Monday, July 04, 2016

With appologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein

The Shepherd, outstanding in his field, on the 3rd of July...

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.
Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling, Everything's going my way.

 Wishing everyone a happy, safe & quiet 4th of July! 


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The twins

This is Karl & Katie.  Next week The Shepherd is off to points south to pick up so friends for them.  Then on the second day of my 10 day staycation, he is going to wean the whole bunch.  How could I be so lucky?? 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

The best Caturday present EVER

A friend gave me this mug as a gift this week.  She said she saw it on the internet and just had to buy it for me.  Yes, I'm somewhat of a Trekkie - We did have a cat named Neelix you know - but the early cast - done up as cats - Inspired...   Thank you Nina :-)

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Attack of the Zucchinis

 The Shepherd has chosen a new variety of zucchini to grow this year.

It sure started early.  There are three plants and they are covered in blossoms and little zucchinis!

They are a light skinned with dark stripes - sort of like a zebra...but green....

This fine fellow ended up in our dinner last night - a "scramble" - fried potatoes with onions, just a tiny bit of orange bell pepper, a couple of mushrooms, the zucchini, of course and eggs.  Sort of a potato frittata, I guess. 

I put cheese on my part - it was yummy. 


Saturday, June 04, 2016


Come Caturday morning

I'm goin' away with my friend

We'll Caturday-spend till the end of the day

Just I and my friend

 We'll travel for miles in our Caturday smiles

And then we'll move on

But we will remember long after Caturday's gone

Come Caturday morning,

Come Caturday mo - or - ning.....

(With apologies to Ms. Liza Minnelli)


Monday, May 30, 2016

What's growing in The Shepherd's Greenhouse?

 I took a little walk out to the greenhouse today after church.  The Shepherd wanted me to take some pictures of some of his azaleas and to show me how the tomato plants were growing.

Wow, are they ever!  And they are blooming already, so we just may have some tomatoes by the 4th of July...
 He had to plant more runner beans because the other ones bolted on him and became a big tangled mess.

I'm not sure what else he's got coming up here.  But it seems like it only takes a day or so before anything he has planted comes up. 

Snapdragons.  They always remind me of my Grandma Dot. She had these great beds of annuals that would reseed themselves from year to year, to year.  I think these will go on the back porch in pots.

And I have been playing around with the panorama view on my phone.  Just walking out to the greenhouse/barn and back this afternoon I think I took about 100 pictures of plants and sky and cats....

George and Gracie were being a little "aggressive" towards each other.  I don't know what's up with that...But she was hiding out, sort of..

Happy Memorial Day.  Remember to take time to give thanks to all our service men, women, dogs and other animals who give their time and risk their lives for us every day, and to those whose lives were lost so we could live safely. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Snacks for Church - Very Berry Cream Cheese spread

We helped with snacks for after church last weekend.  I made a couple of cream cheese spreads to go on the bagels that we brought.  (Plain bagels and Thomas Limited Edition Banana Bread Bagels, which were delicious, by the way) The spread I made for the plain bagels also worked for the crackers that someone else had brought - it was a Muffaletta spread with cream cheese, olives, jardiniere and salami - oh, it is so good.  The spread I made for the Banana Bread Bagels was, as I called it "Very Berry Cream Cheese Spread".  Quite frankly, it's really so good, who needs a bagel - just scoop it up like frosting - ha ha...

One of the ladies asked me for the recipe, so here it is -

Very Berry Cream Cheese Spread

1 8 oz. pkg. Philly cream cheese - I used Neufchatel style light cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter (NOT margarine)
1/4 cup Chobani Mixed Berry Greek yogurt
2 or 3 tablespoons Bonne Maman brand jam - I used Raspberry-Apricot because that was what was open in the fridge - (I like Bonne Maman jams because they are just fruit, and sugar.  No other added ingredients - no artificial colors or additives, no high fructose corn syrup and they are free of preservatives)
1-3 teaspoons sugar (to taste - both the cream cheese and the yogurt make this a little bit tart without it)

Beat the cream cheese and the butter until smooth and fluffy.  Beat in the yogurt, add the jam and mix.  Add the sugar to taste - It is good to let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours so the flavors get all nice and happy. 

Enjoy on bagels or toast, or crackers - or a spoon - (probably if you put a couple of cups of powdered sugar in it would make delicious frosting as well, but I haven't tried that, so only do it if you are adventurous)