Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A tour of my garden

I am going on a garden tour in my small town with my mother tomorow, so today I am giving you a tour of my garden. Nothing fancy, I would like it to be bigger, and I have plans for lots of cool garden decorations and stepping stones in between the checkerboard of boxes. And I wish it was healthier this year......It has been very hot, and  muggy, and too dry here for my small raised bed garden to be really thriving. My garden plants are much smaller than other years at this time. And yet we are still eatting zucchini and beets and I have been using my herbs. The only thing the critters have eatten are my marigolds, which were planted mostly just to deter critters! 
We live in town but near the edge so we get deer and bunnies and woodchucks, squirrel and bear.  The cats and the dog keep most of them away from our plants but I was worried the bear that kept coming around would eat all my berries. I saw him run off once when I took my dog out around midnight. And the next night he got in our garbage cans. Then a few nights later we were woken up by gunshots and men running around in our backyard with flashlights. The next morning, our neighbor, a sheriff's deputy, told us he and the town police officer had to shoot the bear that night when they saw he was sick. He had mange, i believe.
And yet while we were away something came in close to the house and ripped out one of my two watermelon plants, didn't eat it, just ripped it out. Overall though I would say we have been pretty lucky since we never fence anything in, (the fence in the photo is just a privacy fence that blocks our back yard from view from the road, it doesn't go all the way around.)

So here it is, looking pretty dry.......


Cherry tomatos

Rosemary and parsley


Cukes and my daughter's baby dragon

Brussell sprouts and cabbage

Butterball lettuce and rainbow blend carrots

More tomatos, we planted 7 types, as we make alot of canned salsa.

Blackberries, safe from the bear

Peppermint and sage

Lemon balm

Lavender, and winter savory

Silver mound, orange mint and lemon thyme

My new elderberry bushes

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Timbe and her turtle

My computer has died yet again. It happens at least once a year. After last time when I lost over a years worth of photos I have been much more diligent about saving all my photos to a thumb drive. But I don't think I managed to save my last 4 videos that I made for the mandala class I was creating because I didn't have room left on the drive and then I kept forgetting to buy a new one. I would say that is a sign I need to give up on making that class, at least temporarily anyway. Time to concentrate on other things! And I certainly have enough other ideas to go with for awhile.

It does put a little crimp in my blog plans as now I will not be able to use the photos I did save till I get a new computer or fix the old one as I don't have a way to get them from the drive onto the web, but I have the iPad and can take new photos of whatever I need. I may get a Mac this time as I am sick of viruses. I  had to rant a bit but actually I don't even want to think about it now..... On to other things!

Here's another little watercolor girl for the alphabet book I started.....it is still in progress as I haven't finished the lettering or the turtle details. But I am submitting it in time for Sunday sketches at bluechairdiary.blogspot.com !

Friday, July 15, 2016

BigBig's vacation

If you have been following me long enough to know BigBig, than you will know he is afraid of most things, even leaving the house. But he still wants to get his phobias under control and travel, and so he took the first step recently and went along with is to a cabin in Gilbert Lake state park. It is a beautiful, quiet little lake about 20 minutes from Oneonta. No motor boats allowed. We have gone to the same cabin about 5 or 6 times now. It is perfect for our son who is autistic as well as for an agoraphobic stuffed bird.

So here's a few photos from Bigbig's scrapbook. I will show you more of our photos later, along with some sketches I did while we were there.

He is afraid of heights as well as agoraphobic, so posing for this photo was a big step for BigBig. These stone buildings are all over the park. They were originally built by the NYS Civilian conservation corps.

So for being so brave , Bigbig got offered a few treats over the week we stayed there. Here is one....

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday sketches

Just wanted to join in with a quick sketch for Sunday sketches' contest for a temporary logo..... It gave me a reason to sit and draw for a while today. You can check out the other sketches over at blue chair diary.

Friday, June 24, 2016

alphabet girls J & D

I worked on two girls this week...
creatively that's about it...
My oldest daughter is back home for a few weeks as she's off work for the summer so our schedules have been altered a bit.

And I must be tired because I cannot think of a thing to say about these pieces.
So, they stand alone today.
Have a good weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hombre garden tags

The plant markers that I made a few years ago are still good but they get hidden by the plants as they grow so I wanted something new and taller this year...
so I made up a bunch of garden tags using wooden tags that are the size of giant popsicle sticks or miniature paint stirrers that I got at HobbyLobby. The only other thing I used were cheap acrylics and a permanent marker...

I started by painting one end  straight from the bottle, then without cleaning my brush I added a second color in the middle, blending a bit with my finger, then adding more of the second color till I got to the other end....

 Then I added simple patterns in white...

 And last I wrote on them with a black permanent sharpie...

I am really loving the way they turned out!

 I would love to know what types of garden tags you use....

and here's a link to the original garden markers I made two years ago...