August 29, 2010

Lonely Bloom

So sad...its the only bloom left on this huge plant and it looks so lonely!  I really, really need to dig this up and move it to some shade but I just keep hoping that the new tree will grow up and help out with the shade issue.  It blooms nicely in the Spring but can't hold up in the heat of the summer...wilts way down and gets lots of brown spots on the leaves.  I cloned them out in this image.

I won't bore you with any more post it did kind of feel good to get the camera out.  Now, if I'd only came up with some images that wowed me! Even used the tripod and I still wasn't happy.

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Late August Blooms

I captured this, early this morning, whilst waiting for my one hummingbird to return.  I saw it once but by the time I got the camera up to my eye, it was gone.  I hear it a lot when I'm sitting in my chair but don't see it very often.  I should get a hummingbird feeder but he/she likes my flowers and comes back for them.

I like the red of this geranium but it hasn't bloomed as much as I would have liked.  Course, it doesn't get full sun and I think they really prefer it.  It gets hot, afternoon sun but not till after 3 pm and its only for about 4 hours.

The flowers have done fair this summer but not outstanding...was just way too hot and humid, even for them.  
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Live Forever Blue

I'm a bit confused...I can't figure out anyway to change the size of the image now. I like the old way better.  

I finally got my blue birdbath.  Still don't have it where I want it cause I don't have the garden bed done yet.  But, it was marked down to half price and I can't refuse a bargain.  LOL...

The Live Forever is just beginning its transition to pink.  You can barely see it on the tips.  The bunch I have down on the corner, under the shade of a big Maple tree, is already fully pink. I might get out and get a shot of it this afternoon.  

Bill and I are being lazy this weekend.  We aren't even going to mow the lawn because its so burned up.  I'm not mowing till it rains again. 

I met Brenda for lunch yesterday and we spent the afternoon visiting. It was nice to have a day of relaxation instead of working all the time.  

Whew...finally figured it out!  LOL...was not clicking on the image right to get the size choices to show up. Just goes to show that its best to read directions first...LOL

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August 24, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace

I thought you wanted to take some shots of some Queen Anne but you have been so busy that I thought I would snap a few before they are all gone.
So far I like this new set up. May change my mind later.
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August 18, 2010

Knockout Rose

When you posted a picture of your Knockout Roses last year that was the first time I had ever heard of them. But after that I started noticing them everywhere and I love them. So I bought and planted two this year. The one pictured here and a lovely yellow one. I so hope they make it through the winter. So thanks for sharing something that was new to me.

I picked up two sizes of this adorable frog jar a couple of weeks ago and I really like how it holds my flowers in just a perfect way while I snap away. You will probably see them used a bunch.

Used Florabella's Retro lollipop action on this image.
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August 14, 2010

Enchilada Casserole

We had this for supper last night....Bill thought it looked so good that he didn't want to wait on me to take a photo....LOL...and it was right up our alley cause we had no leftovers!It was suppose to serve 4 but it served 2 time I'll make a salad to go with it. It was suppose to be microwaved but I fixed it in the skillet instead. I cooked the hamburger in a large skillet and then layered the whole thing in my small cast iron skillet and heated it till the cheese melted and the tortillas were warm.

Anyway, I got it off the Kraft site.

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. chili powder
4 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup Sour Cream

Brown the beef and onions in skillet over medium heat. Drain.
Add tomato sauce, water and chili powder and cook until mixture thickens.
(This is where I started using my cast iron skillet.)
Add a tortilla shell on bottom of skillet.
Layer 1/4 of the beef mixture and 1/4 of the cheese
Continue layering using the 4 tortillas.

Cover and heat until the cheese melts.
Top with tomatoes and sour cream.
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August 13, 2010

Handmade by Kristen

This is the birdhouse that Kristen made me. I was going to put it out on the back porch but just couldn't stand to see it get all wet. She has real plants in hers but I didn't see anyway to drain it and figured the wood would just rot away. So...I went to my favorite shop and got some fake plants, the nest and the bird...and moved it to its place in the family room. Stuffed some moss in the hole and tied some raffia on the spigot. Really like how it turned out except the bird doesn't show up very well...needed to be a brighter color.
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Hitching Post

Brent & I went to a street fair in Marietta a couple of weeks ago and I snap this shot. Used Pioneer Woman soft & faded action on it to give it the aged look.
As soon as the weather cools down some (and I get my work all done) I want to go back and snap a few more images. There's a old time soda fountain that I want to take the Grands to.
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August 3, 2010

Nectarine & Cream Cobbler

Made this today for our after dinner dessert. Saw the recipe on Tasty Kitchen at The Pioneer Woman's site and just wanted to give it a try. I have never cooked Nectarine's before but I will be making this again.....Yum..... I'm not telling how much butter is in

Wish you lived closer so I could share some of our tomatoes, cucumbers & squash with you. We have tons in our small garden. Had to put tomatoes in the freezer today and they will be so good this winter in soups & sauces.

Hope you are having fun with your Grands!
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