Day 2-Amarillo, TX to Gallup, NM

After we left the Cadillac Ranch, we jumped on I-40 and headed west.  Our next stop was Tucumcari, NM. Tucumcari has a long stretch of highway with many Route 66 motels and shops still present. Many of these establishments are still open and offer great prices as well as great reviews (per Trip Advisor) One […]

Are You Ready for A Road Trip?

Usually in the fall, Allen and I like to jump on the motorcycle and take a road trip.  We seem to gravitate toward the western states,  so when our friends said they wanted to go west for their first motorcycle road trip, we were more than willing. We decided years ago, that motorcycling across blustery Oklahoma was […]

Dear Journal

Dear Journal, It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’m not sure why I’ve not written because things have happened.  I have been busy.  My life is busy.   I haven’t had a chance to put anything in words.  Allen and I are always talking about this and how our attempts to slow down never happen.  We don’t want […]

Special Night

Summer is the busiest time of year for my husband’s business.  He goes in early to beat the heat of the shop or get paperwork done before his phone starts its continuous ringing.  Many times he walks through the door in the afternoon only to get a phone call beckoning him back to work.  Sometimes those jobs […]

Sights of Summer

Another summer is winding down. My awesome peach crop was eaten but not by us.  We were able to pick quite a few but something ate the rest (probably birds and squirrels) leaving us these reminders that we are not the only ones on the farm that like peaches. Both pecan trees have pecans this […]

Chicken Coop with Living Roof

I had toyed with the idea of raising chickens for several years but, with no existing chicken house on the property and no idea where I would put one, I pushed the idea aside. But never the dream. The chicken house I had in mind would be a combination of garden shed and chicken coop.  I had envisioned […]

Sweet Rewards

Last Sunday, my dad and I inspected the hives to check the honey production.  It was a hot, sunny afternoon and the bees were happy and paying no attention to us. The super we’ve been watching has filled up slowly over the past several weeks.   Here’s a frame from a couple of weeks ago. I was […]

Lily of the Ditch

This time of year, the ditches in my area are filled with a certain lily. Orange daylilies or tawny daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) are either loved or despised depending on who you talk to. I have some in my flower bed.  I don’t remember planting them there but they appeared and multiplied with great enthusiasm.  I’ve dug them […]

I'm beginning to mold…

As I write this, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill is upon us. The rains have come in waves and as soon as I go out to do anything, it starts to pour.  I go in and it quits.  I go out and it begins again.  Back and forth. Forth and back.  Raincoat on.  Raincoat off.  Boots on.  […]

Flower of the Week

As I wandered through the gardens this week, I noticed one of my favorite native plants in bloom. Spigelia marilandica or Indian pink is a small flower growing about 1 ft. tall.  The bloom begins with a tubular, red flower and then opens up to a yellow, star-shaped bloom on the end.  Over time, it will make […]