The Players:

Darling: The brave hero, love of my life
Crunchy: The crazy drama queen, hippie crunchy, fiber-freak
Formerly-known-as-Teenaged-Cave-Dweller: The now happily married wayward teen daughter, currently without a part but for an occasional guest appearance-again.
Australian beast-in-law: the transplant from Australia who swept the Cave Dweller off her feet
SNG(AKA Science Nerd Girl): the 19 year old sanity creator, Mom's all helper, now part time college geek
Pickle: The 17 old sensory seeking/avoiding mother hen
Tink: The 15 year old auto-immune compromised fairy nut
Cactus Jack: The 13 year old drama king
Don Juan: The 12 year old ladies man
Duck: The 9 year old cutie patootie
Doodlebop: The 7 old independent sass box
Sugar Man: The 5 year old sweetie flirt monster
Frodo: the 5 old chunky grandson
Sassbox: the 4 year old firecracker baby
Biscuit Smidge: the 4 month old shrieky dragon granddaughter

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Garden time

I know, I know. Most of the country is covered in snow oday, literally. And I'm talking about my gardens....

Herb garden for sure. Nettles, mullein, plantain, calendula, and hopefully this year I can get a few elder berry bushes and I'd like to have a hawthorn tree. Sage, oregano, basil, chocolate mint, catnip, spearmint, lemon balm.

Veggies: Tomatoes, onions by set-Colorado candy I think, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, yellow beets, choggia beets, brussel sprouts, beans-pintos, and green. Jalapeno, red and yellow peppers. I am considering potatoes....and I think I want to do reds and blues. Odd, huh?

Sunflowers and wild flowers in the front yard. And I hope we can start planting some pines in the front yard this year.

And I am hoping my Darling will let me get  ducks again. I know we're getting turkeys, but I really miss my ducks!


  1. I love ducks! They make the yard so jolly with their happy noises and cute waddles! And, their eggs are so much better for baking.

  2. I love to use their eggs in baking! They make GF breads so much tastier!

  3. Have you ever had Patty Pan Squash? They are delicious and very cute, if a squash can be cute! I try to grow them every year as I never seem them at the grocery store or the Farmer's market.

  4. I've heard of them. Ho do you prepare them? I mean, do you have any specific recipes?

  5. We chop the patty pan squash up and stir fry it in a little olive oil or butter, alone or with other summer veggies and some sweet onions. Even my daughter who is not a big squash fan loves it.