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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

Mid May Update

May 16, 2016

The weather is much warmer now and some days it is hot.  We opened up the shabby cabby in the backyard to let the air run through.  We do that often on nice days to keep it fresh inside.

Remember the recent picture of the cardinal eggs?

We have babies this morning. They just hatched and they are just skin and fuzz.  We have not seen the daddy at all since the eggs were laid and he is suppose to take over feeding. He should have been around to feed his mate but no sign of him and we are concerned he has been killed.  She is doing a good job so far by herself. I hope she is not a single Mom. After they hatch she is suppose to leave, daddy is suppose to feed them and mom is suppose to go build another nest and lay more eggs.  Nature is amazing.

We did a test dig in our potato pots to see if any potatoes were making and to our surprise we have very nice potatoes. the one in the back is a yukon gold potato and the one in the front a red potato.

This weekend my husband and i washed the trim on the house and painted the porch. Now our bodies are letting us know we are getting older.

Our small patch of green beans growing in the victory garden is giving us our first beans.

Since it is a small patch I am freezing the beans.  All I do is get a pan of water and bring to a boil.

Get a pan of ice water.....

Then plunge the snapped beans into boiling water for three minutes, drain and immediately plunge the beans in ice water to stop the blanching.  The photo above is the color difference. The beans in the white pan have been blanched. I am cooking the ones in the bowl for dinner.  The blanched beans will be put in freezer bags and put in the freezer. I put up two bags for two meals for the two of us.  

Yesterday we picked more beans.  If they keep making two pickings a week for the next couple of months that small amount will add up.  However I am planting more beans so that will help.  Many of the bean seeds were washed away  after I planted because we had a 6 inch rain a few days later. What was left is what is making beans now.

You can do this too :)

The turnips are ready for harvest. They were bigger than they look in this photo. I only pick what we need for a meal so they will be very fresh.

We are harvesting peppers now, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots and the corn is thigh high now.  I am glad we are doing better with our garden this year.

I will go for now, much to do.  Grandma Donna

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