Wednesday, July 17, 2019

just discovered...

TODAY, that the leaves of...OKRA aka Ochro aka Ladies Fingers are...

edible Northeast Florida

so no more whining about my little 'growing okra in the shade' experiment (being a huge failure),
 because the leaves can be eaten raw, stir-fried, etc.
I've got leaves πŸ˜€πŸ‘


this whole eating more naturally thing...started 3 years yesterday...has opened
up a whole new, previously unexplored area of food

the leaves of beets, the leaves of carrots, the leaves of radishes
 and now the leaves of okra
I'm sure many more leaves I'm not aware of...yet

okra 23 June 2019
(of course much taller now)

*the aluminum foil is an effort to increase use of available sunlight

happy Wednesday to ONE and all

Theanne and Baron

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Skin Guards...

with additional info for Grace in Australia and anyone else who's interested πŸ˜€

Since I've recently renewed my enjoyment of gardening and just plain being outside in the heat
 and humidity, I've noticed that I'm constantly getting bruises,
 scrapes and tears in my thin aging skin (especially on my right forearm).

So...I went online and cranked this into my search engine
"is there any kind of removable sleeve made to protect thin aging skin"
and lo and behold...there is

BTW I could have ordered a plain color... but instead chose these 

my arms without skin guards
messy aren't they...however, I've NEVER, EVER been able to work in the yard without,
 at some point, dripping blood

the whole enchilada (namely me with my guards on)

The sun glasses are to protect my aging eyes from blue light
 (such as from sunlight and various devices).

The keys on apron belt aren't just a necessity of aging but because years ago, when my husband was still able to walk, I locked myself out of the house.  Luckily he was able to get to the door and let me in...lesson learned...take keys when going out...even if it's just to the backyard πŸ˜€ 

Happy Tuesday to one and all,

love and (((hugs))) from Theanne and Baron the Dachshund

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

putting a seed into the soil.....

and waiting and waiting and waiting
 for it to push it's little green head upwards toward the sun... and then it does

WOW!  what a moment!!!

this happened here on this place, the seed grew in a rotted out trunk of a bush
cut down before I moved in.  nature planted the seed, not me :)

it's taken me forever but I finally got my compost turned
 and made into wind rows...and I managed it without a spading fork
(I was sure I never get the job done without a spading fork).  

what the compost looked like this past week

what the compost looks like after I worked on it this morning

I know it's difficult to see the difference but believe me there is a difference, I was wonderfully surprised (and pleased) to discover that all my vegetable
 and fruit scraps are merrily composting along.  and even the oldest oak leaves
are breaking down...isn't nature wonderful?!!

hope all are doing well...have a peaceful weekend and a meaningful week to follow

love and (((hugs))) from,
Theanne and Baron

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

summer is here...

arriving 21 June 2019 🌞🌞🌞


the Okra


the Sunflowers

are growing.  However, my semi-shade growing experiment isn't going well...within days of them starting to grow we had day after day of rain.  Which, of course, is a blessing, unless, one needs copious amounts of sunlight...oh my!!!

So I will be investigating, with more intensity, the possibilities of the south facing side yard or the east facing front yard for growing sunloving veggies. 🌝 

The Liriope

that used to hang out in the huge container (where the Okra is now) is growing quite well in the shade, with only dabbled sunlight.

The Live Oak

that provides much appreciated shade and a home for squirrels and mockingbirds is
 as beautiful as ever.

As is 

*HB DCC W/πŸ’•

Love and (((hugs))),
Theanne and Baron

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

old interests...

are new again 

Some time ago I sold my 'big' camera to my son, a few months ago I dropped my 'little' camera (for the millionth time) and it rolled over and played dead (quite convincingly).  Now I'm using my FIRE (Amazon) to take photos and today I took this...

behold two Polyphemus Moths perched on Baron's Pooper Scooper (in the backyard) πŸ˜€

So one old interest is photography and another is...gardening!  I've actually mixed me up some soil, bought dirt, sand from yard, compost (from the bottom of my pile), peat moss and perlite.  And I planted first...OKRA.  I love love love Okra and have for 71 of my years.  I've lived in Florida for 9 years, it took me that long to figure out that Okra loves heat and humidity...what do we have an over abundance of in Florida in the spring, summer, fall?  HEAT AND HUMIDITY. 

Some time ago I rekindled my aversion to plastic and when I FINALLY realized that I couldn't buy Okra at the grocery where I shop UNLESS it sits on black styrofoam and is wrapped in clear plastic...I decided it was time to try growing my own.  I've planted some Clemson Spineless seeds and I currently have 5 plants growing in a large container in the backyard.  HOWEVER, the backyard is somewhat shaded by a huge live oak tree, which makes the whole backyard thing an experiment.  Now I'm considering planting some seeds in the FRONT YARD...whoa... front yard gardening!!!  I'm up for experimenting with that too!!!  Katie bar the door...Yaya has indeed Snapped πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ 

Happy Tuesday and love from Baron and me

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

2018 is winding down...

and I'm as worn out as the year.

Having pretty much accepted the fact that I'll never have any real focus for this blog, I'll continue on with my moody self posting whatever I feel like...until Blogger/Google make me stop.

Baron the Dachshund turned 10 this past April, he's still his same cuddly, stubborn, barky self πŸ•πŸ˜„

As for me I turned another year older this past summer and I am, also, still my same cuddly, stubborn, barky self πŸ‘΅πŸ˜„

Baron and I wish everyone a πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€Ά Merry Christmas πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…πŸŽ„ and a Happy New Year,

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Friday, November 2, 2018


that's the year I created my very first online (AOL) website...I still miss the AOL man (Elwood Edwards) who'd say, "You've Got Mail," when I signed in.  AOL was great, they had tutorials for learning how to use 'html,' which enabled me to create my own pages.  No WYSIWYG (What You See IS What You Get) back then, most web sites were either created by individuals or professionals who coded each and every page using HTML.  Now it's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which according to what I read when it first started being used was meant to be easier, I never found it to be so.  I never tried coding with CSS, I just went straight to WYSIWYG and blogs. 

Way back it was good times though, times of innocence and learning and meeting folks from all over the world.  Surprisingly enough I still maintain contact with some of those I've met over the years, but I've lost contact with many, many more.   The biggest issue that caused folks to desert the web, early on, was with copyrights.  And sadly, it's still an issue.  Just today I saw where someone on Twitter had their artwork stolen.

20 years and I've had so many websites and so many blogs that I'm no longer able to remember who with or what the names were.  I've probably had this one the longest, however, it started out with a different name (or more likely a succession of names).  I've grown rather fond of  "yaya snaps" and the header, which came from a photo I took quite a while back at the "Hair Jungle."  The Hair Jungle was a beauty salon, it no longer exists and the man who owned it and styled my hair for several years is deceased.  

Life on the Internet and every day life are changing every second.

Photos are from the "Hair Jungle," which was so much more than a was an EXPERIENCE!!!

Happy Saturday from, Theanne and Baron

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