Monday, June 29, 2009

Burning Up!

The 100+ temperatures last week is burning up our garden. We've been trying to save it by watering every day, but it looks like a losing battle. We're just focusing on saving the okra, black-eye peas, & tomatoes now.

Green beans, now brown.

Droopy cucumbers.

Naked corn stalks.

Behm picked 3 rows of corn this week-end. Only 1 more to go. I had read in one of my gardening books to put corn oil on the silks after they first formed to prevent worms. Brilliant me sprayed about half of them because I was afraid it might kill them & at least we would still have half a crop left. About half of the ears had worms and half didn't. Note to self: next year mark which ears you spray so you know if it works or not!

Peaches and cream corn on the cob = delicious!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Outdoor Living

Welcome to my living room! This is where I've been spending most of my time when I am home. I have always loved this tree, but we've always had wheat planted here and cattle grazing on it so I couldn't enjoy it. This year it's mine!

Yesterday afternoon I had a lovely concert performed by The Mockingbirds. They sang for hours and I gave them a 5 star rating. I hope they give a repeat performance today.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Daddy! You have always been a great example of what a daddy should be. For teaching me to ride a bike and drive a car, giving me the gift of laughter and teaching me what was right and wrong, and all the nine million other things you have done for me, Thanks!!! Hope you have a great day! I love you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Squash Bread Recipe

I've had many requests (actually just 1) for the recipe for the Summer Squash Bread I made recently. Here it is Jackie!

3 eggs, beaten
2 c white sugar
1 c vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg (I didn't have any & left it out)
2 c shredded summer squash

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Beat eggs until fluffy. Add sugar, oil & vanilla. Gradually mix in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, & nutmeg. Fold in squash. Bake 45 minutes until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

It wasn't quite as sweet as I thought it would be, but for bread I guess it doesn't need to be that sweet. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


If you want to feed an army, plant squash. Our squash plants have been blessing us with lots of squash. I have frozen it, baked squash bread, fried it, given it away, and still have squash. Funny thing is, it is the only thing I thought we might not have enough planted.

We had all vegetables from our garden for dinner the other night: fried potatoes, squash & okra, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, banana peppers & onions. Behm said I needed to call Sonya and tell her he had turned into a vegetarian.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wake Up Call

See that speck in the middle of the picture? No, not the bug specks, the big one.

This woke me up driving to work the other day. I wasn't expecting to meet a plane on that lonely stretch of highway!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday's Finds

There were tons of garage sales Saturday in Wichita Falls. I only made 4, but found some goodies at those.

Brand new set of queen size sheets for $4.00 and 2 Santa stamps.

Crafting and decorating books.

Western themed material and metal advertising sign (not old).

If you go to garage sales often, you will find that some of the things for sale are always at another sale. This weekend it was decorating and crafting supplies. Last weekend at Henrietta's city wide, there were 3 places that had huge bird cages and 2 with WWE dolls. It was really hard to pass up on The Undertaker and those bird cages would have been perfect for steel cage matches. Another great deal missed!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Green Green Grass

Check out all the green grass! It wasn't very many months ago, we were wondering if we would have any grass. Thank you Lord for the rains!

I'm not going to show you our yard, but just imagine grass about half that tall. Maybe this weekend we (Behm) can get it chopped down again.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Perils of Veggie Woman

What do these 3 things have in common?

One reason I was reluctant to plant a garden was because of snakes. I could just imagine all the snakes hiding under the plants, waiting to bite me.

I always wear my orange cap in the garden, mainly to keep my hair out of my eyes & away from my face so I will have a clearer path of vision so I can see the snakes before they get me. I always try to look before I reach in to pick the squash.

Tuesday afternoon was cloudy & I reached in to pull a squash & I hear a noise. I immediately jerked my hand back, said a few choice words, stood there shaking like a leaf, looking for a snake. Not finding one, I moved on to the next plant, still shaking, and hear that noise again. This time I realized it was the bill of my cap rubbing against the squash leaves! I'm still looking for snakes, but I am now wearing a bandanna!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Wake up Landon! Don't miss one minute of your birthday!

Our youngest grandchild turns 3 today. I hope your day is full of fun, play & lots of cake & ice cream. We love you!

*This was supposed to post tomorrow. I must be tired.


About 2 weeks ago, Behm talked me into buying a hummingbird feeder. I've been wanting one for awhile, but kept thinking I would find one at a garage sale. Yes, I know I'm cheap. Anyway we've been watching and waiting for hummingbirds to appear and after about a week one finally did. I questioned my formula for the nectar because there wasn't much gone. Saturday morning we had two. I named them Lloyd Ruby & Danica Patrick.

Yesterday morning, we had a third one show up. She was bossy & kept trying to keep the others off the feeder. I named her Danica. I changed the other one's name to Mario Andretti.

I'm not a big NASCAR fan, but named them after the drivers because they fly into the feeder for a pit stop & quickly zoom off again like race cars around the track. I hope more show up, but I will need to research race car drivers for more names.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Soak Your Troubles Away

After working in the garden all day, there is nothing more refreshing that getting into a good old hot tub to soak the aching back.

Actually it's our new watering system for the garden, but one day it might be just perfect to relax in! We won't have to share either!

Friday, June 5, 2009


As you can tell by all my posts about the garden, I am obsessed with it. I love it! Even my garage sale purchases have been garden related.

Rabbit wind chime to go in garden.

Big cooking pot which Behm originally bought for his cooking trailer, but now used to blanch vegetables.

Brand new Black & Decker food processor I bought, in freezing cold weather at an auction, to slice cucumbers for pickles.

Another small basket to gather vegetables in.

Vegetable gardening books.

I'm even writing a journal of our gardening to refer to for next year. I may have to change the title of this blog to Veggie Woman!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

11th Commandment

I grabbed my camera as soon as I saw this on a church building when I was junking Saturday. Gets your attention doesn't it?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tag I'm It!

Cher, The Texas Woman, tagged me today. You asked for it, so here it is. Seven random things about me:
  1. My first home was the house that Larry McMurtry was raised in.

  2. I've never lived more than 30 miles away from my parents.

  3. I always wanted to skydive until my two front teeth were shattered on the parachute ride at Six Flags 31 years ago. I've been afraid of heights since then.

  4. I have to read directions on every new thing I buy, even if I know how to use it.

  5. I'm an only child, not spoiled, just the only one.

  6. I speak softly so if I use the wrong word I can change it when I have to repeat it.

  7. I love watching wrestling and cartoons on T.V.

Pretty random & boring, huh? I'm supposed to tag someone else, but I hate making decisions (#8) so if you want to play along feel free to do so.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

End of School

Not my usual morning commute Friday. I spent Thursday night with Sandi & Sage and took Sage to school Friday morning. Traffic wasn't bad, but a lot more than what I am accustomed to.

After I dropped Sage off at school, I had a couple of hours to kill before his promotion. I could have gone back to their apartment, but instead I went looking for garage sales & actually found 2 good ones. I bought a few things and one had tons of items Sandi could use for her class. She went back Saturday & bought boxes of equipment for $20. I know she got a bunch of things because most of it was only 10 cents to a quarter.

After lunch, we went to Sandi's field day at the school where she teaches & watched the tug-of-war. I enjoyed watching her with her kids.

Friday was Mia's promotion to Junior High. You can see more about this at Sonya's blog. Mia looked very pretty in her pink dress & shoes. Can't believe she'll be in Junior High. Julian will be in 1st grade.

Tally graduated into High School Friday. We haven't heard from her. Grandparents aren't high on freshman's priorities.

I think I'm getting old.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cattle Working

Yesterday was cattle working day at Windthorst for Mama & Daddy & my cousins. We started early & finished late. We normally work them earlier in the year, but we had a new baby, weddings, weather, & illness that delayed us.

In between pastures we had lunch & the table was loaded with lots of great food. I think more water was consumed than anything though.

Everything went great. We only had 2 minor wrecks: Cole got knocked off the fence & Brady was kicked in the back. If that had happened to me it would have been a major wreck!

Cattle enjoying their freedom!

Daddy & Cindy discussing the next move to make.

I got my camera out at the first pasture & Cole asked if he was going to be on my blog. Sorry Cole, your picture didn't make the cut. Maybe next year!