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Amazing tale of survival

By Penny Stine
Monday, February 17, 2014

I decided to clean this flower bed yesterday and took this photo before I got started just to show a before shot. Then I set my I-phone on the bumper of my husband's truck and forgot about it while I worked.

I cut back the dead stuff, raked out the bed and was carrying it all to the compost pile when my husband came out and said he was going to meet a friend in Fruita. I told him to have fun, and off he drove. With my cell phone on his bumper.

Luckily, he had his work phone with him and had left his personal cell phone at home. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember his work phone number (why don't we memorize phone numbers anymore???) and it took awhile before dumb luck intervened and I got ahold of him. By then, his truck was parked at a gas station in Fruita while he was off admiring an airplane in Mack. 

I asked which route he'd taken to the freeway, then retraced it all the way to his truck, keeping an eye out for my phone. I didn't find it and was planning on talking with someone from Verizon about the best thing to do after losing a phone, when I decided to go looking again. I went to the first big turn he made in the neighborhood and was walking on the side of the road and called my cell phone, hoping to hear it. 

My husband answered. He was on his way back from Fruita and he was keeping an eye out for my phone. He saw it on the other side of the freeway, laying on the white line. Yay for my husband's eagle-eye, which is obviously more eagly than mine. Yay for my Otterbox, which protected my phone, even when it flew off the bumper at 75 miles an hour and landed on the white stripe.
And yay for spring time, which is coming soon.
Here's the after photo I took (once I got over my shock at getting my phone back).




It may not look like much; still lots of brown, but there are plenty of plants growing in there.




Like these tulip and daffodil buds, which are showing signs of life.

Or this parsley, which gets tedious in the summer when it's growing faster than a weed, but which is kind of cool in February.  Cool, but not a true tale of amazing survival. That belongs to my cell phone. 


Longer days are coming

By Penny Stine
Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I got home from work last night at about 5:30 and when I went out to get the mail, there was still light in the sky. In fact, behind the clouds, I'm pretty sure the sun hadn't set yet.



Woo-hoo! Spring really will come again. Yes, in the depths of winter, I start to wonder about that.

There was actually more daylight than this photo shows, but I'm posting it anyway, because my spinach sprouts still just look like blades of grass, I couldn't find any beets in the garden (maybe this last snowstorm did them in) and the garlic and kale both looked a little worse than last time I checked them.

I'm thinking it's about time to start pepper seedlings inside. Now, if that doesn't get your gardening juices flowing, I don't know what will. 


Do you see what I see?

By Penny Stine
Friday, February 7, 2014

Check this out:




Every year, I take a photo of these determined little bulbs that push their way out of the ground as soon as the snow melts outside the back door of the Daily Sentinel. 

Every year, I identify them as crocuses.  I'm proved wrong a few weeks later, when the real crocuses pop up and start blooming on their very first day out of the ground, while these gradually get taller and bloom a few weeks later and I realize they're daffodils. 

So I'm staking my reputation on the line here and saying these are not crocuses. If I'm wrong, they'll be blooming by Monday, so that's a win. If I'm right, the crocuses won't be too far behind, so it's still a win. And these will be blooming in another month or so, so it's a double-whammy win. 


Lovely figs combine with fresh-picked sage

By Penny Stine
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Usually, when I'm using something from yard or garden this time of year, it comes via the freezer (or the living room greenhouse). On Sunday, we were going to a party to watch the football game that must not be named, and I wanted to make an unusual appetizer using figs.
I googled fig appetizers and found one that combined figs, blue cheese, fresh sage leaves and prosciutto. It sounded intriguing and although my sage looks sad and half-dead, the leaves are still full of flavor.

I had the figs at home, but had to buy the blue cheese and prosciutto. Then I went out into the cold to pick a handful of sage. Like I said, it looks pretty pathetic this time of year, but the flavor is fine.
I cut off the hard stem of the fig, stuffed it with a bit of blue cheese, topped it with a sage leaf and then wrapped it in the prosciutto. The recipe said to grill or sauté them, but I didn't feel like doing either one, so I I broiled them for a few minutes.
I thought they were pretty good, but they didn't seem to be a hit at the party, which meant I got to take leftovers home. I wasn't sure how they would taste after sitting in the fridge for a day, but when I got home from work and working out after work last night, I was hungry, so I popped one in the microwave for about 7 seconds just to take the chill off and warm it slightly.
It was fabulous. Seriously, it was better than I thought it was when I first made it. I have no idea whether the flavors gradually melded together to create a better taste sensation or whether hunger just warped my taste buds. Either way, I'm quite pleased that there are five more in the fridge.



By Penny Stine
Friday, January 31, 2014

  I know skiers, resort owners and anyone who depends on winter to make a buck is tickled pink with the latest winter storm, but I am not.


Just when the snow and ice from December was finally melting, what do we get?


At least I won't have to water the spinach that was starting to come up and I know from past experience that this winter weather won't bother it much at all, but that still doesn't make me happy. I don't care that it's the last day of January, I live in Colorado and snow is to be expected…

When it comes to winter, I'm somewhat irrational. After a couple of months I'm ready for it to be over so I can get back into my garden.

At least I got an e-mail confirmation from both Park Seed and Territorial Seed that my orders have shipped!  

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