Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oh So Pretty

My flowers are awesome. Everyday when I come home I have irises, rhodies, roses, pansies, trees, peonies, and lilacs standing tall and looking pretty. I LOVE it. I haven't even cut any and brought them inside because they die faster and I am scared it will lessen my time of enjoyment as I pull into the driveway. (although I think I may cut some irises this weekend)

By the way, my irises were obviously planted long ago (talking 15 years) and haven't been broken up since. Total side note: I have a theory that 15 years ago True Value was having a smashing sale on purple and yellow irises because everyone in our area has them. Last year we weeded them and didn't really get anything but this year, holy hell, Iris Ci-tay. I did end up breaking some of them up in early spring so I will see how those do next year but I am thinking I may not mess with them too much after this season because they did so well. Maybe a few snips will make it even better for next year. We'll see. It's pretty cool though.

Anyway, here are all the pictures because I want to document my happiness.

Dahlias will come up in the middle there later in the summer...that is if they don't get flooded out. Gr!

Don't mind the dead ugly ones in this picture. I just liked that diversity.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Meh isn't just a "word" pop singers say, ("It's gonna be meh." -Nsync (more specifically JT) "Nobody else but, meh." - Brittney Spears) ask a baby what a goat says and the smart ones will say Meeeehhhh. (Hopefully their parents taught them correctly and a goat doesn't say Baa.)

I bring this up because T wants to get goats and that is A-OK with me. Usually I have to think once, twice, three times about farm animals but goats? Goats I can live with. Goats are cute and their poop is so dainty. I can live with goats.

T wants goats to gaze our field and to provide him with milk. Personally, I hate goat cheese and therefore think I would find their milk awful but it really is okay. Goats are kinda cute, and I think they are loving. They are always quite friendly at the petting zoo. They are small and not scary. The only problem I can see arising is that we get too many babies and T suggests we out one for some meat. That will be a whole other issue, for another blog.

So in the next couple of years I think we will have goats. Now we just need a fence.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I can't stand it any longer

I was going to let this slide, I really was. I wasn't going to vent or voice my frustration because I didn't want anyone's feelings hurt but I just can't stand it any longer.
I have a problem. It has to do with my hubs-to-be.
As I type, something horrible, wasteful, and down right silly is going on....
T is taking a shower with TWO, yes TWO, shower heads on. (It makes me hit my head with my hand it is so dumb!)

Let me take you back a few steps.
Our house came with a shower with two heads. I am guessing it was for the old geezer in the house who had to sit and use the shower head with the hose dealy-bobber and maybe the other was for when he felt like standing or when someone else had to bathe with him. I don't know but what I do know is that when you are an able bodied 28 year old, you do NOT need two shower heads flowing full stream on your person to take a shower!!! It may make your back a little warmer but Christ, come on, really?

It really makes my stomach turn. Some people can't even take showers and here I have someone using two shower heads to take one shower. ONE SHOWER, TWO SHOWER HEADS. No sense!

He'll say we live on a well, I say that is still depleting resources that don't need to be used. You are taking one shower that is the equivalent to two. That means you take two showers everyday and instead of like 25 showers a month, you are taking 50. Grr!

I just needed to get that out. (I won't even start with the extra light he turns on in there too but he did stop turning it back on when I turn it off)

Editor's Note: On 5/9 T announced he wanted a solar shower so after a hard days work he could enjoy a nice solar shower. Sounds good to me. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


We have a patch of rhubarb growing at our house and the only real thing I like to do with it is mix it with sugar and more sugar.
Last year I found a Rhubarb Parfait recipe in my Cooking Light or something similar and then when I went for it this year I couldn't find it. I went to the trusted internets and found this. However, if you ask me the measurements are ridiculous and unless you are actually feeding the president and his cabinet, you don't need this much. So...I redid it:

Spring Rhubarb Parfait
serves 4

6 stalks of rhubarb cut into thin slices
1/4c sugar
vanilla ice cream

For topping:
1/4 sugar
1/2 c flour
2 Tbs butter softened
3 Tbs water
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix rhubarb and sugar in a sauce pan over Medium heat. Cook until rhubarb has broken down.
3. While the rhubarb is cooking, in a medium bowl, mix together with your hands the sugar, flour, and butter for the topping.
4. Add water, vanilla, and salt to the topping bowl and continue to mix with hands. Dough should be chunky but not sticky. Add more flour and water as needed.
5. Put dough in small pieces on a non-stick baking pan and bake until slightly brown (about 6 - 10min).
6. When dough is baked, in parfait cups or bowls, put a scoop of ice cream, then the rhubarb mixture and finally the dough on top.
7. Enjoy!