Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I'm not kidding . ..
this is my most favorite time of year. . .
and I probably won't change my mind.
The garden is yielding more rose buds than I know what to do with. . .
and the best part of that is. .
all for now. . .
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Someone asked recently how my garden stays so weed free.
I thought that perhaps weeds don't grow in these parts .. .
When we make our daily trips to the garden. . .
we pull a weed or two.
I find it hard to walk past a weed patch at a place of business. .
and not pull out a few long weeds.
Can you relate to that?
Monday, June 27, 2011
Granted. . .
the weather was not like this the whole weekend. . .
but if I post the blue skies ..
we'll remember them this way.
The water was green ..
much greener than the camera recorded.
The white capped mountains in the distance were just several of the gorgeous snow capped mountains that surrounded us on every side.
Mostly . .
the days. . .
were spent in the Hot springs pools. . .
which are warm when the air is chilly and comfortable even in drizzle.
There were lots of demonstrations of money well spent on swimming lessons.
There was a dress up dinner for us all.
There was a children's dance floor. . .
enjoying the tunes of the Jones Boys.
I found the children .. .
much more amusing than the adults dance floor.
Most of all .. .
we were really thankful to God . .
that we can have our family all together . .
enjoying each other. . .
and planning for days ahead. . .
which we hope. ..will include lots more trips to Harrison Hot Springs Resort.
all for now. ..
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I took this picture of the strawberries .. .on Tuesday. .
and yesterday the red one was gone.
I looked across the garden at my beloved (who was busying himself pulling weeds) . .
hands on my hips. . asked him where it was.
He said. . ."it had been nibbled on by something and so I ate it. . .leaving the big red one hidden underneath for you."
I said . . ."Aww".
On Tuesday. . .
I went to see about making some room in my freezer for this years berries.
While making room in the freezer . ..I found an ice cream pail full of crushed strawberries. .
I had missed.
On Wednesday. . .
when my beloved came in for lunch. .
He said. . ."It smells like strawberries in here".
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This isn't a normal 11:50 AM in the bungalow.
Normal is lunch at the island.
On Monday we were having a business lunch at our house. . .
and so we were ready.
I had a pot of Borscht on the stove. .
Marg's Health Buns fresh on the table with still slightly firm fresh butter.
A rhubarb platz baked in the morning sat on the counter.
(all out of the book in case he wanted the recipe ...smile)
I've begun to serve Mennonite Food to people who are not familiar with it.
It suddenly dawned on me. . .
it is special and unique and tasty.
The lunch was enjoyed by the business man and my beloved. .
while I enjoyed the fresh bit of summer in the vases.
All for now. . .
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
. . .and so it has begun..
the trek out to the garden and the harvesting of our own food.
Yesterday I plucked big handfuls fronds of delicate dill ..
and parsley and tossed them in the borscht.
After dinner in the tent. ..
and a enjoyable conversation between us ..
we walked out to the garden.
We disrupted an Eagle. . .and watched as it went to rest in distant trees.
I pulled out a large handful of perfect radishes. .
and thought immediately of slicing them up with some sugar and vinegar .. .
just like mom always did in the early days of summer.
OH. .and did you know. .
that radishes belong to the cabbage family which appear to reduce the risk of some cancers?
Radishes are high in potassium which is helpful in regulating blood pressure.
Studies have shown that radish root could be effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Radishes and radish leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Slice them up!
all for now. .
Monday, June 20, 2011
I'd ask them to remain as they are. ..
for the whole season of summer. . .
. .we'll just spend every moment we can . . .
inhaling their scent.
It's almost enough . .
for me to
go to the perfume counter to ask for the scent of rose. . .
and then. .
I think of my mom.
all for now ..