Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEVER ENDING FLOWERS AND VEGGIES!






















We came home today and The Husband worked from here.  I lolled around, not yet adjusting to my routine.  Tomorrow I have a zillion things to do.  This coming weekend will be a reprieve from the lake with a baby shower on Saturday and a birthday party on Sunday.  People time!  That will be refreshing.  No gnats or dirty hands!

I hope all of you had a good holiday.  And it's a short week!  Yay! 

Jane xx

40 comments:

Betsy Brock said...

Nice to pick from the neighbor's garden! How fun! I made soup from tomatoes today and got it in the freezer. Pizza...yum...need to do that, too.

What's with our men this weekend? Mine bought a chain saw and took down a dead tree in our yard. I could tell he thought it was a fun toy. haha.

Helen said...

Hello there! Can't believe the timing ~ I was just thinking about you earlier today! Wow! Great post ...

Terra said...

Blondie, you are keeping busy, and hubby too with his new log splitting "toy". How nice the neighbors let you harvest the beans and tomatoes.

elaine said...

Snap - my husband has just bought a log splitting toy as well - these men just love a gadget don't they. We get through a lot of wood during the winter months so it will give him a bit of exercise. Like you I have been busy preserving tomatoes - the kitchen is full of them at the moment - so much to do, so little time.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

That is so nice of your neighbors to let you help your self to their veggies.
Sounds like you and husband had a busy weekend working in the garden.
I used to love to get down and work in the yard, but now if I get down I can't get up LOL That's what happens when you get arthritis and old.
Have a great week Jane. See by the weather you have been having bad storms.
Mary

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, that wood thingy is so neat! Mt husband would love it.

I can't get over those beautiful veggies! We had a garden growing up, but now, it is Publix! ;-)

I had to laugh about dogs rolling in stinky stuff... They love it! One of mine loved to roll her neck in it. LOL

I probably would have fallen prey to those watering cans. I am a sucker for them. I have two copper ones I picked up over the years at great prices, and I use them INSIDE. Love the copper!

Have fun this weekend. Glad you have some fun parties lined up, and glad you got a lot done at the lake.

xo

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sorry for typos. Am typing in the dark.

podso said...

Glad you had a good but busy weekend. Our garden is finished for the year and we enjoyed our last tomato this weekend. Wow, you will enjoy some fires this winter with all that wood! Good exercise for your hubby.

Stacey said...

It just cracks me up that y'all have assigned flower beds. Better to know who to blame if it doesn't work though. :)

Enjoy those veggies. They look amazing.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your gardens look beautiful Jane. I am a reluctant gardener. While I am doing the work I wonder why I make all these beds to take care of, but when it's finished I love it so much I know the answer. Earl and I dug out the garden in front of the house on Labor day, the plants were right up to the edge and it just needed to be brought out further to the front. Hard work! But now we smile and exclaim how much better it looks every time we step out on the porch or take the mail to the box.

Vel Criste said...

I just got a whole bunch of okra and peppers from a neighbor too with a thriving veggie garden! Aren't we lucky?! As for the bird bath, not meant to be this time but your right, you might find something even better next spring, although the price might not be the same. Enjoy your weekend party girl!

Beth said...

Wonderful post, Jane! Loved seeing your coneflowers on the table - they are one of my very favorite flowers. You are doing a great job with your flower beds and glad you have green beans and tomatoes to enjoy too. I planted 17 tomato plants - WHAT was I THINKING??!! I've given many away and frozen many. After awhile, it's hard to find people who want them. Seems to be a banner year for tomatoes for everyone. We don't have a woodburner now - just a gas fireplace. We had an Earth stove (woodburning) at our previous home and it was the warmest, coziest heat ever. Once in awhile I would put a pot of chili on top of it to cook all day long....you can imagine the smell....mmmmmm. Enjoy your parties this wknd. Will look forward to your next newsy recap!
Hugs, Beth

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It sounds like you had a nice holiday weekend, Jane. I want to go look and see what plants I can find on sale here, plus get some mums. That wood would have come in handy at our old house. We had two wood burning fireplaces. Here we have gas. Not quite the same when you just flip a switch! : )

Susie said...

Blondie, You and your Mr. sure have been busy. It will be a blessing next year when every things' blooming and you can relax. Oh we have a log splitter too...it's a must when burning wood. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Fall is the best time in Michigan to sit by the fire! Love those cool, crisp nights :-)

Chatelaine said...

Fresh tomatoes from the garden, what a treat! I love watching the Pioneer Woman on TV, she's so passionate about her food.

I am not much of a gardener but I can appreciate a beautiful garden. We have a tiny one here at the condo, common space but we have freedom to plant if we want to.

Dirty doggies, they don't mind a bath?

Linda said...

Hi Jane...
I hear you about the never ending work at the cottage!
Those pink flowers in your picture are called Turtle Heads....I have them at my cottage and here at home....
Enjoy your last visits to the Lake...
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Jacqueline said...

What beautiful produce! The tomatoes are gorgeous.
Looks like you have a nice little garden going! Can't wait to see it fill in. There's always another project isn't there!
I think even I would have fun with that handy dandy woodsplitter!

Debbie said...

Your new little garden spot looks cute with the cobblestones surrounding it, Jane. Once it starts filling in, you might like it better.
Doesn't it feel good after you get veggies all packed for the freezer? Even better when you serve them up in the middle of winter.
I'm glad you had fun at the lake over the holiday weekend. All the work sounds more like a labor of love.
Debbie
xo

Deserae said...

You have been very busy!!! How sweet of your neighbors to share their garden with you. We didn't have a garden this year but have been getting a few things at the farmer's market here in town :o)
~Des

Julie Marie said...

Good morning Jane... your green beans and tomatoes look yummy... when we had our little farm, I grew all of my green beans on "poles" made like a little teepee... and my three cats liked to hide under them, pretending they were camping out in a tent or something!... and they thought I could not see them in there... it was so cute!... all of your gardens are really coming along, I love it!... and I also love the tower of galvanized watering cans... I have indeed found many of my old ones at yard or estate sales around here... I oft times go in a garage first at these sales, as most people don't, and it is there that I find some of the best treasures, including the old watering cans... Milo looks precious all just bathed!... enjoy your day, it is 70 degrees here and gorgeous, hope it's nice and cool for you too!... xoxo Me

Stacey said...

Wow! I would love to have neighbors like yours! Their garden seems to still be very fruitful too! Loving your garden beds too.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I can't believe how many nice veggies you're still getting from your neighbor's garden! Sweet! And that's a huge truckload of wood Paul has there! ;) Hope you have a great weekend!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am feeling very slow at transitioning back home ... and I was only gone one week.

Fondly,
Glenda

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You are certainly getting a bounty from that garden...it's wonderful! :)

I have to go pick tomatoes shortly and I'd planted some for a neighbor in her garden this year ( My sister's MIL ) and now she has too many and said come and get 'em. I think I'll be canning or freezing later or tomorrow though I might do a roasted-tomatoes & onions session. Haven't done that yet this summmer.

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Oh Blondie, pack that firewood up and send it my way!!And...if I were a bit closer, I would offer to put that lake house to use for you in those winter months. I can't imagine having such a great place to hang out. We will soon have fresh veggies again (next week) because hubby's fall garden is almost ready. I am not going to fuss and complain this go around, I am just going to enjoy because he doesn't over-do the fall garden like he does the summer one so it is not as much work for me. Anyhoo, have a great week end and enjoy your people time.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

You will certainly enjoy those tomatoes and green beans when we all have snow on the ground. They will remind you of summer's warmth.

Kelly said...

Lucky you to have all of those tomatoes and green beans this summer. That was nice of your neighbors to let you use their garden. Wish we had all of that firewood! We are completely out. I just told my husband it's time to restock. Hope you have a great weekend.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
You two sure were busy at the lake. I hope you found a little time to relax too. I can tell Al was enjoying his new toy!
Those watering cans are expensive up here in the antique stores too. I think maybe an auction or garage sale would be the way to find one cheaper. It turned really cool here yesterday. I made a poncho for Addison and now I need to start on a costume for Calista. I sure had fun our weekend away. And I love my dishes. I have new computer, so hopefully I can start blogging again. Hugs friend,
Cindy

bj said...

I, too, just love getting into a garden and finding all those delicious and beautiful veggies....
Glad your sweetie is having fun with his Big Boy Toy...hahaa
hugs, bj

Decor To Adore said...

What a bounty! I do hope your new little garden patch grows. You precious pup story made me smile.

I also wanted to thank you for your kind comments and wonderful friendship. You are a treasure. Have a blessed week!

stonecropsister.com said...

I'm not ready for the summer to be over, love the fresh produce at this time of the year. Love your blog too. Cheers, Nancy

Kit said...

Busy girl! Look at those lovely veggies. I would like my green beans with bacon. :) I miss the days when I could burn wood (restrictions where I live in the valley) but I just love the smell. Have a great week! Kit

must love junk said...

Wow, sounds like you've been busy! Those fresh garden veggies look so good! And I love black-eyed Susans!
;)
Susan

A Quiet Corner said...

After cutting back some plants in my lower bed today, I now know I have to plant something that will be in bloom now...probably the shorter variety of Echinacea. Hard work awaits pays off on a garden!...:)JP

chateau chic said...

Always fun to catch up on all you've been doing, Jane!
Mary Alice

TexWisGirl said...

i love fresh green beans. nice you get to reap the rewards from your neighbors'. :)

xinex said...

I wish I had a neighbor where I can pick veggies from. I have never seen a log splitting tool before. Love your plants, Janie, I miss mine....Christine

Theresa said...

My tomatoes are gone:( They looks SO good! I am happy to hear that you got to spend time at the lake doing things that needed doing and the Hubby splitting wood:) You will love having all of that wood this Winger! Enjoy your day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Oh I do envy you all your fresh tomatoes. And I've got to say, I don't think I could have passed by those watering cans!