Cabbage Garden People Kim Chee #1

What does a local girl do with extra heads of cabbage?

This is of course is after canning 12 quarts of saurkraut enough to last into the next decade? Since leaving the islands to make my home here in Washington, some things have become hard to find, so you have to make it yourself right? Why make canning boring NEVER!

Cabbage

Once upon a time there was a family of fresh cabbage heads. They had just been wrenched from their comfortable leafy homes in the garden and put into boxes. It wasn’t all that bad but, honestly talk about close quarters. Packed like sardines are we. Hmmm, what is this human up to? Crazy Haouli.

Bath time AAARGHHH! Yummy! Salt, so is this what it is like to swim in the ocean? Are we in the ocean? No. What is that stink smell? Whew! What is that hot stuff?

Kim Chee
Kim Chee

Kim Chee.

Gnome Repair is Finished

Here is what they looked like, I finished painting after the Gnome repair of the older one. This is before clear coat spray which I should be able to apply tomorrow. FUN!!!

Sometimes people believe I should not get such a kick out of painting and recycling a broken item. I grew up in a generation that did not throw things away that were still useable. We took the time to fix them, and what is funny is that the ability to repair something often carries a real good feeling of accomplishment when you are done. Almost endearing the object to you more because it becomes a little bit part of you.

Gnome after repaint
Gnome after repaint
Gnome after repaint back
Gnome after repaint back
both Gnomes ready for another year
both Gnomes ready for another year

Does a Gnome have more than one life?

I love the cute little Gnome in the garden, and our do have multiple lives. We have two Gnomes outside that have had a few rough winters. Both have broken parts that needed fixing, were faded and badly in need of cleaning. They didn’t actually look so bad to me till after Pete had fixed the broken parts and they were standing next to the “new” hunter on the kitchen counter. This new “hunter Gnome” is presented here especially for my brother and sister in Albuquerque. Rocky do you like him? He is at our front door. Leona should I send you guys one? Hmmmm?

New Hunter with Old Gnome
New Hunter with Old Gnome
Backs Hunter with Old Gnome
Backs Hunter with Old Gnome

You can tell that the bigger one is really faded when you look at them together. He had to have his right foot glued back on and the rock underneath it glued too. See how extreme the fading is…

Hunter with Old Gnome closeup
Hunter with Old Gnome closeup

I wasn’t quite sure how to go about painting them but got out the acrylic paints and went to work and have thoroughly enjoyed doing it this afternoon. Now I need to rest my broken collarbone.

 

Christmas Break Skiing

Have not been painting this week, am instead enjoying our winter. It is a beautiful world of powder and clear days up here in the mountains. Just heavenly, truely a skiiers paradise. We had a terrific week off (after Christmas) in the snow with our kids and our grandkids at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort skiing for four days out of the past seven. Two munchkins took ski lessons (3 ea) and we watched them transform from “never-ever” to pretty darn good skiiers and snowboards.

It was a check off of my bucket list to make sure the boys learned to ski before I depart. Thank you Rachel and Stephen.

 

Garden Harvest This Weekend

The harvest doesn’t look real impressive sitting here on the kitchen countertop till you see the sizes of them compared to the size of my hand. These are oversized baking pans, so they look kind of normal but take a look at the third picture! Just slight large aren’t they?

Potatoes

potato 2015
potatoes Yukon Yellow
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Yukon Yellow Potatoes
potato 3
potato giant

Zucchinni, Yellow Crookneck Squash

Okay the zuchinni are the same way in deceit. They look small stacked there but average 3-5 lbs each. This is just 2 days from the last picking of both kinds. We are  not planting this many squash ever again.

zuchinni
zuchinni
yellow crookneck squash
yellow crookneck squash

Tomatoes

We love the sweetness of our own tomatoes. Sometimes I think there must be some sugar sprinkled on them but nope. We have a variety this year including, Early Girls, Glaciers, Beefsteak, and Large Cherry Tomatoes

Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes
Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes

Seeds

Set to dry for next year-green beans, lettuce, spinach, peaches, zucchini. We got ourselves a book about how to dry your own seeds. It has saved us a lot of money and now that we have done it a couple of years, it has become real easy. Definitely something worth looking into if you enjoy growing your own food.

bean seeds
bean seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds

anticipation…

Just do it! LOL!!!IMG_20150430_092734530

I am walking more and more in preparation for doing Bloomsday this Sunday. Check it out here www.bloomsdayrun.org – My son and daughter ran it with me more than once and I sure miss them right now. They always had better times than me. Oh well, 7 miles and lots, did I say LOTS OF PEOPLE! In spite of age “ing” and health/healing issues. Am hoping to just enjoy the walk and make it to the finish line in good health.

It’s hard to fly like an eagle…surrounded by turkeys

turkeys out the windowWildlife Outside the Window

A whole flock of wild turkeys walking up the hill. I was working in the studio and looked out the window. Surprise!  One leads and the others follow exactly in the track of the one in front, they wrote the definition of the terms single file.

Rushing around getting the camera and sneaking the door open as quietly as I can, I start taking pictures. It is a trip to see so many wild turkeys walking in their little lines, one leads and the others follow.

turkeys outside walking in a line
turkeys 02

Have you ever heard that sing-along song….

The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah
The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
the first one stops to suck his thumb
The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah

The ants go marching two by two Hoorah, Hoorah

I think someone screwed up and put the wrong animal in there, which is obviously a mistake, as it seems much more appropriate for turkeys in the wild!

turkeys outside wildlife
turkeys 03

I am not really happy about this daily trek of the feathered clan in our area, because it means that my garden just got raided. When I go down there to pick today I will find tomatoes hanging on the vine that have been mysteriously cored and all the guts eaten out of them.All the low ripe tomatoes hang there innocent but empty inside. They like the seeds in the juicy insides.  Ripe berries at low levels will be gone, just magically missing when they were there only the afternoon before.

Guess what, my dog is just sitting outside on the deck watching them like, no problem, hi guys. He is a great guard dog, NOT!

turkeys outside walking
turkeys 04

It is at times like this that I remember unimportant information like, Thomas Jefferson wanted the turkey for the national bird didn’t he? Oh, now I got to Google that. Curiosity of the creative mind in action. Check this answer out…

Flying with Turkeys or Eagles?

What an interesting story, I didn’t remember learning all of that in school. Where ever we grow up and what is being taught at that time there greatly affects our education.

outside turkeys going into trees
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turkeys walking outside
turkeys 06

 

I’m not sure how many turkeys are there walking up the side of our property, but it was more than a dozen. Couldn’t get the camera before they were already heading up the hill so there were probably a lot more than shown in these shots.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Wild turkeys on parade, it really must be getting close to Thanksgiving huh?

handpainted metal garden markers

Visual Garden Markers

12 durable, beautiful custom metal garden markers for his wife’s roses and garden that show what is growing visually. They are ready to ship UPS this morning! Finished for a wonderful client in the northeast USA, “Happy birthday to his wife on Sunday!” What a great idea on how to mark what you have planted in the garden

These were tricky to paint because they are tiny 3″ wide by 2″ high. Being used to painting in a much larger size made me have to use teeny tiny, detail brushes to do the entire image. It is always good to broaden our skills with all our painting tools though.

metal garden marker
stainless steel garden markers

These are great little metal garden markers made of stainless steel, they are kind of slick on their surfaces so, I had to roughen the surface of the metal with a green scrubber pad before I painted. I wanted to make sure the paint would adhere. After finding reference pictures to work from I painted each one with acrylic paints for each of the twelve different rose and flower species. Then it was the lettering of the names on the front and back of each marker. Last step was a sealer over the entire surface. Dry, pack and ship.

The flower Varieties

Abraham Darby-English Rose

abraham darby English Rose metal garden marker
abraham darby English Rose

Apothecary’s Rose

apothecarys rose metal garden marker
apothecarys rose

Granada Rose – Hybrid Tea

 granada rose Hybrid Tea metal garden marker
granada rose Hybrid Tea

Henry Kelsey-Climbing Rose

henry kelsey Climbing Rose metal garden marker
henry kelsey Climbing Rose

Lavender Mist Meadow Rue

lavender mist Meadow Rue metal garden marker
lavender mist Meadow Rue

Noble Anthony-English Rose

noble anthony English Rose metal garden marker
noble anthony English Rose

Rosa Mundi-Rosa Gallica

rosa mundi Rosa Galica metal garden marker
rosa mundi Rosa Galica

Sunsprite-Floribunda

sunsprite floribunda metal garden marker
sunsprite floribunda

Tango-Anise Hyssop

tango Anise Hyssop metal garden marker
tango Anise Hyssop

Vavoom-Floribunda

vavoom floribunda garden marker
vavoom floribunda

Zephirine Droughin-Climbing Rose

zephrine droughin metal garden marker
zephrine droughin climbing rose
zephrine droughin 2 metal garden marker
zephrine droughin 2 climbing rose

I painted the names on the back surface of the metal garden markers.

backs metal garden markers
backs metal garden markers

This couple must have a fantastic garden, with all of these gorgeous kinds of roses and climbing flowers.