Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
We didn’t see any wild horses while we were at Cape Lookout, but we saw one on Carrot Island on our way back to the Beaufort boat ramp. He was out there by himself feeding at the water’s edge.
Have you ever visited Eastern North Carolina?
My kids crack me up sometimes. I never know what they’ll do next. My son has always had a gift for building things. He creates all sorts of cars, buildings, and things with his Legos. He enjoys using the recycling and making it into something.
Last week when we were visiting family, he took some of their recycling to make himself a robot costume. I thought it was very creative.
Last week my dad went to the farmer’s and picked tomatoes. I was fortunate enough to be given 49 tomatoes. I have canned tomatoes, salsa, and spaghetti sauce before but the one that gets eaten the fastest is the salsa. I decided since I would be going back to work soon that I would first focus on canning salsa. It’s much easier to come home from work and pop open a can of salsa to use with your dinner than it is to pop open a can of tomatoes and make the salsa to go with your dinner.
One bunch of cilantro, 2-3 onions, 2 jalapenos, and 17 tomatoes (plus the garlic, salt, etc) yielded 7 pints and 1 quart. I haven’t canned in a few years so I am out of practice. It took a few hours to make all of this. This is going to be delicious though!
Last night while I was canning I had an accident. I put a jar into the water and the water splashed up and burned my face. I jumped back quickly so it could have been much worse. I am thankful but in pain. Prayers are appreciated.
Have you ever canned salsa?
This is my cat, Smidge. He is a big, lazy, and sweet cat. No, I don’t need to put him on a diet. It is the type of breed that he is. Isn’t he cute? He makes me smile. 🙂
I took this picture last summer at the river. An osprey had built a nest in this old tree that was in the water. I didn’t get too close but the bird’s protective instincts kicked in and it began to circle the nest. This is just another one of those times when I wish I had a nice camera to capture the details. Still, I think it’s a beautiful shot. I love living in North Carolina!
Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post? Leave a comment below and I will drop by.
P.S. My WW posts are never wordless. 😉
This picture was taken a few days ago. Shown here are tomato and squash plants. In the last few days the jalapenos have started to sprout. I also planted a few more things including more tomatoes and squash as well as kale, asparagus, and bell peppers.
I know we’re a little late on getting our garden started. We had started some seeds about a month ago and someone accidentally killed the plants. Now we are starting over. I hope we have been success this time.
Have you started a garden?
It just dawned on me that today is Wordless Wednesday. It is almost impossible for me to post pictures without some sort of blurb about them. Today’s pictures are kind of interesting.
I’ve been wanting my mom’s old coupon box for a while. I meant to get it from her last summer and forgot so while I was visiting in January I made sure to get it.
I opened up the box expecting to find a bunch of expired coupons. I was quite surprised when I found these old coupons.
None of these coupons are expired. They all have “no expiration date” on them. I’m thinking of taking some of these to use at Harris Teeter and seeing what happens. I can only imagine the looks I’ll get. I know some of these products are no longer being manufactured.
As of now I can’t really decide what I’m going to do with all of the coupons but I thought you all might like to see them.
What do you think I should do with the coupons?
This week I made 52 pumpkin muffins and 5 mini loaves. I used these as gifts for the teachers at school.
Eighty cents for a very small scoop of instant mashed potatoes. This is why I bring my lunch everyday.
We purchased our home less than a year ago. During this time, we have thoroughly enjoyed watching the flowers and plants arrive during different times of the year. It seems as though when one plant becomes dormant, another blooms.
Here are a few recent pictures from my yard.
I’ve been trying to figure out the name of this one. According to some googling, it appears to be an Agastache Blue Fortune. If that is incorrect, please let me know. Thanks.
Beautiful Phlox. All of the plants and flowers in my yard are low maintenance, which is a definite plus for me!
I have always thought these were Black Eyed Susans but when I was looking on a website today, they had these listed as Redbeckia Goldsturm. Perhaps that is the proper name for them. Are these Black Eyed Susans to you?
This is a low growing creeper and looks great around the rock border. It looks like this through nearly the entire year. I would like to have more of this plant, so I would appreciate anyone helping me to identify it.
images (c) Karen Weideman