Month: April 2012

salad stuff

The end of April! Already? Where does the time go? Our garden and yard are exceptional right now.  At least we think so… These two baskets of Inpatients are flashing color all over the place.  Even though they live under the eve of the back patio, their riotous good looks can be seen by anyone driving…

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Tee Shirt factory

This week we turned the studio into a tee-shirt factory.  First we gathered up supplies: a dozen white 100% cotton tees from Costco, a colorful selection of permanent markers, some fabric dyes and some interesting graphics.  Next I dug out the sewing stuff and transformed my drawing board into a sewing room. After the tees…

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come quickly

“When you pray with other Christians, believing in faith, and God doesn’t show up when you think he should, don’t get discouraged.  Many times I have prayed believing that my prayer was a part of God’s perfect will, yet he didn’t move as quickly as I wanted him to.  One time I had to wait…

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yellow april orchids

This charming little basket of yellow dendrobiums  finally came into its own this week.  I honestly have to say this is one my very favorite specimens from D’s orchid collection.  It is just so sunny and bright and cheerful! Nobile dendrobiums can be grown and flowered in the home or greenhouse. However, they have rather specific…

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the sparrow’s home

The Sparrow’s Home is a children’s story – for adults.  I wrote it years and years ago, when the first grandchild was born into our extended family.  My dream was a glossy, professionally published, children’s book that would endear Nana Ellen and her stuff to the next generation of Lebsock little people.  I’ll spare you…

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running with scissors

When I was growing up, my mama taught me many things; life lessons to guide me and protect me when she could not be with me: Never run with scissors Honesty is the best policy. Look before you leap. Actions speak louder than words. You can’t please everyone. Laughter is the best medicine. You’ll never…

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comfortable – at last

Yesterday was a Red Leather Day! The first thing on this week’s agenda was a thorough spring cleaning. We took the living room apart, changed the drapes from dark stripes to light putty linen, washed the windows, moved the piano back to the front porch (see the april orchids post), cleaned the carpet and sat back to…

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april orchids

The rain has stopped…at last! And the sun is streaming through the front porch, encouraging the orchids to bloom, bloom, bloom.   These two mini phales are lovin’ it. Plus, there are two baskets of  Nobile dendrobiums visiting from D’s greenhouse this month; these snow white beauties with a deep purple throat and a solid yellow…

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rain, rain go away!

April Showers? It’s raining! It’s pouring. D took this shot through the back door glass early this morning. The past few days have been crazy here in the Valley.  Stone fruit crops got hailed out earlier in the week, to the tune of millions in damage.  Thank goodness we didn’t get hail! Granted, we entered…

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grandma’s rye bread

Papa D has been working to perfect a recipe for his Grandma’s German Rye Bread ever since we started cooking together back in the late Seventies.  He has baked one version after another; one recipe after another, only to be disappointed in the flavor.  He’s tried adding molasses, brown sugar, whole caraway seeds, ground caraway…

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