Saturday, August 31, 2013


this smile.
is the one i like to see the most.
the fair gave it a 2nd place ribbon.
i'd give a million bucks for it.
luckily i don't have to.
all i have to do is cut my eyes just right
or sometimes nothing at all.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

favorite thing

one favorite thing is just too hard to choose. 
so i looked around, from where i was standing and picked something.
and actually i guess plants are one of my favorite things.
i have them everywhere. 
plus i have fourteen new houseplants left from the june funeral.
so i'd better like them.
if i didn't i wouldn't have taken them.
plants generously grace us with their beauty.
taken from the wild, at one time or another, and placed in a new setting.
this plant is new to me and this one lives at the dc.
it's called baby tears or pilea (tiny leaf).
they've done quite well.
they love indirect, well sun lit areas. 
of which my master bath at home has, so this is where i have three of them. 
i don't know how many plants i care for at my home.
two of them are over twenty years old.
one of those is named Lola.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


the robertson county fair began yesterday, monday, august 26th.  this is the 146th annual fair in robertson county.  i adore entering items and usually have a lot more entries than i did this year.  I entered twenty of my photos.  ten black and white, ten color.  i normally have canned goods and walked to the booth, sadly, to see the beautiful jars.  in the past i have entered vegetables, handmade items, photos, baked goods and canned items.  i would love to enter flowers but have to work when those entires are accepted on monday.
thursday night is the street class truck pulls in which shaun is planning on pulling the sled with his '86 chevy.  he pulled in his dodge the first year we dated but hasn't pulled since.  it aught to be a blast.


Monday, August 26, 2013


i finally said 'yes' to making time to offer painted bathtub shelves.
i have white wash and green wash shelves available at peppysis.
i am so tickled at how pretty they turned out. 
the pictures just don't do them justice.
much prettier in person.
pass it on.


Friday, August 23, 2013


my time spent canning to me is sacred.  that i have the ability to grow, nurture and put up produce is fantastic and feeds my soul.  if you have been reading, our garden was a huge failure this year because of too much rain.  so i have felt a void this summer.  as if i should be doing something or am forgetting a chore.  the tomatoes used in this one batch of salsa that I canned were from our neighbors' garden.  they only put out five or six tomato plants and luckily they had extras.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


i noticed this insect emerging from one of those crunchy empty shells that you find lying on the ground during late summer.  this one was attached to the underpinning at the day care.  the first pictures were taken around eleven in the morning, the next around one.  by midday... this thing was almost ready to fly.  goose bump worthy yet amazing.

i wonder if this is one of those who has been in the ground for seven years.  i think he will turn black before he takes off flying.  crazy how we all exist huh?!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

something old

dirt pile finds... "dinosaur teeth" she said

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


i told my husband before we got married, "i get up in the morning and i don't stop moving and doing until i lay back down at night... so don't ask me to sit down all the time." 

sometimes i have to remind myself that it is ok to relax, although it never lasts long with me.  i'm a mover and a shaker!  not a napper and a tv watcher.

this paper is hanging by the kitchen window at the day care.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

far away

rain, rain and more rain, wednesday is supposed to be dry.  not a rainbow.. maybe a band?

Friday, August 9, 2013


Wishing you were drinking this on the beach ... punch.
Gallon Jug, fill 1/4 with OJ, add two Crystal Light flavors (strawberry, banana-y). 
Fill the rest of the way with water, stir.
Add ice to glass, add coconut rum to the count of three... five if you are feeling frisky. 
Fill to the rim with punch and stir with a straw. 
Lay back and relax, wishing you were drinking this punch... on the beach.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Garlic Time

Hi folks.  During this August Break I'm taking, I felt it necessary to send out a friendly reminder.
As you may know, I live in Tennessee and have tried growing garlic many times of the year.  The only times, however, I have successfully grown garlic was when I listened to an Old Wives Tale. 
Plant garlic on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest day of the year.
Meaning, plant garlic in late fall and harvest in June.  Works like a charm.  We wound up with 41 really good heads of garlic this year to my delight. 
If you live in this area of the US, My two suggestions are these.
One.  Buy garlic early.  If you wait, it will be gone.
Two.  Buy the Softneck variety.  They braid well and they grow well in this warmer climate.
You can find garlic on many different websites.  I buy mine from  Have for the past few years.  And even they run out quickly.  But they are reliable.  I also snuck in a lettuce mix of seeds for Fall.  And I plan on planting the largest bulb from each head of garlic that I grew this year and see how they do.  Happy Garlicking!
So there... back to the Break.