The beauty of Texas Sage

Texas Sage is a beautiful shrub I love the color gray/green color of the leaves and the flowers are so beautiful and fuzzy.

Ours keeps growing leggy so I think after it blooms this time I am cutting it way back to make it bushier.

Colors everywhere in the landscape can always put a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eyes.

Zucchini Bread

One of my favorite breads is Zucchini bread and I have the best recipe for it.

It has 2 cups of Zucchini and 1 cup carrots shredded this produces so much moisture that there is no need to add water.

It has a streusel that cooks with it and a glaze for after it cooks.

The gardens Zucchini has done well this year this my 3rd time to make this bread during this gardening season.

I place the two loaves in my cake carrier and it stays fresh.

Good old fashion homemade bread enhanced with vegetables makes the best desert type bread you could ever ask for.

Making suet for the birds

I wanted to make my own suet just because I have never done it before.

All you need is:

Lard 1/2 cup per suet cake

Bird Seed we had chicken scratch its a good mix

Black Oiled Sunflower Seeds

Oatmeal

Cornmeal

You could cut up some apple in small pieces and add it if you want to.

I used a round meal prep container for a mold but anything plastic would work out great.

We had to buy some lard I have never bought it before everything else we had.

Melting the lard in the meal prep container in the microwave took about 45 seconds but I stirred it a few times.

As far as the quantities of the dry ingredients I just guessed it but used more sunflower seeds.

Combine dry ingredients in a container for mixing then add to the lard stir until all is moistened compact it down with a spoon and freeze.

That is all there is to it.

My Suet holders are HUGE and I guess if you wanted to you could find a deep square container to use for this. Suet spoils in our heat so I figured smaller was better.

DIY Birdfeeder

I love do it yourself ideas and when I saw this on Pinterest I knew I needed a few of these new bird feeders.

I had found a starburst vine wreath on clearance and paid about $2.00 for it. I took off the flowers but you could leave them on there if you wanted. I added twine across the bottom and then placed a terra cotta saucer on top of the wreath. When doing this make sure the wreath is smaller than the saucer because you do not want it to fall through. You really do not want to glue it in place because you need to be able to dump it.

I added twine and a S hook to hang it with and VOILA another bird feeder. I found another smaller grapevine wreath on clearance that will be for one more of these. I am obsessed with birdhouses and birdfeeders.

We hung it up one evening and the next day I saw a mockingbird and the chickadees eating from it. This feeder has chicken scratch feed and black oiled sunflower seeds mixed together. When you have a variety of different seeds or nuggets you will attract more types of birds.

I often see the doves, red birds, blue jays, mockingbirds, wrens, woodpeckers and chickadees eating this seed mixture.

The sounds of nature are so relaxing and every morning the birds serenade as the sun rises and continue to sing or whistle throughout the day.

Taking care of the wildlife is what LIFE is all about.

Early voting is done

Jack and I went mid morning today to early vote.

We walked right in signed in voted and out the door in less than 5 minutes.

Early voting was my solution to limit exposure of so many people and it worked out great.

It does not matter who you vote for just remember to VOTE.

Cricket is 6 months old

Cricket our Cane Corso pup turned 6 months old on August 2nd.

She is starting obedience training on August 10th. This lady will come to our home 2 x per week and work on all her commands and teach her to act like a well-behaved lady.

She is very smart and seems to pick up stuff really fast so I really think this training should work out well for her.

She starts training indoors, then we move to the yard where there are some distractions. As the weeks go on we will move to the park where there are lots of people & distractions. A dog has to be able to focus on commands in all situations.

I feel like she’s probably a 100#s now she grows really fast.

I ordered her an XL kennel and she can stand up in it and sprawl out so this one should be the perfect size for her to sleep in at night. Her collars are 23″ I just bought two new ones for her.

The plastic kiddie pools are not lasting so I think its time we get a galvanized stock tank. I found one that is 2 ft wide x 4 ft long x 1 ft deep for $90.00. Sometimes I catch her in the pool sitting up cooling off and asleep lol.

I will post an update on Cricket’s training during the next month.

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Cucumbers Galore

We are picking 20 – 30 cucumbers every day.

Jack will eat about 4-5 a day he read it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.  I will eat 1 or 2 every few days.

We make cucumber, tomato, and onion salad with Italian dressing it’s yummy. We chop up enough to last a few days.

In the past, Jeanelle and I have made bread and butter and sweet pickles. This is the first time either of us has made dills.

The first batch made 8 quarts I will probably do 8 more tomorrow.

Since Jack is diabetic he does not need the sweet pickles so were not making those this year. I am not much of a pickle person but will eat a dill pickle a few times a year.

We are having a hard time finding jars I know it is the season for canning but its never been like this. I guess everyone’s getting domesticated while quarantining.

Our garden and Jeanelle’s are both very productive this year there has been just enough rain to make them flourish.

There is never a shortage of garden pickers with the four youngest grandkids being close by. Sophia informed us she is the cucumber expert.

A good year with a garden is when it produces enough vegetables to share with your friends and family.

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Boxer dogs in action

Daisy and Zoee love to play different games but one of their favorites is jumping for the stick.

Sometimes it is easier if one is in the house so you can have one on one time.

Zoee is an extreme sports dog she is light as a feather at 35#s and she can jump so high the stick and the water hose are her favorite jumping toys.

Daisy can jump good but not as good as Zoee she is probably about 70#s.

The first pic Zoee landed on Daisy that actually makes them mad at each other lol.

The second pic is all about those facial expressions with Zoee.

Third pic Daisy got a hold of that stick.

Fourth pic Zoee is Dancing.

Getting the action shots for me is always a challenge with multiple dogs next time we will try one at a time.

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