Friday, December 14, 2018


Hobart couch surfing
Hobart was doing his best to sleep on the the couch. 

Or partially on the back of the couch?

Or kind of half on and half off the couch?

There is one thing that is a fact of life; never underestimate a cat's ability to get comfortable!


Thursday, December 13, 2018


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Image via
OK, so last Thursday, we posted a picture of an outdoor screened in "bedroom".  While looking for pictures  online, we saw this.  We kind of like the way this is set up.  With a change of furniture it could be a dining area OR a bedroom...or any other room we wanted to make it.  

The two level outside is not necessary, what we liked is the idea of the steps up onto a platform and then having the screened in room built on there.  Of course a platform around it would allow for more use of the space outside of the screened area, chairs, plants, etc.  Maybe a cross between the one last week and this one.

Hey, if that didn't work out we could turn it into an aviary!  HA!

Be inspired!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Over the last few weeks, I have found some great "Day of the Dead" items on clearance and you all know how I like a deal!

After every holiday I always try to find items when they are at steep discounts, (usually when 50%, 75% or more off).  I add them to our storage boxes of holiday decoration items.

Day of the Dead platters
These platters are awesome.  They are big, in fact the large one is so big it won't fit in the large storage bin we have. Bright bold colors, we love them. 

Day of the Dead vase
Found this glass vase for a dollar.
A place for flowers next year!

Dia de los Muertas wall art
These wall plaques are really neat.  They are made of wood and so colorful.

Wilton Sugar Skull cake pan
And of course I had to find something for 2nd Man.  This is a Wilton skull cake pan just for Day of the Dead.  Can you say Sugar Skull cakes next year?

Wait a second, does that mean this was for HIM or for ME?  Would that be a win win?

Monday, December 10, 2018


It's been wet yesterday and now cold today.  

Not anything I could do outside.

Now we're heading into a cold streak for a few days.  It's 42 right now and a possible dip to 32 this coming week.  But hey, then we have a return to 60's by the end of the week.  Gotta love Houston weather. 

We had about 3 inches of rain at the farm Friday thru Saturday.  Good for the garden and the fruit trees.

It was a good time for an oven roasted chicken.

2nd Man sliced up sweet potatoes and put them in the bottom of a cast iron pan.  Then he rubbed olive oil and salt and pepper on a chicken, put it on top of the sweet potatoes and popped it in a 400 degree oven (this one was about 45 mins).

Hobart has the right idea today.  We got out of bed and he gets in while it's still warm, head on the pillow and stretches out.

Rotten cat.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2018


OK, now here's OUR kind of sign, ha!

Mmm, bacon...

Hope you are having a great Friday.
We have rain.  We need bacon.  

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Image courtesy of this too much?  Someday building (in the tree covered area of the farm) something like this?

Maybe not quite this elaborate (though the design of this is beautiful), but something like a screened in room with a bed in would be for the less humid and of course non-rainy days.  We have plenty of those in the Spring and Fall (and some in the Winter).  I've always thought it would be fun to sleep outside (used to camp and use tents and loved it) but have daydreamed about something like this.  

Too weird?

Be inspired!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


This past weekend we had our first harvest of collard greens.  I cut a stack of leaves and then washed and cleaned them. 

Collard greens
Cut the tough center stems out, roll them in stacks and slice into nice julienne type strips.

I handed it over to 2nd Man, ha.

We had some baby spinach leftover from another dish and a package of sausage.  All the trappings of a home cooked meal from random ingredients, ha. 

He dug around in the pantry and also found an onion.  He sliced up the onion and the sausage.

Since the collards take the longest to cook, put them, the sausage and the onion into a skillet with a little olive oil just to get everything cooking.  Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.

Remove the lid, add the spinach, stir it around and put the lid back on for about 10 more minutes or until spinach is softened and all is done.

Turn off the heat, add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and stir it up.

Collard greens, onions and sausage
Dish it up and serve!

The flavors of the sausage sautéed in the pan with the onion and collards and spinach and balsamic is REALLY good.  It's a very "Fall" dish. 

Monday, December 3, 2018


Was at the farm Saturday all day.  Click HERE for yesterday's post.  We spent the day doing small projects in various places.  Moving some things from the house to the barn/shed, just kind of taking inventory of what we have and looking around at what major projects to think about for next year.  

It was a beautiful day.  Crazy that early in the week we had lows in the 30's.  Saturday it got to 78.  If you don't like the weather in Houston, just wait.

Look!  It's finally Fall at the farm, ha! 

Tree with Fall leaves
This is one of the few trees that actually changes color like we see in other places.  Most of the trees (at least that we can get to and/or see) are mesquite or hackberry or some other variety whose leaves just seem to go from green to brown to gone.  

This one is near the barn and looks very pretty.

Thankfully, no spider attacks this weekend.  Instead, it was a frog invasion.  Saw these little things all over.  Not sure why, if it's "frog season" or what, but we must have seen ten of these.  They eat bugs so we're OK with a frog invasion.  

Raised bed Fall garden
Here is the garden.  Doing nicely and look and the two beds with the straw (click to enlarge)...all the garlic is finally up and growing nicely!

Collard greens

Best of all, we were able to get our first Fall harvest this year.  A batch of good old collard greens!  2nd Man will be turning these into something yummy very soon.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, December 2, 2018


So I went to the store recently looking for deals.

They had a stack of those old style metal signs, replicas of those that used to hang on barns and gas stations etc.  New of course but made to look rusted and distressed and "vintage".  

I looked through the stack and thought to myself "well if they have any that make sense to have, then I'll get them".


Jeep metal sign
2nd Man and I both drive a Jeep.  His is the fourth he has had and mine is the first and I love it too.

Having a vintage "JEEP" sign makes perfect sense! 

John Deere metal sign
And then, um, well, hello?!?!?  For those who follow the blog know that I love my Zen Machine, which of course is a John Deere X320 riding lawn tractor.

I guess you could say it was a "sign", LOL!

I'm not sure where these will go.  They are large, about 3 feet across.  They might be cool on the porch but I think the John Deere would be neat in the mower shed.  Of course now I think we need some more.  Coca-cola perhaps?

It's been a good weekend so far, clear, warm, and just beautiful.  More of an update tomorrow!