Category Archives: Garden
Something has been sampling my jalapenos but I didn’t spot the caterpillar responsible till yesterday. I first thought it was new new one because I had never seen one with those white things.Next to the jalapeno is an ornamental pepper – a “Black Pearl”. It has a visitor with the same white things. A quick search online resolved the mystery, the caterpillars are the familiar hornworms with cocoons of a parasitic wasp.
Saw this gal on the hummers’ favorite feeder the other day and nudged her off. She came back to it yesterday.I’ve seen them on there before. I took a few pictures of this one a couple of years ago and didn’t think any more about it until someone mentioned that they have actually captured and eaten hummers. That kind of freaked me out.So I flipped her off of the feeder again. Remarkable how much grip they get on plastic and glass. I wish I had waited a little – there was a wasp just the other side that I didn’t notice until the mantis was on the ground. You can just make out the tips of the wasp’s wings in this photo. Click on the photo to for larger size.
We had enough chicken and sauce left over from those sour cream enchiladas for another go. The side dish is a black bean and corn salad with onions, peppers, and diced celery in a cumin vinaigrette.Here’s that chihuahua mix before she got after the chicken in that bag before her. Cute as a button!Roast/BBQ chicken quarter with rosemary garlic potato wedges and an ear of grilled corn. The local Kroger has been offering seasoned leg quarters off and on for a while now and pricing them decently. I generally buy some to cook right away and extra to freeze for later.This is Spots, we’ve put up her picture here before – she’s about 2 years old and is a sweetheart. Mrs J reminds me that St Francis has lowered their adoption fees during “Happy Cat Month” to $25 and that includes vaccinations, chipping, and spaying/neutering. They also test for FeLV/FIV.That new toaster oven has slo-cook settings that work pretty much like on a dedicated crock-pot style cooker. I have it set on low, it is showing the default time setting of 6 hours. I had a brisket in the smoker overnight and I’m finishing it here. It’s wrapped in foil inside the pan.Moar Gabe! Here he is, studiously ignoring Bea Kitteh. We’ve since ripped out everything in the garden except for the figs. Still waiting for them to ripen. Here’s Bea again, luxuriating in catnip that Mrs J was cleaning up in the front from under the little dogwood tree.I’ll wind this up with this sammich. It has deli sliced ham, roast chicken, and cheddar under all that salad. That green salad in the back is one of Kroger’s frequent forays into artisinal salads, this one is predominately kale and was pretty bad. Baby spinach maybe would work but the kale really needed cooking.
Last night’s harvest. I processed the batch in the blue colander today. I’ll do the rest tomorrow and start the jelly. I should have plenty. I think I’ll give away the rest of the harvest.
No recipe exchange this week. Been very busy. Today I bought a door. I love our local salvage yard, got a great deal. I may be sacrificing a bit of energy efficiency with the window, but the living room needed the light. It is an upgrade from the plain wood door to insulated steel, so there is that. I need to touch it up a bit and then paint it before it’s installed.
The animals are settling in. Jake is back to his favorite spot:
Zander is always up for a belly rub:
And looking for a game of laser light:
He and Bixby play it together and I need to get video, but it’s tough to capture the action. Speaking of the Beast:
He happily has his own couch (for now). We’ll see what happens when I find the new sectional. But for now, he’s comfy. LOL
The yard is coming along. I had a surprise gladiola hiding in the chard that made a smashing debut yesterday:
The window box outside my office that has been host to butterflies, bees and a hummingbird:
That’s it for tonight. I hope you have a great holiday weekend. – TaMara
Here’s our fox. This camera is one of the older models with the picture info stamped right onto the photo.It’s been a while since Bitsy had a spot in a post. I never did see what she was looking at but it kept her attention for a couple of minutes.Here’s Catsanova. I’m assuming it’s a boy cat, given that name, but I’m not sure. He’s very affectionate, per Mrs J. She stressed the very in that description. LOLThis Chihuahua “blend” loves her some chicken! Mrs J didn’t catch her name.
This is the cat whisperer. All the shelter cats love her, and she loves them right back.
We decided the tomatoes were done and cleaned the garden out. I no longer wonder where all the tomato leaves went. These were all released back into the wild. Note that there are no pictures of sammiches or other food in the post. I didn’t want to squick you out. You’re welcome!