Friday Dog Photo: Stinkeye

Occasionally we’ll get this look from Adia — the one that says “I’m disappointed in you.”

This week the look could mean any number of things, but I think it’s because we haven’t blogged enough.

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Rest and relaxation in the garden

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” – Ruth Stout
Life has been busy these past weeks and I miss being able to sit outside and enjoy the garden. This week I promise myself time to stop, sit and enjoy.
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Take a look at these Sea Oats

There’s a touch of fall in the air. The temperatures have been in the 80s during the day and the 60s at night.

The garden is beautiful in the fall. The mums are starting to bloom now but what I want to show you today are Sea Oats, an ornamental grass that turns this wonderful shade of pink-brown-gold. The latin name is Chasmanthium latifolium.

What I like about these is that they can’t be mistaken for weeds.

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Purple, green and gorgeous

We haven’t tried eating these beautiful Hyacinth Beans but we are certainly enjoying looking at them.

The contrasting colors really help make this plant stand out.

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Friday Dog Photo: Piper’s eye

Close up of a dog's eye

Australian Shepherds like Piper have the most interesting eyes. They can range from very light blue to deep brown, including both colors in one eye, like this one.

More Friday Dog Photos:

Have you ever really looked at an Australian Shepherd’s nostrils?

Adia lounges about on the sofa


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Sweet 100s are our favorite tomato

basket filled with red ripe cherry tomatoes

This is the third year we’ve grown the cherry tomato variety “Sweet 100,” so-named for the quantity of fruit it produces. I think it should be renamed “Sweet 1000” because man-o-man these plants keep delivering.

We pick the amount in the photo above EVERY DAY. Which means we have to eat that many every day. Just the two of us.

“Here, have some tomatoes with your morning coffee, dear. What’s that?! You don’t want tomatoes in your lunch again? Well I’m sorry, but if you don’t eat your fair share we will be eating them for dinner. Again.”

Last year we had six plants. Every day we each took a quart-sized bag to our respective workplaces to give away. And because they are SWEET (like the name, Sweet 100) our friends started eating them like candy, popping them into their mouths. Two, maybe three at a time.

This year, we wisely bought only two plants. Any day now we’ll experiment with drying them. If they don’t bury us first.

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Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies were the hit of the Kentucky State Fair

Here in Kentucky we know about good food. After all, we invented Fried Chicken (the brand), Papa John lives here, Ale-8-One was first bottled in 1926, and (oh yeah) there’s the whole bourbon thing. I never said the food we promote here is good for you, but it sure does taste good.

New at the Kentucky State Fair this year was Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies. They were delicious. You could order Samoas, Thin Mints or Tagalongs that were dipped in batter and deep-fried. Four cookies to an order for $5 or a sampler with two of each type for $7. I had the Samoas and thought they were delicious. I love to order food that I can’t make at home and this certainly met my criteria.

Now, if I’d only had a shot of Maker’s Mark to wash them down with …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

sign post with 20 different directions

I searched through my photo archives to find this photo taken in Portland, Oregon a few years ago to meet this week’s photo challenge of “urban.”

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Another interesting character from the Kentucky State Fair

funny photo of  a mule

At the Kentucky State Fair is a special barn for mules and jacks. Mules are the offspring of mares (female horses) and jacks (male donkeys). Mules cannot reproduce.

I don’t know if this is a mule or a jack. I don’t think I asked enough questions.

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Hello Colonel!

white rooster with red comb and wattle

Remember Colonel Foghorn Leghorn? Doesn’t this fellow remind you of him just a little bit?

This was just one of the many characters I met over the weekend at the Kentucky State Fair. You’ll be hearing more about that later but I just couldn’t wait to share this photograph of a a giant rooster with you.

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