Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gardening - Sanding - Reading - Bird Watching : Our Lists

Several projects going on here at home. This is the reason for my lack of posting. There's so much to do and I get so involved in what I'm doing that I forget to bring out the camera to take photos. It's good that I'm staying busy, but I do miss posting here on my blog.

I'm trying to grow some herbs, again. This time I'm researching and watching several How To videos and I'm inspired to see the many great people who make videos on how to do anything. Here are a couple that I found very helpful, and will be visiting often.

  • MonkeySee: Green Gardening
  • GardenGirlTV

  • I'd recently purchased some basil and cilantro at the farmers market and two days ago the basil was looking pretty bad. I hadn't transplanted them into larger pots right away. I quickly read up on how to take care of both of these herbs. Toot and I went to a local nursery and purchased organic soil. Watered very well and left them outside overnight.

The next morning I woke up to find my basil looking alive again.
So glad I didn't kill the poor plant.

What is marvelous about gardening is that Tootie is enjoying the process as well. She helped me transplant the herbs into bigger pots and watered them. It was an enlightening experience for her to get to see the transformation overnight. She's learning so much and every morning I look forward to our next adventures and discoveries.

A list of what I'm working on:

1. Three paintings. One is a landscape and it's almost finished. I will be posting soon.

2. A new compost heap. This time I'm using greens that my father is saving for me from his garden. He doesn't use any chemicals.

3. I'm sanding and painting our backyard benches. Yes, Kermit Green. Isn't it yummy!

4. Worm compost bin.

My Girl's List:
Learning to tell time.
Spelling and writing her name.
Math puzzles.
Creating stories and songs off the top of our heads.
Identifying our backyard wildlife.
Bird watching and paying attention to the different bird calls.
Hula dancing
Made and erupted a volcano out of paper mache.

book cover photos: Google Images (Amazon)


  1. Working, working ... you are ... good luck with your plants.
    Good books and i'd love to see your paintings.

  2. Gene,
    Nice of you to stop by. I was looking at my 1981 High School yearbook and I was happy to see you. I had to wait another year to meet you. I must admit that you left an impression on me and I never forgot the lessons you gave us. You were the only instructor who left me thinking and talking about what I had learned that day.

    Hello to you too! I like the new photo. You look different, in a great way! I'll be checking out your blog to see if you've posted anything lately. You must be busy with family and home too.

    I'll be posting the paintings soon. I would like to start a new series of pieces to put up in my Etsy store. Wish me luck!

  3. Hi,

    I am just checking in and liked the sight of that Cilantro if I am correct in my visualization....

    I hope you're well, stay in touch,

  4. Hola Jess,
    Yes, that's cilanto. I like cilantro with my lentejas. You are a sweet guy to stop by and say hello. I love what you are doing with your masks. They go well with your painting style.