Category Archives: Arkansas

Signs of Fall

It wouldn’t be fall without asters or beautyberry or dogwood berries or my late blooming okra. But one thing I’ve never seen before is this extra large praying mantis with wings and a colorful body. Nature is amazing. Brenda  

Getting a Jump Start on Christmas Gifts

Normally, I am a wait ’til the last minute shopper for Christmas gifts but for some reason I thought about this. Last year, I saw something about making your own vanilla extract.  My local Natural Food Store carries bulk vanilla beans, so I picked some up and decided to give this a try. The original […]

It's That Time Again

It’s that time of year when we are all cleaning up our gardens and preparing for colder weather.  But, if you would like to have garlic next summer, it’s time to think about planting it now. I’m going to be lazy today and reblog the post I did last year.  Sorry for the rerun but […]

Mad As An Old Wet Hen

That’s the phrase my grandmother used all the time to describe one of her sisters.  I’m not kidding when I say that every story she told about my great-aunt ended with this phrase.  She obviously had quite a temper and, although I never witnessed one of those tantrums, I treaded lightly around her. That’s how I […]

Patience

I have a framed saying from years ago when Al started fishing. It says:  Waiting for the fish takes patience but waiting for the fisherman takes more patience I’m not refuting that statement because I have fished with this man before.   Casting, reeling, trolling, casting, reeling, trolling.  Hour after hour after hour Sometimes catching a fish sometimes […]

B is for Bee

Last weekend, my dad and I suited up to check the bee hives. I added a super last month (painted seaside green) because my little hives are growing! When the weather starts to warm, the bees will come out on their “porch” to cool off.  I saw this in mid June. And this a couple of […]

From Wild Plums to Jelly

This is the first year my dad was able beat the deer and birds to his wild plums and what a treat they were!    After eating my fill, I decided that some wild plum jelly would be a good way to use up the rest of the fruit. My grandmother taught me how to make jelly when […]

Who Do I Listen To?

There is a debate happening on my shoulder. The debate is about some bare land that has appeared in my backyard. The bare land appeared because a new fence had to be built to keep the baby calves out of the backyard. On one shoulder, the garden angel is telling me I already have 8 […]

Just Some Purty Flowers

So many things are blooming now, I just couldn’t stop at a couple of pictures. The Mirabilis jalapa or 4 o’clocks are a reseeding annual.  Some years I have more yellows and white, but this year I have more pink. They also like to cross breed and those are always a pretty combination. The Asclepias […]

Summertime Stroll

Last year, I went a little crazy and out of control with all the seeds I grew and (eventually) planted. This winter, as I was surrounded by seed and plant catalogs, I gave myself a talking to and vowed not to repeat this behavior again. Then, we bought the 70’s lake house and spent almost every […]