Saturday, August 08, 2015


Today is my tenth year anniversary of blogging. This is also my 1,000 post. It doesn't seem like it has been that long. I guess time flies and all that jazz. Anyway with all of our garden tomatoes and peppers I decided we needed to make relish. As this is a photo journal here are a few shots.

It' been an interesting 10 years. I guess we will see what the next 10 brings.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Garden Yield

Tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers...Oh my!  The peppers haven' been picked yet.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

New Generator

A couple years ago I purchased a WEN 3500 generator and for most of the first year that I had the thing, we didn't even have a blip in the power. Last fall I gave the generator to my father since just a couple of years ago they survived about 10 days without power during a ice storm and since then we have had two major power disruptions. One on the coldest day of the year and the other on the hottest. The first one lasted about 6 hours the latter for 16 hours. I was kicking myself for not getting another one. Last week I purchased another but just a little bit larger wattage and with a electric start. If nothing else it will probably keep us from having any electrical issues as long and I have it around.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Belated Birthday Surprise

Thank you sweet heart for the belated birthday gift. I would never have guessed this is what you had up your sleeve. I love you very much and appreciate the effort it took to accomplish this. Thank you.
The back story:
In 2010 Needles and I went on our first vacation, just the two of us. We decided to go to Boston and Salem, Mass. and then rent a car and venture up into Maine. We drove up to York, Maine and to Nubble Lighthouse and while there noticed an older gentlemen selling prints of his paintings of the lighthouse. We decided on not purchasing one as we didn't know if we would be able to make it back home with it in good shape. The very next year we vacationed in Bar Harbor, Maine and later that trip we ventured to Portland Head Lighthouse and to my amazement the same artist was there selling prints of that lighthouse. I purchased one without hesitation and then kicked myself for not buying one of Nubble Light the year before. Over the next couple of years I would often have regrets that I didn't purchase the print. Apparently Needles decided to be sneaky and contact the gift shop of the Nubble Light and convince them to sell one and ship it to her. This is something they said they don't usually do. To say I was surprised when I opened the gift is an understatement. For the rest of the evening and even now I get a big grin on my face thinking about all the trouble this wonderful woman went through to do this and finally put to rest one of my regrets. Thanks again Needles. LY
Above is the two prints of the lighthouses, Nubble Light and Portland Head . Pictures of the same lighthouses that I took while on vacation below.

The artist Bill Thomson

Monday, July 13, 2015

Garden Update.

Are garden has been doing well, even with all the rain. We got around 8 inches in June and so far in July we are over 3 inches. This picture was taken about a week ago so the tomatoes are about a foot taller. We have harvested so green beans but not enough for a cooking and we have some squash, a zucchini and cucumber ready for picking. We have lots of tomatoes but all of them are still green.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Big Apple

Well we called about a trip package to New York and we were told the trip might be booked. About 4 days later the tour guide called and said that they had 2 seats left so in Oct. we will be going to New York. This is not a vacation spot we would do on our own so a group trip is great for us. Can't wait.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Vacation Summer 2015

We are back from our summer vacation so if you are interested in a summary of our trip head on over to my travel blog. We had a wonderful time and got to travel with some nice people. The link is in the gutter to the right.  (Pictured above is Mackinac Bridge.)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Soap Sales

This weekend was the start up of the Sumner Farmer's Market. Since Needles has gotten into the soaping business she decided to set up a booth. She got up and left early this morning and I followed a couple hours later. We had a good turn out and did pretty well for 4 hours. We had great weather and got out of there before the heat of the day set in.

Ravenswood Hollow Soap Facebook