Keeping Busy

The yard and garden continue to keep us busy.  The rhubarb is growing.


We have a bunch of these lovelies.  They’re Flaming Silver Pieris japonica Japanese Andromeda Shrub.

Flaming Silver Pieris japonica Japanese Andromeda Shrub

We have two trees with beautiful, white blooms.  They’re lovely, but we don’t know what they are, perhaps some form of Japanese cherry tree?  There’s no fruit and the blooms don’t smell.

tree with white flowers

Spring is Coming!

March has just started and we can already see signs of spring.

We have a steep hillside were this lovely plant is starting to prosper.  I believe it’s a variegated periwinkle.

variegated periwinkle

The plum tree is in bloom.  It doesn’t make many plums so it took us some time to figure out what it was. We think it’s a Thundercloud purple leaf plum.

plum tree

And the rhubarb plants are coming back to life.



Great Start to the New Year

Happy New year

Our new year got off to a great start.  We had a quiet New Year’s at home.  The Man of the House picked the last big batch of peppers for the year.  Our greenhouse isn’t heated, but with the grow lights we’ve been able to get peppers as well as a few tomatoes into January.

I don’t know that I’ve talked about it recently, but I make all our bread with a bread machine. The recipe that I use most often is sour milk bread.

Our Christmas Tree

We’ve got our Christmas tree up.  It doesn’t have a huge pile of presents under it or an angel on the top.  Some of the lights in the middle have gone out.   But to me it’s one of the most beautiful sites at Christmas.Christmas TreeI love unpacking the ornaments every year.  My Aunt Linda made this one.

Christmas Ornament

My Mom made this one . . .


I bought this one years ago and I still think it’s really pretty.


And this is one that I bought at a crafts fair thirty or so years ago.

Zombie Mouse

I think this quote sums it up . . .

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
Roast Beef, Medium by Edna Ferber