Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blue Skies and Buckets of Love

Yesterday afternoon I headed out to the barn to gather eggs
and do the afternoon feeding.

I had every intention of working in the garden
(and boy, does it need work!)

It suddenly occurred to me what a spectacular afternoon it was...

I did a teensy bit of garden work,
just so I wouldn't feel too guilty.
I harvested beets, broccoli, peppers, cilantro, celery, and sunflowers.

Remember that hugely tall sunflower that I showed you before?
Here is it's flower...

Have you ever???
I will pick out the seeds and dry them for snacking.

I also harvested our horseradish.
The plant had grown enormous over the summer,
and here is the root....

and cleaned up a bit.....

I will refrigerate this root and then grate little bits of it for use in recipes.
Looks like we'll need lots of shrimp to go with that cocktail sauce!

And while we are on the subject of prolific growth,
check out the okra as it makes its way toward the sky...

There are even new shoots coming out of its trunk.

If you want a plant that just keeps on giving...
okra is your plant!

So, instead of weeding, I sat in the grass and enjoyed the company of
Amanda, barn kitty Leo, and two of our dogs, Oakley and Sam.

What a love fest we had!!

I suppose the weeding can get done any day.
After all, there aren't a lot of these splendid days left, right?

Here's hoping wherever you are you have blue skies overhead
and buckets of love around you!
Have a great day.

PS.... at the end of Day 1, arena construction....
The equipment arrived and a little earth was moved...
very little.
Tomorrow is another day!

Oooh, and I almost forgot...
I've started my Autumn decorating,
and you can see it HERE.


Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

Little Leo looks like he's really settled into your family! Days like this are good for your soul!

JudiB said...

OMGosh that kitten is just to sweet for words. Talk about one cute trusting adventursome kitten..you have it. How much fun is he!!! Fantastic picctures. All I can say is Awwwww!!! lol
Your right yesterday was a down day for me as well. I had a list a mile long and it still is waiting for me. Greaet day!!

Rain on the other hand today ...hope ours is dry.

Judi B.

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos. A perfect way to spend a lovely sunny fall day ! It is sunny and warm here today a perfect day to enjoy outside with my Miggy. Have a wonderful day !

kpaints said...

I just ADORE those pictures of your dog and new cat! Just the most precious!! Glad you took some time to relax!!!

Sandy said...

Sam and little Leo are so cute together!

kare said...

OHHH... What BLISS!!
Thank You for sharing this Cuddly Happiness with all of us...
Nothin' Sweeter :))

missy max said...

Leo and Sam are wonderful together..I don't think I've ever seen a sunflower that big...Glad you took the time for a love fest..What a warm and fuzzy day..

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

WooHooo....now that's a REAL LOVE FEST LOL!! What a fun way to spend the day...with your family and farm buddies. An arena how AWESOME! Boy would I have fun with that...it wouldn't take long to get your horse 'tuned' up with an arena to work in every day. I'll be watching for more photo's on the progress..once the rain quits ;)
Maura :)

Cynthia in Denver said...

I fell in love with Sam from your first postingof him! I look forward to your posts of him everyday and have enjoyed those pictures the most.

Aunt Kristin said...

I LOVE the pics of your doggy and kitty. Our dogs don't trust our cats, so they never play together. Well, my little pomeranian sometimes tries (unsuccessfully) to get Wendy to play.



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