Friday, May 11, 2012


We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe and gold ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.

It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.

~JohannWolfgang von Goethe

Enjoying the End of Springtime

We have such beautiful wildflowers 
during the springtime here in Texas.
Just as soon as the early spring flowers 
start to wither and fade,
the blackeyed susans take their turn to be on display.

As we say goodbye until next season to the bluebonnets, 
wine cups, evening primroses, 
indian blankets, indian paintbrushes,
and queen anne's lace,

we say hello to the lovely blackeyed susans along the highway

and all over my yard!

I love to snip a few and bring them indoors for my kitchen table.

We'll be harvesting and curing our onions soon.

And, we have our summer garden started.

We have a few tomato plants.  
A roma.

A better boy.

And a cherry.

Some peppers.

And squash and cucumbers.

The chickens have been enjoying the pretty spring weather,
but not so much all the rain we've been getting!

"Mad as an old wet hen"
Yep!  I've been seeing a lot of that lately.
So I got them some treats at the feed store this week!

I hope you are enjoying spring's end!
Are you ready for summer?  
We are! :-)


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, 
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, 
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Blueberry Lemon Tea Cookies

Blueberry Lemon Tea Cookies
makes 2 dozen

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Heat oven to 375.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and extract and mix well.  Add milk and flour, a little at time, alternately the milk and the flour.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cookies cool completely.  Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over cookies.  Serve with a cup of tea and enjoy!