Saturday, August 25, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
we had six big zucchinis today- my zucchini plants are 3 feet tall- no gopher wire!!!! i need some new zucchini recipes! help!
another thing that grows well in my garden is tomatoes-i seem to grow a jungle and harvesting is difficult-must be all our sun! this a german johnson:
i love the sun sugars- they are a sweet orange cherry tomato and they are prolific!
i thought i was being really smart by planting vine beans on the inside of my garden fence. as you can see the chickens and wild turkeys have cleaned off the bottom leaves and the top part is still surving. might have to rethink that next summer.
this year i did a quick gogher wiring so i could grow my favorite purple beans-without sharing with the gophers(gophers go crazy for purple beans-i watched whole plants disappear last summer)-i also tried edamame this year which loves our hot climate-will plant more next year-
yesterday-late afternoon liam and i went to the river for cooling off as i was pissy-heat? or possible pms? anyway we played with water snakes, ran into friends and neighbors and had to report a fire. scary!-and we all forgot our cameras as we were being dive bombed by helicopters dipping their buckets into the river and planes dropping flame retardant. we had front row seats! this is the 2nd fire in the past week that was close to home and we love our fire crew-you guys and gals rock-we love you! i look forward to rain. I LEAVE YOU WITH YET ANOTHER PICTURE OF OUR SWIMMING HOLE. yes, i love where i live. no swimsuits required!
ahhhh the emerald waters of bliss.
Friday, August 17, 2007
look at how fricken thin this yarn is:
my finger nails aren't usually that gross(hopefully.) it took an hour to wind back into several balls. i had to cut in order to save the yarn. but i did it. sigh! i just found a current picture of luca-"mafia maniac" as liam calls her-can you say "linda blair?"yes, you could say i'm more of a dog person. maybe that's the problem.
speaking of my dirty nails-liam and i have been blackberry picking-i want to learn to make jam. wild blackberries run rampant here. we freeze them for winter use-but i really really want to learn to make jam. check out my awesome blackberry picking gloves-i cut the tips off as they were too long for my fingers-but look at that arm protection-yea!
i will end this post with a picture of our treasured swimming hole that keeps us cool during these sweltering summer months.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
you really need to see it in real life to see the artistic beauty. it is truly amazing. besides drooling at the fibery goodies; my favorite part of the fair is the animals. here's mama and her sweet babies-wow-she must be the nursing queen. gee, i had so much milk when i was nursing liam i could have fed a litter of piglets too.-umm, sorry if that grossed any of you out but man o man i felt a bit like this sow!
i fell in love with a merino sheep-she loved being rubbed behind the ears-what a sweet pea! and her friend here: ah the sweetness of life.
now, if you ever spend time at the fair you will notice how much the kids are into their animals. -this young lad gladly posed for this photo. he is one proud dude!
every year i watch the haflingers-but i missed them this year. boo hoo! when i win the lottery i will buy me a haflinger. this fellow is mel. a total sweetheart. i also missed the icelandic ponies and working dog demos this year too. lame, i know!
liam's favorite entertainment vessel was some concert band that played glen miller sort of stuff ( gee, is this the same kid who found my old butthole surfer tapes and keeps begging me to play them-ha!) i loved this guy-reminded me of henry fonda in "on golden pond."
i'm very financially fortunate that my kids don't like rides at the fair-i was a freak for them as a kid-there wasn't one that was too scary for me. but we always do one ride on the ferris wheel.
ya gotta love the colors of the fair: what another color study-wow!
now, call me weird but one thing i used to love about the midway was people watching and checking out all the freaky carnies. a plethora of creative imagery. i love them!!!! i mean where are the freaks suppose to have a living? butler entertainment is now priding themselves as the "cleanest"show in the west .(i did see the drug testing booth, but, but ,but....) bummer- no more toothless freaks-i'm bummed. some of you may think i'm sick. but i've always wanted to interview these individuals-folks,characters-human beings. i want to write a book and tell their stories. they're people too!
the fair is never complete without a hug from "smokey"-he's the man!
see ya next year!
Monday, August 6, 2007
jan was spinning up some beautiful roving she hand dyed and plans to make a kaffe fasset treasure. what patience jan has-you should have seen her gauge swatch-it was almost the size of a baby sweater-sheesh! and i'm such a bad gurl-i hardly ever make swatches. wish i'd gotten a photo of her swatch. hey jan-can i have your swatch-i'd hang it on my wall for inspiration!
sara is spinning some of my fiber here-i'm amazed at her speed.-she's the nascar champ of spinning. bobbin after bobbin being filled in a blink of an eye. i believe my boys named that roving "laffy taffy." i can't wait to see what she creates with it.
here's birdsong spinning away despite her ailing back. what a trooper. thanks for getting us together birdsong-it was a great day.
the dance hall and museum where open for the day-and it was an incredible scene. the dance hall used to have a spring loaded dance floor on the second story.
liam would have been in heaven here:
here's my favorite-gotta love the vintage dresses:
here's the old bar. unfortunately there was no beer to be had. yes, i was also chastised for bringing a cooler with no homebrew in it. we are in between batches. sorry gals! don'cha love the yellow bar? very sweet.
besides sunflowers and wool; there was pottery, handmade guitars,cards, quilts, grass valley honey, photography, paintings, brownies, cheesecake, watermelon and downieville doug supplied us with music. he wanted me to bring my banjo but i was too shy.-i don't play in public. i'm sure everyone is glad that i indeed did leave frankie(my banjo) at home.