Welcome to the new year! I hope 2018 is good for all of us.

May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness come through your door.

Go to Portland Apr - June 2018

March 31, 2018

FINALLY! Double Blue Moon took it's time, but finally rose above the Fir tree where I could get a picture of it! Then, I went to bed.

I sat outside and walked around a bit since it was so nice out. After David left, I didn't have a whole lot of energy left. LOL
Luke came out to snoop around too! LOL
I saw this pretty, dainty, purple flower but I am not certain what it is.

Pretty pansies were blooming like crazy in this pot and David's memorial planter was looking exceptionally pretty today.

Yellow Rose has some new growth on it, it really needs to go in the ground. And whatever is in this other pot is growing well.

David came over this morning with a U Haul pick up and we filled it up with the rounds that were from the Tulip and Maple trees. The Maple rounds, well, many were too big and way too heavy to pick up and put in the truck. But most of the Tulip tree is gone.

After we got it loaded, David decided he would unload it himself at his house. I was looking and feeling a might peaked. So, off he went with his load of wood.
UPDATE: David reports that it is much easier to unload than to load! LMAO

March 28, 2018

Blue moon's a-comin'! When I looked outside tonight the moon was almost full but had a nasty brown ring around it. Didn't show up real well in the photo. In the close up you can see that the lower left needs to fill out a bit.

March 27, 2018

The guys arrived around 915am and after they got all their gear out, got started on the Tulip tree. I looked out the door and saw Tulip petals all over the street and branches down. In not too long of time, the whole Tulip tree was down! Yay! They stacked up the pile for burning in one pile by the stump, the rest went in the chipper.

Next time I looked out, after they started on the Norwegian Maple, several lower branches were on the ground and street. My goodness what a mess. I went out through the garage to get a look at what was going on.

A little later, I had to take some recycling to the barrel so I took another shot of the progress and a close up.

Shortly after I took this picture of the chip truck, one of the guys had to take it away and empty it somewhere.

After he finished taking down the Maple tree (about 40'+ tall) and the branch messes were chipped. They cut the rest into fireplace sized rounds, some of which will need to be split (but not by me)! LOL

They couldn't do the Holly tree today because the wonderful City decided I had to have a permit for it. So, when they return to grind the stumps, the permit should be available to do the friggin' Holly tree. After they grind the stumps, they'll clean things up better, too.

So for comparison purposes, this is the before and after of the front of the house. My house looks bigger without those trees out there!

I was glad that while they were working the rain held off so no one got soaked out there, just some quick light showers came through.

March 26, 2018

FINALLY! The go ahead to get these darned trees cut down! I am thrilled! The company will be out tomorrow morning, so I have told my neighbor to the South that they probably shouldn't park in their driveway, just in case. He thought that was a good idea since the biggest tree (Maple) is on that side. LOL I will park in front of my North neighbors house.
So, the Tulip Tree and Maple in the front will be leaving and the Holly tree in the back is leaving. They can't do the Fir tree in the back because the electric company gets angry when other people are messing around their lines. LOL

March 22 and 23, 2018

Yesterday and today I made some food that I plan to share with Mom, David, and his Mom.

First I made a Ham, Asparagus, mixed cheese Frittata. Then, I made some stuffed mini sweet peppers. There are 3 kinds. 1. Cream cheese with black Olives, 2. Cream cheese w/ green Olives and Pimento, and 3. Tuna salad with a little slice of dill pickle.

Then, I made some Portobello mushroom caps with mild Italian sausage, cheese and a little pizza sauce. And last but never least... my usual BLAND Deviled eggs. The ones with dry mustard were not a big hit, so I went back to using prepared mustard with the yolk and mayo.

I will be delivering tomorrow!

March 20, 2018

The Grape Hyacinths out in the gardens had bloomed, such pretty little flowers! And the Lambs Ear has gone crazy, overflowed its boundary and is spilling into the yard!

The tall Lily's have broken ground and some cleaning out/up is necessary. But I decided to wait until the Holly tree comes down (hopefully the 27th). The Holly tree is likely going to hit the Lambs Ear and the tall Lily's. But, hopefully they will persevere and come back next year if they are damaged. Can't be helped.

Last, but never least, my camera shy Lucas. Such a sweet boy he is. He used to stay outside with me when I was out working or whatever, but now, in his older age, he comes out but then instead of laying in the grass in the shade to stay with me, he goes back in the house. sigh. Cody used to stay outside with me until he got old and his joints were hurting, then he would do just what Luke is now doing. sigh

March 17, 2018

I was afraid when I saw this pansy getting ready to bloom, that it would be purple! That would clash with all the Autumn colors that I had planted recently in there! I was so relieved when it opened its petals to expose it happy face and it fit right in with what I had planted! Whew! LOL

March 15, 2018

I noticed that the Daffodils at the corner of the front of the house is looking extra special! And the Hyacinths also bloomed!

March 12, 2018

Another beautiful day! A little breezy out, but otherwise nice, sunny and warm!
I love it when it's nice like this and long for more than two days at a time. Tomorrow, according to NOAA.gov, it's going to rain and be showery from late tonight through next Sunday. sigh
Mother Nature can be such a tease! LOL

So, anyway, it took many tries but I finally got the lawnmower started. The first time of the year is always a pain! LOL And I cut the backyard 10" grass down. Whew! That took some energy on my part and the part of the poor mower! I cut it using the mulch option. Looks so much better to me now! Makes me feel good to have that chore done.

While I was mowing the trail through the "gardens", I noticed that another Daffodil had bloomed. It's different than the first 2 types that grew in that clump. I even pulled the weeds, some of them, around them... but I think they were helping to hold them up! LOL

I had some bulbs in the fridge for quite awhile, so I decided to plant them in the 3 pots on the deck and see if they grow. Then I put some fake flowers in there to discourage the Squirrels from getting in there. I found several peanut shells while put the flower bulbs in there! LOL

So, while I dine for lunch, I will update my Plant Care page

March 11, 2018

It was such a pretty day today! Sunny and warm! Loved it!
At one store I stopped at I was looking at the flowers and bought some Peach Nemesia (front left), a Margarita Orange Flare Osteospermum (Back left) and a Mache Ranunculus (Back right) and planted them in David's Memorial Planter after removing the fake flowers. I think it looks very nice!

March 10,2018

Decided to get a bird's eye view of the backyard garden areas after I moved the bird feeders and bird bath. Oh my.. how depressing.

At least these Daffodils are being real troopers and smiling at me! LOL

March 5, 2018

Apparently the crow stopped guarding the suet because I found this critter having breakfast out there first thing this morning. LOL

March 4, 2018

It was a chilly 34 deg, partly cloudy and frosty when I got up at 7am today. So, I decided to work on some inside projects. I had already planted the cacti trimmings yesterday. Hopefully, the cut parts will root.

When I was checking on the cuttings, I noticed that Draceana, the Corn Plant, was still very tall and spindly making it a pain to try to move her outside (or anywhere), plus her middle section (about 3' tall) had a lot of dying leaves... so I cut her!
First I cut the healthy part of the top off and then cut the stem off to about 7" above the dirt. (Yes, I researched it and this is the way it is done). I stuck the top into a jar with water and hopefully, it really will root. The remaining stem should start growing new leaves.

Then, I turned my attention to Echinopsis, I need to cut her soon too. I'll do that outside though. She's going to get it right in her "hour glass".

I will pull off all her pups (babies)so they can "heal" before planting. She puts out all kinds of pups. Tall and skinny, short and fat, and this year she grew a clump of them too! LOL Those 3 short and fat ones are about 2" in diameter!

So, since the frost was melted outside and the sun was shining nicely, I left the cacti room.

I went outside and moved the bench over to the open hole in the railing. I was just moving things in preparation of being able to pressure wash soon. When I was moving one of my planters, I was shocked to see some new growth in there! I had planted some bulbs, but the squirrels had gotten in there and taken most of them out! What a nice surprise to find that they didn't get them all! LOL

Then, I did some trimming on the grape arbor mess. Need to get the ladder out so I can untangle the ones on my arch. At anyrate, I cut enough to fill the large barrel and then it started getting cold and windy outside. So I stopped.

I took the measurements for my shed door... it has to be replaced since it was really and inside door! LOL Lasted a long time though! When I opened the door, lo and behold, there is another door in there that is solid wood, I think it came from the farm. I had forgotten about it, it's been there a long time. So, I really just need to swap out those doors. Whew

Dumped some dry detergent on the moss on the pavement inside the gate at the side of the house, so it will start killing all that moss.

That was it for the outdoor adventures but I see the sun is shining brightly again and I might get inspired to move the bird feeders and birdbath in anticipation of the holly tree coming down on the 12th.

I looked outside this afternoon and noticed that there was a crow guarding the suet! LOL

March 3, 2018

I went out and fed the wildlife. I had only gotten a few feet away before this Scrub Jay decided to swoop in for a peanut! LOL

I looked around as long as I was out there and saw these cute Crocus trying to break through the grass and this pretty Daffodil is getting ready to bloom.

Also while I was looking around I was making mental notes of things I want to get done. I will get to them as soon as I can after the Holly tree is cut down and I can put things in place. Lots of trimming, weed pulling and cutting to do back there. Plus I really need to pressure wash the fence! egad!

March 2, 2018

Ground up some cooked chicken breast, added Asparagus, celery, macaroni, Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella cheese. Very tasty! 1 cup has 342 mg Sodium and 150 calories, approximately.

March 1, 2018

The Worm (or Sap) Moon

February 27, 2018

When I was hauling the garbage out to the curb, I noticed that not only was the Camellia blooming and dropping it nasty red flowers all over, my Daffodils at the corner were also blooming!:

This Daffodil is the one that always breaks ground first but tends to be the last to bloom. The pink Hyacinths behind it are getting ready to bloom also. Out back in the Iris & Daffodil pot, the Iris have died back but the Daffodils are being very perky now that they aren't covered in snow anymore! LOL

Pansy in the next pot over had bloomed and the rose is getting new growth.

I have 3 cactus that I bought when they were little and cute a few years ago. One (paddle) has grown to nearly 3 feet and two are about 18 - 20 inches tall. Anyway, they are too tall to fit where I put them in the summer/fall outside. SO, I did some research and found out how to prune them so I could make them shorter without killing them. The tall fatter one is a Candlebra Cactus, but I'm not sure what the skinny one is.
I cut the paddle cactus first but didn't get a "before" picture.
These are the tools I used and the paddle cactus- after pic.

The Stenocereus Dumortierii, aka/Candlebra Cactus, and skinny one! LOL

I need to cut about 2' off my Echinopsis in the next couple weeks and pull her babies off her, let it all heal and then can replant what I cut off and the babies, aka/pups. I feel a little more confident about that now that I saw how easy the smaller ones are to cut. Sprayed the open ends with Copper Fungicide while they heal over and will plant in a week or so. Still a little nervous about cutting Echinopsis, but I will do it before she gets any bigger! LOL

February 26, 2018

I decided, with my lack of luster today, that I would make a few things that sounded pretty tasty. So, that's what I did. One serving of each.

First up was the Mediterranean Salad recipe (Tomato, Cuke, Red Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese with a kiss of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a splash of Lemon Juice. It made about 2.25 cups. Then, I cut a very large avocado in half and filled the hole with about 1/2 cup of Imitation crab mixed with 1T Mayo and 1/2 T Mustard. Yum!

For the appetizer and dessert, I choose Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and Fruit. 4 pieces of Asparagus is one serving and the fruit is about 1.5 cups.

So, I put my tasty meal all together and decided there was no way that I could eat all of that food in one sitting! LOL It will be eaten over 2 days instead. LOL

SO, just for kicks, I decided to run the numbers on the entire meal and see what comes up. YIKES! It was even worse than expected if it were all eaten at once! I also ran them separately.

According to VeryWell - recipe analyzer:

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving:
Calories 1234
Total Fat 96.9g
Saturated Fat 28.3g
Cholesterol 151mg
Sodium 2477mg
Total Carbohydrate 61.8g
Dietary Fiber 17.8g
Total Sugars 32.2g
Protein 42.3g
Calcium 630mg
Iron 8mg
Potassium 2037mg

2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Salad alone:
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 591
Total Fat 52.1g
Saturated Fat 17.6g
Cholesterol 76mg
Sodium 1396mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.1g
Dietary Fiber 4.9g
Total Sugars 12.3g
Protein 15.3g
Calcium 510mg
Iron 3mg
Potassium 686mg

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus along:
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 88
Total Fat 5.4g
Saturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 14mg
Sodium 295mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.9g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 1.8g
Protein 6.8g
Calcium 24mg
Iron 2mg
Potassium 266mg

Crab Stuffed Avocado alone:
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 114
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 0.9g
Cholesterol 33mg
Sodium 187mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.5g
Dietary Fiber 0.8g
Total Sugars 1.3g
Protein 7.5g
Calcium 62mg
Iron 1mg
Potassium 135mg

Fruit alone:
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 305
Total Fat 21.8g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
Dietary Fiber 10.1g
Total Sugars 16.8g
Protein 3.3g
Calcium 31mg
Iron 2mg Potassium 807mg

February 23, 2018

It was a blistering 24 degrees outside at 5am but got above freezing this afternoon. It was pretty outside while the sun was here, but it has been replaced by clouds and it's spitting snow again. Good grief.

Well, no matter, I wasn't going anywhere anyway so I was toasty warm in my house looking OUT at the snow! LOL

I cooked instead!
I added some Candied Brussels Sprouts and some Broccolini to the stuffed Pork Chops I made earlier. Put it all in 4 TV dinner plates.

Then, I made some Chicken Salad w/ Grapes. It's very good on crackers, bread, lettuce, cabbage... or all by itself!

After I cleaned the kitchen and filled the dishwasher and got it washing, I decided to make this recipe I found called "Sweet Apple Crispers with Sugar and Cinnamon". I think they would be really good cut into bite sized pieces and warmed up. A scoop of Gelato/Ice Cream would be a nice touch!! LOL

Hopefully, David, his Mom and my Mom will want to share!

February 22, 2018

At one point today it was sunny in the front yard and snowing in the back yard! Weird stuff! Tried to get a pic of the snow with the sun, but you can't see the snow, darn it.

February 20, 2018

Got a few more inches of snow. Think it was a total of 4" by now.

February 19, 2018

I don't think it got as cold as they thought it would last night, but at 630am it was 32 deg. I think I got about 1/2 inch of snow. Luke did wander out this morning to potty, but he didn't go very far. LOL

Poor Daffodils and Iris.

February 18, 2018

Started snowing in earnest after I arrived back home. Before that, just big fat flakes, but no sticking off and on all day in different areas.

Deviled eggs and Stuffed mushrooms were delivered!

February 17, 2018

Luke being camera shy! LOL

The Hot Tub and several other things were hauled away today! Yay!

February 12, 2018

Flowers I took to Thelma.Very happy and cheerful to look at!

February 10, 2018

I went out to move one of the bird feeders and started looking around while there. What a mess I have!

Blackberries have started greening up. Oh boy. And, the DayLily's have started growing.

I think these are some kind of daffodil but I don't remember. The poor Iris is buried in tall dead grass but trying to get through. Luke was helping me! LOL

February 3 & 5, 2018

Everyone has bloomed in that Iris and Daffodil pot. Pretty!

February, 2,2018

Luke is ready for bed now! LOL

January 30, 2018
That was fast, the Iris already opened! Pretty and so dainty!

January 29, 2018

Apparently, Spring is already here! These Iris and Daffodils are already getting ready to bloom and their stems are only 3 and 4 inches tall! egad!

So, I turned my attention to the garage so I could get some bigger stuff out that I won't be keeping. Before and After:

January 11, 2018

After I finished my Remote work, I did some cooking. I wanted to make Potato Chowder again, but I neglected to get one of the necessary ingredients (NO, not the potatoes!! LOL)

Anyhow, I made all the other stuff:

Upside down Cherry Cake. Always a favorite and so easy to make:

Garlic Asiago Bread and tortilla Pinwheels:

Pumpkin Bars w/ Cream Cheese frosting and Deviled Eggs (eggs not pictured):

Okay, that's it. Will share with Mom on Friday and David on Saturday. You may return to your own life now! LOL

January 1, 2018

The Super Moon was actually tonight, not on New Years' Eve. Had a bit of trouble getting the camera to focus with the East wind howling around the area. Brrrr, it was so cold! I did finally get a shot of it but I liked the unfocused one too! LOL

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

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