Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creepy Moon

Woooooooo creepy mooooooon........

Just wanted to share a few creepy moon pictures!

Gardening Danger

I spent yesterday evening in the ER and then with an opthamologist.
I have a corneal abrasion on my right eye.
Gardening is dangerous! At least for me.
This is the third time I've hurt my right eye while gardening.
Yesterday, I was cleaning out the garden and cutting everything down and the sharp cut end of a grape vine whipped into my eye. It pulled out my contact and cut my cornea from the bottom to the top. It hurt so bad! I thought it would start feeling better, but after three hours I couldn't stand the pain. I couldn't open my right eye at all and my eyes wouldn't stop watering.
In the ER they gave me some anesthetic drops and WoW! I could open my eye! Then they used some fluorescent orange dye and a blue lamp to see the abrasion.
It would have been very interesting, if it had been someone else's eye!
Then they sent me to an opthamologist and he examined my eye again and put a "band-aid" contact on my eye and gave me some antibiotic drops.
With the contact on, protecting it from the air, my eye felt 100% better.
I guess I will be wearing protective glasses from now on when I'm gardening.
It's a dangerous hobby.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Garden That Was - Summer's End 2010

Above is a pic of a salad I made using Zavory peppers from my garden. They are my favorite pepper. They have the flavor of a habenero, without the heat. They are yummy! Usually they don't make it into the house before I eat them.

The following pics were taken Sept. 7th 2010.
The garden doesn't look anything like this right now.
First of all, the flower beds are gone and in their place I have a huge swath of black mud.
Yay for rain, not.
Second of all, most of the garden was hit with frost a couple days ago, so everything is wilted over and dead.

2010's tomato walls were bigger than ever.
However, next year I will plant fewer plants.
I promise.

Flower beds and Catty and Tibby.

More of the garden.
Next year, I will be taking out the bed with the blue chicken in it.

I think I might move the arch.
Once the morning glory started to grow on it, I couldn't see my pond from the house.

Flower beds. All gone. Goodbye flower beds.

Closer view of the tomato walls.

Back view of the tomato walls.

Middle of the garden. Tomato walls.

It's a jungle!

Side view.
Tibby in the jungle.

Chinese 5 color pepper.

Amphibian Attack

A friend collected some salamanders, frogs and toads from a window well at her house.
We brought them to my garden and put them near the pond.
There were a lot of them!

"What is that?!"

"Can I eat it?"

Wonderful camouflage.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tibby's Graduation

Tibby graduated from beginning obedience training last night.
I was so excited and nervous. She did really well. I was really proud of her!
We didn't win any ribbons, but I thought she was the best puppy in her class.

Tibby saying "Hi!" to Pearl's mom.

And then "Hi!" to Pearl. She was pretty distracting to the other dogs!
Tibby loves everyone!

Ready? Heel-sit position.

Go! Heel, heel, heel.

She loves to work. Even though she doesn't always listen to me.

Distance sit-stay.


Down-stay. This was the hardest one for Tibby. She loves to pop up from her down to a sit, because she's figured out that I have to give her another treat to get her to lie back down.
We are going to have to work on that one.
She is too smart!

My Mom and Tibby!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tibby Tilling and Garden Moving - again

So, the garden is on the move again.
I'm moving my flowers out of the raised beds and putting them into 2 beds on either side of the garden.
The raised beds just didn't work with flowers. It was too hard to see the flowers and the path upkeep was daunting. It's hard enough to keep up the veggie garden paths. Now that I have a fab electric lawn mower I'm not afraid to mow. In fact, I've really enjoyed mowing my front lawn this year.
So maybe, maybe, lawn is not the total evil of gardening.
Hey, I obviously can change my mind.
I keep thinking my neighbors are saying, "Huh, it must be Fall, she's ripping up her yard again. Huh, it must be Spring, she's ripping up her yard again." Well, I don't care. People move around their living room furniture. The garden is my BIG living room.
Tibby helped with the tilling.

I can't blame her. I was digging holes, why shouldn't she dig a few.

The dirt was so soft and fluffy too.

Dig, dig,dig.


"Ok too tired. I'll just take a little nap right here in this handy hole."

Some of the beds are removed.

I had to do everything in stages. Move a bed. Plant some perennials. Move another bed. Ect.

Fluffy black dirt.

These are parts of my yard I've never really taken pics of, because I was so embarrassed of them. Hopefully they will look better next year.

Back to work.

"What's a dirt mustache?"