Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Summer Day @ Home

Glory, Glory Hallelujah!!!

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you may remember when I talked about how much I wanted to grow Morning Glories here and here. Things weren't looking too good for awhile there. But, yesterday morning when I pulled out of the garage this beautiful speck of blue caught my eye and I threw that car into Park and ran in the house for my camera. The neighbors might have wondered about me, but I know "y'all" will understand.

Today I am home while some repair men are fixing things that need to be repaired. I'm catching up on some ironing while Peanut is keeping an eye on me to make sure I get all the wrinkles out.

I've enjoyed reading about your gardens and also getting to see how many of you are canning fruits and veggies from your gardens. It has been very inspiring. I haven't canned anything in a long time. I think I would like to try it again. I don't think my small garden will yield enough for that purpose, but I'm hoping to make some stuffed peppers out of these

I am trying hard to be patient while these tomatoes ripen up. They are called Cherokee Purple so I guess they won't be turning red. The man who I bought them from told me they are kind of ugly, but make up for it with their delicious taste. I hope he's right.

I made a salad for lunch and added a few of these yellow cherry tomatoes. It was so good. I just love this time of year when you can go out into the yard and pick a few things from the garden to grace the dining table. I think I could be very happy to have a big garden that would supply all of our produce needs. The taste of fresh picked veggies can't be beat. We've had a few cucumbers this week that were so crisp and best of all ~ no waxy skin.

On the subject of growing your own vegetables, I started reading this book last night. When it first came out a few years ago I thought it sounded like one I would be interested in. I recently found it at the thrift shop as you can tell by the price on the cover :-) If you haven't read it, it is about a family who moves from Arizona to Virginia to live on a farm and grow and raise all of the food they need to exist on. I only read a few chapters last night, but I am hooked. A good summer read.

And speaking of summer, I just went out to get the mail and found this in the mailbox:

Hunny is the little girl who lives next door to us. Her real name is Hunter, but they call her Hunny and spell it like Winnie the Pooh does. She is a little sweetheart who often visits us when we are out in the backyard.

How's that for a summer treat?
2 homemade ice cream cones!!

I'm not sure what kind of title this post will end up with as it has been a bit random.
I did want to mention that I have still been having problems with blogging. I have read that others have been having problems too and it seems to be with Internet Explorer or moving the followers down on the sidebar. I did move my followers down and am thinking about trying Firefox as I have read that others have had luck with that. One of the problems I have been encountering is every once in a while when I type up a comment I will go to click on the "Publish this Comment" button and it isn't there. So, if I haven't left you any comments and I normally do, that is why. Anybody else running into this? Any suggestions?
By way of an update on my sister, she is now beginning her second week of therapy. I called the hospital last Friday and my brother-in-law put the phone to her ear again. As I spoke to her I could hear soft moans coming from her end. It was music to my ears and I feel that it is a positive sign that it won't be long before she will begin to say words.


  1. Oh Kim, I'm hoping your sister continues to improve each day! Thats great news!
    Hunny sounds like a sweetheart...and I just love that nick name! Little love notes from little ones are just the sweetest!
    And lastly, I've tried to grow morning glories for the first time this year and it's not going so well! I think a critter is munching on them!
    Yours are beautiful!

  2. Kim...your flower is gorgeous! And do try Firefox. I still use IE to do my post...but when I visit I totally use firefox..it is faster and I never have had a problem. It only takes a minute or two to download it. I am fed up with IE and doing that blank page thing. Then you have to shut the computer off and reboot. Good luck!

  3. Congrats on your morning glory! We do understand! Glad to hear that your sister is doing well and that you have such a charming little neighbor.
    I was having all kinds of trouble with my blog till I got rid of my feedjit; now it's running fine.
    Blessings, Deb

  4. Your garden is doing beautifully... Our gardens are getting waterlogged.

    What a sweet little neighbor you have. It must make you grin to get such lovely drawings and thank you for sharing them, too.

    Good to know that your sister is doing better every day. We're cheering her on from here.

  5. Oh blogging troubles...I am having such troubles and with my Type A personality it is not going over well. Even visiting many of my favorite blogs is a challenge...sometimes I am booted off. Wish that I could use Firefox, but it doesn't work either.

  6. Peanut looks so content as he watches you do your ironing. That picture shows all of your pretty blue accents in your home. No wonder you were excited to have your first blue morning glory. I love how you included the ice cream cone picture from Hunny. That is so endearing. Any good news from your sister is good news to me. I hope you are not having trouble with my blog. I did hear from others that have the same trouble that you do. Hopefully it gets worked out.

  7. So glad to hear your sister is getting rehab. I hope she does well. Your veggies look good. Our tomatoes are ripe and we are enjoying them.
    Have a good week.

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love the Charlotte area. My son and DIL moved here last year after their wedding. I'll be flying home tomorrow. I read a few of your posts. What a beautiful home, love all the touches of blue.
    Just wanted to say I'll pray for your Mom and sister. It is so hard when our family is suffering. I'll stop by again soon!
    Leigh Ann

  9. Morning Glories, oh my goodness, what beautiful memories.....!!! I love morning glory vines!! We always had them growing on the side of our yard.......Thanks for the good memories....

    Good to hear that your sister is doing a little better....

    I'm having IE problems too.... and really don't know how to solve the problem.... very agravating!


  10. Kim,
    What a great post and what a promising day! I LOVE morning glories. I would have done exactly what you did. (That photo is beautiful!) I also enjoyed seeing some of your garden veggies. Everything looks great! Loved reading about your sweet neighbor and seeing her precious little picture. Best news of all of course, is your sister. What an encouragement that must have been! I'm keeping her in my prayers. Looking forward to hearing more about her improvement in the days and weeks to come.


  11. So glad to hear that your sister is improving. :-)
    Your morning glory is beautiful. They are growing all along the fence at my old house.
    Your vegetables look yummy. There is nothing like having it fresh right out of the garden.
    I had a neighbor like Hunny named Tina. I've known her since she was 4 and we still keep in touch. She is now married with a baby of her own!
    No problems on the computer for me, I have an iMac and use Firefox.

  12. Your garden looks great, especially that morning glory. The Barbara Kingsolver book is great, but I don't have that kind of energy (or family to pitch in!) to attempt what she did - inspiring nonetheless! I love your little neighbor's gift (and how she spells her name!) Hope your sister continues to improve.

  13. Hi Kim ~ I love your morning glory...just beautiful!

    Your little neighbor Hunny sounds so adorable...and what a cute little note you got!

    I'm still waiting for some veggies...but so agree with you that home grown tastes the best!


  14. What a wonderful post! I love getting caught up on what you're doing! The veggies look yummy!

  15. What good news that your sister is improving bit by bit! I enjoyed seeing your garden pic's...and your yummy veggies. I'm still coaxing my tomatoes along.

  16. I read about this book too when it came out and never did get it. It sounds so good. I might still have to order it one day. For us, we have two specialty lettuce types in a large pot and it is great to pick fresh leaves for a salad. I did not plant other things this year since I was sick. I miss it and will again next year.

    Your morning glory is a picture postcard.

    Hugs ~

  17. Hi Kim,
    I'm glad to hear your sister is improving. Still keeping you in my prayers.

    Peanut looks so cute watching you iron. And your garden looks like it's doing wonderfully. Looks like you had a very nice summer day.


  18. Yes, lots of inconvenient problems with internet explorer here too! When it says that this web site can't load I can hit the 'back' button and it will go ahead and load. I have also gotten to the bottom of a comment only to have the 'button' not be there. I minimize the page so I don't loose what I've written and then reload the blog and go to comment section and the button is usually there and I can go ahead and copy my comment and leave it. I'm glad there is good news from your sister. She remains in my prayers. Twyla

  19. What a fun and informative post! You've got lots of fun things going on! Your morning glories are beautiful!

    Thanks for your comments. I'm sorry that you are going through a tough time. I will lift you up in prayer. You asked about a devotional book that I might be using. I am currently reading Streams in the Desert. It has been helping me a lot and it seems like every day that I read it, the message is perfect for me! God is amazing how He speaks to us!

  20. What a fun and informative post! You've got lots of fun things going on! Your morning glories are beautiful!

    Thanks for your comments. I'm sorry that you are going through a tough time. I will lift you up in prayer. You asked about a devotional book that I might be using. I am currently reading Streams in the Desert. It has been helping me a lot and it seems like every day that I read it, the message is perfect for me! God is amazing how He speaks to us!

    Hugs, Sharon

  21. I deeply appreciate your kindness and your encouragement via comments on my blog. Thank you! I have been thinking about you lately, and wondering how each new day is finding your sister.

  22. Try Firefox. I can't say I haven't had problems with one thing or another, but it seems to be faster. And haven't had trouble with Blogger issues on it. Hope your sister continues to get better and can speak to you again.

  23. Kim, do you like blue? haha! The morning glory is beautiful! My grandmother used to have some! What a sweet little neighbor you have there. I love to have little ones nearby since mine are all grown up!

    I'll have to do some catching up on your sister, but I'm still glad she's doing a bit better. I hope she will continue! Take care -

  24. Hi Kim,
    Hope you're doing well. Just wanted you to know you were missed. Have a great day!

  25. GM Kim...wonderful news about your sister...and girl I have been waiting for my tomatoes to get big enough and stay green so I can fry them up YUM...May you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  26. The blog thing is not the smoothest - you can use Blogger help for the topics are very vast and usually have something which I have not yet tried in order to fix a common problem. Hope this helps.

    Your blog is lovely, thank you for having me, I look forward to reading along!

  27. Hi there! I just stumbled over to your blog from Just a Little Something from Judy (I'm realizing that she has quite an amazing circle of friends!!)...

    I LOVE your blog! It's so fresh and pretty...and every one's dream to be "happy @ home."

    I'm with you on loving coffee in the morning...the smell of apple cake in the oven and hydrangas!!

    Looking forward to exploring even more!


  28. I'm reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", too! Did you finish it yet? I haven't gotten a chance to read the whole thing, but I've liked what I've read so far!


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