Sunday, August 31, 2008

Second crop of Basil.

Drying Rosemary for the winter. I have never tried this but it was mentioned on a blog that shared cooking tips, and she used the woody sticks of the Rosemary as skewer for chicken. I have cut off the Rosemary to finish drying and left the woody sticks to grill out this week. I will let you know how good it works.
With the second crop of Basil, I can now make another batch of Pesto. I made some from the first crop and we have already scarfed it down and I also dried some for future meals.
In the local paper a recipe for Rosemary cookies was printed and if it turns out a keeper I will post it later on.
Pot Roast
1 chuck roast (4-5 lbs)
3 Med. size onions
2 cups pre peeled baby carrots
8 Med size potatoes
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp Rosemary ( I use a little more but I love this herb)
Brown roast, add sliced onions, carrots and quarter potatoes. Mix the next five ingredients together and pour over the roast. Sprinkle with the Rosemary. Cover and cook 325 degree oven for three hours. For crisp carrots and potatoes add to the roast the last hour. This can also be done in a crock pot. I have done it both ways and it usually depends of what kind of time I have to manage.
The kitty justice is it is a complete meal and all y'all have to do is fix some bread. My choice is cornbread.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

When I went to Home Depot to find a new facet for the kitchen sink, I made the mistake of going to look at the plants. The color and markings of these yelled "BUY ME" and as you can see I surcomed to the voice.

Most of the house plants I have are green and some purple but I did not have any of these. My multiple of plants, I have potted to give away. I still like re potting the aloe plants. I bet when I get done I will have a dozen or more to give away.
I pass them out to friends and family with the hopes they have a good home and make someone happy.
I have this big plant commonly known as "Mother In Law's Tongue" or some folks refer to it as "Snake Plant" and it is in a twelve inch pot and needs re potting. I hope to get a nice big plastic pot for it so it will not be so heavy. Also, I need to get a rolling tray for it as I did for my lemon and orange trees. I have yet to get any fruit on these little trees. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? While at the depot I looked for citrus food but none was there.
The kitty justice when I start preparing my houseplants to return inside this fall I may wish again to not have so many. (I think it is still under a hundred at the moment)

Friday, August 29, 2008

As you turn into our drive, this stately Persimmon tree stands on the right about twelve feet or so from the mailbox.

Last year the drought and Easter freeze prevent fruit from being on any of our trees. This year the two little apple trees are bend to the ground with fruit.

The photo just above and sightly on the left is looking down the hill to the end of the driveway. The little Ginkgo tree that Cousin Susan gave Prince has grown twice it's size this year. The Pin Oak behind the bench has begun to really drape it's limps as that type of oak is accustom to do, however the mighty oak across the drive as you can tell by the top is dying. The big oaks are dying at a rate that is sad to see.
The first photo above and slightly on the right shows a look of coming up the drive. Right across the driveway from the pine on the left is a huge scaly bark hickory tree that is dying and all along the hillside curve to the right are about six or more huge oaks that are like the persimmon leafless and dead.
That persimmon was a favorite of all the wildlife. You really never knew what you would see at the end of the drive dining on persimmons.
The kitty justice is to find someone who will respectful lay these mighty trees who have provided so much over the years gently on the ground.
To some they may be just pieces of wood to burn but to me they are family members of a different sort to be treated with love and respect.
May there acorns and seeds produce a new crop to bless the ones to come.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

These three photos were taken this morning of the beautiful sunrise on the fog. I guess if the old wives tale is true, we will have three snows this winter. The tale states that the number of fogs in August will be the number of snows in the winter. The third picture is of my Asparagus fern. It is now just getting pretty again and it has one more month and back into the basement it will go for the winter.

Yesterday Fay provided us a day most of clouds and a nice breeze so even though I did not feel quite up to the task, I washed the back porches windows and doors. I also did the insides of Mimi's room and bathroom windows. Guess what is on my plate today. Nothing physical in the least. I have been at the window washing task now for three weeks and looks like two more weeks before all are done. Next will be the inside of the bedrooms and baths windows and then it is downstairs to the den to wash those on the inside and out. Then and only then can I close the book on this task.
The Kitty Justice is it is hard to believe I could do all the windows in one day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Instead of flowers sometimes Prince gives me feathers. These are some that he found on the farm this weekend. I make arrangements with them but have to not make Sam Cat mad or he will go about finding my feathers and then he takes them back to Mimi's room to play with them.
At the farm house, one of the Bradford Pear trees that Frank planted before he retired lost about half of itself. Prince cut it up and I sat in the truck and enjoyed the cool breeze. If I had not been the window washing queen, I could have got out and helped just a little but alas, my back give me a warning when I need to stop and reflect on future activities. So I listened to the hum of the chain saw and watched my favorite person.
Later he brought me back to the house with my feathers and then we had a nice lunch. He wanted to jump on the Massey and bush hog the field between our house and the white barn and he did finish but it was after dark when he got back to the house.
The kitty justice is I never know what Prince will present me with after all these years.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Yes those are rain drops on my plants. As you can see from the fields, we do need it.
When I first took MD out in the early morning shroud of darkness, Hoot was serenading from a tree behind the log cabin. I could smell something in the air but I did not wish to get my hopes up. I came inside and began getting everything ready for breakfast plus packing Prince's lunch. As the darkness began to float away with there was something foreign on the porch. Was that really rain? As I ran out with camera in hand forgetting to close the door , I started snapping photos. Glories tears from Heaven. I turned my face skyward and just let the rain trail down my face. It was not a heavy rain at all just a sprinkle but how wonderful it felt. I sat the camera aside and began dragging all the plants which sat secure against the wall out from under the eves and told them they were gonna get a treat today.
I gave up the basting in the rain and returned to the kitchen and flipped the television on. It was announced that Fay was why we were gonna get rain through out the week except for Thursday. Now as I type I look outside to find the slight dampness has gone from the porch however the fog and clouds are still present. I must drudge up my Cherokee heritage and go do a rain dance. Don't laugh, fat lady still can dance.
The kitty justice is this Cat loves water especially if it comes from above.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Today I am sharing the series of photos I took of the Sunrise this morning. Five O'Clock Maggie got me up and this is what we saw. The Kitty Justice is that you get to see it without having to get up as early.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Lucky J has for the last two Art Venture Luncheon that I have attended, has ordered dessert. That is okay because she would be a light weight soaking wet.
Bunny ordered the California Roll.

Three of the ladies ordered this and I think it was the Asian Chicken Salad. They were way on the other end and I did not hear what they ordered and forgot to ask when I was up taking pictures.

I ordered the Lotus Roll which was tempura fried lobster, asparagus and avocado topped with baked scallop & wildberry sauce. I also ordered green tea. I was expecting a little pot to show up with a tiny cup to drink from and got a tea bag and a cup of hot water. The saucer and glasses are curved so you are not seeing things. I was truly disappointed in the Tea.

This is the door prize that Lucky J won. There were two of them.

This is the orchid that Shirley won and the colors are hard to visualize as because of the painting on the wall.

The two ladies on the left up close are the hostess for this month. The are Mz Fire and Lady Purple. I am sitting on the right side and you can barely see my shoulder as the waiter took the picture but you would think I did as I did not appear in the photo. One of my best friends is Cat who I am seated beside. She was the one who got me into the group and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the ladies.
Howie resided from the group and we have a new member Eddy, she is the second from the end on the right side of the table. I look forward to getting to know her.
This was a new restaurant which has only been opened for a short while. The name is Wild Ginger and it is located in Franklin in the Cool Springs Area. Not the historic district. You can check them out at
The Kitty Justice is the food was really good but the Tea was a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. Also, the waiter was nice , pleasant and efficient.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I am gonna steal the first line of Simply Joys post called "Golden Moment". She starts out "My life has been a dirt road journey strewn with golden moments"
I think this lady says it better than most and more genuine than any other blog I read. I wish to thank Changes in the Wind for directing me to such a wonderful blog. She says it short and precise and gets more into one paragraph than I could put forth in a five page essay.
I truly delight in going there and finding a new post and listen to those wise words and feelings. My hat is off to you girl. Yes, you are a girl in a mature wise woman's frame.
I shall share one of my golden moments with all of you. The morning visit from the butterfly and hummingbird. I know the photo is not as fantastic as Abe's hummer he posted on his My Bird Blog but I bet I was just as thrilled to capture the image as he. I have fallen in love with Abe's love affair with the camera. He keeps creating blogs and I am having trouble keeping up but if you visit him remember he is part CAMERA.
The Kitty Justice is I have told of my addiction to the above blogs but I still click on Sitka Daily Photo first.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Big and small there are seventeen in all. These have been done inside and out. Also, the kitchen windows have been done too along with the panes in the doors at the end of the hall.
Small bedroom windows. The hardest thing was to remove the screens to wash them too. Note, the palm was given to me in a small blue bootee vase when Puppy was born by my good friend Sharon. I guess you can say it is twenty one too.

As you can see the bathroom window, I could not open therefore the screen and bottom pane must be done later. Note the big bedroom windows with three panels. On the other side there are three more just as big and another small window along with another bathroom window. But the others are much higher off the ground.

These along the porch out back are the next ones to tackle but I must wait for the evening shade to keep the streaks away. Then the last to do will be the ones downstairs.
Now when I say I wash windows, you can see it is a big job for me.
Can you believe, once upon a time, I could shine them all in one days But alas with two surgery and some hardware in me back, it is takes me several weeks in fact. I am not complaining just stating the truth and must say I do miss my youth. As I mature along the way, I am happy I am able to achieve as much in a day.
The kitty justice is I would rather sleep in than wash windows again.