Simply Balisha

Simply Balisha

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm Rambling

The asters are buzzing with bees. I like to sit and watch the busyness. These asters were brought from my former house in Hampshire. They were easy bloomers and looked pretty each fall. The stems sometimes don't look I plant something or place a pot of flowers at the base of this planting.
There are wild asters in the woods. They are a magnet for bees and butterflies. 

Then there are annual asters grown from seeds. I can remember selling these old fashioned seeds door to door, when I was a little girl. We got our stiff, paper, cartons of seeds in the very early spring and were let out of school and told to sell the seed packets inside for a prize. Lucky were the kids, whose parents bought the whole box and went back to get more to sell. I was never a salesgirl. I tried and tried to win a prize, but sadly never did. My dad grew vegetables and he bought some of the seeds, but the flower seeds were left. I loved to look at the pretty flowers on the small packages. Little did I know, that one day, I would have a garden and grow some of these very types of flowers. The asters were always my favorites. They were worth waiting for because they bloomed later on in the summer into fall. They were the pinks and purples that I have always loved.

Today was just about perfect....again. The leaves are changing before our very eyes. It looks like it will be a fast fall and we had better enjoy the nice weather while we can. Every fall, when I work out in the garden, I seem to get a cough. I think it's from the dusty garden and dead leaves mixed in. It's an asthma type thing. It's not anything that makes me ill.....just annoying. When we go for drives at harvest time, I can hardly stand driving down the country roads while they are cutting corn down.

We had chili mac for dinner. I love this simple dish. You just brown 1lb of ground beef with a chopped onion, chopped gr. pepper, add a can of diced tomatoes, a sm. can of tomato paste, then add some cooked macaroni and some chili powder, (cayenne if you are brave) 1/2 tsp cumin....1TBs. seasoned salt and pepper, and let it simmer for a while until thickened and then top with grated cheese. I've made it with a can of Chili No Beans, and also have added kidney beans. Very simple recipe....because you can add things and make it your own.

Well, gotta go and get ready for TV. Are you finding any new shows that are worth watching? I'm kind of tired of the DWTS and other musical shows. I'll be glad when Downton Abbey starts again.


  1. You have the most beautiful flowers!
    I don't watch much tv, but I have been watching The Voice; there are 2 contestants from GA so far.

  2. Downton Abbey? Did someone mention Downton Abbey? I am watching last season's DVD's right now so I can remember. Only 3 months--oh, that is such a long wait!!!

  3. I love your asters, especially that first photo of those bright purple ones.

    As a newlywed, I made a LOT of different macaroni dishes, and this one sounds very familiar. It sounds good for a fall evening.

    Enjoy your day today ~ Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. Your asters are beautiful! You have so many gorgeous flowers on display there ...I should plant these next year, and more zinnias. I still have zinnias blooming but not as many...I planted calendula and while they were pretty they didn't last long / waste of space! :)

  5. Your flowers are gorgeous! So nice to see that they are loaded with bees! I have wild white asters, which get almost 4 foot tall and also a bee favorite. My purple asters have all died out over the past several years. The old varieties seem to be the hardiest, they lasted forever! TV is awful and the news all so bad, I barely watch anymore. I also love Downton Abby and that sort of thing. I am trying to capture every bit of sun and nice weather before the cold sets in... it is always a long winter here! Blessings!

  6. I just love comfort food like that, especially in the fall and winter. I make something similar, but without all the spices, called goulash.

  7. Thank you for your comment in my blog!

    You too, liked the idea of that ice wall in the hotel in Paris. :-) I so would like to know, "how they maintain it." But can't find any info, in Searches. -pout-

    Our Library System shares books also. It's wonderful, to actually have our pick, of so many libraries.

    And you love Gladys Taber! :-)

    Your photos are beautiful, and do justice to these lovely kind-of-old-fashioned looking flowers. I love old fashioned looking flowers! :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    "Here there be musing" blog