Sunday, May 30, 2021

THE LAST ONION - MONARCH CATERPILLAR - MUD POTATOES - AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY - MEMORIAL DAY 2021

Weeds are consuming the remains of the onion patch.

The last onion was left to allow the seeds to develop. I plan to try saving and then planting from those those seeds. For the learning.

I freed this little fellow after taking the photo. 


Monarch Caterpillars are here. Neighbor gal photo from last season. She explains how these caterpillars strip the stalks of herbs, eating just the green "bark." Monarchs love dill and will clean out those first. 

She is a fan and grows dill for the purpose of bringing these caterpillars to her yard and then watching them turn into butterflies. She even puts light nets over her herbs to protect these from the birds. 


MUD POTATOES

The East Texas deluge this month has brought rot to the potatoes. These were harvested with a shovel by our neighbor in his fields.  

Clean and eat now. Some have gone to rot beyond use. White dots on the potato is major indicator of rot starting.

He harvested as much as they can eat and offered up the rest of the field to family and friends. A now or never moment.


I washed and scrubbed these potatoes with a scrub brush in a bucket of fresh water. 

They are not pretty nor appetizing-looking. But with a little trimming and sprucing up they are boiled, buttered and sprinkled with fresh parsley. The taste of fresh potatoes out of the ground is not lost at all. But even after some work, a few of these were not salvageable for the pot. 

On the dinner plate, the extra work is well worth it. 



There is also a lot of satisfaction in the wanting to do this, the extra work, TLC and the very low cost of feeding a family good home grown foods. Mom and dad accounted for every penny in my growing up years. Not to throw food away. Taught me that quite often a little work will produce gourmet meals at little to no cost other than a little effort.

Dug my potatoes yesterday and they, too, are all mush. 

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FRESH GARDEN VEGETABLES "SQUEAK" WHEN EATEN. Did you know that?


String beans with bacon, onion, parsley, garlic chives and a side of home made meat balls.


Fresh string beans are on now. Harvest enough for dinner everyday until they run their course. And yes, fresh beans squeak when eaten. As do yellow squash and zucchini. Garden candy. A batch with baby red potatoes above.

 AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY


Inviting. Would you ever tire of this view?


Standing watch.


High hover.


Next to the ocean.


Columbia River play time



Fruit stands ahead.


Touchdown RVN 1967


Return to base after fire mission. RVN 1967


MEMORIAL DAY 2021


There was a time in the days of old. A 32 year old tradition. 

Her and I were founding members of Rolling Thunder NH-1 and rode with them for quite a few years.

Salt of the earth!! 


Marine Staff Sargent, Tim Chambers. At attention, held his salute for every motorcycle and veteran riding through the DC Memorial Day Parade. Hours!!

Veterans would attend him with water and near the end of the parade line of passing motorcycles, offered road side encouragement to help him complete his mission. He always did. A brotherhood standing with him.  

This year though:


Cancels 4th of July fireworks too.

Make ya feel warm and fuzzy?

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Quiet times this Memorial Day in the Piney Woods. Yard work, garden work and visiting with friends and neighbors. Happy to have a day or two w/o rain.


WE HONOR AND MOURN THIS MEMORIAL DAY THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR MILITARY DUTIES WHILE IN THE SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. 
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Thanks for the visit and have a blessed week. 



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