I Had To Borrow My Son’s Camera Again

Because I needed to show you progress on the garden and flowers.

 

I needed to get pictures of the gladiolus canes that were almost finished blooming. Last night while water the flowers I noticed two more canes would be blooming soon and they were going to be PURPLE! I was correct this morning I was able to get this nice shot of one of the purple canes. The other one should be blooming by tonight or tomorrow morning. These make canes 4 and 5. I found a sixth one just coming on the other day. I don’t think all of them will cane before the weather gets to cold, hopefully I will have a better turn out next year.

 


The butternut and butter bush squash are doing well. So far they have not gone too crazy producing, we hope with the cooler nights they will say, “Hey, it’s getting cold we better get some more fruit on here!” It just doesn’t seem like we have as many as last year even though we have more plants.

The acorn squash are the same way not a lot of fruit yet, but we don’t have as many plants as last year.

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ACORN SQUASH

We have this one plant we thought was sick or not getting enough of the proper nutrients. So David went to Googling and discovered that it is actually a different variety. It is a Golden Acorn, not your typical Queen Table Acorn which is what the green ones are. David thinks its seed accidentally got in to this package of Queen Table acorn.  There is also a variety called the Snow White Acorn, but we didn’t get a stray seed of that one.🙂

 

THE GOLDEN ACORN

THE GOLDEN ACORN


The peppers and tomatoes have been producing well. We have been using both in stir – frys and meat loaf.

The green peppers and a few of the sweet pepper plants have grown quite large.

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I was able to pick 12 green bell peppers that day. The sweet pepper plants are loaded too. I won’t pick those until they turn their red, yellow, and orange colors.

I wanted to save some the green bells some how. So I dug out the food dehydrator that I have not used since buying it 8 or 9 years ago. I dried 6 of the 12 just to see how it would turn out. It filled the house with the smell of peppers for about 6 hours. Mmmmm! I think they turned out ok. I put them in a freezer bag then placed that in a glass jar in the pantry as the instructions with the dehydrator said to do.

I think the next bunch I pick I will try freezing. My daughter suggested I slice them place them on a cookie sheet that is covered with freezer paper and place that in the freezer. Then when they are good and frozen then place them in a freezer bag. I want to try this way instead of chopping them into chunks and freezing them straight into the bags. They are all mushy when you use them at a later date when done this way, in my experience.


A couple of weeks ago I decided to put a bed around the wild Johnny Jump – Ups. I found these rocks and thought they did the job nicely. I hope there will be more of them next year. I might even plant some of the helichrysums against the siding.

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David and I went fishing a week ago. Where we wanted to fish there was a lot of small trees /bushes so David took the pruning shears to them to make a spot for me to set up my chair and fish. When I was carrying the branches away I noticed this. I know it did not grow this way on its own. I still thought it was neat and brought the branch home to show the kids.

I guess you could say it is the circle of life.😀

 

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I Finished!

It only took me 5 days. I got my People I Visit list tidied up. I went from following 251 people down to 159. I think this is a more manageable number for now. I removed a lot of blogs that were deleted by the authors and a few that had not posted any thing for 2 years. Speaking of the ones that have not posted in 2 years, the most recent article was the one I read that made me want to follow it in the first place. I felt like, Oh I like that article and followed and they never wrote again. What is up with that? lol

I will be honest some of the blogs I unfollowed because they were some that I just followed because they followed me when I first started out. I didn’t really read more than one of their posts. I also removed ones that no longer held my interest as they had change what they were posting or  my interests have changed. Some I removed because they changed from actually written stuff to a bunch of videos, GIFs and links. Some I just found annoying in some form or another.

I am happy with the results. Today I actually had blogs show up on my reader that I actually did not have to scroll through 5 pages to find them.


I am followed by 213 people, one of those is actually my other site, Skrappy Skarves so really 212 followers.

I follow 70 of those followers. So I think that is a pretty good ratio of mutual following.

I also checked on some of these followers and again some people have not posted since they started following me 2 years ago. Some are defunct domains up for sale. There are also those blogs that are nothing but ads and links. I don’t care for those that is the reason I didn’t follow those back.

I clicked on one that was just this ad. Now this one could have been an actual blog 2 years ago, but now, huh?

FREE! Discover My Shortcut To Over $10,000 Per Month!

(Yes It’s for Real, Pay Very Close Attention on the Next Page!)

Hurry, Expires: August 20, 2016

I have also come across this message a few times:

Nothing Found  It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

I am also being followed by a bed and breakfast in New Zealand, a real estate firm that has not posted since July 2015, and a home interiors blog which has not posted since January.

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Today’s Featured Ebay Listed Item

 is this cute little pink wallet.

It holds folded bills in one pocket and credit cards in the other. Or all bills or all cards whatever you fancy.

I used this pattern CASH N CARDS CASE (c) WALLET By: Suzetta Williams from Suzie’s Stuff

If you would like to see more of my Ebay Items just click on the Ebay link in My Blog Roll.

I thank you and happy shopping!😀

Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and Single crochet back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled balls of yarn in light pink and purpley pink.
Measurements: 3 inches by 3 1/2 inches

Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and Single crochet back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled balls of yarn in light pink and purpley pink.
Measurements: 3 inches by 3 1/2 inches

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Going Through The People I Follow List

 

My list had just over 250 people I follow. I am checking each one. Some of them have not posted anywhere from 2 months to 2 years ago. Others have let their domain expire or deleted the site themselves.

I think it is time to do some unfollowing of these non-functioning and forgotten blogs.

If they have not posted at all this year I think it is time to let them go also.

Update and tidy things up a bit.

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Nick’s Minecraft Creeper Throw

 

I have been working on a new solid granny square blanket. I am again using “How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square For Beginners” YouTube Tutorial Video by Bella CoCo’s pattern for my squares.
It will be more of a throw than a full scale blanket.

I was showing my son the completely sewn together squares of the Jack O’ Lantern blanket when he gets this look on his face. He says you know what you could make me? I look back at him and smile because I think I know. I was right he wanted me to make him a Minecraft Creeper Blanket.

So we discussed it for a bit and decided to only use three colors even though the creeper has several shades of green in it to make it look pixely. I will be using Glowworm for most of it. Paddy green for part of its mouth and eyes, and black also for part of the mouth and eyes. We also decided that the throw would look better with smaller squares of 4 inches rather than the 6 inch squares like the Jack O’ Lantern blanket.

We found some graph paper and he drew out the pattern for me. 13d Nick's Minecraft Creeper Throw

I started with the eyes. After I finished this part I decided to do all the squares then put them together in rows.

It will make it easier I realized after doing this much.

THE FIRST TO BLOOM WAS THIS WHITE WITH PINK TRIM.

I Was Having Photo Withdrawals!

I could not stand it any more. I have seen so many photos I wanted to take and share with all of you. I finally asked my son if I could borrow his camera for a couple of days. He has a camera very similar to mine, his model is the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD  with 5x optical zoom and 16.0 Mega Pixels.  He also got his 4 years ago. He doesn’t use it as often as I did. The link is to the Amazon page. He nor I paid these crazy prices 4 years ago. Both of our cameras were priced around $120.00 dollars brand new through Amazon. Now they are only available through other sellers on Amazon at these hyped up prices.

We were at Walmart last Tuesday looking at cameras. They had this new model Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP CCD Sensor and 8x Optical Zoom for $119.00 Which is what I paid for my old camera. It is also available on Amazon for the same price.  So maybe he will get it for me for my birthday in October.😀 Ok, enough yammer about cameras, I will get on with the photos I wanted to share with you.


First up is this photo of my first gladiolus bloom!

I am so excited that they have finally started to bloom.

So far though only three of them have canes.

You can see one of the other canes just to the left of this one.

The other one is around the corner of the deck.

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I am also very happy with how my mixed orange yellow marigolds have taken off.

Look at those big beautiful blooms and the bushy plants!


 

The tomatoes are ripening now.

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And the peppers are bushy and healthy.

I have picked one green pepper which I used in a stir fry.

Many more on the way.

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Sully Saturdays # 14

 

I really like my outside time. Mom and I have our routine of getting my jacket on and off down pretty good now.

She will ask if I want to go outside. I will run to the front door or jump down out of the big chair by the front door. I sit there patiently while she puts on my jacket. She tells me each step as we go.

Put your feets in the holes. Ok now I will sinche the Velcro around your chest, now the buckle through your collar too, and snap the lead to both loops.

Then I have to wait for her to open the door. I am so excited that I usually forget to step back so the door doesn’t hit me on the nose. Mom opens it slowly just for this reason. Now that I am on the deck I practically drag her down the steps. I just can’t wait to get sniffing my cat nip.

I will be happy just sitting and smelling. Mom goes off to water the garden or some other yard work. I sometimes get bored so she will move me over to the clothes line so I can lay in the grass for a while. Then it is back to the catnip. When she is done with her stuff she will come ask, “Are you ready to go in now, Sully?”

I will then run up the stairs and wait for her to open the door. Once inside I will lay on the floor while she undoes my jacket. She tells me the steps again.

I am unsnapping the leash clip from the loops. Now the black buckle. Ok the Velcro is undone.

The jacket falls off around my feet. Mom says that I can go now it is all undone. Some times she has to give me a little nudge cause I have had a bit much cat nip and I am slow on the uptake.😛

 

Random Rainbow

No rain fell at the house but this lovely rainbow fell from the clouds.

The Farmer In The Dell

Well, I don’t know if this is a dell, but it sounded good for a title.

 

This is the farmer / rancher that owns the pasture next to the one horse pasture we live in.

While I was out watering one morning, he was out raking his cut hay into rows.

This is done in preparation for baling.

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The next day he began doing just that.

He has just dropped off a bale.

I went out about 45 minutes later and was able to get a bit more of the dropping off a bale process.

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He grows this for the cattle he raises.

He puts the cows in this pasture in the late fall.

Early in the spring he has cows with their calves, but late spring and summer are for growing.

An old photo of one of the cows.

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