Saturday, June 19, 2021

Birthday Dibblet and Widger

I treated myself to a dibblet and widger for my birthday this year, having wanted them for a bit now.

Many of my friends might ask, What? Ha, ha.  Yes, not high tech and strange sounding at that.  One makes holes to plant seed. It has markers to help you get the depth right in the garden.

The other helps to remove seedlings from starter trays more easily or even make the holes to pop the seed in.  

There you have it, what more could a gal want?


Sunday, May 30, 2021



I loved Huckleberry Hound when I was a kid, I even have a stuffed Mrs Huckleberry Hound doll up in the attic.  So, when I saw Baker Creek had them, I had to try.

These are the garden huckleberries, they will grow like a pepper but get a few feet high, 1 to 3, with berries. When the berries are dark and ready to pick I plan to try either a pie or jam.  

I hear it is good.  I will keep my fingers crossed! 


Wednesday, May 26, 2021



I love our GreenStalks! These are amazing, versatile, convenient and a great conversation starter.  They are made by a family business and have become the hit of the garden circles.

Self watering from the top, there is a drip system that keeps your plants moist after filling the top tray.  Each layer has an internal tray that fills into the pocket below.  We ordered the caster system so we can move them, even into the garage during an unexpected cold snap.

Look at the results! We are still filling in with flowers, herbs and vegetables.  And I still have my other gardens.  This allows even the apartment or condo owner access to fresh grown food at their fingertips

Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Saturday of my Own

 I have a Saturday to do anything I want, which in this case is sipping coffee on the top porch as I listen to the early birds trying to get those worms.  

After that I will slip on my garden shoes, grab my gear and plant the huckleberries I started from seed earlier this year.  I have never grown them but they are suppose to be similar to peppers and make delicious pie.

I have some reading material to catch up on or crossword puzzels to fill in. 

My husband is going to pick up the new lawn tractor as ours had a mishap with some sort of internal part shooting its way through the deck above the blades, creating a giant hole.  If you need a tractor you better start looking, most here are out of stock and not expecting them until September.

I have been watching my new two favorite garden YouTube vloggers, Roots and Refuge Farms and Whispering Willow Farms.  If you have time take a look.  They are teaching us their garden methods but learning along with us at the same time.  I truly enjoy them.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it has been about two years since I posted on Blogger!  A lot has happened but I am happy to say that things are going well.

What has stayed the same?

I am still crazy about raccoons!  I have a a couple of mamas that visit every night, eating up spare cat food and begging for marshmallows.  I am still gardening, quilting and taking care of cats!

What has changed?

I got older!

I took a voluntary severance package from my company for almost 20 years.  I got a new job before I even left my old one and I am very, very happy with it.  It's still about an hour away but worth the drive!

My granddaughter, Taylor, has become quite a pretty young woman.  We took her to a nice Italian restaurant a few weeks ago.  She is all of 14 now and will be going to high school next year.

I volunteered to help out at Lowe's for my company and participated in a radio station's Facebook post.  We handed out treats, had raffles and provided garden and bug information to consumers.  Somebody won a nice grill, a wheel barrow filled with product and concert tickets.

This is my drive to work due to the flooding.
This is actually a farm field but looks like a lake.

The Jeep finally gave out so I now have a Ford Explorer
which promptly got recalled!
It won't be my every day car since I drive an hour
but will be nice if bad weather threatens.  I actually drive a 
Ford Focus for my normal commute.

Well, more later.
Just stopped by to say Hi!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Is Anything Cuter Than a Bee Butt?

Yep!  It's a cutie alright.
I saw this little round bee butt sticking our of my hosta.
Pretty soon here it comes, covered in pollen and all happy.

Read below to see why I was a bit worried today.

I had a scary moment today.
I had to drive THE TRUCK and not only the TRUCK
but also pulling the BOAT TRAILER!!!

And, I had to pull it out of the water,
no boat on it though.  I had to pull it out while
my husband, Tom, and graddaughter, Taylor,
were holding the boat on shore as they prepared to leave.

I still can't get wet yet so out of caution I stayed home.

What did I do with the truck and trailer once I left?
Ahhhh, here was the tricky thing.
I can maybe drive it on the road IF I don't have to back up.
You can't see out the back so you have only the side mirrors
and while I can back my car up OK, not the truck with 
a trailer on it.  So, I left it parked out front until I can
get my brother in law to back it down the curved driveway for me.
I would have pulled in but then I'd have to back out.
No, No, No.

Someday I'll learn to do back it up.  Just not today.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tiny Frog

This tiny frog was resting on the rocks I stacked up in our
fountain for a landing pad for our bees to get a drink.
This cutie is smaller than the nail of my little finger.
He is so pretty and perfect that he must be brand new.

You can see all the tadpoles in the water with him,
there must be thousands of them!  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


It was our 40th High School Reunion!
Wow, we are OLD.

Now we didn't go to the "real" reunion but attended
the pre-parties arranged by fellow classmates.
Thursday was a nice dinner with friends from elementary school-
yes, elementary school.  We still keep in touch!

Friday was a group meeting at a little pub near our old school.
It was nice to see old friends and guess who was who.
They carried it on to another bar but we left by then to 
pick up our granddaughter since she was staying with us 
for the weekend.  We stopped by the Elks lodge and had 
a drink or two (me iced tea) with my daughter and her
boyfriend.  I think we are going to join.  It's a nice place
to sit where you don't have the public coming.
I don't care for bars, you just don't know who will 
come in or what might happen.  This is 
a small town and people are known.

My college roommate was in town Saturday and I 
wanted to spend some time with her, which is why
we didn't attend the "real" reunion.   We drove
up to St Charles, MO and spent the day walking up and 
down the cobblestone streets shopping and having 
some lunch.  I found some little miniatures, which I love.
I purchased a Hurdy Gurdy and selected The Battle Hymn of
the Republic from the various tunes they had.  Additionally,
I got a little raccoon and opossum.

Coincidentally (wink, wink) there was a Quilt Shop!!!
Quilt shops across the US, Canada and Europe are having their
Row by Row Experience event where they offer either a 
free pattern or a kit to make a single row.  You can collect
and sew these rows into a quilt with rows from your state,
from various locations using a theme, etc. 

The rules are that you have to go into the store, it's a promo.
Then there are contests for who completes one the first for
each store, a junior row by row with a contest and of course
shopping while you are in the store.  No on-line sales until
after the event which ends in the Fall.

I see the surgeon tomorrow in order to schedule my next
surgery which will include a week in the hospital again.
This should be the last one!!
I'll be glad to get this over with.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Row by Row Here I Go

It is time for Row by Row!
Quilters will visit shops between now and fall to collect
either free patterns or kits designed by the shop.  This 
introduces them to new shops, lets them visit old favorites
and offers skill building as we try different techniques.

Some quilters will combine their rows into full 
quilts, others will continue on to the contest.

Me, I'm just having fun.

I just completed these two.
One is of the Mississippi River with boats and the 
other is from last season where I visited 
Quilts and Quilts in Branson MO.

I thought this would be hard, but it was so much fun!
You cut out all the little strips that you can see inside the 
US map, sew them together and bond a cut out
of the country on top of them.  The entire area underneath
still has the various fabric strips.
Then you add the letters using a bonding material but
you have to sew around everything to keep it in place
for a long time.

The top two are from last year too
(they have been tucked away in a drawer so need ironing)
The middle two are this year and I have already
discussed HOME.

I hope to visit a couple more shops in St Louis this weekend
and pick up a couple more patterns or kits.

My real quest is to build a Kathy's Life quilt but
the logistics are in the way.  I just can't get to some 
of the places I need to get the kits.  I'd start 
out from when I was born and add rows to get
where I am now.  You actually have to be there,
no ordering on line.

Kansas City, MO  Born there but 4 hours away
Aurora, MO  4-5 hours away
Various ones from St Louis I can do.
Hot Springs, AR where I visit my mom. 

Who knows, maybe they will have a kit left over after
the collecting period is over and I can get one mailed to me.
I tried with Aurora last year but she was out of kits.

The Missouri Row by Row provides a map, printable list of shops
 (Travel List) and images of the rows (Pictures) submitted by shops for 2017,
they also have a Facebook site.
It should be fun!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's Been Awhile

Gosh, I sure hope this doesn't set the tone for the post!
No, no worries, it's all OK.

While I have had my issues we were able to take off
a day (that was not in a hospital) and drive down to 
Branson, taking my granddaughter to Silver Dollar City.
She's 12 and good company on roller coasters.
Not that I ride them but my husband does so they took the
death defying rides together while I roamed around the shops.

This is at the fish hatchery at Table Rock lake.  I got a kick
out of the buzzards that perched above the tanks hoping to grab a bite or two.

We had a day at Silver Dollar City, played mini-golf, stopped at
Bass Pro in Springfield on the way home and made 
another stop at an outlet place on our way back home.

Since my last post I thought I was out of the woods but ended up with another
 bout of C-Diff that was diagnosed after two ER visits missed it.
I was down to 109 lbs and the doctor had to scope me to figure
it out.  It seems that you don't normally get it in your small 
intestine so it was missed. In a couple weeks I was feeling
much better after the antibiotics took care of it.

I was ordered to gain weight or I wasn't getting my final operation.
Since I have met all my out of pocket expenses I'm not going to miss
that one.  I wish I would have had the order in writing because I would
have framed it!  It was the first time a doctor ever told me to GAIN weight!

So, next operation is on the house in addition to all prescriptions!
I received a text from CVS pharmacy asking me if I wanted to refill
my prescription that started with (they give the first 3 letters).  
I wasn't sure what it was but had a good guess.
"Why yes!  I do indeed want you to fill any and all prescriptions!"
Remember- it's all at no out of pocket expense now.
I'll take anything they want to give me!
Turns out it was my EpiPen that I keep just in case due to the bees.

It's another year with a crappy garden since I have been so sick; 
however, I'm posting some photos of some of my gardens.
Blackberries, cone flowers and elderberry flowers.
I have cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatillos,
zucchini, tomato, peppers and herbs planted.

The bees are still alive but I don't know what the honey yield will be. 
It would nice to get some this year.  Last year we had to leave it all
for them to eat over the winter.

Elderberry flower

I had my 58th birthday on June 19th, another reason
we spent the weekend in Branson.  The 19th was Monday
so I took off work and did some shopping plus
my annual breakfast at Denny's.  This year I had to drive into
town because the Denny's in the closest town, Eureka, burned
and it's not rebuilt yet.  I really like their breakfast!

I'm still limited in my diet but adding new things all the time, 
hoping I don't run into a blockage- my biggest fear with this
ostomy.  That and any leaks that could happen, based on 
what my Facebook group tells me can and eventually will happen.

I love a nice mimosa!

So, I have another operation in August/Sept and that should be it!!
I have been terrible at the internet too.  I seem to get a couple of
comments posted on FB but that's about it.  I'm hoping to start
getting some vegetables and canning/dehydrating or freezing them.
I need to get back to those bucket list activities that I had planned
and learn some new skills but it might have to wait since the next
recovery period will be 3-8 weeks depending on how extensive the 
surgery needs to be.  I sure have missed a lot of work but they
have been very supportive!  I'm pretty lucky.

I hope you all are doing well and will try to catch up on things.