daily Rituals, by: Mason Currey.  I have been interested lately in how actual artists (of which I do not consider myself) stay motivated in their creativity.  Maybe it's my own short attention span and just maybe I will pick a new healthy creative habit.

three.  1, by: The Beatles.  Mainly because the Love Me Do intro tickled my ears the other day and I want more!

four.  Muscle Shoals.  I really, really liked this documentary on Muscle Shoals and all the music and artists and stories began.  Now I understand where the line in Sweet Home Alabama "now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers... and they've been known to pick a song or two" comes from!

five.  The Birds movie, Alfred Hitchcock.  I've never seen it.  I hope I don't change my opinion on my love of birds. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

journal pages

I still carry my inspiration journal.  Truth: I attended a health food seminar last winter in which I needed a piece of paper for the hostess to add up my beef purchase.  I peeled a sliver of paper from my journal and after the gal said "don't forget your inspiration journal" with a funny look on her face as if teasing me.  Maybe if I let that thought go I could say Inspiration Journal without thinking about it.  Anyway... I've been inspired by a few new-to-me blogs the last couple of days, made a collage for my journal and thought I would share.

The passage: MysticMamma

The pics: originally from other sources but found on BohemianHomes

Originally inspired by: frommoontomoon

I am dreaming of hanging plants in my bathroom above the claw foot tub when it's time to bring them back inside for the cold winter months.  I expect tension from Shaun about poking holes in the ceiling.  My answer will be... build me a greenhouse.

The passage and pictures will be cut out and glued into my inspiration journal.  You may browse the blogs mentioned to get the whole stories and larger pictures.  

I was overly touchy and slightly grope-y over the weekend after reading this article.

Find more about my journalling here and here.

I am craving a new book to read... got any suggestions?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Days of Our Play Care

I can never remember if I title this Plays of our Day Care or Days of Our Play Care.  Doesn't matter truly does it?  When it is hot outside... and I mean hot... and humid... this day in particular the temp was 91 with heat index of 104... I like to drag the old sprinkler out at the day care.  It changes the entire aura of our playground and drops the "feels like" temperature to a more comfortable level.  Let us not forget about the fun when you add sprinkler water plus hot day plus three and four year old kids.  That equals pert near perfection. How bout that car wash!

  Happy Fourth of July to you all!!!  Get outside and have fun!