Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I went to a new grocery store today to see what vegetables they had that were local...grown in the USA that is. I did find a nice selection and while I was peeling and slicing them to snack on, it smelled just like a summer day in the kitchen. They were quite good which was somewhat of a surprise. I had some grape tomatoes from Florida, green beans from Arkansas, a seedless cucumber from Canada (I only buy produce from USA or Canada with the exception of bananas). A couple other veggies from Wisconsin....carrots and rutabagas. I wanted to get a yellow pepper, but all the peppers were from Mexico so instead I got a yellow squash from Minnesota. It was all sweet and good.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Gardening In Winter

Of course the birds and critters need to be fed so here we are feeding them. They eat a lot of food in the winter. A store closing has all bird seed on sale for half price so we got a lot of it. I was afraid the birds wouldn't like it cause it's a different mix but they eat every morsel. I am thankful today for the heated birdbath that supplies flocks of birds with fresh water each day.
I am thankful too, for my sweet granddaughter that helps me feed the critters.

While I was salting the porch and sidewalk Hali was shoveling the driveway. She sure likes to be outside and enjoys all the daily jobs that need to be done in the cold. Even helping bringing out the garbage and recyclables. I am thankful I have salt to clean the mailman's way so he doesn't slip and fall. I am thankful for cross country skies and ice skates so we can have fun when the temperature gets up in the twenties like it did today.

This is my winter flower garden and I do enjoy it. The bowl on the right is the oat grass beginning to grow. I put it down for the cats and they sure enjoy it. I am thankful today for all the colors of the rainbow and the pretty flowers on my cupboard.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter White

Of winter's lifeless world each tree Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer's secret Deep down within its heart.
– Charles G. Stater

Five things I'm thankful for
1. Even though my garage door has frozen open and my car won't start, my garage has become a haven to shelter the birds, squirrels, and rabbits from this terrible cold weather we're having.
2. The sound of a purring cat.
3. Hugs from my two little grandchildren
4. A good book to read.
5. The birds at the feeders.