Stuff for my garden

My garden from last year was  pretty good.  I only grew tomatoes and peppers and onions.  I want to grow more this year so my husband made my garden area twice as big.  I dug up all the old dirt and raked it around the entire area.  I needed a lot more soil.  I went to Ace hardware and bought 17 bags of top soil and hubby poured it out of the bags and raked it around.  We then went to Wal-mart and bought 20 bags of their top soil.  Hubby raked it around.  The Wal-mart soil is not that great compared to the Ace Hardware top soil and the Ace soil is only 4 cents more.  I then went back to Ace and bought 24 more bags.  It covered it pretty good, but I still need more.  I am going to buy some good garden soil, the Miracle Grow one and rake it around the whole garden too.   My seeds that I planted are really starting to grow good.  The pole beans are just growing crazy.  I just planted one of them in a bigger pot and put a stake in it.  I just looked and it has wrapped itself around the stick and is growing longer than the stick in just a couple of hours. 

0051 I need a longer stake.  

The tomato seed I planted were growing slowly.  I just went in the 0073room they are in to take a picture and the tomato plants looked like they got bigger too.  I just looked at them around 5 but they grew a lot since then.  See —->

I saw a tomato plant at Wal-Mart and bought it because I didn’t think they were going to do that good.  Maybe they decided to kick it up a notch because I brought the new guy home and put him on the table.  He said to them “Hey I am bigger than you, so I rule.”  They must have said “Well we will show him and they doubled in size.  Those little plants are starting to impress me.  They even grew fuzzies  on their stem.  0031

<—See fuzzies.  This is on a bigger tomato plant that I am growing.  He is doing Great. 

I even bought 2 pepper plants today, because my pepper plants that I planted did’nt look too great but tonight they are starting to do better too.

Little bird. (Cedar Waxwing)

Saturday morning, right at breakfast time there was a loud thump on the window.  Something hit the window pretty hard.  My husband said “What was that?”  He got up from the table and looked outside.  There was a bird on the ground.  He had hit the window and fell down on our patio.  024He was laying on his back, not moving.  I ran and put on my gloves and went outside.  He was very still. 



I picked it up gently.  0281







I sat down on the grass and let him sit on my hand.  I think he was dazed.032

I just sat there and he just sat there.  I told him it was ok, he just knocked himself out.  He was safe with me.  He still just sat there.


I took him to my backyard and put him on the deck.  All his bird friends were flying around.  I have these Holly bushes with red berries.  They like to dive into the bushes and eat the berries. 

033He sat there for a while.  I sat right beside him.

He looked around but he didn’t move.034


I was worried about the little bird.  He just sat there.  He finally just took off and flew awy.

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge week 46

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This weeks10 Word Challenge is: air tight seal, bitter cold, draft card, diner, paragon of virtue, broken computer monitor, CPR, a love of folk music, scatter-brained, can of worms

She was sitting in her CPR class at work.  She didn’t want to be there because she felt scatter-brained at the moment.  Before work she wanted to seal the meat she bought in those containers that give you an air tight seal before it spoiled.  She ran outside  into the bitter cold and saw an envelope sitting on the seat of her car that she had opened by accident, it was a draft card that was sent to the wrong address.  “Sorry I opened it” she thought, “I am no paragon of  virtue.  The reason she was leaving earlier than usual is because of her broken computer monitor.  She wanted to check her email and then she remembered she wanted to go fishing after work, so she must stop and get that can of worms after she stopped off at the diner.  She also had a love of folk music, so she had to remember to buy those tickets to the folk music festival too.

Friday Flash 55

  “Bartender, make me a strong drink, Long Island Ice tea.”  It was a tough week at work.  Friday was the time to unwind.  She told the bartenter, “I got a new red bra on.”  He  set a really tall drink in front of her.  “You have a red bra on?” he asked.  “Yeah, wanna see?”

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Rocky Point

When I was dating my husband, we would go on road trips.  We once went to Organ Pipe  Cactus National Monument.  Organ Pipe is at the bottom of the state of Arizona, right on the Mexican border.  we would stay in the campground.  The campground is covered in cactus.  They have a camp space covered in concrete, but all around the concrete are different cactus.  The famous Saguaro cacti grows there.  It is a beautiful cactus, tall and has arms that stick out. 

We would go hiking around all the trails or drive around them.  You never want to go in the summer time, it is very hot there.  It does get really cold there in December.  It is nice at the first half of November.  It it nice up to Thanksgiving and then like a switch, it turns cold at night.  Anyway we wanted to drive over in Mexico.  We had a gun in our truck because you are so close to the border, just for protection.  We never even got it out.  We asked the border patrol, if we wanted to drive over into Mexico, do they have a lock box that you can put your gun in.  It is illegal to bring a gun into Mexico.  If they stop you and search your car, you will get arrested.  They didn’t have a place to put the gun.  They told us to just go out in the desert and bury it.  We drove off this desert road and you have to remember where you went.  It all looks alike.  I think I draw a little map to it.  We went off into the desert, put our gun in a plastic baggie and dug a hole and buried it in the ground by a big cactus.  We then went and got some insurance for our vehicle, I think you can buy it for one day.  We then drove over into Mexico.  You have to stop at their vehicle inspection station.  They want to look in your car.  We had a truck with a topper on the back full of our camping stuff.  We had a foam bed to lay on and all the stuff was under it.  Clothes, Coleman stove, water, probably gold panning equipment, we used to look for gold.  Anyway it was stuffed, to the max.  The Mexican border guard said to open up the back and we did.  He asked what all that stuff was and we told him.  He didn’t want to pull it all out so he said, “OK, go on.”  We then drove about 100 miles to Rocky Point.  It is a small town.  We got out and walked around and had a Corona beer and we found this little stand that made fish tacos.  It was this woman making them right there on the sidewalk with her grill and ice chest.  It was the best fish tacos I have ever eaten.  I had this mink vest on.  It was kind of cold.  I had gotten this vest at a store like Big Lots, that was way way marked down.  It was so pretty though, all out of mink.  I think the Mexicans all thought I was rich.  It was like $30 for that vest.  We walked all around and looked into the little shops and went into this restaurant on the water and had a margarita.  We then bought a metal sun and then drove back to Arizona.  It was an absolute wonderful day.  We had no problem getting back over the border.  We then went and found our gun and dug it up.  It was still there.

Do you know the gingerbread man?

I made Gingerbread cookies. They turned out cute. —–>
I did the one with the black shoes. The black shoes was from icing that I bought from the store. It comes in a little tube for writing on a cake. Well, I put it on the cookie for the eyes and shoes and fingertips. The rest of the icing, I made a royal icing. You just take powdered egg whites and powdered sugar and mix it up and make it a little thin. Then just spread it on the cookie or pipe it on. I only had one bag so I just piped on the white. I think it would be easier it you had a bag for each color, but I didn’t buy but one bag. The black icing did not ever dry, it was always sticky and smeared, so don’t use that. I didn’t want to make a black icing, so I would suggest doing the shoes in a different color, unless you want to make black, which I think would be a hard color to make. You just use store bought food coloring. I made a video but I have to edit it, so come back in a few days if you want to see the video. My son thinks the cookies are too pretty to eat. He ate one last night and I said I wanted one. He said “No, I want to eat them.” He gave me the arms off his cookie. His favorite color is yellow, so I made him a couple of yellow cookies. I have a store bought box with a bear cookie cutter, so I will have to make those too.