Monday, May 18, 2009

Our Garden

We have tried growing a garden over the years, with limited success. Some years better than others. We haven't really tried for several years. It is VERY hard to grow a garden in the desert. And probably more expensive than it is worth.............nevertheless, we have been asked to grow a garden for years, so we tried again this year. We had a small one last year, but this year's is a little bigger. Of course it doesn't compare with Mom and Dad's humongous garden. But we're kind of proud of it. We are enjoying our zuchini (I'm not sure I am spelling that right, but I'm too lazy to look it up) that we have been picking daily now (and sharing with friends). Hopefully next week we will have ripe tomatoes. We have lots of onions and some cilantro and peppers, so salsa will be in the making soon! Here we are in our "American Gothic" pose.
We got a little crazy with the zuchini, and we have LOTS. Wish you all were close enough that we could share with you!
We will be making zuchini bread by the dozen, I fear. I took some to work today, and it is new enough that everyone was quick to take it. As the summer goes on, we'll see if that continues.

We had fun doing this together. We worked together to plant and water it and now we are having fun going out each day to see what we can pick.

As soon as we get home we hurry out to check on our garden. The real heat arrived last week, so we'll see how long we can keep it alive!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I finally made it home for the big Quarnberg branding extravaganza. The annual branding of the calves has evolved over the last few years into a big event. This year was the first time I have been there for it, and I took lots of pictures. Here are just a few:

Me and my Sis with Mom and Dad.

Lexi with her Grandpa.
As good as it gets when trying to take a picture of my brother.
Dad, showing us how it's done.

Yes, sometimes you do have to "rope and throw and brand 'em". Those of you too young to have ever watched Rawhide will not recognize this quote from the theme song..........which is just about all of you reading this.

Tyler administering the medicine up the nose.

The Quarnberg brand.

My sweet Mom.

I have to include this picture because I was up there taking pictures and then waiting for Lexi to take my picture and my niece, Gina came by and said "Okay Miss Utah, get down." I had to smile.

Sometimes you just need a little comfort.

Little cowboys and cowgirls.

Probably my favorite picture of the day.

Cute Lexi checking out the "museum", since the admission was free today!
At the end of the day, Mom, Dad, Me, Shell, and Dal. Of course Von wouldn't get in the picture.

The last cowboy to leave..........