Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I love having a yard.

hydrangias change color in the fall!

My clearance plant collection (hopefully things look better next year...)

The garden next to our house! We planted a fall garden of winter white onions, cabbage and cauliflower.

The SQUASH PLANT! I can't wait for butternuts!

from the loins of the pink flamingo: part 10, from the grave

My mom(s) ROCK!

My momma sent me a package last week. Oreos for richard and SKELETON FLAMINGOES FOR ME! I love them - thank you!

Richard's parents just left on sunday after a long visit. it was a delight to see them and a special treat because richard's mom taught me how to can! They even brought us grapes to make juice with! On saturday we went to hood river and bought fresh picked bartlett pears......we'll see how my canning skills are solo.....thanks for coming! You should really look into retiring to hood river.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Knowledge is the antidote to fear.

according to ralph waldo emerson.

I decided that I would try to make peace with spiders by learning more about them. I have been buying clearance perennials for the yard and while planting them, I have become rather well acquainted with the spiders in our yard. There is the BIG MAMA that lives in the corner (unfortunately she must have been hunting this morning - instead I got this picture from here.) she is at least 1 inch big.

Then there is the big daddy that lives by the window.....

Big brother has a fantastically large web (hard to capture with my photo skills).

Then there are the 3 sisters who live near the house. One is real skinny that lives by the door. She's the supermodel spider.

They haven't moved their webs for at least a week, must be good hunting (except for anorexic super model sis of course).

I wanted to learn about this little family..... - so of course I did a google search and came up with the following from THIS neat website.

Orb-Weaving Spiders ...low risk - non-aggressive

Venom toxicity - the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night - the fright of this spider crawling over one's face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.
Spider Identification - an adult is about 2/3 to more than 1 inch in body length - has a bulbous abdomen - often colorful - dark to light brown pattern. The common Golden Orb-Weaver Spider has a purplish bulbous abdomen with fine hairs.
Habitat - often found in summer in garden areas around the home - they spin a large circular web of 6 feet or more, often between buildings and shrubs, to snare flying insects, such as, flies and mosquitoes.

My fear basically disappeared until I looked at the FIRST AID for orb spider bites (on the same website).......and now I would say knowledge is the poison of fear and.......ignorance is bliss.

FIRST AID...for Funnel-Web Spider Bite
Pressure Bandage

Leg Immobilisation
The patient should be kept calm and rested; all undue movement should be avoided.
Reassure the patient - their life is not in danger - an anti-venom is available at the hospital.
A pressure/immobilisation bandage should be firmly applied (but not tight) wrapping the entire limb bitten - similar as for a sprained ankle. This compresses the tissue, thus reducing the flow of venom along the limbs - as illustrated by the pictures below.
A second bandage can be applied to immobilise the affected limb using a splint. This will minimise movement of the muscle of the affected limb in order to reduce the rate of blood flow and venom therein to the vital organs of the body.
Seek Medical Aid immediately. Call the AMBULANCE phone 000 rather than transport the victim.
If safe to do so, collect the spider for identification.

Symptoms of a Funnel-Web Spider Bite

Unlike snake bites, the person feels great pain at the site of the bite.
Nausea and abdominal pain follow.
The person will also experience difficulty in breathing and a general weakness or numbness of the muscles.
The body also secretes heavily in several areas.
Profuse sweating is usually obvious, along with excessive saliva production.
Heavy coughing is also common.
Virtually all major hospitals in "Funnel-web Country" carry an effective anti-venom.
Provided a pressure/immobilisation method has been applied soon after the bite and medical attention sought quickly, a few days in the hospital is the usual outcome with complete recovery.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

southern fare

We had grits with greens and bacon for dinner. other than making my mouth feel chalky, it was good. Rich says: "tastes like mush, where's my steak?....but thanks for dinner."

have you ever had real life southern food in the south? Whats your favorite? Bryan (bistcuts and gravy doesn't count)???......Joy????


If you can see past the unfocused fuzz ......this came off of our GREEN ZUCCHINI PLANT. what is it, the world will never know (im not eating this mysterious creature.....). It sort of looks like a wannabe pumpkin......but I'm thinking there may be something to bryan's GIANT TOE philosophy.

Which reminds me of my favorite book from elementary....THE BFG. Anyone else just love that giant and still have nightmares about the anthropophagous giants? whizpopper ring any bells? I wonder if this is actually a snozzcumber.........

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What is this???

Please let me know if you know. I think it is came out of our garden. It is about 100x bigger than any of our carrots.

Caribean Night


We had a Caribbean celebration!

Ok, not really. Richard watched sports while I made dinner. What's new.

But I did make a Caribbean menu and here's how it turned out:

I need Zic to take my food pics for me b/c obviously mine are blurrrrrryyyyy.

Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin with red wine jerk sauce
Caribbean Coconut Ginger Carrots
Caribbean Heirloom Tomato Salsa with jerk seasoning and mangoes

Let me know if you want the recipes...the carrots are SCRUMPTIOUS

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

crabbies and freaky garden creatures

It rained on our labor day parade. We planned on backpacking around Mt. Olympus, but instead drove around the olympic penninsula - hitting hot spots such as Forks WA, the HOH rainforest, Hurricane Ridge and Port Angeles.

These pics are along the Hoh River. Steven was fishing so no pics of him....

Richard and Steven had to get a hotel saturday night so that they could watch the BYU football game. No further comments on that - except that I am so glad BYU won because otherwise it would have been a truck full of 3 grumpy people instead of just 1.......

Steven did some crabbing in Port Angeles and got himself 2 good sized ones. I sat on the pier watching the full moon rise over Canada while reading Cold Mountain. Good book BTW. Richard ran back and forth between the two of us trying to keep us both happy.
No pictures from sunday - basically we drove home and hung out at Steven's Bachelor Pad. Rich and I played wii boxing and my back and arms are sooo sore today.....what a workout!

When we FINALLY got home, we spent an hour harvesting in the garden and found a few crazy things.......our sunflowers and marigolds bit the dust in the wind green tomatoes are doing much better..........millions of cherry tomatoes......... a really weird carrot, and the hugest yellow brandywine tomato EVER.