April 17, 2014
Garden Gate
Henry Ossawa Tanner, ‘the painter of hope’ PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
The painter called the painter of hope is Henry Ossawa Tanner.
He was born in Pittsburgh in 1859, and spent most of his adult career in France. He exhibited year after year at the Paris salon where he won prizes and international fame.
When he first arrived in Paris in 1891, he did some black-genre paintings, but most of his work is drawn from the Bible. Tanner is that rare modern artist, both religious and spiritual, a mystic and realist.

 
‘Woodies’ provide entertainment on the pond PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
I wish you could have been here last week when the pond had 20 “woodies,” wood ducks floating around. I watched for a while and then went to the greenhouse to water.
When I got back I checked them out, and there were 10 males and four females still on the pond. Mallard ducks are pretty but I think woodies are prettier.

 
Games kept children occupied all day PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, I start thinking about childhood happenings. The other night I thought about going to my aunt and uncle’s. They lived in Pittsfield, and when I was 10 I would go visit for week.
I met a girl that lived in the same block as my relatives, and was my age. She had two brothers, one older, one younger, and in a few years a baby sister. We did go to the city swimming pool once or twice a week, other wise we played boy games.
I was a “tomboy” so that was fine with me. They taught me to play marbles, you know, draw the circle in the dirt-toss your marbles out into the circle then everybody had what you called a shooter. It was a bigger marble and some of them were really pretty. I had a black leather bag that had a drawstring in the top, and a collection of marbles. When you shot the “shooter” you were supposed to knock a persons marble out of the circle and then it was yours. You had to be fairly good or you would end up “losing all your marbles.” Do you suppose that's where that saying comes from?

 
Spring in Illinois PDF Print E-mail

It’s Sunday morning and a beautiful sunrise is beginning over the pond. The first two ducks of the season are swimming around. I’m fixing breakfast for my dog and myself, so I don’t stop to get the binoculars to see what kind they are. Last week after the pair of Canada Geese, who come every year were here, a second pair came and took up a spot on the other side of the pond, across from  our regular pair. They got quite vocal with each other, probably discussing just whose pond it was. It’s fun to watch the seasonal wildlife come and go.

 
Sunday - a good day for cooking PDF Print E-mail

Sunday was such a cold day or was it just that we had several nice warm ones and are already spoiled? I was going to trim some fruit trees but after letting the dog out, I decided it was too cold. I stayed in and cooked corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
Saved a dish for my youngest son and he will pick it up Monday after work.
I did go out to the green house to water the new plantings. We have several flats of cabbage and broccoli up. That's always exciting when things start to sprout. I checked the two peach trees that got left in pots ouside the back door of the greenhouse. They are alive and sprouting - wow, hard to believe.

 
Thoughts of spring come to mind PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
For the Star-Gazette
I went to the basement the other day to do laundry. While I was down there I checked on my supplies I keep in a big tote. I was really looking for crackers since I had pulled some soup out of the freezer. No crackers- pasta, flour, cereal, cake mixes, and soy milk, nothing I needed this trip.
I like to keep staples on hand because I go to the store only twice a month if I can manage to. I found by checking my checkbook that I was spending too much and so that was a good place to cut back expenses. So now it’s go at sale time only.
While I was in the room with the goods and my home canned items I checked all the lids. Sometimes a lid will pop up or spoilage will cause one to pop. Everything was fine, so I checked how much jelly I had left. I had a thought while looking at the jelly. Someday I won’t be able to can anymore and that will be a sad day for me. I love to do that with our own fruits and veggies. It gives you a sense of pride to see all those shining jars lined up, full of beautiful colors waiting for somebody to enjoy the contents. I know that day will come, I just hope not too soon.

 
Bacon recipes inspires this bacon nut PDF Print E-mail

I take a magazine called Food Network. March’s issue is called The Bacon Issue. I am a bacon nut. I love the stuff and have it every Sunday while watching my church programs.
I would eat it every breakfast but I know its not the best thing for me. I try to mix oatmeal and eggs in between. In the issue there are 108 recipes using bacon, from appetizers to cookies and candy.

 
Greenhouse is the place to be during winter PDF Print E-mail

Woke-up this a.m. (Monday) to the windows iced over. Do you remember the windows they used to put in bathrooms that looked icy? Sometimes they had a star pattern, sometimes just frosty looking. That's what most of my windows looked like. You could make out shapes and shadows but not much else.
When I let the dog out I couldn’t see where he was because he’s white and buff and disappears in the snow. I had to break the ice to get his chain off of the hook by the back door. I am really getting tired of this weather!!

 
A good time to clean out freezers PDF Print E-mail

I was watching the early news this morning (Mon.).They had two scientists reporting on the sixth extinction coming up. They had a chart of how many species are already gone, and the percentage of many others. One I remember that was shocking was that 50% of the Great Barrier Reef is gone. Could we be far behind if the world becomes unbalanced?

 
Speaking from my soapbox PDF Print E-mail

My soapbox this week is a double-decker. I wonder how many of you watched the President’s speech last week? I wasn’t going to, but it was on most all of the stations and on the one I watch the most. I just left it on and picked up a book I had been reading about the end of the Civil War.

 
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