Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday, Saturday, and the Mention of Monday

Friday night, Bulldog Man and I headed to Wal-Mart in town to pick up some crank bait for fishing early Saturday morning.  The clouds were very vibrant and building east of the store, and I thought I would share the pictures with you. 

Saturday morning, we were up at 4:00AM, the truck was loaded with our fishing gear; I just finished toasting some nice raisin bread to enjoy on the ride down to the Lake of the Arbuckles, with our coffee.  An hour later, we pulled up to the Lake, unloaded our truck, and set up for fishing.  Bulldog Man caught 2 bass, and I caught 2 also.  We each ended up tossing back a fish due to size. 

Temperatures started out at 68 degrees with heavy cloud cover, switched to a light sprinkle, and then the sun attempted to appear.  Overall, it was a beautiful morning out at the Lake.   We packed the truck back up, went into the town of Sulpher, and had lunch at this hole in the wall café, called Poor Girls Café.  If you’re ever passing through Sulpher, I would recommend stopping for a good home-cooked meal.


Garden Updates
Instead of planting cucumbers in the garden beds, I planted seeds in two large pots and rigged up a wire trellis between the two pots.  It seems most of the cucumber eating in our home is from me, so I reduced the amount I planned on growing this season.  As you can see, I have plenty of flower blossoms.  Hopefully, I’ll have enough cucumbers to can some pickles.  

Here’s the tub of strawberries; several have ripened and are ready for harvest.  My other pots are doing well, and I should have another large batch of strawberries to harvest soon.

My green beans have produced many flowers, and when I lifted the leaves up, I was surprised to see beans almost ready for harvest.  In the next several days, I’ll need to go through all of the beans and harvest those ready for picking.  Wooohoooo, time to do some bean canning and freezing.

Half of my spinach garden box has started to bolt, I’ll be keeping an eye out for when they turn brown, so I can harvest the female plant for seeds.

The celery I started from cutting ends off of existing celery bundles are very large, and extremely healthy.  I believe from now on this will be the only way I will grow celery in the future, it makes life so much easier.

My pink Brandy Wine, Cherokee Purple, and yellow cherry tomatoes on the straw bales are producing beautiful tomatoes.  I’m just waiting for the appropriate time to harvest.  All the tomato blossoms and leaves are enjoying an Epsom salt treat.  I place….. 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in a spray bottle and fill the container with water, shake, and spray directly on the blossoms and leaves when the sun is not out.  

Here are a few pictures of some of the flowers in bloom right now; I’m waiting for many more to start appearing.

This weekend has been very nice and relaxing.  I’ll be heading down to Texas early Monday morning to visit with the attorney handling my Dad’s estate.  We have papers to complete before going to court.

Tell me about your weekend……………………..



  1. Garden looks great!
    What does the Epsom salt spray do for the plant blossoms? I use it but add it to the dirt, not to the blossoms.

    1. Mike,

      Thanks! It helps with blossom end rot on your blossoms. It also helps the tomato plant produce larger healthier tomatoes. You can also use the spray on your pepper plants.
      Check this website out:

    2. Sweet Sandy, Mike - when i transplant my tomatoes to their permanent home i soak the hole with one cup epsom salt to one gallon of water. then once every 2 weeks i spray with epsom salt. tomatoes love epsom salt and they also love calcium.

    3. Sandy, thanks for the link.
      Kymber, during the growing cycle I simply sprinkle the granuals under each plant and let the regular watering rinse it into the ground. I add about 3 tablespoons for each plant.

  2. My weekend so far has been pulling weeds and loading up wheel barrow after wheel barrow of barn mulch. I think I am about 40% or so done now.

    1. PP,

      Weeds are a new ending job. Especially if it continues to rain.
      40% is good my friend!!! Keep up the good work :-)

  3. Sounds like you had a great day!
    I mowed lawns all day.....t-i-r-e-d!

    1. M.E.,

      You've been busy!!! I bet you used your new John Deere Tractor.
      Time for a nice glass of iced tea, and some relaxation after doing all that work.

      Our grass needs cutting, this will be tackled tomorrow or late Monday evening.

  4. Your container plants are doing great! Maybe I should switch to that method since they would be easier to weed ;) I can't wait to try my hand at some flowers in the garden, I have some in containers on my patio that I keep forgetting to water.

    1. DFW,

      Thanks sweetie, yes the containers are doing well. I even placed marigolds in my vegetable garden to help distract bugs.

      Ever consider running a drip hose through your containers on the patio so you won't forget to water them?

  5. Sweet Sandy - your garden is coming along fabulously and i am so jealous that you have tomatoes and beans!!! my beans aren't even in the ground yet - our last frost free date is june 5th and i never risk it with the beans. i am so glad that you guys had a good day out fishing and i am asking this very nicely - DID YOU EAT THE FISH??? IF SO, I WANT PICS OF THE PLATED FISH! sorry for screaming at you but i want to see those babies cooked up in some butter and on a plate - bahahahah! congrats for getting such gorgeous looking fish and on your garden!!!

    much love and hugs from us to you and yours, always - especially that little Beans! your friend,

    1. Sweet Kymber,

      Don't be jealous, we get warmer earlier than you. And when our season is done, you're in the middle of your planting season.

      No we didn't eat these fish, we placed them in food saver bags and in the freezer to eat later. Were stock piling our meats / fish :-)

      Sending hugs and love to you and Jambaloney.

  6. Sandy:

    i am glad you had a nice weekend and enjoyed some fishing and bass!! I used to catch lots of bass back in ottawa, but tehre are none here.

    your garden looks great!

    hugs to you!
    your friend,

    1. Jambaloney,

      We really enjoyed fishing, it's our way of dealing with stress and enjoying mother nature. No bass where you live, really?

      Thanks Jam, I've worked really hard in the garden this year and it shows!!!
      Hugs and love to you and Sweet Kymber,
      Your Friend,

  7. We got 3+ inches of rain, Sunday night, in northern Oklahoma. YAY FOR RAIN!!!

    1. Rancher Girl,
      Welcome to OT!!!!

      3+ inches of rain, now that's a lot and it's well needed.
      Were expecting rain starting again tomorrow night.