"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Plant Camp Monday's

If you put out a veggie garden you just gotta have the easy to grow Zinnias. They brighten up the all green garden, very easy to grow and last tell frost. They are annuals so you need to save the seeds alto I'm sure some come up voluntary. But for a for sure show save those seeds.

Heres a few that I have growing this season, but the green one I grew at the other homestead and its a favorite of mine, sorry I don't have the name so I'll jsut call it Green Zinnia.

They make great bouquets and the more you pick the more they grow

I didn't get all my seeds from saved seeds planted this spring, I have some that look like peppermint, red and white stripes. I plan on planting all my seeds nest spring before they get to old.

Did you know that the different colors of Zinnias mean different things ! And that the meaning of Zinnia itself is a symbol of lasting love, goodness, thoughts of an absent friend, constancy and daily remembrance of good memories. Now I know why I like this flower. : )

Yellow zinnia means daily remembrance, white zinnia represents goodness,scarlet zinnia represents constancy magenta zinnia flower is a symbol of lasting love and affection, while a mixed colored zinnia means thinking of an absent friend, this taken from my research.

Also found that the first Zinnias were found in the wilderness of Mexico in the 1500's. The emperor Aztec, named the Zinnias which meant "eyesore" because they were dull and unpleasant. But the common Zinnias of today are not so dull and is called the garden Cinderella because of all that the flowers level of transformation has gone through.

Zinnia angustifolia is one of the three wild Zinnia species that most of today's many varieties and hybrid strains come from.

Heres a link to some pretty Zinnias , notice the deep purple one with specks of green , very unusual.

I hope you grow this flower, kids love to pull em them and bring them in for mommy or grandma. I have rec many from my little loves and I don't mind them picking because they just keep on growing.

Thanks for stopping by the camp this week. I'll be taking a couple of weeks off, we had a brand new Grandson born yesterday and on my Moms 84 Birthday too! Mom was so excited to have a great grandson born on her B-day.

We'll be heading down to Florida to see him and give him a whole lot of hugs and kisses.

We decided to tent camp the whole time. Camping by the ocean too! Wind our trip in the Smokies on the way home and spend a night or two camping out and hiking. I'll be taking pictures of our visit and trip so until I get back you folks have a good one and see ya at the camp in a couple of weeks.
tc linda

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Plant Camp Monday's

Every Autumn I head out to the trails to check out the pessimism's, not to eat alto you sure can but to see what our winter is going to be like. It never fails so far!

I take the slippery seed out and cut open, there inside will be little white things in the shape of a fork, spoon or knife.

There meaning or prediction would be if there's a spoon you will be shoveling snow, a knife will be a cold icy winter and wind that will cut you like a knife and the fork will indicate a mild winter.

Heres a pic of the tree and a open persimmon seed from a couple of yrs ago. You see the little shovel, we had snow that year. Last year was a shovel too. I have not checked yet but very soon and see what type of winter we will have. I hope a shovel again : )

Have you ever ate an unripe persimmon, ohhhhhh its awful your mouth puckers up and feels really dry. Not good. But when they are ripe they are so sweet and yummy.

We used to wait tell a frost but they say you can eat before. Just look at the fruit and make sure its very soft, give it a taste and check those seeds. The seed is rather hard to open so take care when cutting open.

Heres a picture link of persimmons .


There are different types of persimmons but the ones we have around here are the Common Persimmon , Diospyros virginiana

Like the tomato, it is not considered a "common berry", but is in fact a "true berry" by definition according to some research I found.

Theres even a song we use to sing as kids about a possum up a simmon tree. I'm trying to remember the words.

Heres another interesting link about persimmons.


So when out in the woods and on the trails take along a bag because you might come across a persimmon tree that you can eat the fruit and find out what your winter will be like.

Thanks for joining in this weeks plant camp. Have a great week : )

tc linda

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yak Sisters Adventure

That’s what sis and I call ourself , the Yak Sisters. True we yak alot but we do it now in our kayaks, well until we settle down to serious fishing that is.

We always fished growing up, Mom and Dad even wanted to live on a river boat, we be call’n ourself river rats I specd. But I’m glad they took to the land instead cuz we now can have both.

How in the world did we get into kayaking!!!! When I think of that word I thing of White Water, tipping over and staying under while my head is beating on rocks and boulders. But little did I know this is a growing sport in fishing from a kayak, The Kayak Anglers. That was for us.

We were looking for something we could pick up and go. First it was a canoe but sis would have no doings with me and her in a canoe, here’s why. DH and I took floats trips with the kids all the time. I was always on the front rowing and hubby in the back. We did good. So the first time that sis floated her and I went together, I took the back and she the front. OH boy was that mistake.
We went from bank to bank all down the river. It was wearing me out. I told her to row harder or well be here forever,( I didn’t know that my hubby was the one who really got us down those rivers). Well it kept up and finally the motion put me to sleep , thats right I fell asleep at my post ,couldn’t help. It was a drool on your pillow type of deep sleep. I was gone.

Sis looked back and yell “What Are You Doing. I woke up fast , wiped the slobber from my face and back to rowing. I never heard the last of that and we now have our own vessels to row : )

When we bought our kayaks we decided to get the same ones so we won’t say mine is better then yours kind of thing. I didn’t think we were going to look like bobbies twins going down the lake or river. Sis got us both camo t-shirts and matching visors.
Our yaks are green and last weekend when we were out on the lake coming in a women on the dock said we look like turtles on a log, I thought she said turds on a log : (. I guess its better to look like turtles.
We tried our kayaks on our friends pond first and did some fishing, we caught 80+ fish in a couple of days and had a blast. We were ready for the big time stuff now, off to the lake.
We've been decking our yaks out , accessorize they call it, its really more run dressing these Yaks cuz every thing fits. Not like that 2 size smaller dress one would like to buy :/ Heres a pic of my yak all deck out for fishing, we haven’t got kayak paddles yet but this little adjustable one is great for getting into coves on the lake.

We we told each other , Lets Look Professional, like we know what were doing. All was good , we carried our kayaks out of the truck at the lake, all eyes were on us now, we placed our rods, and did little prepping for launching, hit the restroom, I hate that part cuz you know ppl are looking at ya, Hoping there was toilet paper in that concrete outhouse.

Ok sis is pulling her boat out to the ramp and looking good at this point until she hits the water and wham she slips big time , legs and all in the water, I’m shocked and everyone has their mouth open , I know this cuz I’m looking at everyone now, sis is still flipping and I just can’t move. Wheres the professionalism here? What is she doing? What now? What seem like hours was really seconds and I pushed the boat so she could grab the handle. If I tried to grab her by hand I would have met her fate. After all she wasn’t in much more then knee deep water , just couldn’t get up. I couldn’t dive for her , water just wasn’t deep enough.

So we went fishing anyways the dry turtle and the wet turtle, nobody yaked and we caught no fish. We sat out on that lake tell dark and nobody on the lake, sis was to embarrassed to go in. In silence , in my mind “professional alright”!

The next week we did better but the tables turned and it was my turn to look professional. I was heading in and I had one foot on the shore and the other still in the yak. My rubber cheap knock off croc came off and while I was trying to retrieve it I did what looked/felt like the splits. Sis asked what in the world was I doing? Brushing up on my ballet!

In those kind of moments of trying to look cool and miss way out on left field, you just keep head down, focus on what your doing and row like heck away from the crowd. In my case run to the bath room , head still down then back on board and row like heck. We stayed out late in the dark again.

We are having a blast with our new adventure. I mean sis and I a couple of years ago was excited about collecting buttons and every Friday we would have a button exchange. We figure our kayaking was a cheaper sport. Not much makes us happy. We sometime get along like a burn’n house but now we have the lake to hose us down : )

We even got Mom who will be 84 yrs in a few days out on the yak at the pond, she yaked all over. Our kayaks are really hard to tip over , just got to be careful on slippy rocks and such getting in and out.

Heres sis on her yak, we have big life jackets that we are planning on replacing for kayak vest, much more comfortable and don’t hit you in the chin like these do. (could be why we looked like turtles) We found out we don’t need to wear them just have a vest in the boat. Both of us can swim but when the water is really choppy its good to wear them.
Sis is my best friend and the best kind of person you could ever meet. She has survived cancer, I shaved her head when her hair was falling out and she has up lifted many cancer patients. She and her hubby have no children but she is a great aunt/mom to mine. Sis is as real as a person can get and I love her so.

Here I am , we fish on a 71 acre lake that is really close to were we, hubby and I live, just a
couple of bends and hills over.

Theres a little island on the lake that we plan to have our lunch there, my foot is in the way. After I took the picture I fell asleep , the peacefulness of the water put me down in lala land again. I just had a cola and I should have been rowing all over the place, oh well nap time. Sis shaking her head, real professional!

Theres huge lily pads on the lake and one could use as a table for lunch , play cards , board games, they are big

We are planning another fishing this weekend at the lake, but also looking into taking a river trip and camp over night on the river. Theres lots of room yaks to hold camping gear, tents, food, and cooler. That would be so fun to do that.
So the Yak Sisters will be off for more adventures , Thanks for dropping by. Hope I got you interested in getting into kayaking. I kinda thinking of a women’s yak club would be fun to start.
Theres a big group called the “Sisters On the Fly”, sis and I talk of joining on down the road. This group goes all over fly fishing, float trips,hiking and they do it all by pulling vintage trailers to their camp. They kiss their hubbies good by for a couple of weeks and take out for an adventure. Check em out on the net.
All take good care

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Plant Camp Monday's

Watch your noggin when it turns Autumn and the wind is blowing.

The Carya Fruits (hickory nuts) are falling. Hurry to gather b/c the squirrels
have this in mind too.

I gathered these a year ago by our friends fishing pond, fishing wasn't good so I gathered the hickory nuts.

Here in the woods we have some early drops of hickory and I'm hoping will have some nice ones to pickup. These in the basket are very nice.

Did you know there's lots of different hickory nuts and that the pecan is a species of hickory!

Carya illinoinensis (pecan)

A pecan, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. Like the fruit of all the members of hickory genus;

Heres a list of hickory nuts

Southern shagbark hickory
Hickory bitternut
Hickory pignut
Hickory shellbark hickory or Kingnut hickory
Red hickory
Hickory shagbark
Hickory sand
Hickory mockernut

Check this hickory site for iding


Also facts on hickories


Along with gathering nuts we use the wood from wind fall for our grilling, oh does it make for good smoking and BBQ's and it just smells so fallish, my favorite time of year.

So on a nice cool day head out and gather those hickory nuts, check out walnuts too : )

Thanks for dropping by the camp. I thought I'd have a blog page before this but time got away. I'll have some pics of my new Kayak and fishing adventures I think by Wednesday . Also about my sister and I the "Yak Sisters Adventures".

tc linda

Monday, September 6, 2010

Plant Camp Monday's

Hope you all had a good Labor day weekend. Sis and I took a 4 day kayak fishing trip at our local lake. I'll be posting about our new kayaks, the lake and our catch. So the camp this week will be short cuz I'm pooped and did not do my homework on a plant.

But I do have some pictures of sunflowers that I grew on my other homestead. Good thing I got pictures b/c my sunflower cropped failed this season. Either the rains washed the seeds or those crows got em .

So enjoy these mammoth sunflowers and some different types as well. Not only are the seeds good for you but the birds love them too.

Hope you all had a safe and fun weekend, next week I'll have a plant to share for the camp, this week it will be a fish story : ) , next couple of days

tc linda

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