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How did it get so late so soon?

By Carol Clark
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.

                                                                The Bible

 

Why is it that time flies so quickly? When I was young a summer seemed to last forever. Everyday filled with hours of playing - and it seemed like hours! A week was like a month, especially if you were waiting for your birthday. I remember staying at my grandmas for a week while my mom and dad went on vacation without us. Grandma lived right across the street from us so I spent hours staring out her picture window at our lonely home across the street. Even though I loved my grandma, that week was like a year.

Today I almost can't remember summer even happened. It was only just the other day I was transplanting tomato plants and planting summer squash seeds (4 didn't seem like it would be too many).

I am resolving to slow down. Spend some quiet time outside, really see the beauty of the trees changing colors with the season. Go for a walk in the woods, watch the leaves dance and twirl, take photos along the way to preserve this time and enjoy.

Let your mind have time to relax and enjoy the autumn beauty. Before you know it, winter will sneak in and steal the fall away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did it get so late so soon?

It's night before it's afternoon.

December is here before its June.

My goodness how the time has flown,

How did it get so late so soon?


Dr. Seuss

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It’s a bloomin’ shame

By Penny Stine
Monday, October 11, 2010

I have to confess, I’m not much of a flower gardener. I love them, but I know nothing. If they’re perennials that I planted more than a year ago, I probably forgot their name. I planted all my annuals from seed this year, and most of them got in a snit and refused to come up at all. 

Except for the amaranthus candelabra (that’s the big maroon monster) and the orange cosmos, which grew beyond my wildest expectations.

Since I can’t eat them, I’m not as concerned about flowers as I am about tomatoes or the potatoes, but I really tried to plant more blooming perennials and more showy annuals in all my gardens this year. In spite of the annuals that went on strike, I’ve enjoyed some kind of flower blooming somewhere in my yard since March, when the first itty-bitty crocuses popped up.

So why did I wait until everything was showing off for the last time before I bothered to cut a few flowers and stick them in a vase?

Vow for my 2011 garden: Don't just stop to smell the roses... Cut a few and put them in a vase once in a while. 

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String ‘em up

By Carol Clark
Friday, October 8, 2010


Or What To Do With A Bushel of Peppers

 

This weekend, my friend Ann and I set out to make the traditional symbol of spicy food, good luck and autumn in the Southwest, the useful and decorative ristra.


The ristra is a string of chili peppers hung to dry for use in the kitchen over the year. You can spot them hanging outside homes and roadside stands all over New Mexico in the autumn. They are useful in making red chili sauce, pepper flakes and a myriad of other cuinary delights I am excited to discover.

Okagawas has a whole room dedicated to bushels and bushels of green and red peppers ready for cooking, roasting or stringing. We chose the New Mexico chili, but they told us the Anaheim is also a good choice for drying.

It's easy to make your own. Start with a double string of heavy duty fishing line with a washer tied at the bottom so the peppers will stay on. Use tapestry needles to string the line through the base of each pepper, tightly fitting them together and spiraling them as you load them onto the string.



When the ristra is long enough, tie a washer to the top of the string and tie on a raffia bow.

If you hang yours in a well ventilated area where it's protected from sun and weather, they should last over a year. One bushel of peppers ($22 at Okagawas) can make up to four ristras. One for yourself and three to share with friends.

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
-Harry Truman 

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Guest garden

By Penny Stine
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Although I spend plenty of my free time digging in the dirt, I really do clean up before I come in to work. I don’t leave twigs in my hair or dirt underneath my fingernails. So I have no way of knowing how the woman I was interviewing the other day knew I’d be helpless to say no when she asked me if I wanted to see her garden at the end of the interview.

Well, no way except that we did happen to wander off the subject once or twice to talk about gourds and squash, but that could have happened to anyone.


So I toured her garden, which she admitted was more her husband’s hobby than hers. 


I coveted the tomatoes and the nifty trellis system her husband built.


The pumpkins made me smile (and secretly wonder if he was giving them steroids).


His tidy rows of spinach and lettuce made me wish I had taken the time to plant them both in my own garden a few weeks ago, but that would have meant cleaning up the overgrown jungle that my garden has become.

Besides, who am I trying to kid? I don’t do neat and tidy in the garden. But I have to admit, this garden does look fab.


Even his morning glories are behaving themselves. Oh well. I can always dream of next year. 
 

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Hanging gardens

By Penny Stine
Friday, October 1, 2010


God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Francis Bacon

I took a lesson from Carol, and decided this short little entry needed an apt quote.


Legend says Nebuchandnezzar created the hanging gardens of Babylon to charm a homesick wife. While most of my garden is grounded, I’ve got one hanging pumpkin

and a couple suspended watermelons, although the weight of the watermelons dragged them back to earth over time.

They make me smile when I see them, which proves Bacon’s point.
 

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