Thursday, July 16, 2015

My World this Week

The road by my house... very thick forest this year!
What an odd spring and summer we have had with nature.  Flooding rains and then this past week tornado warnings and not to mention the plague of mosquitoes.  The garden has not received the attention it should, every time I go out I feel like a buffet for those who bite.

Those of us in the Midwest would love to send our friends in California some of this rain.  But one thing I do have to admit, there is an abundance of the color green... as seen above.  Such beauty in an imperfect world.

Once again, here is my world this week as seen through the lens of a camera.


Reading Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge.  I saw part of the movie at one time and didn't care for it.  So I thought I would dislike the book.  So glad many of you commented before that the book was much better!  As books so often are.

Decorating By Tweaking


A friend gave the link to this recipe on her Facebook page.  I had all the ingredients, including zucchini from the garden.  So I made it according to the recipe but froze the second layer without icing for another time.  As there are just two of us in the household now.  Yum.  Thank you, Jane!  Link to recipe... here.


Just Passing Through

Okay, I'm worried.  For you see, at this exact place on our sidewalk by the porch, I used to see a little toad now and then.  About two weeks ago I saw the twelve foot inch snake.  Now this cute turtle was spotted.  In the exact same place.

So I'm a bit concerned.  Are they talking to each other?  Has my front lawn been marked as was done during the Depression for hobos?  In the nearly ten years we have lived here, I had never seen a snake or a turtle.  My husband says it is probably all the rain.  Right... I think it is something more sinister than that.  You can bet that I walk carefully now on that section of sidewalk.

Bacon grease saved just like my mother always did!
Ready for food prepping...

Her Fluffiness

She loves having the garden basket nearby.  Especially when it has fresh scents from veggies to check out.


Anonymous said...

Love the pictures--the "tour" of your world. Makes me want Zucchini Bread and to get in my "nest" on the sofa and read one of a stack of books I have waiting. We have had an abundance of rain here in East Texas, but it's dry now and our grass which was so lush and green two weeks ago is now turning brown. Thankfully no snakes that I have seen.
Blessings, Sharon D.

Annabel said...

I love the turtle! You must have a "road" of some kind passing through your place! I wonder who will be next? The landscape looks so beautiful lush and green. Also loving your red appliances!
A very nice visit with you! xxx

Vee said...

Fioré has taken to lying in a basket...perhaps she'd enjoy some fresh garden smells in it. I would be concerned about the crocodile on the sidewalk, too. ; D Your husband is probably exactly right! All that water changes things. I should try to get hold of Green Dolphin Street. I am going to reread Pilgrim Inn this summer, which means it must come here to me reading noom instead of there.

Lee Ann said...

love the red in your kitchen and her fluffiness

Mary said...

How is Her Fluffiness's paw? Better, I pray. I've been reading "Coming Home" by Rosamunde Pilcher because of your mentioning it.

A Woman that Fears the Lord said...

I thought how much I would enjoy looking through your books. You can learn so much about a person by their bookshelf. I love your red Kitchen Aide. I enjoy red in my kitchen, too. I save bacon grease, too.

tealady said...

I enjoy your views from your world. One question, what was that about marking your yard for hobo's?

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

We had a rat snake in our veggie garden a month ago or so! Thankfully Tim found him when weeding and not me!!!!

We are getting tomatoes now - yum! I have two melons (cantaloupe of some kind) growing! I am so excited by this.

I save my bacon grease too - same kind of jar!

Life has been a bit of a whirl here - hoping to get some projects done soon!


Mrs.T said...

Loved this post! From the green roadside to the red kitchen, I enjoyed all that you shared.

Green Dolphin Street is an old favorite of mine. I recognized the first few words instantly!

And that cake!!!! Have pinned it *and* printed it. Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

could you please share the ""care and keeping"" of bacon grease? fridge? counter top? dark cabinet? does it ever go bad?

Anonymous said...

The recipe sounds divine...have some wonderful farmer's market blackberries and raspberries on hand...hmmmm, I think that cake would do justice to them too...
Elizabeth in WA

Heather said...

Brenda, we drove through Indiana twice in the last couple of weeks. It was very green and beautiful! We stayed the night in Terre Haute and the creeks were way overflowing! I always enjoy your my week posts. 😊

Heather LeFebvre said...

Hi Brenda!! yes!! All this rain is making Indiana look like Ireland or Scotland! So funny! For the most part I like it -- cooler days, somehow the overcast seems to make everyone more calm, etc. :) But I worry about the farmers and flooding, etc. Now it is HOT. Yikes! I need to start Green dolphin Street. But, I just started Middlemarch and that is going to take me a long time at nearly 700 pages. We had a week of sort of vacation this week -- the kids did VBS each morning and I took one afternoon for each child to do something special and it was also last week to finish 4 h projects. Now I'm pretty tired. :) Only one more week and then we go to church camp and rachel starts school the day after we get back. Crazy. But I'm finally ready for the next school year!!!!!! And just need to organize the boys' room next week (crazy mess). Also a few birthdays to celebrate......