Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trying out my new toy

Well, it's not really new, but it's new to me. For a while, A. was really interested in photography and used her own money to buy herself a really nice dslr camera. I thought she took some really good photographs with it, but eventually she moved on to other things. As we were packing, she came across it again, and decided she didn't really want it. So I happily snatched it up. I don't actually enjoy taking bad pictures, and having a good camera would encourage me to actually practice. 

I've spent some time reading the manual and figuring out how the basics work, and decided before moving on to more technical aspects, I should just fool around with it and get used to it. What do you think? Better? (Don't say anything if you don't think so, because I think they are.) These are from this morning.


And some of Kenzie.

Various plants growing in the yard.

This is on a medium height, rounded bush. Any idea what it is?

Since I had the camera outside, I thought I'd also take a few pictures of what our street looks like. Across the street from us is a big professional greenhouse. In front of the greenhouse is a huge yard of wildflowers to supply pollen for the dozens of bee hives they have. A couple of weeks ago, it was all blue. Now it seems to be yellow, with a lot of sunflowers poking up above the other plants.

This is what our street looks like if you turn left out of our driveway. Beautiful, huh? I still kind of pinch myself when I realize we are living here. I was also a little dismayed to see just the beginnings of a little color on some of those trees down there.

Here is a shot of the front door and porch of the house, through the trees, which is the view from the drive as you first enter. It looks kind of nice in this shot.

But when I add in a little more, you can see some of the dozens and dozens of volunteer bushes that have grown up between many of the maples. On our list is to begin to clear these out and tidy it up. It will also help to let some more light in, and hopefully cut down on the amount of mosquitoes which currently inhabit this particular spot.

Other than take a few pictures, this, plus one that looks exactly like it, are the sum total of my day. Well, when I wasn't helping children, cleaning the kitchen, taking children to appointments, etc. Two more boxes down... 8 boxes to go.

Vegetable Tally

Avocado – 1
Beans (black) - 2
Beans (navy) – 2
Bell pepper - 3
Brussels sprouts – 1
Carrots - 2
Cauliflower – 1
Celery - 1
Chickpeas - 1
Chipotle pepper - 1
Corn – 3
Cucumber – 2
Edamame – 1
Escarole – 1
Green beans – 1
Green onions – 1
Jalapeno - 1
Lettuce (romaine) – 2
Mushrooms (white button) - 1
Okra - 1
Onion (yellow) – 6
Onion (red) - 1
Peas - 1
Potatoes - 1
Spinach – 1
Tomato (cherry) – 1
Tomato – 2

Zucchini - 1

Sunday night was vegetable soup with alphabet noodles. The alphabet noodles were an inspired addition, because everyone was having so much eating their soup and spelling words, that no one seemed to notice the many different vegetables I had put in it. They ate more of it at lunch yesterday. Last night was supposed to be a dish with chicken and cauliflower and carrots, but those dang shelves took so long, I didn't get it in in time. Instead, we had the coconut beef curry, which he have a lot. We have it so much that I now put an entire can of red curry paste in it, and it is still not quite hot enough. When I first made it, I put in just a tablespoon full, and people were complaining they couldn't eat it. I think our taste buds have adjusted.


Tiffany Smith said...

The silver foliage plant looks like Artemisia-Powis-Castle :)

sandwichinwi said...

You can tap your maple trees and make maple syrup, you know!! :)

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