My Table and My Yard


I do other things beside canoeing, and sight seeing, and eating out when I’m in Washington or California for that matter. And whatever I do I’m inspired to take pictures. Digital Photography has made me free to snap, snap, snap away! First off it was time to change out the Red, White, and Blue table from our 4th of July celebrations. A fresh tablecloth, runner and a vase of fragrant lavender from my bushes make a nice crisp change. Then out to do yard work. I mowed, I pulled weeds and last but not least I attacked the following…


I don’t know what this fast growing, bamboo stalk type plant is but it has completely covered other plants and part of the trunk of this big pine tree we have in our side yard. I decided it was time to tell it who’s boss!



Now you can see the trunk of the tree and the other plants that are trying to grow here. In this shot you can see the stalks of the plant/weed that was taking over.

This shows you the bamboo type stalks on this plant.

And after work like this in the yard my body tells me it got used to living in a condo the rest of the year. I put my comfy clothes on and take 3 Ibuprofen every 4 hours just like Dear told me to. The next day I go out and am pleased I can now see all the not so well taken care of plants that were under the domination of the Bamboo stalker. What do you think, Dear? For those of you who don’t know Dear is in California right now while I’m in Washington and I miss him…


Now I just have to put all those branches in the Yard Waste bins…

Ha! But before I do I’m off for a day of fun because my niece Michelle, from Wait For It, is here in town and we’re going to have some adventures together with the family. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Oh and just one other thing. The sun has been shining most every day that I’ve been in Washington. Just gorgeous weather we’re having in the Great Northwest…

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage on their site and have replaced my photos with black and grey boxes of ugliness. I’m slowly deleting those boxes from my blog and trying to update so many posts, very frustrating.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “My Table and My Yard

  1. I love lavendar. I’ve been meaning to ask Husband if he thinks it would grow in our area. When I was recovering from back surgery and having a difficult time sleeping, I put some lavendar in a sachet and kept it in my pillow. It really helped me to sleep. Yours looks beautiful.

  2. Good job on that yard work Ellen, I agree that the weather is just about as perfect as it can get right now. I need to get inot my flower beds again too. No excuse.

  3. Hi Ellen,

    I’m sending you those seeds, so leave room in the garden for some columbine!

    : D

    I’ll be sending them to Washington, but there’s enough of one variety for you to sow some in CA, too, if you want to!


  4. Way to go Ellen. Now the next part is the part I seem to leave for someone else to do. I have crunchy piles of prunings waiting for Bill to take care of. I tend to try to just cram them into the can and jump on the whole mess. He carefully cuts them up into smaller pieces. I think I would be more productive in your weather.

  5. I think a little time on a Bobcat could clear out ALL that growth. Mmmm…power equipment! Next best things to donuts! Mmmmm…..donutsss…..

  6. Hi Ellen,

    What productive time you’ve had!!! Wow – the work in your yard sounds a bit demanding. Do I get the impression that your “Dear” is hinting on getting a Bobcat?! 😉

    Been a bit under the weather — that’s why I am late in reading your blog….

    I hope you and Michelle are having a blast!

  7. By the way, thanks for reminding me that the banana bread recipie was on the blog. Bananas broken in half is the same as “cut up”, right?….

  8. Hi Ellen, I love that you and Dear are exchanging recipe/cooking advice via the blog!

    Wow, you massacred that whatever-it-was invasive plant! Since you don’t mention any resulting back pains or troubles, I’m happy for you…you accomplished a lot and can still move the next day – hooray!

    Enjoy your Washington fun with family!

  9. Oh, don’t you just love those weeds that the minute you turn your back they take over the garden. You get em Ellen. I’m in there with you and the ibeprofen every four hours.
    Have fun with your neice…or, I hope you had fun with your neice.

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