Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Farewell to Dear Friends

Here are a few photos from the farewell party for Gen and Doug and their two little girls.

We will stay friends, even if you have gone off to that other country called Texas!

Here are the kids working on two spiritual bouquets, one for Anne S. who had a milestone birthday and the other for the departing family.

It was a great party, and reminded me so much of why I really love my parish family

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today's Harvest

Yes, we harvested two strawberries in July, weeks after they stopped bearing fruit.

(Those are Royal Purple Beans, which we love!  They turn green when cooked.)

And the strawberry plants are flowering again.  I'm confused......

Peas, once again, are a total dud.  They are already withering up and I think this is going to be our total harvest from at least 10 plants:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Did You Know?

"Although you can no longer buy Stanley's Snake Oil, other potions once marketed as patent medicines are still available (minus the health claims): Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, 7UP, Angostura
Bitters, and tonic water."
-- Gene Stone, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, xv

The book is a quirky compilation of the health strategies of 25 people who don't get sick.  From the common sense to the bizarre, and including the contradictory, it's an eclectic mix.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pioneer Village

When I told my grandmother that we have been to Pioneer Village, she immediately remarked, "Doesn't it make you glad not to be a pioneer woman?"

Pioneer Village is the legacy of an interesting, probably somewhat eccentric, philanthropic man named Harold warp, who came from Minden, Nebraska, but went on to make his fortune in plastic in Chicago, Illinois.

The basic premise of the museum/attraction is to chart the progress of America.  The name "Pioneer Village" is somewhat of a misnomer because Harold wasn't really interested in evoking the Pioneer era.  He was interested in tracing how we got from there to here.  I think this is a pity because Pioneer Village is slowly getting run down and fading away, perhaps because people think it is the same thing as other nearby museums which focus on one period in history.  For example, in the Transportation Department, you start with covered wagons and gypsy carts, and move to automobiles and airplanes.  One of my favorites exhibits, the one I remembered from my childhood, traces the development of the modern kitchen.

Here are some photos from when we went there two years ago.

This is where we ended up when we got lost.

One of the obligatory parts of Pioneer Village is finding an item that you happen to own on display.
My mom has one of these.

I hope if you are ever tootling down I-80 you'll check out Pioneer Village.  Call first, to make sure it is still there...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Folded Flowers: A Book

I've got an idea for a canvas embellished with fabric and paper flowers.  This would be a good reference for the fabric flowers, once I have time to do the canvas:

Folded Flowers: Fabric Origami with a Twist of Silk Ribbon
by Kumiko Sudo

Friday, July 15, 2016

Slug Defense

So far, crushed egg shells around the base of the plants seems to be helping.
I always wear gloves when I sprinkle them since A) they are sharpish and B) my husband doesn't rinse them out when he puts then in the milk jug on the counter where we collect them.  (The full ones go into the shed.)