Monday, December 20, 2010

Growing stuff

My tomato clones (cut from my mother plant before the cold hit) are doing well, and four of them are now in flower! I know that most of the world thinks I am crazy as a barking moon bat, but that just made my day somehow.
I think I get far more satisfaction out of having tomato flowers at the Winter Solstice than most would. So lets just take a look at that for a moment.
Dr. Oz did a show on GMO foods (Dec.3rd?) and made a statement that 80% of the food Americans eat is GMO. That you average American adult has about (or over) a pound of dissolved polymers in their bodies. (that is a pound of plastic folks... how you gonna work that off)
Growing my own veggies from heirloom seeds seems to be a bit of a health bet that I can make for myself and my family.
Yes, my tomatoes are in flower.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

does your tap water...

have enough methane in it to burn? Will your shower cause your home to explode due to methane build up in your bathroom?
Time to pay attention, so I thought I would share this with you today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Trying to link this to my business ...

so as we all know my learning curve is a straight line. So... I am having a business partner do it for me.
Yay for finding people who are smart and willing to help.
Picture for today...
My Grandfather William Ivy Shattuck and my sister Jill (Shattuck) Stafford.
Those walnut trees sure got much bigger since then.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Well let see if I can get this posted today. The picture above is the little Wendy house in the back corner of the court yard. It has been mistreated, but I think by spring it will be a lovely little retreat. It has two stories so the top level is a loft.

This one is the deep dry shade under the spruce trees. This is taken just about noon so you can see how little sun it gets. So far only hosta and rhododendrum are planted. The other plants are house plants waiting to be repotted for the winters wait inside.

Friday, August 20, 2010


My sister is coming to help save me from my tech challanged world! I am going to know how to post my own pictures without having to bug someone!
Great news for me.
The unpacking is coming right along and I should be able to post something interesting sooner or later. LOL Settling in slowly but surely.
That I have found an old recipe that my Gran used to make has made me smile and look for the canning jars a bit more seriously.
This is just a short post to keep myself moving toward five posts a week.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Self disapline...

what self disapline... yep I am posting more than once every few months... I am hoping to get to where I am going to be more disaplined about it but with the move into a different house and getting a business started up I am slacking!!!

I am happy in my new old house. I am trying to figure out how to get the pictures off my phone and onto the computer. Boy do I have the tech challange.

I have my fall garden planned and some of it planted. I have tomato, crookneck squash, and eggplant coming on. This is going to be a happy place with roots.

I am working hard right now and that is different to me. I am trying to keep something going on a regular basis so I am not falling behind with the baby business. (

I am going to be writing more on sheltering in place and how to plan in case things go badly, and even if they don't. I know that looks odd but I am going to pull a page from my Grandmother's book and plan for a rainy day.

Have a pantry... G'ma did... and in the winter when things were not growing or the snow went deep she was set. Canning is a great therapy in nurturing yourself, your family, and still have something put aside.

Make a victory garden... and include some cold weather root crops. Carrots, turnip, beets, and such can be mulched heavily and left in the ground over the cold winter so you don't even need to harvest till needed. Just knock the snow away, move the mulch and pull the veg from the not frozen ground. Wash, cut, and cook... maybe five minutes from the dirt to the pot! Nothing will give you the vitamin boost that eating fresh will.

Crazy things run through my head. Quilting, drying meat, fruit, and veg. Gardening is a balm to my soul. That said I think everyone should grow something that will nourish them even if it is sprouts. Gardens ground you literally. Putting down roots... that is about planning to be somewhere for awhile.

I don't know where the blog is going to go. I think it might bounce from subject to subject for awhile.

I am going to make more effort to blog five days a week... that is an easier goal to put into my calender.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Alright... lesson for today, alway save your work!
The little house I moved to is as cute as a button. I am becoming more settled by the day.
The garden is started. The courtyard now has the rhododendron and hosta transplanted in.
The studio is at least a designated location.
I am trying to put a post in here but the program seems uninclined to be helpful.
The Tanner Gun Show is over the 7th and 8th! There will be a show special posted at the website. ( That was so much fun last time we are going to make having a show page a constant thing.
I am going to try to post this again.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Well, the MS got bad for awhile...

I am trying to get back to life again and the business around that. I have moved to Boulder Colorado to be closer to my kids. Living in hippee mecca is not so bad.
I do not have my own yard right now, but I don't have yard energy yet. I will grow my veg in pots and under lights and that may be something I am going to show on here.
My daughter is going to help with getting me out to take pictures and I am going to learn to post them myself if it turns me in circles!
Lets see if I can keep up with this now.

Well, the MS got bad for awhile...