Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What I Read August

I feel like I am having an odd summer.  I am having serious Wanderlust.  So this is what my reading selections are mainly reflecting. I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit.  Check out what everyone else is reading.

Dear Bob and Sue - One Couple's Journey through the National Parks. This took me a bit to get into. This is written as a series of letters/emails to Bob and Sue friends of Matt and Karen Smith.  They visited all 59 National Parks.  They even visited American Samoa.  I think their journey is amazing.

At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

" Choosing stability over volatility means staying put when life throws a curveball. It mean digging in your heels when the economy sends your housing price crashing, or when community crime rates skyrocket. Possibly harder, stability means staying put when life gets boring."

That spoke to me in my right now, right now.  I have a serious case of wanderlust.  My summer has been grounded for various reasons and quite frankly it is boring to me.  The closest thing to going anywhere is reading about it.

This book has been reviewed a lot so I am not going to do that and just say READ THIS.  It is interesting, thought provoking, and enjoyable.

Unearthed by Alexandra Risen

What is it with gardeners and uneasy relationships with their parents.  Alexander and her husband busy a house with a huge overgrown garden.  As they unearth the garden, Alexander has to confront her growing up in an immigrant household where people don't talk about the past. Similar in some ways to Orchard House which by the way I LOVED. I loved the map of the garden at the front of book.  I would of loved bigger pictures other than the one's on the inside of book cover. Overall I thought this was interesting book

Traveling Light by Lynee Branard

I really liked this light read.  Al (Alissa)  buys a storage locker and finds the ashes of Roger Hart.  She decides to get Rogers ashes back to his family in New Mexico.  Her adventure takes her across the country and along the way she picks up some other passengers including 17 year old Blossom.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Linky Love

Sometimes It Doesn't Get Any Easier  Lately, Modern Mrs Darcy has had some excellent posts.  This one is good.

NASA Responds To 9 Year Who Applied to Be a Guardian of the Galaxy

Here's Why You Need To Stop Cleaning Your Kitchen Sponges RIGHT NOW - Oye, I have been putting mine in dishwasher. I am a little bit grossed out.

Our Best Advice for College Students - this is most excellent though Emily Henderson is mainly a designer blogger.  I thought this was awesome advice.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cut Flower Garden

Daisies from my Garden

I was so inspired by Floret Flowers I decided to have my own cut flower bed. What do I have in my cut flower garden bed?
Daisies ** I already grow these in another part of yard
Calendula** I already grow these in another part of yard

I have been a long time fan of zinnia's but have only had minimal success from seeds.  I decided to start indoors this time. I also transplanted them into my pallet garden where I am growing dahlia's. It wasn't an overwhelming success but there a few in there.

A pallet garden is simply a pallet that has ground cloth stapled to one side and filled with dirt.  This pallet is pretty large.

As of June 6th
as of July 23

Friday, August 11, 2017

Trek for the Treasure Hike #5 - Lime Kiln

We started out fairly early last Saturday with a large crew.  We even had Stan the dog.  Lime Kiln trail is located outside of Granite Falls.  The trail was cool with lots of little bridges and different terrain. The total mileage is 6.8 miles out and back.
Layout made with Digital Project Life
There are quite a few artifacts near the trail including the kiln.

We found the treasure after the kiln.  It was located by the river.  It was a great chance to give Stan a swim.
Photo by CRR
We only had one minor trail incident involving nettle.  Someone ended up being called, "Nettle Girl". Still no sight of Sasquatch. On the drive to the trail head, we heard a news story which involved a naked man who believed he was Sasquatch and attacked a hunter.

***Saw slug coitus on the trail.  It was a first.  I know TMI for most of my readers but it was pointed out to me.  Sharing is caring.

More details about trek for treasure - beginning, hike 1, hike 2, hike 3, hike 4

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What I Learned July

Calendulas come in different colors from orange.  I had no idea.  No I am on a mission to get a different color.

Tomato Basil Rice Cakes

I saw this on Becky Higgins Instagram. Pair this with laughing cow cheese and this is really delish.

Plastic Trumpets

Yes, there is such a thing as Plastic Trumpets.  This type is called a ptrumpet. I have a trumpet player at home.