Friday, May 31, 2013

Morning photos - Dylan this one is for you. We miss you on the mountain.

I am posting some photos of this morning's sunrise on the mountain.  It's going to be a nice sunny day here.

My wave petunia is finally blooming.

and the lilacs are opening up

I planted 68 zinnias on Wed. and all of these are next on the list

The broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage look good.  The grapevines  are starting to leaf out.

It's a little misty this morning. 

I hope you have a good day!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mowing your lawn? Don't forget to wear your earmuffs.

I put it off for as long as I can, but it's finally time to start the lawn mowing schedule. 

 Fortunately, RMM decided to take a photo of me mowing the lawn.  My lawn mowing gear is quite fashionable.  I always wear my hearing protection muffs and top them off with my gardening hat.  I am adding red socks to my outfit after seeing a photo of Isthereanymorepie's friend Sharon, who wears pink socks when she is mowing the lawn.

One should look flashy when mowing the lawn.  I think I may need even more red.

Retired Mountain Man has been out in the woods searching for mushrooms.  He's very good at it. 

 I have dried seven trays of coral mushrooms.  If you can't find morels, coral mushrooms are the next best thing.  They have a mild nutty taste and are excellent added to a spaghetti sauce or an omelet.  

That's it for "on the mountain".  I am in a holding mode on my gardening due to the cold, rainy weather.  That means there's more time for music and maybe some painting, the watercolor kind.   (I am going to paint the walls and ceiling in our bathroom, but it takes me a minimum of 3 months of thinking about it before I can actually make myself do it.) 

 I have only been thinking about for a month. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What some people will do to catch Kokanee...

Last weekend was the annual Father's Day fishing trip at Lake Mary Ronan.  The guys stayed in Cabin #1.  All the comforts of home and its located right on the lake.

This is the "are we having fun yet" photo.  It doesn't look like it was raining - yet.

Retired Mountain Man gets geared up for rain and cold.  I hope he doesn't fall in the lake because he will definitely sink to the bottom with all of those clothes on.

OK, so it's raining now, but they were catching fish.

I heard that in the middle of one of the thunderstorms, RMM lost his red hat.   He convinced the rest of them that they needed to turn around and go back to net his hat.   I think they risked life and limb just to retrieve "THE" red hat.

By the time the rescued the hat and made it back to the dock they were pretty soaked. Here's a photo of them hanging up all of their wet clothes to dry.

And a nice shot of Dave trying to warm his cold wet feet.

I heard that a lot of poker was played and that JP was the big winner this time.

Here they are.  
The little jewels.  
Smoked Kokanee is in our future. 

 While the men were all fishing at the lake, the girls and I along with the grandkids went to Missoula for some fun.

The fist night Griz Eileen went with us to take Ben to the Arcade at the bowling alley.  Here he is trying out the basketball game.

We met up the next day at Currents, the water park at McCormick Park.  Erin, Max and Aylssa met us there along with Melissa, Collin and Rylee.

It was too dark to get very good photos.  If you look closely you can just see Collin's head as he walks up for about the thirtieth time to go down the water slide.

There was a small slide for toddlers.  It was perfect for Max and Ben.
This was Ben's first time at the park, but it only took a few minutes and he wanted to go down the big slide.

After the water park Collin and I went to see the new Star Trek movie.  I'm not sure who my new favorite character is in these new Star Trek movies, but I think it is Spock.   It was also in 3D which was a first for Grandma. 

 The whole group went out for breakfast, did a little shopping and then it was time for Grandma to "beam" home. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I love durt!

I'm retired and I'm really not sure what that means, but today I am taking the day off -- from retirement. 

The blackberries have been weeded.  The raspberries have been weeded.  The vegetable garden is tilled and I have planted broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and 4 dozen onion plants.  That is all I am going to do in garden this week. 

Today I am going to go to my friend Kathy's to paint with watercolors.  It is so much fun - I can't wait.  (I think I am a lot like my 3 year old grandson, Ben, who also can't wait for most events to happen)

Ben's Bouquet

The spoon in Ben's bouquet is a garden marker that is inscribed with the words, " I love durt".  

I do love durt!  

(and painting with watercolors)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Rototilling Song....

There's no time for play, there's no time for fun..... because there is work to be done.   Meaning it's time to till the garden.

I will be humming to this tune while I'm out there.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Kushala Karma

I have been reading about Buddhism.  Today I did some reading about Karma and I'm not sure I can buy into the "past life" idea, but other parts of it appeal to me.


Karma means "intentional action" and refers to the universal law of cause and effect. Karma is created not only by physical action but also by thoughts and words.
Just as action causes reaction, karma causes effects that come back to the original actor. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs.

Karma can be of two varieties - wholesome karma or good karma and unwholesome karma or bad karma.  Kushala or akushala karma - is karma that is wholesome or unwholesome. Kushala means intelligent or skillful, whereas akushala means not intelligent, not skillful. 

The karma of planting these seeds becomes...

This karma, which many people can enjoy.  

 I'm not certain this really applies, but I am going to think of it that way.

The music for today is: 


I Wandered by a Brookside

The lyrics are a traditional variation of a poem entitled The Brookside written by Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton) c. 1850 and the tune was created by Barbara Barry (1984).


I wandered by a brookside
I wandered by a mill
I could not hear the water
The murmuring it was still
Not a sound of any grasshopper
Nor the chirp of any bird
But the beating of my own heart
Was the only sound I heard

The beating of my own heart
Was the only sound I heard

Then silent tears fast flowing
When someone stood beside
A hand upon my shoulder
I knew the touch was kind
He drew me near and nearer
We neither spoke one word
But the beating of our own two hearts
Was the only sound I heard

The beating of our own two hearts
Was the only sound I heard


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Your mama don't dance...

A couple of days ago Retired Mountain Man and Neil went on a scouting trip to our secret Coral Mushroom location.  They found about a dozen, but all but one had been eaten by the deer.  I have been enjoying a mushroom omelet for breakfast the last two mornings using that one mushroom.  Thanks guys!

Neil took a great photo of the two Black and Whites at Cougar Creek.  They love to go mushroom hunting.

Maggie and Thompson at Cougar Creek

On the music front, the band gals are working on a couple of new songs.  I thought I would share one of them with you. 

...and your daddy don't rock and roll!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Walkin' in the sunshine...

The weather is so nice here I made the decision to move all of my veggies and flowers from the underneath the lights in the basement to the deck.  It's early in the season do do that, but the ten day forecast looks to be above normal temperatures.  

Happy plants!

If the weather temperatures are truly going to hold up, the plants need at least a week to get "hardened off" to the bright sunshine and fluctuation in temperature before transplanting them into the garden.

The sunshine is wonderful!  I hope you are enjoying it too!

Which brought my thoughts to songs with "sunshine" in the title:

You are the Sunshine of my Life

Sunny Days are Here Again

On the Sunny Side of the Street

Sunshine on my Shoulder

Here Comes the Sun

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

I think this one is my favorite.  There's not a lot to it, but I don't know how you could listen to it and not feel good!

Do you remember it?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Best Margaritas Ever! No kidding!

 Summer is here and to celebrate we enjoyed Margaritas on the deck after our band jam session on Sunday.   

Julie brought her Vitamix machine to mix them.  I had never heard of a Vitamix blender, but after watching it perform on Sunday, I  am convinced that it is a versatile appliance and you might also be able to use it to polish rocks.  What I am saying is that unlike other blenders, it actually crushes ice.  No Problem.

 Best Margaritas Ever

(Trust me.  One of these and you are feeling no pain)

From Cook's Illustrated

Makes about 1 quart, serving 4 to 6

The longer the zest and juice mixture is allowed to steep, the more developed the citrus flavors in the finished margaritas. We recommend steeping for the full 24 hours, although the margaritas will still be great if the mixture is steeped only for the minimum 4 hours. If you're in a rush and need to serve margaritas immediately, omit the zest and skip the steeping process altogether.


  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • pinch table salt
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 cup 100 percent agave tequila, preferably Reposado
  • 1 cup Triple Sec


  1. 1. Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt in large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, 4 to 24 hours.
  2. 2. Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita or double old-fashioned glasses. Strain juice mixture into 1-quart pitcher or cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir or shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately
    It is not necessary to have a Vitamix blender to make these as long as you have crushed ice. They really are a very tasty frosty treat.

Friday, May 3, 2013

I was Ridin' in my Chevy until...

My Chevy is sick.  It's at the doctor, as in Steve's Auto Import Service. 

 I love my Chevy even though it's kind of old (1995) and it's nothing fancy such as  a Mustang or a really old '57 Chevy.  It's just a grey Lumina, but it's MY car and it only has 95,000 miles on it.

I took in to Steve's Auto Service for an oil change and when I went back to pick it up, Steve said there may be a problem with my car.  It had what looked like oil - in the coolant.  

I don't know very much about cars.  They are a mystery to me.  I just want my car to run.  I want it to start and motor down the road.  No problems. 

 This is what I DO know.  If you say to Retired Mtn. Man or either of my sons, or any other guy, "there's oil in the coolant in my car", they reply in a deadly serious tone, "that's bad".  "You might need a new head gasket".  I think it might be something akin to my doctor saying "you need a heart transplant".  OMG!

Not my Chevy!

 I trust Steve.  We have known him for many years and he not only provides excellent service, you can count him or his mechanics to do a good job repairing your car.  

So, never fear. 

Steve called yesterday to say that it was not oil in the coolant.  Awesome.

I am back "Ridin' in my Chevy".