Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pink Saturday

Another Beautiful Fall
Pink Saturday!

Although the calendar
has declared
it's fall...

My Garden
has chosen to ignore that.

Even the geraniums
in the front planter
are growing strong!

I should be taking advantage
and go for a walk...
But instead I think
I will visit
and all of us other
Pink Saturday Pals!

Have a Nice Day!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009


It's good to be back
in front of the computer.
I have so much to tell you,
where should I begin?

Well, I am sure that you've heard
the news. I have joined the masses
of the unemployed. I think that I will
take a little time to kick back and
enjoy my freedom for a few months.
I made the mistake of looking at some
colleges and universities online.
My phone has been ringing off the hook
with offers.
I am totally undecided in what
I would like "to be
when I grow up...."
All I know, is that it won't
be in a small office again.
I need job security and benefits.

Meanwhile, my Mom needs some medical attention.
So it's a good thing
that I am available to take care of her.
Have any of you ever experienced
Cellulitis in your shins?
It's not pretty or fun....
I really feel for her.

The Minnesota State Fair was up and running
for it's full 12 days.
Certainly, Jacob and I couldn't miss that!
Neither could anyone else,
for that matter.
It boasted record attendance.
Almost 2 million visitors this year.
Me and about 160,000 (on average)
of my closest friends a day
were confined to a 320 acre plot.
More about that later this week.

Cousin Jay from Orlando
couldn't miss the fair -
On our "Off-Day" we hosted a BBQ -
Brats and such...Stay tuned -
I'll post that on Foodie Friday!

Jacob went back to school
on the 9th of September.
All I have been hearing is
"Did I tell you how much I hate school..."
(But I think he secretly likes it -
at least the socialization part...)
I really miss having him around here
during the day.
And I'm not thrilled with the
homework battle that ensues each night.

After that, my Uncle Larry & Aunt Betty
from North Carolina came for a visit.
So it was a week of BBQ's, family reunions,
re-visiting old neighborhoods,
and Yahtzee!

Oh, and Jacob has tried
to help curtail our Bunny problem
by installing an electric fence
around the flowers.....
But as you can see - the littlest of bunnies
just shimmy underneath
and eat to their hearts content.
Oh well....


Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pink Saturday - The Minnesota State Fair Edition

Just a few little
Pink Saturday
tidbits from the fair.

I'll be back in action
next week
when all of my company leaves
and the dust settles....

See Ya,


Don't forget to check in with
for more PS!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Check This Out....

Isn't this the coolest!

Jacob made this especially for me!

Jacob and I are enjoying our Pronto Pups and Poncho Dogs
and so on.....we'll fill you in on every bite when we return!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY! Grampa's Birthday

Monday we celebrated
my Dad's birthday!
With a little dinner on the patio.

I got to use my new $3 cake pan from Marshall's.
It worked beautifully.

I used the lemon cake recipe from
one of our Foodie Friday recipes.
Everyone loved it.
It was so moist and lemon-y!
(I used a bit of cocoa to darken the batter for the center.)

Poor Grampa had to peel the Idaho potatoes
for his own birthday dinner.

We had roasted & boiled
We had it both ways, because
Grampa wanted it
and it was his
birthday afterall.

I preferred the roasted.
It was basted with melted butter,
minced garlic, S&P,
and a squeeze of lime juice.

The best part was the breaded fish.
Grampa's favorite.
He loves it dredged in flour,
than the egg wash, & the crushed Premium Saltines
the good old-fashioned way.

Look at how crispy and delicious it is....

I used my little deep fryers out on the patio.
I just love this little thing,
and notice my beautiful extension cord.
It was custom-made especially for me,
by my future electrician!

This is as close as I am going to get to an outdoor kitchen.
We have such short summers and cold winters
that I couldn't justify installing one.

Meanwhile, we had a visitor to our garden.

One that wanted to get in on the BRP*
(Bunny Relocation Program)

A Possum!

Look at those teeth!

Look at those gross crusty claws - YIKES!

Let's visit Susan
for today's
Outdoor Wednesday


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday!

I've just gotta share
my beautiful Dahlia's
with you again today.

I finally had the time to read this book.
Now I'm off for #2.
I thought I saw them on a rack
at Marshall's.
I hope they are still there....

Meanwhile, I'm off to check out
all of the other pinkies out there today....


Thursday, August 20, 2009

You are Gonna Wish...

By the time you are done reading this
you are going to wish this was
Wordless Wednesday....

Let's start off with a pic of Miles.
As you know, he has been diagnosed
with allergies and raging ear infections.

Well, if you ever had a dog with ear infections,
then you know what they entails.
Trying to give your dog pills!
The first day he took them as good as gold.
I thought, Hmmmm! This is going to be easy.
The next day, I brought out the whipped cream.
He loves, loves, loves that. And it worked
like a charm. Until, (there's always the until)
Jacob opened his trap and told Gramma all about it.
How we covered his pills in whipped cream and
he couldn't get enough of it. Well, the dog can
still hear. He heard every word of it. So, to make
a long story short, he wouldn't touch the whipped cream
the next day. He wouldn't even look at it. He turned
his head away. I forced the pill into his yap.
He spit it out as fast as can be. He went as far
as to step on the pill to hide it - I kid you not!
Wednesday was Squirty Cheese from the can.
Okay, that worked. But not on Thursday.
Thursday was peanut butter. It didn't work.
I had to be a tiny bit mean. I had to force it.
But he still loves me.
He came back and kissed me later.
(We have a few more days to go...)

I've been fertilizing my patio pots
faithfully this summer and here
are the results!

But...I 'm not sure what to say about this little guy.
Did he get too much water?
Not enough water?
I just bought him last weekend
from the Home Depot.
Would you take it back?
That would be embarrassing!
I should do it -
just to mortify Jacob.

I've had requests for shots of the back yard....
I must say - Jacob has done a beautiful with the lawn.
He is the main man on the lawn mower!

This shot is from the patio
looking straight back to the shed.

This is from the swing
looking back to the patio.

And here is the back of the house....
(Above there is a pic of Jacob's
log cabin.)

Woo Hoo! I'm having a ripe tomato!
I see a BLT in the near future.

The Bee has sprouted BEANS!

How kind of those silly rabbits to leave me
one very pretty Canterbury Bells.
I planted at least 7 this year.

I bought a few cucumbers the other day
because I was hungry for
Refrigerator Pickles, and so was my Dad.

The usual ingredients...
cucumbers, sliced onion, S&P, a bit of sugar
and white vinegar.
No real recipe - it's all to taste.

You'll want to be sure to use lots of pepper!
It's better that way. Trust me.
Be sure to refrigerate -
they are way better that way, too.

Last but not least....
Ta Da!
A few of the offenders
have been relocated
in the
(*The Bunny Relocation Program)
They are darn cute though, aren't they?

But keep in mind....
These stems used to be Coneflowers!

See, I told you
you would have preferred
Wordless Wednesday!