13 Wildflowers

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Here are some flowers that are blooming in my yard right now.  I am learning the names of the flowers and have had to look most of these up.  Therefore, I may have misidentified one or two or… 

Please leave me a comment with any corrections.  ;o) 

Ok, one of these I really don’t want in my yard and would call it a “weed”.  Can you guess which one?  :o) 

(First photo for 1-7 second photo is for 8-13)


The center red flower is from a Rose bush at the back of the property, and on the bottom of the rose rests a red Yucca flower.

1.  The blue petals on the rose at the top left are from a Texas Bluebonnet.

2.  The yellow flower above the red rose is a yellow Texas Dandelion.

3.  The orange and yellow blooms on the right that (sorry) are fallen over are from a Lantana plant.

5.  The purple flowers hiding under the rose are purpleSpiderwort and beside the purple spiderwort are blue Erect Dayflower(White-mouth Dayflower, Widow’s Tears) of the spiderwort family.  The purple is growing wild in several locations.  The blue is at the back of the property.

6.  The tiny yellow clover flower at the left corner (again fallen over) is Yellow Wood Sorrel (Sour Grass).  The stuff kids like to chew. 

7. The large purple flower to the right of the Lantana and below the spiderwort on the bottom is a Wild Petunia.


8.  The small purple flower above the Orange Lantana isHenbit.

9.  At the top, below the yellow Texas Dandelion, is a yellow Sowthistle.

10.  The teeny blue flower under the Sowthistle is a Speedwell.

10.  The small white flowers below the sowthistle are Crow Poison wildflower blooms.

11.  White flower at top right corner is a Silver dwarf morning-glory.

12.  The small purple flower on the far left is a Drummond’s Skullcap.

13.  The tiny yellow flowers below the blue Spiderwort is Straggler Daisy(Horseherb)

*Bonus ;0)
14.  The tiny purple flower in the center of the red flower is unknown.
15.  The ground-pine looking plant with the white flower at the top is also unknown.

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Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM  Comments (13)  

Simple Woman’s Daybook 4-27-09

FOR TODAY April 27, 2009…

Outside my window… The ground is damp from last night’s thunderstrom, and already the temps are into the 70’s.

I am thinking… I must conquer my fears and pursue my passion!

I am thankful for… all the blessings that God has allowed to enter into my life.

From the learning rooms… creating recycled paper to make cards…

From the kitchen… we’re having leftover taco salad, red beans and rice, chicken fried rice…

I am wearing… blouse and culottes

I am creating… goals, plans, dreams and schemes ;)

I am going… to figure out how many cucumber plants I should allow to grow in each mound…

I am reading… blog entries.  If you a favorite send it to me!

I am hoping (praying)… for the health of my friends and family and for myself.  I need to get back on a diet and lose about 5 lbs this week!

I am hearing… quiet morning noises

Around the house… a new attitude and better results! 
“…I’m feelin’ good from my head to my shoes
Know where I’m goin’ and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude…”

One of my favorite things… the smell in the air after a spring rain.  Not the hot humid kind but the cool fresh clean kind of rain.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  the library, sewing, a graduation, May Day fun…

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

I would love to know what that ground-pine moss-like plant with the white blooms is at the top!

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Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM  Comments (4)  

Monday Musings

Monday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers


Once again, I find that I am unable to choose just one.  Today my quotes are taken from Robert Brault.

We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs. ~ Robert Brault

Looking back on our lives, we invariably find that the person we pretended to be is the person we became. ~ Robert Brault

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~ Robert Brault

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we’re expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.  ~Robert Brault

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 4:57 AM  Comments (2)  

13 Beans


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Here are thirteen of my favorite bean dishes (with links to recipes I found on the web that are more or less how I fix them.  :)

  1.  Pinto Bean Soup like charro beans
  2.  Butter Beans
  3. 15 Bean Soup
  5.  Chili Con Carne
  6.  Cowboy Caviar (aka Cowboy Salsa)
  7. Southern Red Beans and Rice  (sans the Louisiana flavor)
  8. Bean with Bacon Soup
  9. Bean Taco Soup
10. Ham and Navy Bean Soup
11. Beanie-Weanie
12. Refried Beans – great as a side or as a burrito filling
13. Spicy Southwest Bean and Corn Salad   

What is your favorite bean dish?

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Published in: on April 23, 2009 at 9:35 PM  Comments (7)  

American Goulash

Here is a recipe for a lower salt version of American Goulash.

You will need to double check your ingredients for the salt content because it will vary with product, brand, etc.  According to one source, “Generally, a food is considered “low sodium” if it has less than 140 mg of sodium cloride per serving. ”

1/2 to 1lb ground beef (70 mg for 4 oz – I used sirloin, 16 oz)
PictSweet Seasoning Blend (onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, parsley) or use fresh for even less salt  (PictSweet has 25mg salt for 3/4 cup)
Elbow macaroni (0 mg of sodium)
1-29 ounce can tomato puree (15 mg 1/4 cup)
Salt-free chili powder
Salt-free garlic (or fresh minced garlic)
Salt-free pepper

Brown the ground beef and vegetable mix until done.  Cook the pasta noodles according to package directions.  Add beef to cooked and drained noodles.  Add seasonings to taste. 

Then dump a heap of Spanish Gardens Taco Seasoning and All Purpose Spice on top of the portion for anyone not on a salt-restricted diet and pity those that are on the diet.  Just kidding about that last part, even if that is what I did on the sly when I made this dish last night.

Published in: on April 23, 2009 at 6:11 PM  Leave a Comment  

Daybook for 4-20-09

For Today…

Outside my window…  “Nothing but blue skies do I see. Bluebirds singing a song. Nothing but bluebirds all day long…”

I am thinking… “Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally  Golly, what a day.”

From the learning rooms… “readin’, ‘ritin’, and ‘rithmetic”

I am thankful for… all the rain we’ve been having “I love a rainy night It’s such a beautiful sight”

From the kitchen… eggs and toast and “clouds in my coffee”

I am wearing… “blue jean”, just wearin’ a pair of blue jeans and my “cleanest dirty shirt”

I am re-reading… Ruth Beechick – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”

I am hoping (wishing)… 
I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
I wish you health
And more than wealth
I wish you love

I am creating…
words “It’s only words, and words are all I have…”

I am praying… “Make me a blessing, O Saviour I pray, Make me a blessing to someone today.”

Around the house…  housework…”Make ya wanna holla hidy hoe,
Burns your tummy don’t you know”

One of my favorite things… story songs

A few plans for the rest of the week… museum, library, family night, sewing lessons… “I’m busy, busy, dreadfully busy
You’ve no idea what I have to do.  Busy, busy, shockingly busy…”

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…
Here is how one of the eggs we colored turned out.  Is it just me or does this egg have a face?  I used food coloring and vinegar and a little big of oil and dunked it in several colors and this is the end result.


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Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 5:31 PM  Comments (2)  

“Cool” Quotes


Monday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers.

 This week I have found some “cool” quotes from Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.

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“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. 
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success to discourage me, I cannot see any way in which I ever would have made progress.”

“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.”

“Men show, by what they worship, what they are.”

“You can’t know too much, but you can say too much.”

Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 12:25 AM  Comments (7)  

Thursday 13

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This week’s prompt is 13 things “you loved about your wedding”.  I eloped so I’m going with 13 things I loved about my elopement.  :)

 1.  Having total control without the stress of trying to please anyone but me and my groom

 2.  No money wasted on tux rentals and things I would never use again

 3.  No invitations to choose, address, send;  no worries about forgetting to send invitations

 4.  No stressing over the cake, the colors, the location…

 5.  No wedding disaster stories 

 6.  No scheduling conflicts with the church or family or…

 7.  No months of planning and preparing or endless disappointments

 8.  No hard feelings over having people travel from out of state and only seeing them briefly and not being able to really visit

 9.   No distractions.  My true love and I were able to have total focus on each other.

 10.  No time wasted searching for the perfect dress.  In my price range.

 11.  No expensive  pre-wedding or post-wedding obligations

 12. Eloping is very romantic

 13.  No disappointments over unrealistic expectations of  “a perfect wedding”!  

I am a hopeless romantic, so of course I believe weddings are romantic also, when the conditions  (the people you want to be there can be there, the location is available, the date you want works, you have someone to marry…) are right.  

However, I have heard of some brides who desperately wanted a wedding and eloped instead and they were forever lamenting their lost wedding.  So elopement isn’t for everyone.   I would totally do it again.   I feel bad for brides with unrealistic expectations that leave them with lifetime of regrets – over one day.  It’s not worth it!  I think it’s easy to place too much emphasis on that one day.  

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Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 4:37 AM  Comments (17)  

Free Coffee!

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My free sample arrived today!  Yay!  I ordered it back in February and had just about given up.   Now, if only I had a DD Chocolate Chunk Cookie sample to go with it.  Who cares if Chocolate Chunk has 540 calories?  

Years ago,  I would eat these delicious cookies before taking a walk on a trail in a beautiful little Georgia park.   I always went with a friend who would stop off at DD first.  We would each order and eat 2 cookies which we would wash down with a large coffee, loaded with cream and sugar.   If I had known then how many calories I was eating I would have only eaten one walked a few more laps!

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 1:14 AM  Leave a Comment  

Daybook Entry 4-13-09


For Today…

Outside my window… The cool morning has turned into a breezy warm afternoon.

I am thinking… I need to start making daily lists again!

From the learning rooms… jewelry design, reading Ruth Beechick’s books, reviewing goals, Amelia Bedelia, new copywork quotes…

I am thankful for… a wonderful Easter season!

From the kitchen… Spaghetti

I am wearing… clothes – Yes,  clothed and in my right mind!  :)

I am reading… A Brave New World

I am hoping… that my plants will grow.

I am creating… a need for a diet with all this yummy tempting Easter candy!

I am hearing… Jose Antonio Young.

Around the house… putting away what few Easter things I actually got out, catching up on house blessings… :0)

One of my favorite things… finding someone who shares one of my passions and taking, no, MAKING time to share together! : )

A few plans for the rest of the week… classes, a playdate at the park, school, …

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

bunny-bookThe Simple Woman’s Daybook is hosted by Peggy Hosetler.  Visit her blog to learn more!

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 6:06 PM  Comments (2)  

“Penn”sive Monday Musings

Monday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers


Today my quotations are from the English Quaker who founded  Pennsylvania, Mr. William Penn.  


No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.  ~ William Penn, English religious leader and colonist (1644 – 1718)

A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it. ~William Penn

 The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. ~  William Penn

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. ~ William Penn

“A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” ~ William Penn

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM  Comments (4)  

New Potatoes and Green Beans

My mom used to fix this in the summer from fresh homegrown garden vegetables out of her backyard garden.  A big bowl of this served with some sliced bread and butter, and dinner was served!

I was reminded of this summer time treat today when I found a scrap of paper that read:

New Pot Green Beans

Cut bacon fry
Add 2 or 3 Tbs grease or raw bacon (3  or 4)
Green Beans
   cook until
1/2 small onion and potatoes (2lbs)

I’m sure I must have scrawled this down as Mom instructed from the other end of the phone, several states away, and that it all made sense at the time.  I’m also sure that I intended to rewrite it on a recipe card and put it in my recipe box for future use.    I didn’t.  Instead, I’m left with “cut bacon fry”.  I really need to get this recipe, in it’s entirety, from my mom!   In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for the recipe from someone else’s mama.

Thank goodness for the internet and Miss Paula Deen!  Here’s a recipe for this delicious meal, and this one is even complete!

Published in: on April 11, 2009 at 2:45 AM  Comments (1)  

13 Reasons to love Easter!

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13 Reasons to LOVE Easter.

 1.  JESUS – because HE lives!
 2.  Chocolate eggs, marshmallow covered chocolate, chocolate covered peanut butter, mint chocolate, CHOCOLATE!  Leave the peeps, jelly beans, and the nasty large hard “hiding/bunny basket eggs” in someone else’s basket.  :)
 3.  Discovering new techniques to color Easter eggs!
 4.  Rebirth and spring!
 5.  Easter egg hunts on the lawn!
 6.  Easter Bonnets and new spring outfits!
 7. Pastels!
 8.  Sunday Easter church services with traditional Resurrection hymns!
  9.  Traditional Easter Dinner!
10. Baby chicks and bunnies!
11. Easter TV specials!
12. Pretty Easter baskets filled with colorful Easter grass, Chocolate bunnies, and other treats and treasures!
13. Easter Traditions  and Celebrations with friends and family!

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Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM  Comments (8)  


The dial tone hath ceased to be
Is it a squirrel, Ma Bell, or just me?

I don’t have a cell,
So I just may as well

Enjoy the silence, at least for a day,
And pray it ain’t a bill I’ve forgotten to pay!

~ Auntie Q


Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 1:52 AM  Comments (3)  

Daybook Entry 4-6-09


For Today…

Outside my window…  it’s cool and lovely.   I’m enjoying the cool weather before the endless summer heat strikes.

I am thinking…  I want to make this a great week!

From the learning rooms…  Bug catching, A Beka Science, and the 3 R’s

I am thankful for… God’s blessings on my life and the daily wonder that He allows me to enjoy.

From the kitchen… Oatmeal

I am wearing… black sweats

I am reading… A Brave New World

I am hoping…  that I will draw nigh to Him and have a revival in my life and that my words, actions, and thoughts will be pleasing to my Lord and that I will be an example and blessing to others this week.

I am creating… plans and ideas for Easter, and spring, and life!

I am hearing…  The washing machine.

Around the house… Laundry, Dishes, Cleaning, deCluttering,…

One of my favorite things…  a fresh mowed lawn

A few plans for the rest of the week…  Sewing, visiting friends and family, Easter at Grannie’s

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…



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Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM  Comments (5)  

Monday Musings

Monday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers


See the glass as already broken…

“One day some people came to the master
and asked: How can you be happy
in a world of such impermanence,
where you cannot protect your loved ones
from harm, illness or death?
The master held up a glass and said:
Someone gave me this glass;
It holds my water admirably
and it glistens in the sunlight.
I touch it and it rings!
One day the wind
may blow it off the shelf,
or my elbow
may knock it from the table.
I know this glass is already broken,
so I enjoy it — incredibly. ” ~ Achaan Chah Subato

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 1:52 AM  Comments (3)