Tuesday, December 9, 2008


You'd think this was Minnesota the way the weather acted tonight!

I shot this 10 minutes ago out the back door -- this is my dark green patio! 

Sleet loud enough to pelt the windows and howling winds can gusting through here tonight.  (33 miles per hour!)

We also got about 1/10 th of an inch of rain - maybe some more moisture if you add in the sleet.

We sure need the water, but I could have done without the freeze damage only 4 days before the party.

How much you wanna bet all the lovely plants look like...well,... crap, tomorrow?

But, I have to say, it's right on time.  We always get our first good freeze the week before our Holiday Party.  

I set my watch by it, so I guess it's good to know that all is right with the world, even if it's a little chilly for us here tonight!


Hi from my hiatus...

No photos today, but I'm going to try to snap some tomorrow.

I'm thrilled to report that the Double Pink German Brugmansia is growing new leaves like crazy already!  She likes the greenhouse and adapted faster than I'd have ever guessed, give the roughshod way I handled getting her out of the ground.   I thought she was a gonner for sure.

And while I was spreading out 3 flats of green tomatoes to ripen in the sun out there, I had to rescue 5, yes 5, butterflies in about 10 minutes.  They were all interested in checking out the plants but couldn't find their way out.   They would have eventually -- the 4 windows and doors were open, but I hated watching them all aflutter.

It dropped 21 degrees while I was running errands this afternoon in about 2 hours' time.  And the gusty-gale-force winds are back, too.  Sigh.  I really could live without the wind.

Tested chicken salad to go into the puff pastry shells for the party today - yummy.  With craisins, pecans, and some grainy  mustard with the mayo.  It will be really tasty.  And I made two pans of Buckeye Bars.  They are essentially homemade peanut butter cups in the shape of a bar.  Omigosh.  They may not make it to the party  :-)

I'll try to post some party pictures if I don't get anything photographed before Saturday.