Watch out, world! We're in our mid-40's and we're bored!
My best buddy, CH, and I have decided to NOT age gracefully!
Instead, we're out, roaming the streets after dark, wearing dark pants, dark shirts, and dark hats!
We're up to no-good, mind you, but we WILL make headlines! Well, maybe not headlines, but definitely our antics will spark interest.
Read the Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper for August 30, 2007. Page A-5.
Heh, heh, heh...
Watch your back, folks!
Green seedless. Slightly hardier than Himrod. Medium sized fairly tight clusters. Berries are crisp, sweet and fleshy. Good for eating fresh, excellent for raisins. Early.
I'm also picking the classic red romas! Yum! They are best when eaten right off the vine, still warm from the sun!A favorite in our house continues to be the little grape tomatoes. I like them so much more than any cherry tomatoes, mostly because they don't SQUIRT you when you take a bite. They also last longer and do well with refrigeration, unlike many other tomatoes!And, last, but not least, I've planted a TON of "Sun Gold" tomatoes. They are so cool! They literally sparkle in the sunlight!Here's what I do with the bulk of the bounty. TRY IT! YOU'LL REALLY, REALLY LIKE IT!
Now comes the fun part!**On top of the tomatoes, pour on some more olive oil, a bunch of sugar, a bunch of salt and pepper, some oregano, thyme, and basil (fresh or dried). Using a big spoon, toss everything so that the tomatoes are well-coated.
**Cover with foil and put in the oven for 1 hour! DO NOT TAKE OFF THE FOIL!!! You want the stuff to steam up well.
**After an hour, remove the pan and toss everything around again. You can add more oil if you want.**Now, remove the foil and reduce the heat to only 275 degrees. Yes, that's right. Now you are going to slow-roast the concoction! Roast at this temp for 2-3 hours. You can stir occasionally. It will get sticky as the liquid reduces.
Roast for several hours and remove. Let it cool.
Cook up some pasta.
Toss it with the sticky "sauce," adding grated parmesan and whatever else you like on your pasta. We like pine nuts and more fresh basil from the garden.
Cook up a whole bunch and freeze for your winter-eating needs!
My line then wrapped around the propeller, oh, let's say, about 200 times!
Today, I'm into Elton John.
In 1975, the first album I ever bought was "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy." I had to ask permission, since I was only 12. My dad took me to the store to get it. Inside it had a magazine-like insert with all of the lyrics, photos, and artwork. I would lie on my bed and look at it over and over. It had things I'd never seen before! I STILL have that insert, and as soon as I find it, I'll photograph it and insert! I think it's inside my piano bench.
I had a stereo...a real one...that my parents bought me at a Zale's Jewelry Store in 1975! It was a Panasonic with 2 huge speakers, My dad would always buy me classical music...but I wanted to "rock," and who could be a better choice for a 6th grader than Elton John! I have every song memorized! I even sat at my piano and figured out almost every single tune! Throughout the 70's, I had a lot of friends who were also pianists...and we bought as many Elton John music books as we could afford and sang, played, and fantasized throughout many a sleepover. We didn't know that he was gay, but I don't think it would have mattered it we did...
He wasn't even gorgeous, BUT he was British. I also loved Freddy Mercury at that time, another gay musician with odd teeth. I would sit in my room with my big Koss headphones on, listening to the music, singing at the top of my lungs, at my piano (yes, it was in my room). My brothers would pound on the door and tell me to be quiet, but I didn't hear them because the volume was too high! When I'd finally finish one side of an album, I'd be really embarassed, realizing how loud my voice was! My middle brother, the mean one, would tease me for days and tell all of his friends. At school on the playground (6th grade was still elementary school then) they'd sing and follow me around. I'd be so embarassed!!!
But, it didn't stop me. When I listened to "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," my mind would take me places I didn't know existed! I thought about weird women, HP demands (what the heck are those?), and princesses. I was raised Southern Baptist, so you can just imagine how guilty all this made me feel...and I was always afraid my parents would find out!
I saw Elton in concert in 1978 in Portland at the Memorial Coliseum. He came onstage wearing a white tuxedo with a tall, white top hat. His piano was centerstage, placed on a rotating circle, meaning he sat at the piano and it slowly spun around 360-degrees throughout the entire concert, so we saw him from ALL angles! Seriously, I was in the 4th row back (when you're a member of a fan club, you get priority-seating!) and screamed the ENTIRE time! At one point, he stood up, walked to the edge of the stage and took off his hat...then he threw it into the audience!!! Oh My God! Girls went wild! I was so lucky to have parents who let me do this stuff. My mom was only 19 when she had me and she, herself, was into some pretty good rock music. She listened to The Rolling Stones, The Police, and David Bowie. I grew up with Bowie and Beatles...as well as Frank Sinatra and others. However, my mom remarried when I was 4 and things changed a lot. Less music, more stress.
Ummm...horseradish! We'll harvest this Fall!
A few hydrangeas under our kitchen window. I have loved watching them grow! Originally, when we bought the home, there was a horrid, huge white Rhodie here. I cut it back HARD each year and planted 3 hydrangeas around it. There's also a Pixie Lavendar hiding in there.
Black Locust in a pot on the old back patio!
Cardoon! It's now 14 feet high! I dry the flowers. Yes, it is in the same family as artichokes, but you don't comsume the fruit. Instead, you boil the stalks/stems.
This is a Sea Buckthorn I bought in 1998. I carried it with me to this home in '01. Now, it is soaring in a back corner, at over 21 feet! It helps create shade to protect a bunch of hostas!
A view into the backyard from the gate. This is my hummingbird garden. It is right beside the new French doors to the dining room. Hubby and I open the doors in the morning and read the paper while hummers buzz within inches of hte doorway. This garden includes:
Here is a "Little Giant" fuschia.
Penstomen is a favorite with bees and hummingbirds.
Under the 70-foot oak is a small bed which includes columbine, 5 varieties of hydrangea, lavendar, hosta, pineapple thistle, beebalm, and lilac.
Pretty coneflowers, aka echinacea. Below, you can see he tips of a variety of flower called "Valerie!" Yep, it's named after me!
This is a nine-bark shrub. I love it very much.
Penstomen caught by a fish!
The famous "Flower Bed." It's filled with herbs!
This is called a "Turtle-Head Lily." When it is in full-bloom, all of the flowers look as though they are little turtle heads peaking out of their green shells!
The climber in the side yard. It is growing over the top of one of my favorite arbors! The arbor is rusty and old and has welcomed the flower invasion for many years. In the foreground, you see Persian viburnum.
A sad, wet clematis.
Spirea, coneflower, hydrangea, and iris in back of our tea area.
I can't even get into the compost area right now! It's been taken over by a volunteer squash of some sort! We decided to let it grow so we could see what variety it will be!
Oak Leaf Hydrangea. It LOVES its location!
This is our little tea area. I made the patio many, many years ago. I honestly built it in less than 2 hours. Gravel, bricks, tah-dah!
Hydrangew that are turning as Fall approaches.
My absolute favorite hydrangea. This is called "Black Stem Hydrangea." I've had it for years. It's gone through some very tough times, but this year it has BURST into bloom!