February 23, 2011

Between Friends

Between Friends
by Sandra Bell Lundy

Nothing alarming happened today to make me post this. No need to worry, it's just another way for me to remind myself to live in the present. Wisdom is all around us, even in the comics.

February 17, 2011

What's a Zone 4 Gardener To Do?

Wait - Plan - Dream

That's all this gardener can
 do in the month of February.

"One little chickadee sitting all alone.
He flew away and then there were none."
(From a preschool nursery rhyme)

Black-Capped Chickadees are
 year-around residents in Wisconsin.
This one was basking in the heat
 being radiated from the sun-warmed 
bricks on our house.

A Red-Bellied Woodpecker is
checking out my homemade suet cakes.

Doesn't absolutely everyone have a
 cat sleeping in their bathroom sink?

February 3, 2011

Big Time Herb Gardener

Yes, it's true that I'm into herb gardening in a big way. Take a look. Okay, to be truthful it's herb gardening in a small way. Chives and parsley seeds planted in two-inch pots.

Another fun project enjoyed with P3 last weekend was making homemade suet cakes for the birds. Here's the secret recipe that's been in my  family for generations. Not really, it was in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago.
Homemade Suet
1 C. crunchy peanut butter
1-1/2 C. minute oats
1-1/2 C. cornmeal
1C. lard
1C. white flour
1/4 C. sugar
Soften the peanut butter and lard
in the microwave until soupy.

Mix in flour and sugar.
Add cornmeal followed by oats.

Put in 8-by-8 inch container and refrigerate.
When suet hardens, cut into pieces to fit
your backyard suet holder.

 P3 doing the mixing.

After all that seed planting and cooking for the birds, we capped off the day by going to a GB Gambler hockey game. It was the 12th Annual Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a new teddy bear to the game and throw it on the ice after the Gamblers score their first goal. All bears are given to young patients in our area. It was announced that 7,066 bears were collected. How'd they count those so fast?