Category Archives: Garden

Creating Frankenstein Breakfast Casserole

frankenstein breakfast casserole

frankenstein breakfast casserole

This morning I took a little of this and a little of that and created what I call Frankenstein.  There is a lot of things I will do different next time, but I wouldn’t know if I hadn’t put this dish together the way I did.

I was curious and wondered, “What if…?” I combined what I do for bread pudding with a souffle recipe. We also had some stovetop apple pie left and I added it in the middle.  I waffled on when to put the crumb topping.  I put it in the middle but think the dish would look nicer with it on top.

The souffle part didn’t rise.  But the pan isn’t right, will need to figure out what I want to do to correct  that.

Almost wish I had made apple turnovers, otherwise known as hand-pies.  It would have been fun to harvest with one hand and eat with the other.

The Lie About Replacing a Tree

There is a mis-conception that if a tree gets destroyed or cut down, all that needs to happen to repair the situation is to plant another one.  Or plant several.

Um, a seedling is only inches high, it can’t do what an older tree does. It will be years before the new tree can begin to accomplish what missing tree was doing. I won’t go into the cleaner air and water and other benefits.

My sister picked up some pecans for me on a road trip. So I made salted buttered pecans this weekend and it got me to thinking…

It takes 10 years for a pecan tree to produce fruit. The trees at the community garden were 10 years old last year.  I’ve only been a member for 3 years.  I get to benefit from other peoples planning and planting. Yay!

Oh wait. No I don’t. The squirrels benefited.  They had a party and ate them all!

When I’m ready to make my next batch, I will have to find another source of pecans unless we can wrestle some from the squirrels.

But if the current trees aren’t cared for and need to be replaced, the wait will be even longer.

Nuclear Threat and the Community Garden

For as long as I can remember, we’ve been worried about nuclear threat from ‘them’.  Then the cold war ended and that was supposed to be that.  But it isn’t really.  I caught a headline the other day. Something about a nuclear threat and someone being happy about it.

I thought it was strange to have the word happy in the same sentence as nuclear threat.  Then I thought, “Well, if you are going to set off your bombs go ahead. But be sure to blow the whole Earth up. Do do a half-assed job.”

Stupid people.  Don’t you know that your side of the world is ATTACHED to our side of the world?  Even if you don’t blow the whole world up, the wind and the currents of the oceans will bring fall out to your side.

And then I went to the community garden and forgot all about the threat.  There is new life all over the place, plants, animals, birds. And I pray the things I do to better the garden will be carried by the wind and the currents of the oceans to your side of the world and give you a better day than you are having.

Loving My Neighbor

We ask ourselves at the garden how we can reach those who live closest to us.  Some we know, it’s as easy as talking over the chain link fence next door.  Others will stop and talk to us as they pass through on their way to the bus stop.

However, there are some, and we don’t know how close/far  they live from the garden, they have been taking things.

Since I started coming to the garden the following things have been missing:

Fencing for the back area – when this gets replaced, we’ll be ready for bee hives again

Wheel barrows – this makes carrying loads lighter.  With these gone, not as much can get done.

Plants donated for the plant sale – this fundraiser pays for the waterbill.

All the figs from the trees! – we would have shared with you  and would love to get to know you but did you have to take all of them? We were planning on making jam. We’d love for you to have some of that as well.

Dirt for the latest community garden project – we have targeted neighbors of the gardeners that can’t make it to the garden to build raised beds at their homes. Now we have to decide who has to wait.

But now you know what you have done, how will your tell-tale heart let you come and be part of our community now?

And I tell you now that it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past. We’d still love to meet you, have a cup of tea (or coffee) and truly be neighbors.

My prayer is for all the things that have gone from the garden with and without our knowledge/awareness/permission will come back 100 fold.  May all that flows from this garden bless whoever have crossed our path and bring them to us for relationship, renewal and redemption.

Bird Poo Tree

The community garden has a Hackberry tree along the fence line in the back.  In front of it, we have some pear trees and we are amending the soil behind it to continue the orchard.

Becky calls it a trash tree.  I showed it to my grand-children the other day and remembered a story Gpa told.

You see the birds will eat the seeds of plants and while they sit on the fence, they will poop it out.  The poop feeds the seed and the tree will grow undisturbed for the fence will help protect it.

No one has been caring for this tree and it’s been allowed to grow however it wants.  I think if we took some time and trimmed it up a bit, it would be fun to sit in it’s shade and have a picnic.  I think I’ll make a sign so other’s can enjoy Gpa’s story.

Thanks, Birds!

trash tree

trash tree

Love at First Sight

Love at first sight is not just for lovers.  A dear friend asked me last year what it was like to experience love at first sight.  He was talking about when I first beheld my children.  He didn’t have children and said he would never experience love at first sight.

I thought he was wrong but I couldn’t figure out why.  Until now.  He did when he was born and saw his parents for the first time.

But that isn’t the only time you can experience love at first sight.  There are some people in life that you have an instant connection with.  I’m not sure why we don’t connect with everyone but we don’t.

Yesterday, for valentine’s day, I joined a few other gardeners and helped a senior living facility put in raised beds.  One of the ladies, from Columbia, couldn’t speak much English but she made it clear that she wanted us to join her for lunch.

When we got in line, the lady in front of me turned around and lit up with a smile and said ‘hello!’  The excitement caused me to respond in kind.  The gardener behind me asked if we knew each other.  Not that I am aware of but I replied, “we do now!”

What a lovely way to spend a day devoted to love.  I do hope we get invited back, I’d love to see both my new friend and the lady from Columbia.

Love at first sight is pretty awesome. I’m going to try it on like an attitude rather than an elusive once in a life time event.  And see how many people I can share this experience with in 2015.

 

 

Dia De Los Muertos

This is the third year I’ve gone to the garden to celebrated Dia De Los Muertos.  The first year, Gpa went with me.  Last year, he was one of the people I brought a picture of to place on the alter.

This year, I’ll be celebrating my daughter in laws mother, and my son’s dad. They both loved coffee and hot peppers.

I’m sorry John and Rocio won’t be here to celebrate their parents with me.  But I know they would be here if they could.

I am glad to take some time to reflect on the lives of these two people who have been a part of two people I love very much.  Both left too soon and both are missed.  I plan to encourage John and Rocio to talk to their kids about these two who are no longer here.

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Remembering a mom and a dad during Dia De Los Muertos

Fall Colors

fall colors

fall colors

October, days of cooler weather, the Texas State Fair, and changing of the colors.

I know the North East has the best reputation for the vibrant colors of the trees this time of year.  But we have some great color here too.

And it is so nice to have a cooler breeze even though this summer wasn’t as hot as some.

It was hot.

The wilted tomato plants told me so.

I haven’t had the heart to pull up the tomato in the back yard because it has put forth some new blooms.

But some of the community gardeners have stipped their plots and are starting fresh with winter crop.

October is Gpa’s birthday and I’m thinking I might do something to celebrate.  I have until the end of the month so I have some time.

The Difference of a Day

I had an opportunity to borrow a camera from work.  I wanted to take pictures of my juggling props for my juggling wesite

I had stuck some sweet potato vine in a vase and one of the leaves had started to turn yellow in an interesting way.  It had diagonal yellow stripes creating an inverted V.

I didn’t grab the camera, I thought, I’ll take a picture of that when I take pictures of the props.

Not a good idea.  The leaf was curled up when I got up.  So I went to the garden to find something similar.

NOPE, not a single leaf was anything close to what I had had the day before.

I got some great pics and am sharing one with you here.  But it’s not the one I wanted to share.  All because I waited one day.

What are you missing because of waiting?

fall passion vine leaf

fall passion vine leaf

Stalker Ladybug or Is It?

I have noticed that I’ve been a little jumpy lately.  It started when I was in the garden. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw that a bug had landed on me.

I reacted quickly and swatted it off.  As it fell, I saw it was a ladybug.  I felt bad.  If I had known it was a ladybug, I would have been careful about getting it off of me.

Then, when I got home after  the last day of juggling at Cedar Hill Library, I got out of my car and quickly swatted off a bug.

Yep, another ladybug.  This one was a big one! Again I was sorry how I reacted.

Watering the backyard the other day, it happened again.  But I wasn’t too worried, just curious on why the ladybugs would be so interested in me all of a sudden.

But last night.  What happened last night, has me pondering on there being a more sinister plot happening. I don’t want to alarm anyone especially since I like ladybugs so much.  That I have a yard that is bug friendly may be all it is.

However, as I was sitting down on the sofa waiting for my daughter to come watch TV, I felt something on my neck.  So I swatted it off. (nice to know I have quick reflexes) And a ladybug fell onto the sofa!!!!!!

A big one.

I grabbed the end of my chopstick and let the ladybug climb aboard. I took it out to the sunflowers.  As I walked I looked it in the eye(s) and talked to it about my not being an aphid. and for my being sorry for swatting at it.

I felt like I had had a close call with a vampire!

This morning, there was a ladybug on the kitchen floor.  A big one.  I’m beginning to think it’s the same ladybug.

Stalking me.