Monday, July 11, 2011

Here I am

I haven't felt, well, very bloggy this past month. The pleurisy is gone but I still have a touch of pneumonia. Have been trying to keep the house up and do my crochet work for Farmer's Market. And the weeds from my flower gardens. They are really pretty easy to maintain. Just the stray ones here and there. We use a heavy compost/mulch each year to feed them and it really does the trick. This year they are gorgeous! Every year we are moving and changing things. Mark enjoys them thankfully. I would never have any of this if he didn't. The front is a mass planting. And as they self sow and increase, we divide and move them around. This is a pic of the front corner along the drive. You will notice we do not have a door mat. 1.) The wind blows it away each and every time and 2.) No one uses this door. We use the side door. 
 From left to right...cat mint, chives, pink yarrow and yellow cone flowers. The yarrow and cone flowers are new to this spot, so haven't filled in yet. Past the bunny is our blue Siberian iris's. Gorgeous purpley blue when they bloom. It got hot so quickly this year, they didn't have very long to perform. They are like a hedge to cover the house foundation.
 The two lovelies above are from Sarahbeth. My new sourdough starter. Alas, Charlotte Rose didn't make it. We tried, but it just wasn't meant to be. The rainy damp weather we had, was not a good time to make sourdough starter or sponge. She just didn't take. BUT Sarahbeth is doing very well. This is my second batch from her. Those are full size dinner plates. A nice texture with very little crumb. Delish

My mom has loaned me her camera. She hadn't used it for some time, so I have pics! It is just a borrow until I can buy one. Unforeseen expenses...Mark's truck repairs, lawn mower died and I need two front tires on Ladybug has sucked up our Market money. But there is still a lot of season left! :o) Man oh man, last Saturday was killer hot. I am thinking this Saturday will be even hotter! We have a canopy Praise The Lord! And are in a lovely spot. No complaints.

Here is an easy recipe for Italian Chicken. Cut your chicken breast into strips. Boil until tender. Drain well. Place Italian salad dressing into a bowl. It doesn't take alot. Add your chicken while hot. Coat the chicken well and let it set for 10 minutes. YUMMMM You can heat it up in the microwave or in a skillet (no need to oil it) or eat it as is. It will still be warm. We ate pieces of the sourdough bread with it and used the dressing as a dipping sauce.

Well, today I start chemo again. I thought I had better play catch up with you all today before I left. Not looking forward to it. But am thankful for the skills of man and the grace of God. The next 8 weeks or so will be over soon I keep telling myself.
Hope everyone is finding a cool spot and doing something they love.
I am blessed. ~Angela

9 comments:

Liz said...

I don't know what to wish for you for this round of chemo. Not much illness after? That you can still function? :( You take it easy and I will keep you in my prayers!

Laura-IH said...

Angela, your garden is beautiful, and I am impressed with Sara Beth. I'm praying for the chemo to go smoothly!

Barb said...

Your garden is lovely, sure hope you get better soon!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

pretty red chairs and red pump!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The red makes everything POP and it's so beautifully lush. I'm sorry you're not feeling well and hope you're doing better soonest. The bread looks wonderful and reminds me...I wanted to get some starter started but will have to wait a while...too much on the plate right now to have something else to feed -haha-.
I wish Dave liked chicken.
You are remembered in prayer and I'm taking a button...if I can figure out how -grin-. I thought if I just took it, without the HTML code, I'd steal bandwidth...? Don't want to steal, mind you, Angela.

phyllis said...

Yes, so very hot. Keeping you in my prayers.

Conni said...

Sarahbeth's children look delightful! YUMMMMMMMM!

Robin said...

What a beautiful yard, Angela!! and your bread looks yummy!! So sorry you have to start chemo again, but I'll be praying for you!

Connie said...

O I've been missing blog-reading for days & days, just now catching up. Love the new look of your blog but OH NO my blog isn't listed in your blog roll. (Mistake or have you forgotten me?)
Sorry you've been SO unwell. I think of you so often and wonder how you're doing.
I love your red pump!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is the Nov retreat still on? I heard that it was not but that was perhaps confusion by a friend of a friend.
Love you.
connie
xo