Friday, July 2, 2021



Yucca Growth

Sometime last year (can't quite remember when), I had M trim the big yucca plant growing in the back yard, in the corner where one of the side walls joins the back wall.  There were two branches growing over the wall into the neighbor's garden and I had M cut them down.  We planted the two tips of the branches, one in the back yard and one in the front yard, where they are starting to grow.  M tossed the rest of the branch in the yard waste bin, but, I dragged them out, thinking I could use them to place along the edge of the succulents bed in the front garden, where we had placed other bits and pieces of tree branches to edge the planting bed.  But, I didn't make myself very clear to M when I explained to him what I wanted him to do and he dug a hole in the front garden, in front of the succulents bed and planted the two branches!  So, we left them in place and sometime in early April or so of this year, I noticed little green bumps on the taller branch!  Then, a couple of weeks ago, M asked me if I had seen that there was new growth on the second branch, too!  I hadn't, but, earlier this week, when I felt well enough to walk in the garden, I checked it out and took this photo.  I think there will be a yucca plant growing in the front garden, very soon!

Today has been another good day.  I didn't feel any ill effects from any of my activities, yesterday, but, I took it easy.

My biggest accomplishment was taking an inventory of the freezer!  I have a side-by-side fridge/freezer and the last time I inventoried it was on Friday, May 7, when it was an impromptu inventory (I had been looking for some fish that I knew I had) and I didn't finish it because I got tired!  Then, the sciatica pain started the following day and everything came to a grinding halt!  Today, I took the inventorying one shelf at a time, with plenty of rest in between.  The freezer has five shelves and one pull out bin at the bottom.  I have tried to organize it so that like items are together (meat in the bin and shelf immediately above it; dairy and cooked items on the top shelf, etc.)  Whether it remains that way will depend on how much zucchini needs to be frozen, how much of the existing stock will be eaten, and how much groceries we will be buying in the next few weeks!  I still need to sort through what is stored on the shelves in the door, too, as I didn't do that, today.

M was here to tend to the garden, today, and he picked six more zucchini and a handful of green beans.  I took a picture of the zucchini, but, it is not uploading from my phone to the computer, so, I will take another picture, tomorrow.  M got to try the sauteed zucchini and he thought they were pickled, at first!  Afterwards, I made us some tea and we sat outside  (socially distanced, of course), and chatted while we had our tea.

Later in the evening, I sat in the family room and watched TV - some news and news programs and one other program about Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.

Afterwards, daughter and I ordered some groceries as we wanted some fresh fruits and salad greens.  We also ordered some chicken (on sale for $.99/lb.)

And a certain kitty received his monthly flea prevention medication, much to his disgust!  LOL.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- Another good day
- What I was able to accomplish
- The yucca branches are growing into new plants
- M continuing to tend to the garden
- Being able to order groceries online

Today's joyful activity was watching TV for the first time in several weeks!  

Plans for tomorrow include picking up the groceries we ordered, today.  

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for tomorrow and the weekend?


  1. Your yucca is looking good, glad it's growing. Sounds like you had a very nice and very productive day. I'm so glad you are doing well and pain free. Enjoy the weekend! :)

    1. Thank you, Martha. It feels wonderful to be pain free, although I worry every time I feel a twinge! But, so far, so good! Hope you have a lovely weekend and stay safe from that hurricane headed towards Florida! Hopefully, by the time it reaches you, it will be just rain and nothing else.

  2. Maybe you can add a line or two about yukkas in the second verse of The Zucchini Queens song? 😂😂
    Joking aside, you are doing well with your planting this year. Is your hottest period still to come or are you past that now?

    I'm glad that the increased activity didn't result in a recurrence of the pain and it must feel good for you to be able to do more things and to get your life back on track.

    I'm having a quiet day today (Saturday), printing out a sewing pattern, reading, watching rubbish TV!, and attempting to play the clarinet (but I don't have a decent reed so it is hard work!).

    1. "We can plant, we can grow,
      Add water and time, you know,
      Ooh, ooh, see us girls,
      Yucca flowers in our curls,
      We're the Zucchini Queens"

      :D How's that? LOL!

      Maybe I can add yucca flowers (they are edible!) to my next zucchini dish!

      Thank you; I'm very thankful to be able to resume somewhat normal activities! This morning, I cleaned the freezer door shelves, sorted through what was stored there, and took inventory. I'll be going to pick up the grocery order in a little bit.

      Glad you are having a quiet, relaxing day. What are you planning to sew? I need to sew some pillowcases and fabric masks for my daughter to take back with her.

    2. 👏👏👏 that'll do, well done xx 😂😂

    3. I'm making a loose shirt and then a skirt. I haven't bought the fabric yet so that's the next thing on the list!

    4. Sorry, Eileen, I forgot to add that the hottest time is yet to be. August and September are usually our hottest months. Even October can be quite warm. Today, in contrast is a very nice day - highs only in the low 90s! :) LOVE these temperatures!

    5. Thank you! *Takes a bow* :D
      I hope you find the fabric you need; a shirt will be beyond my skill levels (I can sew a blouse, without a front opening). Looking forward to seeing what you make.

  3. Bless, I’m so glad you’re feeling better and recovering. Your zucchini harvest makes me smile. Years ago, we had a huge garden with some friends on property we rented for camping. We planted 18 zucchini plants. Our husbands, the fishermen, thought the zucchini plants needed a boost, so they buried the smaller fish there. Let me tell you … those plants exceeded expectations! We were drowning in zucchini. At one point, the other husband called mine and said, “how have you had your zucchini, today?” I cannot think of an abundant zucchini harvest to this day without asking myself that question.

    My grandmother gave me a recipe for Zucchini Appetizer, she found in a magazine in the 70’s. It’s really good!
    3 c shredded zucchini
    1 c bisquick baking mix
    1/2 c finely chopped onion
    1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
    2 T snipped parsley (I’ve used dried)
    1 t seasoned salt
    1/2 t dried oregano
    dash pepper
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    1/2 c vegetable oil
    4 eggs
    Mix all ingredients. Put in 9x13” pan. Bake about 25 min. in a 350 oven.

    You might want to make it spicier (add hot sauce or chili pepper). We refer to it as a crust less quiche.

    I also make a zucchini soup, which I developed … 6 c chopped zucchini, 1 lg onion (chopped), 2 T olive oil, 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped), 1 t. turmeric, 1/4 - 1/2 t. cayenne pepper, 2 t. garam marsala, 1 t. seasoned salt, pepper (to taste), 2 c. water, 4 chicken bouillon cubes or better than bouillon paste, 2 c milk or 1/2 & 1/2, 3 c. grated zucchini (optional). Sweat the onions with the spices, add garlic, chopped zucchini, bouillon, and water. Cook until zucchini is tender. Blend with an immersion blender. Add grated zucchini and milk. Simmer.

    I highly recommend Zuni cafe zucchini pickles … you can find it on the internet. I also have a recipe for cinnamon zucchini brownies, if you’re interested.

    Stay well. Blessings!

    1. Hi Chris, thank you so much for sharing the zucchini recipes! I would love to have your zucchini brownie recipe, too, please, if it isn't too much trouble to type it all out! 18 zucchini plants! Oh, my! My 14 plants are not quite as bad, then! :D

  4. That's fun to see new growth on the yuccas. My friend gave me some bushes/sticks for a bush I liked and for the longest time, it just looked like dead sticks. But, lo and behold, it's full of green leaves and little white flowers now.

    1. It's amazing how sticks and branches can grow into new plants, isn't it? I'm excited about the yucca because that area of the front garden gets a lot of sun in the summer and the yucca will be able to withstand that sun. Plus, it's drought tolerant!


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