G.R.I.T.S. ....... Girls raised in the South ....... and it was all the Southern girls who correctly identified these little creatures from last Tuesday's post. Dianne from Georgia and Mama's Pocketbook was the first to guess correctly so she will be getting that wonderful cookbook on fixing great quick meals and getting out of a hot kitchen fast. These little pods drop off the magnolia tree in the summer time (drives Bobby G. nuts) but if they don't fall they continue to get bigger and by Christmas they have beautiful red seeds on them.....great for decorating with.
I am always humbled and honored when I receive blogging awards. It always amazes me that people read my blog and actually come back for more and give me an award too. Thank you Patty at Attic Clutter for this Brilliant Weblog award and Ms. Daisy at The Daisy Chain too. These are two mighty fine ladies. I am passing this on to everybody I know 'cause you are all brilliant in my book. :)
I also received an award from Louise at the Potted Frog. (Don't you love that name?) If you want a good dose of laughter in your day, read Louise's blog. She makes talking about her dish washer funny. Thank you Louise because YOU make my day. Hope you are having fun on your travels this week.
When I was a little girl there was a family that lived next door, Mr. and Mrs. Mason and Mrs. Mason's mother. Everybody called Mrs. Mason's mother Grandma Wills. Grandma Wills, as long as the weather was good, would stand in the back yard to brush her long, long white hair. Then she would take the loose hair from her brush, wind it in a ball and leave it for the birds. I have never forgotten that memory and do the same thing with my own hair. We have a golden retriever and if you know retrievers you know how badly they shed. (I still love you sweet Ben). One morning I caught this female red finch tugging at the fur from Ben that was caught in the front step mat. (Sorry about the quality of the photo....it was taken thru a screen). Then about a month later I found this bird nest that had fallen on the driveway. The nest is made of pine needles, twigs and moss and right in the center is woven a soft inner nest of Ben's fur. Isn't that something?
Edit: I had to come back today and edit this post. Karla & Kristi over at
Polka Dot Rose left a comment about how the birdie's using human hair and Ben's fur is God's recycling. I love that!!
I was delighted to find this charming old pillowcase with the word "MINE" embroidered on it recently. I make dresses for little girls out of these pillowcases for the boutique. You know that stage that some toddlers go through when everything they say is Mine, mine, mine. Some little two year old Princess is going to look adorable in this dress.
Hidey cucumbers!! My garden is up high on my deck this year. I got tired of fighting the deer and just decided to buy some huge planters and put everything on the deck. What I planted has grown beautifully and I am as pleased as punch. I only planted one squash plant and I declare that plant produces squash overnight. Any of you that have a garden can probably relate to the following scenario. The two cucumbers plants are outdoing themselves also. Their vines are running all over the deck. Everyday I go out and look for cukes.....and pick all that I see. An hour later I will go out to water, look down, and there is the biggest ol' cuke hanging there hiding behind a leaf. Sometimes they have gotten too big to eat. Anyone have a good cucumber recipe that doesn't involve pickles or salads?
It's been so hot and humid here today that my glasses (yeah....I wear glasses...except when someone is taking a picture of me... :) fog up when I go outside. Miserable high humidity. I can hear thunder rumbling in the distance so I am sure we are in for a real boomer. Going to shut this computer down now. Be good y'all and see you in a couple of days. xoxo Lynn