A Haven for Vee

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Walkabout in May

Just in case you missed the place... (I am being cheeky, don't mind me.)

A gift from my good neighbors for being "a good neighbor." It's only taken me twenty years to become a good neighbor. ☺

The shepherd's staff that John made... The geranium is the one that overwintered at John's Ponderosa. It sold in April. The Ponderosa not the geranium. 

Still not my fence, but definitely my rhubarb. Pie baking this evening to take on a picnic tomorrow.

Oh my! Yes, it really is that green! That beautiful tree must come down this summer. Why? Because it is leaning toward my roof and I don't want it to get any closer.

Not a whole lot going on in the front garden now that the pink azalea bush, the daffodils, and two tulips have bloomed. 

Humble marigolds on the back step...

Lilac like shafts of light in the trees...

Mother's Day flowers from son and family

I must get the cucumbers planted...

and the potting bench repainted and decked out... I used to do so much better.

Thanks for wandering around in the yard with me. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille

At Christmastime, I was gifted with a lovely box of goodies that included a spiral ham. I am the only one in the family who likes ham so it was not served for Christmas dinner. 

I decided to have a Christmas dinner for my sisters-in-law and a friend. I finally got around to it last Thursday. Yes, it was May 3. Pitiful.

I made a cherry glaze for the ham. It just sounded so good at Pinterest. It will go down in history as a major fail. 

What was I thinking?!

After not cooking much of anything for two years, it was an ambitious dinner. My menu: ham, baked potatoes, Olive Garden style salad, green bean casserole, creamed corn, Parker House rolls, and Refrigerator Sheet cake with ice cream.

Nothing went quite as planned. The ham was dry, the baked potatoes were steamed, the rolls did not rise properly, and the ice cream was soup. That's right. Soup! 

Apparently, the compressor on my fridge gave up the ghost. 

Now, instead of a lovely almond color Amana with a bottom freezer, I have an old-lady white Frigidaire with an everyday top freezer. I couldn't justify having anything more. 

Some days!