Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday leftovers

 I don't think Johnny likes the tall grass as much as I do. It's harder for him to see his prey.

 This is Smooch alerting me that the big, scary propane truck had arrived.
It was the highlight of her week.

 Minnie contemplated a bone in the yard.

 So did I. It was good to see some life in the old bones.

I saw three monkeys in this set –
the hear-see-speak-no-evil ones?

If you haven't seen this article in the NY Times, you might want to check it out. It's called  
Forty Portraits in Forty Years. Photographer Nicholas Nixon took a photo of these four sisters, 
in the same arrangement, every year since 1975. The images are nothing short of captivating. 
I think part of my fascination with them is that I was probably the same age as one of the sisters in 1975. 
To see the aging process on them is to see it on myself. Kinda scary.

What do you think, guys? Shall we take a selfie in the same spot each year for the next 40?

When I get to be 100 and somebody asks me what the secret is to living a long, happy life,
green chile will be near the top of the list. I put up a sack of my favorite food yesterday.
The chore went by very quickly because Jack Bauer was in the kitchen helping me.
Having imaginary boyfriends keeps me young.

I like to wait until the end of the harvest season to put up my green chile because there will usually be
lots of red ones in the sack (the green chiles turn red when they ripen on the vine).


  1. i looked at all the photos and they look like they are miserable to me, a smile would have been nice.. i much prefer your smiling face and all your critter faces... and yes, take the same selfie for 40 years,

  2. I grow what meager peppers I can and love let them get red. An old lady in Texas once told me,"Peppers are like men. When they are young and green, they are HOT and SPICY. When they are old and red, they are mellow." Garden wisdom from an old Tejana. Happy pepper-ing!

    1. Ha! That's funny. I'll have to remember that.

  3. I'm going now to look at the 40 years of photos. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. lovely selfie! and stunning JCC

  5. Love your selfie! We do look much happier than those girls....
    Yay! You have chilies!

  6. I agree with Sandra, the sisters look melancholy in every photo. Your selfie is great!

  7. Michelle from Vancouver10/5/14, 11:23 AM

    Looked like Johhny was whistling at you !

  8. I sure do miss those wonderful bags of Hatch green chilis. Just looking at your photo is making me crave a big pot of green chili stew.

  9. Someone gave me a link to your blog because she noticed we both were packaging roasted chiles which traveled home in a black plastic sack. Love your photos.....we looked around your area for a place to move, but ended up in Northern NM. Cheers!

  10. An American in Tokyo10/6/14, 6:51 PM

    What does "put up my green chile" mean? Does it mean to split up the whole batch into small ziplock bags?

    They look so good, but I don't think I could handle the hot ones! I like my chilies and my men mild. ha ha!