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October 23, 2011

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I’m taking a page out of Robin’s book   (ooh, another idiom! ) with my post title today.  Robin has a habit of occasionally naming her blog posts after odd search engine terms used to find her blog.  That search engine term I’ve got up there for the title has got to be about the oddest I’ve ever seen in my search terms!  And I had absolutely no idea what to title my blog post today, so there you go.

I have a few things I wanted to share with you today.  I noticed a little battle of the seasons going on in my backyard, so I took some photos to document it.  The balmy warmth of summer is definitely a thing of the past around here (day time highs are in the 50’s and 60’s, nights in the low 40’s) but some of the plant life in my yard is not quite ready to go to sleep for winter.

I have a barrel planter in which I grow chives, basil and parsley.  It is right at the bottom of the stairs of my deck, so it is convenient for snipping fresh herbs for cooking.  I used a lot of my parsley last week when I made that tabouli salad, so I was surprised to see it looking like this:

It is as fresh and lush as it has been all summer.  Basil, however, I think curls up and squeaks “goodbye” as soon as we go anywhere near 40° – those would be the brown sticks in the background.

In this absolutely amazing year for hydrangeas, I have two little blooms still looking bright and beautiful, both near the bottom of their respective bushes:


I also noticed my butterfly bushes are still strongly pushing out fresh, new leaves:


The bushes themselves look huge – bigger than they looked in the summer, even in the absence of all the beautiful blooms.

We haven’t had a killing frost yet in this area, so would you believe I even picked a few tomatoes from the garden today?  They weren’t perfect, and some weren’t perfectly ripe, but I think they will do nicely later this week when I make my sister’s version of panzanella.  I love panzanella and have made it many times – I can’t believe I never thought of using bacon like she does!

Oh and I finished those baby quilts for the twins that I had been working on:

I got the idea for them from this site, and then tweaked them to my own liking.  I’ll be bringing them to their new owner at work tomorrow and I’m excited about it.

I finally started working on my photo hunt today (happy, Michaela? 😉 )… hope you are working on yours too!  I am looking forward to seeing them.


  1. The quilts are very nice! I hope they sleep well under them!

    My basil died early this year too. Way before I got around to making basil paste that I could freeze for the winter. Oh well, maybe next year. Beautiful hydrangeas. My hydrangeas and butterfly bushes did well this year too. Can’t wait for next summer already!

    Comment by Andrea L — October 23, 2011 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Andrea. I’m ready for next summer too!

      Comment by Karma — October 24, 2011 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  2. My parsley looks better than ever too! My aunt says I can freeze it? Or dry it in the oven on very low for a long time. Do you have any ideas about what to do with it so I can continue to use it this winter?

    Love the quilts!!

    Comment by Dawn — October 23, 2011 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

    • I’ve never tried freezing parsley. It seems like it would not do well frozen to me – I think dried would be better. When I worked in a living history museum, we used to harvest herbs still on their stems, bundle them together, then let them hang upside down to dry them.
      Thanks Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — October 24, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  3. I still have tomatoes too! We even picked and ate basil with our dinner this evening. Not too shabby considering it’s almost the end of October. Will we get a hard freeze this week?

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 23, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

    • Ooh you are lucky the basil is still going! You must have it in a nice protected place.

      Comment by Karma — October 24, 2011 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  4. I’ve also considered using a weird search engine term when I can’t come up with my own title – I’ll have to do that next time I get stuck!! Your quilts are beautiful, I’m sure the babies will love them!! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — October 24, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  5. Search engine terms? What a great idea! I’ll tell you, your title sure caught my attention. I love hydrangea, but the only kind I can get to grow here are the Annabelle and PeeGee. So I take what I can get.

    Comment by Carol — October 24, 2011 @ 10:25 am | Reply

    • Funny, huh? There are some strange ones in that list.
      I’m not even sure what type of hydrangea I have; I am just happy they bloomed this year!

      Comment by Karma — October 24, 2011 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  6. I love the title idea! How funny. And weird…

    Your quilts turned out fabulously. I love the twins names too!

    Comment by plainmama — October 24, 2011 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

    • Really makes you wonder what the heck people are thinking when they are googling, doesn’t it?
      Thanks Amy.

      Comment by Karma — October 24, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  7. Bet your glad to see summer lingering in your garden 🙂
    Yes, I’m happy that you started working on your photo hunt! (It’s about time!! 😉 )
    Those quilts turned out really cute.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — October 24, 2011 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

    • Any little bit of summer makes me smile. The snow will be flying way too soon!
      Thanks Michaela.

      Comment by Karma — October 25, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  8. Beautiful quilts. You are a woman of many talents. 🙂

    Your parsley looks wonderful. I think I’ll plant some next year. I use an awful lot of it. Love your post title. Thank you for the link. 😀

    Comment by Robin — October 26, 2011 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin – and thanks for the idea for the post title, LOL.

      Comment by Karma — October 26, 2011 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  9. Did you get your killing frost a couple of nights ago? We did. Also wondering if you have had that snow. Or if you have power? I like how Robin uses random search engine terms in her titles and aim to do that one of these days, too.

    Comment by Kathy — October 30, 2011 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

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