corner view: trilogy: mineral

I’m a little bit in love with the coarse, gold-flecked beaches near our home. We’ve recently started frequenting them for breakfast time park runs. One of Zuzu’s teachers told her that the sun-inspired freckles on her cheeks are angel’s kisses. My goal this summer is to get a picture of those sweet cheeks when they are coated with the glittery freckles the quartzite & mica flakes in our beaches provide when the kiddos emerge from their sandy play.

Corner view is a weekly Wednesday date hosted originally hosted by Jane, currently by Francesca. A topic is given and you can see impressions; be it in photographic or writerly in form from around the world: Jane, Dana, Bonny, Joyce, Ian, Francesca, Theresa, Cate, Kasia, Otli, Trinsch, Isabelle, Janis, Kari, jgy, Lise, Dorte, McGillicutty, Sunnymama, Ibb, Kelleyn, Ninja, Sky, RosaMaria, Juniper, Valerie, Sammi, Cole, Don, WanderChow, FlowTops, Tania, Tzivia, Kristin, Laura, Guusje, Susanna, Juana, Elsa, Nadine

corner view: trilogy: vegetable

Once upon a time we were gardening folk. When I first met Lovey I was charmed by his loving care of the little plot of dirt that ran along the white wooden house he inhabited. Tomatos, peppers, some herbs and a few pansies for color. When we married and moved to Iowa we rented a house with a sweet backyard and a larger plot dug up and tended for corn, beans and tomotos. I ran headlong into my first cidada there while admiring the wildflowers that grew willfully with the toss of a handful of seeds. Our next move to St. Louis kept had us joining a community garden since our apartment had little green space.

Then we moved to the south. And within the first season we suddenly appreciated the reference to black gold for the soil in the midwest. Here in the south you have to expend much greater effort to be able to grow anything near the lot we had previously. The first year we were here the neighbors who while not “master gardeners”, but clearly having mastered gardening offered us up two rows in their tennis court sized lot. We happily picked out our seeds and seedlings and put down rows of beans, cucumber, tomatos, peppers, carrots and zucchini. I had a couple of melon seeds and added them on the end. When I naivily described our plans to more gardeners at work they commented about how much space and trellising we must have for the beans and melons. I was confused but concurred. Within weeks of living in their well-tended soil I understood our mistake. Fortunately a patch of bamboo lives in our yard as well so we set to rigging up a rather “Gilligan’s Island” like contraption for the cucumbers and beans and said a prayer of thanks that the melon vines were headed out away from the rest of the seedlings. our homemade, bamboo trellis lasted all of a week when the first winds left over from the beginnings of hurricane season swept through.

The next year we decided to not embarrass ourselves with our lack of southern gardening knowledge in front of our neighbors. We dug up a plot, fertilized and tilled it and put in some beams to keep it framed and tidy. When I mentioned to my dental hygeneist about the squirrels having their way with half of our tomatoes and some sort of rot wrecking the other half she mentioned that what I should have done was to add a penny and match into the soil under each seedling. Another neighbor came by to instruct me on exactly how to cut back my tomato plants and had a suggestion that perhaps a snake dog or gun might help us to keep critters out of our garden and yard. The next summer when friends from out of town came to visit, one particularly observent questioner asked why we decided to plant our garden in partial shade rather than full sun.

That was probably the beginning of the end for our vegetable patches for a while. The next year a few volunteer tomatos and peppers returned but my efforts became focused on herbs in the bed by our backdoor and Lovey’s on keeping the grass that was dying in our front yard from becoming totally extinct due to the drought and ever-increasing canopy of trees.

As the children get older we’ll try again in a few years. But for now I’m left with a few photos of our efforts which make me smile as I enjoy the vegetable dumpings of our  more successful neighbors and co-workers.

squash

okra

Corner view is a weekly Wednesday date hosted originally hosted by Jane, currently by Francesca. A topic is given and you can see impressions; be it in photographic or writerly in form from around the world: Jane, Dana, Bonny, Joyce, Ian, Francesca, Theresa, Cate, Kasia, Otli, Trinsch, Isabelle, Janis, Kari, jgy, Lise, Dorte, McGillicutty, Sunnymama, Ibb, Kelleyn, Ninja, Sky, RosaMaria, Juniper, Valerie, Sammi, Cole, Don, WanderChow, FlowTops, Tania, Tzivia, Kristin, Laura, Guusje, Susanna, Juana, Elsa, Nadine

corner view: trilogy: animal

Corner view is a weekly Wednesday date hosted originally hosted by Jane, currently by Francesca. A topic is given and you can see impressions; be it in photographic or writerly in form from around the world: Jane, Dana, Bonny, Joyce, Ian, Francesca, Theresa, Cate, Kasia, Otli, Trinsch, Isabelle, Janis, Kari, jgy, Lise, Dorte, McGillicutty, Sunnymama, Ibb, Kelleyn, Ninja, Sky, RosaMaria, Juniper, Valerie, Sammi, Cole, Don, WanderChow, FlowTops, Tania, Tzivia, Kristin, Laura, Guusje, Susanna, Juana, Elsa, Nadine

corner view: imagine

A momma’s heart is pretty set on imagining her children’s future most days, but when a newborn comes along in particular. Sugarplum has been with us on the outside for 8 weeks now which had me looking back at that same week for her sisters and imagining what she will look like in a couple of years…

Zuzu

The Quail

Sugarplum

Corner view is a weekly Wednesday date hosted originally hosted by Jane, currently by Francesca. A topic is given and you can see impressions; be it in photographic or writerly in form from around the world: Jane, Dana, Bonny, Joyce, Ian, Francesca, Theresa, Cate, Kasia, Otli, Trinsch, Isabelle, Janis, Kari, jgy, Lise, Dorte, McGillicutty, Sunnymama, Ibb, Kelleyn, Ninja, Sky, RosaMaria, Juniper, Valerie, Sammi, Cole, Don, WanderChow, FlowTops, Tania, Tzivia, Kristin, Laura, Guusje, Susanna, Juana, Elsa, Nadine

sunday still life

Sunday Still Life is an evolving mindfulness project; a weekly invitation to pause the busy of our days, to re-center and celebrate the beauty and depth of life. If you are leave inspired to join in, please leave a link in Erin’s comments.

Painted Lady

We had baby butterflies this spring. As one friend put it, our home was bursting with new life! We watched our caterpillars transformation and shortly after Sugarplum joined us, released them into our back yard. Zuzu was the biggest fan of the process. Well, her and her Gramma who then received some as a gift from her granddaughters for Mother’s Day shortly thereafter! Each day in the week following the release Zuzu would let me know which of the caterpillars she saw flapping by at school that day…Tina, Jackie, Max…

Only Mortimer remained with us since his wing was damaged to the point where he couldn’t fly. He lived out his life in our little butterfly home dining on pink carnations and orange slices. We’ve received regular updates about the butterflies in Gramma’s care as well and they are scheduled to move to a local park bursting with flowers today!