May 31, 2012 - A Common Misconception


Every now and then I find it necessary to explain something to new readers of my blog.  My name isn't Annie.  Oh, I can understand why you'd think it was.  After all, this is Annie's Kitchen Garden.


But this is Annie




And this is Granny...AKA Carol.  We don't look much alike.  I think it's because of our hair color.




Annie dug the first hole for the new garden,




And she spent a lot of time (with her brother, Otto) guarding the garden and keeping it safe from predators.




So you see, I let Annie think it's her garden, and she lets me use it just as long as I promise to share with her and her brother and to never feed her lettuce ever again.




This used to be Annie's Dishwasher, but she got too fat to jump up on the door so she gave it back to me.




Unfortunately, this is still Annie's Living Room.  She doesn't often share it with us.



Love and hugs from Carol.....Annie's Granny

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33 comments:

  1. You're beautiful people, you and Annie. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  2. Granny, I definitely think the hair color is the big difference between you and Annie!

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    1. Robin, that and her butt is bigger than mine.

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  3. LOVE IT! Well she is your helper so I can understand someone's confusion :)

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    1. Yes, Jenny. She owns me, therefor she owns everything I have ;-)

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  4. What a spoiled dog. Owns the garden, the living room. Well at least you have the dishwasher. I'm assuming so you can wash Annie's dishes. And be in the kitchen where you can give her treats.

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    1. Daphne, I didn't even get as far as the bedroom, where she allows me to sleep in one tiny corner of the king sized bed. She's one pushy pup!

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    1. Oh, sure....I suppose you're going to tell us your real name isn't Mrs. Pickles? LOL!

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  6. Hahaha, you guys just made my day..
    Thanks for the wonderful pictures and anecdotes ;o)

    Hugs and pets for the two of you and Otto,

    Louise in Denmark :-)

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    1. Thanks for the hugs and pets, Louise! I hope we brought a bit of joy to your day.

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  7. Annie looks so proud showing off the hole she dug. LOL! What a little character. I imagine she and Otto chase chipmunks, squirrels, and birds invading their garden. Our living room has been taken over by two dogs as well. Poor Millie is old, smelly, and farty, but we won't have her long so she is the spoiled queen in this house. Bradie lets us share the couch on most occasions.

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    1. Rachel, she and Otto keep the squirrels and birds away for the most part. Too bad I can't train them to chase the bugs! Annie and Otto both love it when people sit on their couch, as long as they can cuddle up or get on their laps.

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  8. I can't believe she used to get up on the dishwasher! I have seen dogs stick their heads in but never jump up on the door.

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    1. Vanessa, she still puts her front feet on the door and sticks her head in the dishwasher, but she's so fat she can't jump that high any more. Good thing, 'cause she'd probably break the door off!

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  9. Ahhh... "D Funny! Love the background info on how it became Annie's garden came to be. Thanks for sharing the photos. Does Annie get to pull the weeds, too? :D

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    1. Loretta, she has been known to pull a carrot now and then, but she eats them. They both like to beg for green beans, and eat them raw or cooked. I don't let the weeds grow big enough for her to pull them :-)

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    2. That's so sweet. We had a yellow lab for fourteen years (lost her last year) that loved to pick blackberries with me.

      So, what are you, a weed whisperer? I need your secrets. Nutgrass (nutsedge) and coffee bean weeds are growing faster than I can control them! Chemicals? Hard work? Magical hoe? Evil stare? How do you control weeds in your garden?

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    3. Loretta, these babies are just 4 years old. They filled that hole in my heart that was left after our 12 year old Golden Lab passed away from cancer.

      I refuse to let the weeds get ahead of me. I walk through the garden once a day, with hoe or long handled cultivator, and annihilate every weed that dares to show its face! It takes maybe 5-10 minutes a day at most. I was digging a bucket of Bermuda grass a day for a while, now the clumps that are left are too close to plants to dig, so I had to resort to using Eraser (glyphosate) very carefully on individual outbreaks. I have a bottomless plastic cup that I place over the offending clump of grass, then give it a spray. I've been doing this once a week for the past two weeks, I don't know if I'll be successful in controlling it or not.

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  10. Awe, what a great post, er, Carol!

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  11. Annie and Otto are super super cute. I love this post and their adventures. They might need their own blog or occasional words from the wieners? haaha Love your home, the dishwasher with dog on door reminds me of my cat who used to literally get IN the fridge when she was little looking for her food and crunching on the netting bags that veggies came in.
    She's now happy just watching us cook dinner from the counter which prob grosses out many but she's insistant! We just try to keep her off the burners with a lot of shooing and covering of burners. She is smart enough to keep off of them but it freaks us out from time to time. Toby dog here, a shih tzu, is the owner of much of our house as well. Toby and Lulu kitty share a lot with us. They also let us clean up their vomit/hairballs and catboxes. yay. We are working on cleaning out the freezer also and then my mom (nicely) sent us a package from Omaha Steaks of chicken, steaks, burgers, etc. Now we are going to have limited space. I was eyeballing the stand up freezers at fred meyers the other day. They were $159.Not bad really. (alas I live in a tiny condo). I have a super abundance of lettuces too so going to pick some between the raindrops today and bring them by the foodbank b/c I feel like we won't use it all and we have been very lucky and have some new lettuce starts to go in next if these stop producing. I have a bunch of Tom Thumb lettuces that need to come out as whole heads. They're so cute! Those will leave spots for the new lettuces.

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    1. Amy T., just do a blog search for Annie or Otto (or Otter), and you'll find them in a lot of posts. Everything from Otto watching football or burying a bone in my bed to Annie looking like an overstuffed sausage in her winter sweater.

      One of my favorites is "Where's Otto":
      http://annieskitchengarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-4-2011-wheres-otto.html

      Take a trip through the AZ desert with them:
      http://annieskitchengarden.blogspot.com/2008/11/november-30-2008-where-in-world-is-egs.html

      See Annie in her "prom dress":
      http://annieskitchengarden.blogspot.com/2008/10/october-16-2008-annie-what-have-you.html

      Watch Otto and the bone (funny!):
      http://annieskitchengarden.blogspot.com/2009/04/april-29-2009-humor-me.html

      Annie the stuffed sausage:
      http://annieskitchengarden.blogspot.com/2008/10/october-8-2008-new-sweaters-for-winter.html

      There are a LOT more!

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  12. PS I love your portrait pic with someone's arm around you. I can tell you're very loved. :) Pretty picture also. You look very healthy and happy and nice hairdo! I think you are really ROCKING the granny mode! I still can't remember your name is Carol. hahaha, even after mailing. heheh. I think the veggies are making you very healthy. Be good to your back and the usual gardener's sore spots though. Ergonomics in the garden at all times...if you remember. I tend to forget b/c I get really focussed or cannot reach things well. Need to work on the planning of space to not have to do yoga positions to weed. I tend to plan for harvesting but forget that weeding comes first. oops!

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  13. You are all just darling - Annie, Granny, and Otto! :D

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    1. Awww, Kitsap, you're making us blush :">

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  14. I love Annie's expression in the first picture, it's priceless. Like a kid when caught doing something wrong but trying to play it cool. And, I did not know that dogs eat lettuce. I suppose they eat everything so it should surprise me, but I have never seen dogs chomping up lettuce.

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    1. Ha-ha, Tosh, they weren't eating the lettuce, they were eating the shrimp from the salad and putting the lettuce on the rug! Annie has been known to chew up a piece of lettuce on occasion, but more like a toy than something to consume. But guess what she just loves....radishes! She always begs when I have fresh radishes, carrots or green beans, but she won't touch zucchini or yellow squash, cooked or raw.

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    2. Oh, and I think she looks like "I didn't do it. It wasn't me!", but she couldn't fool me. Just look at the dirt on her nose! I've never seen Otto dig a hole, ever. Annie, on the other hand, comes in with a dirty nose every now and then, so I know she's been burying something in the garden.

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  15. Great Shots and story. Feels like I just paid you a visit.

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    1. Well come on in and sit a spell, David! I'll put the tea pot on ;-)

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