Archive for the ‘Barnyard’ Category


Promise of Pecans

Going to the mailbox… it’s the twice-a-day trip I love.  I used to have to drive to the post office to check that PO Box, and although it was fun to bump into friends and chat for a few minutes, I was always longing for the day when we’d get this barn built, get that […]

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Sweeter Than Apricots

My yard is very young… barely four years old.   I baby my plants along, and cheer as the little twigs slowly work toward becoming tree trunks.  My cherry tree hasn’t come up with any cherries yet, but my apricot has produced a couple of little crops.  This year I think we had about twenty.  The […]

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Too Many Dots

I was so excited about that parsley.  I was gathering seeds and letting is spread… in the fall I was going to make sure my flowerbeds were full of it, then they’d be so lovely and green throughout the winter.  It’s such a pretty plant, really lush. I’ve sat out there on my old glider […]

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Dandelions

It’s that time of year… when I work out in my huge yard for hours on end, loving the quiet time of meditation.  Much of the time – perhaps the majority – is spent on dandelions. I ask myself why.  Why can’t these little beauties just stay?  They’re amazing.  They survive all the elements, and […]

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Crepe Myrtle Fanatic

I’m working on some self-analysis today.  Trying to figure out how I have become such a fanatic about my crepe myrtles.  Although I told myself not to give them a thought until May, this day finds me outside inspecting them for signs of tiny red leaves.  And even though leaves are starting to pop out, […]

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My Manicure

Will Rogers said, “What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.” How I love this quote.  It’s fun to conjure it up when I’ve been in my flowerbeds all day and my nails are black with soil. It’s finally time to get back out there in our yards, think about plowing our garden […]

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Springing With Hope

My rose garden was really in bad shape.  Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll.  So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season… trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut away […]

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New Year Goal

Note to self… this coming summer get lots of parsley planted in the midst of the petunias and marigolds! The summertime flowerbeds are always so pretty.  This wonderful profusion of yellow and white out in front of the red barn.  But wintertime flowerbeds… oh my.  I always hope my guests just glance away when they’re […]

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Shelling Pecans

How can Thanksgiving be so near?  We were trying to survive a swelteringly hot and dry summer, and the very next day we were making decisions on who would bring the rolls and who would bake the pies.  Ahhh… I’m thrilled about it.  It’s a grand holiday, and I just can’t wait. Today I’ve shelled […]

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Shades of Autumn

I love the colors of fall.  I look at my wonderful fruit trees with their mass of color, and I can’t help dreaming of the day when they’ll be larger, more grand, with a profusion of cadmium red, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and touches of cadmium yellow light! Did your mother teach you […]

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Aspen Trees

I feel sorry for them.  They didn’t ask to get stuck in my barnyard.  Some man convinced me when we were finishing this place up and putting in the yard that they’d do just fine here.  He was bringing them down from his family land in the mountains, and had planted several in Portales.  Gave […]

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Rabbit Food

A little cotton-tail bunny has lived in my flowerbeds this summer.  I think he decided to stay there when I filled a bushel basket with apples to decorate the front porch.  I noticed those apples were being munched on, then discovered little Peter was the one enjoying the feast. Just now I realized I haven’t […]

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