Monday, May 26, 2008

memorial day..........

what a great weekend i have had!!

my daughter , Storm, won the discus throw in regionals on saturday, turned 18 and also was named prom queen the same night! she said it was the best birthday ever!!
i am so happy for her and glad to know that she made great memories this weekend.

my late uncle john, said that no matter what you do , you are making memories. it doesnt have to just be things that turn out great but everything that you do. you can find something good even in a bad day. say it rains ; forget the picnic plans, go out and sing and dance in the rain. let the kids splash in the puddles. those are memories too.

how about making Memorial Day not just a day to honor the ones who have served our country or family that have passed on, but also make it a day to MAKE memories to pass on to others.
hugs, kim

Friday, May 23, 2008

friday's list

(l to r) storm alyssa and samantha arin

hello all,
sorry its been so long betwen posts . it seems like the days get away from me so fast. my grandma used to say that as you get older time passes so quickly. i used to think that certainly she was wrong. i should have listened to her.

tomorrow is my ("baby's" ) storm's birthday. she will be 18. not only is it her birthday, but it is also her track meet invitational and prom. such a very busy weekend for a very beautiful, energetic young lady!!

i went to our town's farmers market this morning and picked up some blue salvia, purple irises, and phlox, oh, and some lemon balm for my brother. there is always so much to see, its hard to take it all in. the market is held each friday from 9am-12noon on the court house square. next week i am going to buy some different kinds of flat bread that they have for sale. there are quite a few to choose from.
i wil get some pics of the market and plants on here ASAP. its getting late and i have had a busy day.

i added some chlorine to our small pond and now it looks like it has soap bubbles in it. ggrrr!! now i am trying to find a reasonable priced de-foamer.
hoping to do some yard saling in the morning.
good night,

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

it's official!!

well, its official!! i have joined my first swap on swapdex. i am so excited!! i have already gotten my partner and looked at her blog. she has some wonderful pictures!! this is going to be so much fun!!

it has been cold again today. the furnace is running as i type; its only 40 degrees outside . the weather is so crazy!! maybe we will be wearing sweatshirts on memorial day! geez, i hope not!

i did pick up this beautiful antique garden cloche at an estate sale. not sure if i am going to keep it or not.

Monday, May 19, 2008


i know i already posted earlier today but wanted to show you a few more pics. i was bored this afternoon and thought i needed to paint something. lol

i went to get a glass for iced tea and viola!!! i thought , why not paint the inside of my cupboards??!! so i did! lol

i love opening up the door and seeing something besides plain old brown walls.

let me know what you think.

i am going to harvest my first batch of lemon balm tomorrow.

i am so excited!! lol. see, it doesnt take much to make me happy. lol

some tips and info on lemon balm-

Lemon balm is an easy to care for herb that grows similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part of the day or it will wilt slightly.

- very drought tolerant and rarely give it extra water

- it doesn't like wet feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will tolerate dry soil as well.

-can harvest plant at least 3 times each summer and still have more than you

-can use with just one plant. It can be harvested within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each time and it comes back with vigor!

-you can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring, or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

-To harvest, cut the whole stems within a few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of 5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container and use as needed.

-A handful of fresh lemon balm and mint make an excellent hot or iced tea when honey is added. It can be used in place of lemon peel in recipes. Add it to your favorite sugar cookie dough for a pretty tea cookie.

Pam from beehindthymeprimitives has a wonderful recipe for using lemon balm in iced tea.

good night all!


a few pics from the weekend

heart imprint on a rock. we found this at a nearby quarry.

new hosta area- we tore out the cacti and replaced with hosta

my yard sale goodies

Sunday, May 18, 2008

rain, rain, go away..........

and yet another day of chilly , windy.and rainy weather.
Saturday I went to a couple yard sales and a moving sale. I bought a wood box full of old math cards and other little doo dads. I thought the cards may be great for altered art projects. I really wanted the box so getting things all together was a great deal. I also bought an old strainer with a wooden handle, a couple grapevine wreaths and a wood bushel basket. Oh, and I also picked up a couple more hostas. did I tell you that I love hostas??!!! lol
Anyways, I spent $12.00 on the entire lot.
We also went to the annual herb guild sale. I managed to get 2 lavender, 9 lemon balm, and
1 salvia( lady in red) for 5.00!
I was so excited!!
I almost forgot to tell you that I bought some broom corn seeds for 50 cents. not sure where I am going to plant them. I know I really loved finding it last year; it is so primitive looking and can be used in all kinds of fall decorations.

I will get some new pics on here soon.
dd#2 used the camera and guess, what?? dead batteries! ggrr..

today we cooked out despite the weather.
hot dogs, baked beans, deviled eggs and baked potato salad was on the menu.

baked potato salad ( my own recipe)

chunk 6 large potatos and cook, drain when done
add 3 tablespoons of bacon bits
dice 1/2 of one green onion( include the greens too)
add 1 cup sour cream
add 1/2 cup mayo
salt and pepper to taste

mix all in a bowl and chill before serving.
its really good!!

bye for now, kim

Friday, May 16, 2008

what a chily day...........

It has been so chilly and miserable today; hard to believe its the middle of May. The last few days have been so rainy, this was the first chance to mow the yard. Now if the "helicopters" would stop falling. I remember being in grade school and playing with them on the playground. Back then, we loved them, now they are a pain. I wanted to stop at the local thrift stores but didnt . I also didnt make it to the plant sale this morning . It was cancelled due to the morning rain.

My youngest daughter is 17, will be 18 in about 8 days. She graduates in june . I am excited but sad at the same time. I guess thats possible to be. I remember them being little and playing in the yard. The sound of their little giggly voices is something I wont ever forget. That sound is forever in my memory. Sam( Samnatha) is now 21, She is in Missouri with her fiance's parents. He is serving the rest of his tour in Iraq. Please, stay safe Daniel. Sam loves you!

I traded some hostas for a few cannas and lilys. One side of our home is sunny and the other shady, so I have a variety of plants. I also got some bulbs, fuzzy little things, that i am not sure what they are. A friend gave them to me and they are going in the ground soon.

Rondell at tomatoe creek prims posted a pic of the coolest patriotic pears. what an awesome prize she received!!

spaghetti is cooking on the stove and sauce is done.
bye for now, kim

Thursday, May 15, 2008

a new beginning...........

This is my first blog post and I hope there are alot more to follow. Blogging is something I have been wanting to do forever. I love reading other people's blogs, so I finally decided to venture into creating my own.

Today has been a very busy day. I have been splitting hostas for selling. I have sold a few and given away a great deal more. lol
There is a plant sale tomorrow at a local bank that I am planning on going to. Our local herb guild is having a plant sale on Saturday too. The herb guild sale is where I picked up my lemon balm and sage last year.
This is a link to my yard pics last summer/June 2007.