Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ice Cream Sundae Topped With Fresh Berries

We've had a few days of a tiny bit cooler weather. Sitting on the deck has been tolerable and this evening, we enjoyed an ice cream sundae topped with fresh fruit.


These darling purple glasses were a gift from my friend, Phyllis. They belonged to her Mom and she thought I could use them in a blog post.  They reminded me of ice cream sundae glasses that were used at a local soda fountain shop when I was growing up. 



I'm so happy Phyllis thought of me and send them my way. Thank you Phyllis


Did you notice the sweet little ice bucket that came with the glasses? I'm using it as a vase for the centerpiece of fresh flowers. 




The ice cream did start to melt quickly.


We ate fast and enjoyed every bite. You can see the moisture forming on the glass.




If you sit quietly on the deck, you can watch the hummingbirds darting back and forth. I started making my own nectar and they are at my feeders all day. 



Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to: 


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays




Monday, August 22, 2016

Barns, Birds and Bloom - Wk 8

Here's another week of barns, birds, and blooms for you to enjoy.


The featured barn, this time, is a metal barn with lots of rust. 



It looks like most of the pieces of metal are original to the barn. The front does seem to have more rust than the side so who knows if some pieces have been replaced or if it is just the direction that the barn faces and the exposure to wind and moisture.



I kind of like the rust, it shows the barn has weathered the storms, humidity, and moisture in our area of Kentucky. The collage below shows this barn has more windows and roof ventilation.


For blooms, the crepe myrtles in my yard have been putting on a show and I just love it. This crepe is on the edge of our property line and has been covered in blooms.



We have two crepe myrtles in our front bed next to the road. Did you know that Japanese Beetles just love crepes. 



We saw them flying around our crepes then eating on them. It is just an invasion! We started spraying immediately with Sevin. I sprayed it right on the beetles.



It took several sprayings and then again after raining. You can see the damage in the image below. 



I pretty much spray everything with Sevin to help keep the bugs away. 

Are you familiar with Limelight Hydrangea? I have been seeing their gorgeous blooms all around my area so I know they do well here. While I was at a local nursery, I saw some "Little Limes" and decided to purchase one and give it a try. I took a few pics before I planted it to share with you.



Don't you just love every little petal! It only gets about 4-5 feet high so it should be very manageable. 




It's pretty small this year so we will see how it does over the winter and hope for gorgeous blooms next summer. The nursery said it blooms on new growth. I've got to get it mulched very soon.



I've planted two mophead hydrangea this year too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


On to birds now. I'm sharing another owl that I photographed in the backyard area of The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes. You may remember from a previous post, these animals have either been injured, orphaned, or have lost their natural fear of humans. This owl is the Barred Owl. 



Isn't it just breathtaking?  Those eyes!! His hooting call is "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all? Now check out his brown-and-white stripped plumage. 



Wasn't the Barred Owl just amazing?


That's about it for this post, so thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday
ABC Wednesday on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Floyd Family Homestead on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays







Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School Tablescape - Give It OWL You Got

We are having a light lunch on the deck to celebrate the start of school. Our grandsons are eager for school to start, and of course, we are encouraging them to "Give It OWL You Got."


I'm using a new settee I purchased half-price 



and paying tribute to the wise old owl with some owl salad plates. 



I am a retired educator (retired twice) and happy that I'm not starting back to school. 



My husband is a Superintendent of Schools (retired once from Missouri and this will be his last year in another state). 


Our grandsons are eager to return to school; one is in 3rd grade and the other in kindergarten. 


We hope they use this old poem and listen to their teachers:



A wise old owl sat in an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;

The less he spoke the more he heard;

Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

I recently took this pic of the Screech Owl while visiting 
The Nature Center at Land Between the Lakes. 

For our light lunch, we are having Sauteed Zucchini (recipe at the end). It's very easy and super fast to make. 



and fresh tomatoes from the local farmer's market.


The black-eyes susans are blooming in many yards around Murray. They are so colorful!




Sauteed Zucchini

Heating 2 tsps of extra-virgin oil and 1 clove of smashed garlic and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes in a skillet, stir constantly for about 30 seconds then remove the garlic.

Add 1 lb of zucchini that has been cut into 2-by-1/4-inch matchsticks, cook undisturbed for about a minute on each side until golden brown.

Sprinkle some breadcrumbs and stir lightly.

Remove from the heat, and salt and pepper to taste. 

Transfer to a serving dish and top with 2 lbs. finely ground Parmesan Cheese. 

I didn't use garlic but it's optional. I also tried a little dill weed to vary the flavor.





Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays








Monday, August 15, 2016

Barns, Blooms and Birds - Wk 7

I'm continuing my series on barns, blooms, & birds.


Today I'm featuring another local tobacco barn around the Murray, KY, area. Take a look:



The barns hosts another beautiful quilt pattern on the side.


Another small window on the top front of the tobacco barn can be seen as in other tobacco barns. The doors are closed so not sure what's inside this time of the year. 



Tobacco is growing in the fields around Murray and you can see it has a flowering bloom on the top. 




I didn't realize tobacco plants bloomed but thought it would be appropriate to show the flower for my blooms section of this post. I read, as the tobacco plant reaches maturity, it produces a long spike of flower buds at the top of the plant. These plants are growing in a field down the road from me.



Last weekend we visited The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, we were happy to see the live wildlife in their Backyard area. The animals in this area could not survive in the wild because of either injury, being orphaned, or having lost their natural fear of humans. They are spectacular to see! 

I thought the barn owl would be a perfect one to feature in my barns, blooms and birds series. He looks pretty amazing.




Love his coloring! It looks like he only has one leg. This must be why he is at The Nature Station. Take a look, what do you think?



Yes, barn owls really do nest and roost in abandoned barns. They also nest and roost in cavities, other buildings, and dense trees. They roost during the day and hunt at night. 


I'm going to feature all the owls and a few other birds at The Nature Station in another post very soon. Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday
ABC Wednesday on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon


Seasons @ St. Germain's Blog on Sunday
Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays