Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Little o' This, Little o' That

Our first picking of green beans with a few sugar snap peas tossed in as well.

Sam discovered this baby opossum lost in the back lawn. We helped it find its momma.

Tom cooked up some ribs. Tasty, yes indeed!

Uncle Bob and Cousin Tim's squash gratefully received and cooked up. Delicious!

I LOVE summer! (Remind me of this post and my love of summer when the heat of August croaks me and I start to complain, will ya?)

24 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I currently have one whole bean on my four bean plants. My garden is way behind, though, so hopefully that one bean will have some friends soon.

What a sweet little opossum! I didn't know you had those in Oregon! I'm glad you helped it find home.

Carolina said...

I like this post Mommy! All the good things that happened recently! : )

Cherie said...

Yes, WC, we have lots of these little critters. Most people don't like them because of the sharp teeth and the rat-ish tale. Tom thinks they are quite cute and is their best advocate. ( Well, we are all animal advocates around here.) Opossums are nocturnal as you probably know and that's when Sam hears them and lets us all know. It's quite funny. A circus comes to mind.

I have great hope that your bean will have a party and you'll have a crowd soon! Sooo worth it. Ours sure tasted good last night!

Cassie, thanks. Your comment means a lot. We are sure having a more fun summer than LAST year!

tshsmom said...

I gave up on peas! You need about an acre of them to get enough to freeze for winter. :(

We don't have possums here, but we advocate for the poor bats instead. ;)

Cecily said...

That opossum is gorgeous... and I love your food photos. Yum, yum. :-)

Bridget Jones said...

Wow now I'm starving. Love the baby, glad you found his mom!

Deanna said...

The little critter needed his (or her) mommy. Your food is scrumptious-looking. It was fun seeing three of you and Sam! (I will call you back soon.)

Cherie said...

Tshs: I know what you mean about peas. These we have are sugar snap peas the kind where you eat the pod, too. So sweet and juicy. We eat them like snack food. I leave a basket on the counter and it's gone by day's end.

And you care for little bats like I care for possums. We can't help it, the creatures are our friends.

Cecily: Yes, the little possum has a certain charm. YOUR food photos had me going when you were in your gardening season. Hey, I made that beet salad with the sweet potatoes that you posted about months ago. Oh man! It was so good! I'm making it again this weekend. Thanks again for the recipe!

BJ: Sorry this post made you hungry. If only you could stop by I'd make you supper! ;)

Deanna: It was great to see you, too. We watched the movie already. We're so lazy...ha! But it was good. Quite good. I look forward to your call.

Mike S said...

Still very early for picking much here. All critters are neat, but never really thought of possums as cute. Guess they're one of those overlooked wonders. Our very own marsupial.

Patti said...

The food looks delicious. Remind me to invite myself for dinner when I'm in Eugene again.:-) I don't know about the possum though We see enough of them here that their attractiveness -- even in a little "cute" one -- is not readily apparent. It's very hot here already. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

tshsmom said...

That's what we grew too, as we love stir-fry dishes. We'd only get enough for 3 or 4 stir-fries, but never enough to freeze for winter. I think our biggest problem was SME eating them right out of the garden. ;)

Cherie said...

I think the idea that possums are 'cute' is an acquired taste, eh Mike. ;) When will the harvest begin for you out there?

Patti - hey, thanks for stopping by! You don't need an invitation, just call and we'll set places for you and yours anytime. :)

We've been lucky, our temperatures have been very pleasant so far. Only a few 'hot' days and yes, A/C is truly a blessing. Are you having the muggy weather? That's what kills me off. We don't get it like you do.

So you have the little darlings out there, too. Pretty common. They sure are funny, the way they move.

Tshs: I have that same problem with cherry tomatoes - Tom and the kids eat them straight off the bushes and when I go to pick a bowlful for supper - oops! - they're gone! SME knows a good thing when she eats it.

tony said...

The baby opossum is something else! I dont think Ive ever seen one! He looks hungry!!!!

Patti said...

Yes, we have lots of them here. Since we have outdoor cats -- and lots of them -- the possums come and eat the cat food. Our first year here living in Missouri, one got into a garbage can and just about scared me to death looking down into it although it was "playing possum," so wasn't baring any teeth or otherwise acting vicious.

Thanks for the open invitation. I think I'm going to come (by myself) at the end of September.

Cherie said...

Tony, he does look hungry, but actually he was in a defensive posture. He was still, but kept his little mouth open with a tiny hiss now and then. He was happy to back safe and sound with his mother.

Patti, they are funny creatures. Ours out here eat the cats food, too, but Sam (our beagle, not your son ;) barks and scares them away - sort of. Ha.

Tom befriended a baby possum (twice as big as this one, though) one summer. The little thing kept coming back every night, waiting on the fence under the tree for Tom to give it its good-night scratch on the head - at midnight!!- then he'd schlump off into the darkness. When the heavy rains began we didn't see him again but once the following spring. Pretty strange goings on around here, huh.

Let me know when you'll be here! If you need a place to stay give a holler. We have a guest room with a comfy twin bed and would be happy to have you stay and share our meal table with us whenever.

Sandy's Notes said...

Can I come to your house for dinner? Wow, the food looks soooo good! Have a great day Cherie!

Cherie said...

Come on over, Sandy!!

You have a great day, too.

Melanie said...

mmm...that zucchini looks awesome tasting! I love summer too.

Ann said...

Love the photo of the possum. Would you believe that a little baby possum named "Paris" visits the nursing home every day with her "mom" the facility social worker? The REAL momma (possum) was killed but one very young baby survived. Now she's being spoiled rotten by residents & staff members alike. The social worker plans to keep her indefinitely as a pet-- don't know how that'll work out. But it's such fun to pat her.

Momentary Madness said...

..........hush little Cherie life is full.

Cherie said...

It did taste awesome, Melanie. You assessed well. :)

Ann: How fun that the residents have a little critter to befriend. I don't know how keeping it as a pet will work out either - time will tell. The rehab center where my mom was had guinea pigs in a little cage for the folks to stroke and watch. Animals are good therapy.

Thanks, MM. I'll do it. With joy.

Gardenia said...

I LOVE summer too - despite or because of the heat - and everything else. More beautiful pictures - the possums are feisty little critters aren't they? Food looks sooooooo good - beautiful specimens!!!

patti said...

That is a very funny story about the midnight visits--to get a head scratching. Who would have thought that possums were so affection starved.

Cherie said...

Gardenia - I like that,"despite or because of the heat." It does work both ways, doesn't it. Funny how that is.

Patti: Read my next post for more of the midnight scratching story, and photos, too!