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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wildflower Beauty



Resembling something of an underwater sea-creature, the Passion Flower resides far from the ocean, in land-locked Tennessee.
It was first named as the official state flower in 1919 and then in 1939 the iris was also named the state flower. In 1973 legislation was passed designating the passion flower as the state wildflower and the iris as the state cultivated flower.

Also known as the maypop, wild apricot and the ocoee, passion flowers grow wild in the southern United States and South America. Ocoee is the Indian name for the passion flower (also used in the name of the Ocoee River and valley in Tennessee and the city of Ocoee in Florida). American Indians considered ocoee the most beautiful of flowers.
I can't help but agree.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guess Who Came To Dinner

 


There are more than 60 different species of opossum, which are often called possums. The most notable is the Virginia opossum or common opossum—the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada, and have been around since the dinosaur age, some 70 million years ago.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tea Time



A Cup of Tea

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its' fragrance,
There is solace in its' taste;
And then laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.

And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.


(J. Jonker, Amsterdam, c.1670

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Slice Of Sunshine

If you're looking for a quick, unassuming dessert one of my favorites is Frozen Lemonade Pie.....Refreshingly cool, and what could be simpler to make !



Ingredients:

1 large graham cracker pie crust
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1 6-ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 12 ounce container of Cool Whip, thawed
candied lemon peel for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

Beat together condensed milk and lemonade; fold in Cool Whip.
Pour into pie crust. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours until firm.
Makes 8 servings
Enjoy

Friday, July 22, 2016

Porch-Sitting


 
Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.

~Ada Louise Huxtable

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Favorite Place To Blog

 
This is my favorite sitting spot to blog.... at the kitchen table.
We own several computers, but I seem to gravitate toward spending endless, idle hours at this little laptop.
It sits in a convenient spot, close enough to look up recipes, check what's happening in this crazy world of ours, and peruse my list of favorite blogs.
Ooh, and it's within arm's length of my teapot.
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hotter Than A Pepper Sprout.




We seemed to have transitioned from pleasantly warm days, to HOT.
Days in the high nineties with high humidity makes outdoor activities a challenge, calling for lots of drinking water, and the wearing of light clothing.





We are under a heat advisory for the next few days, 97 degrees, if you can avoid staying outside especially for long periods of time, then it is best to do so.
Even the birds have taken to their nests.....

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"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
~ Russell Baker
 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Rain



We had a late afternoon rain, an unexpected thunder storm that popped up out of nowhere.
It didn't last long, a mere thirty minutes, but ooh was it a welcomed sight.
If you listened carefully you could hear the trees and flowers, heaving a big sigh of relief, their roots and foliage drinking in every last drop of moisture.
The temperatures fell, and for the first time in several weeks we enjoyed a tolerable 81degrees.
How lovely is that !






How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heat-Lover






The Crepe Myrtle bush is in full bloom, it's flowers will put on this show for the better part of a month.
The bees and Hummingbirds are drawn to it's huge Watermelon Red blooms.
It loves the summer heat, I have offered it my portion.

  


 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mistaken Identity

The first time I laid eyes on this plant, it was in the side-yard of my husband's aunt's home..
I thought she had planted herself a little patch of tobacco.
The blooms had not yet emerged ,  and I was convinced that it looked similar to the fields full of tobacco plants dotted throughout the Tennessee landscape.
Thankfully, she laughed at the very thought.
 
Over the years, we have grown the red canna lilies, and then last year my daughter shared her yellow ones with us.
Their tall majestic foliage and colorful blooms add interest to the garden, demanding their own space and attention.
A deer fence had to be erected, since they seem to love them, just as much as we do.
 
 



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bloom Where You're Planted

Each year we are graced with prolific blooms on the Rose of Sharon ( Hibiscus syriacus ) bushes.
This particular bush was a volunteer, a single seed or two carried by the wind or possibly a bird.
It is also a second generation plant, the original bush belonging to my husband's mother who shared it's propagated beauty from her garden to ours.

Oftentimes they are considered an invasive plant, since they tend to spread so easily, but we enjoy their endless blooms, and tend to agree with the A.A. Milne quote.....
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”    



 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

And The Rains Came

We have been deluged with rain  these first few days of July, buckets of the stuff......unrelenting and soaking everything in sight.
The creeks and streams are filled to capacity.
The wind was horrendous, and created havoc, today the sound of chainsaws  filled the air, cleaning up all the broken tree limbs and even large trees.
The temperatures have lowered to an almost perfect summer day.
A little bit of peace and serenity, in an otherwise chaotic world.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Unfolding

Unfolding
“How does the meadow-flower its bloom unfold?
 Because the lovely little flower is free
 Down to its root, and in that freedom bold.”
 
~ William Wordsworth 
 
 
 


 

 
 
Coneflower: Wild Swan

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sweet Land Of Liberty

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

~Dwight David Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
Wishing you a safe and Happy July 4th dear friends.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's A Southern Thing

One of the things I love most about Summer's in the South, is the food.


It's no secret that Southerner's love fried food, and fry most everything, including pickles !
Truthfully, if you've never eaten a batch of fried okra, or a homegrown fried green tomato, you're missing out.
The first of the summer tomatoes are ripe for the picking and one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is the tomato sandwich.

 
 
It's a specialized concoction, you have to follow the rules, or it's not the genuine article.
First, it has to be made on white bread, not some wholesome whole wheat, or fancy grain.
Only bread with over processed white bleached flour, and little nutritional value is accepted.
Next, it has to have REAL mayonnaise, not lite or olive oil based....Duke's or Hellman's preferably.
There are some folks who substitute with Miracle Whip, they're not considered loyalists.
Last but not least, homegrown, plump, vine ripe tomatoes; preferably still warm from the vine.

Spread both slices of white bread with mayonnaise, don't skimp, slather it on.
Next, layer slices of tomato on bottom slice and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
Last, cover with top bread slice.
That's it, done !

It's pure heaven on a bread slice,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Days

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow