Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finally tomatoes for 2014!

After 3 hailstorms in June and freezing temperatures last week with a three month very mild summer my tomatoes are finally able to eat.  A very poopy crop so far but I am grateful for any.  My favorite are the Cherokee purple.  The green ones are Green Zebras and the black shoulder smaller ones are Indigo Rose..... of course the chocolate cherries are delicious too.  I have enough to eat fresh every day with my fresh goat cheese.  Yum.  Soon I hope to have enough to share.  Happy late summer harvest!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coming back to me!

I had a grandmother I called "MiMi".  She was the quintessential grandmother of all time.  First of all she adored me.  What little girl could not appreciate that?  She spent precious time with me teaching me how to sew,  bead and embroidery.  She taught me how to make bread and cook a terrific pork roast....all of which I still do. When I sew a seam by hand or on the machine my MiMi is watching over me making sure I am doing it right, not taking any short cuts and smiling down on me with pride and approval.  When I was a young adult my MiMi started collecting Hummel figurines.  I don't know why.  Maybe it was her German heritage or the earthy little children doing chores she used to do on her farm in Missouri.   These collectables suited her perfectly.  It is hard to know what to buy your grandmother for her birthday  when you have a little money of your own to spend but these little figurines were always the perfect gift for her from me.  My MiMi died nearly 40 years ago but she is with me everyday in the kitchen, in the garden and when I am with my own granddaughters.  These figurines have been boxed away since that time.  I have gently asked for just one of them to hold and look at and have some concrete touch of my MiMi but for 40 years I have been denied.  A few years ago I bought one on eBay to satisfy this connection.
A few days ago I received a box in the mail from my brother who now lives in my parents' home, the home we all grew up in.  Inside the box were 6 Hummel figurines wrapped in aged newspaper with the date of 1995.
I have just dusted off the last 20 years and placed these three on my nightstand.  I am typing this post with tears in my eyes.  I am so grateful to have them back in my life.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Chihuly in Denver Botanic Gardens

Dale Chihuly is a glass sculpture artist.  He has developed glass blowing as a fine art in very large proportion.  His exhibit is installed at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  It is absolutely amazing.  This morning I was intent on getting there early because I have heard that it is so crowded there is no parking to be found.  Oh, yes, it's free first Monday.  No luck on a parking spot today.  But early was good: the light was good, the sky was clear and the temperature was still in the 70s.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


This is Iris.  She is the prettiest little goat.  Her mommy is white.  Her daddy is tan.  Out pops this black and brown, beautifully marked goat.  Besides being the pretty girl she is she also has the least fear of her siblings.  She jumps the highest, twists twice in the air and prances around like life is the best.  She goes to her new home soon and I will miss her.  Although my watercolors are getting little use these days I did have to pull them out and paint Iris so that I won't forget even one little mark on her face.  Here's Iris:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pics that make me smile.....no subject

Jack in the box, a walk through Laguna with Kate, purple poppy
I hope you are smiling too

Sunday, June 29, 2014

At the beach!

I am vacationing for a week in Laguna.  Whitney, Ryan, Kate and Ella are all having fun at the beach!  There is no place better

Friday, June 27, 2014

What's new in the garden?

I have been so focused on my goat families that my garden has been somewhat forgotten.  Not really. All the spring work has been done and now I just have to water, sit back and enjoy the harvest.  This year I have a few new stars:  allium blossoms, a Grand Canyon Sunset iris and cherries!!!!