Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Big and Cute

I found this big onion and just had to buy it. It cost me 85 cents. I wish I could say that I grew it but that would certainly be a lie. I have never grown an onion this big. I put it beside this bottle of wine so you can get an idea of the size. It weighs 1.15 lbs.

It is hot today and going to be that way over the next several days, with the highs being in the 90's and the humidity high. I took the dog for a walk this morning and I was dripping with sweat by the time we got home. I was just thinking about my nephew's new pool and that I really need to make use of it this week......yes, definitely the weather for being in the pool.

This next picture isn't very good but it shows a baby raccoon in a pan of water. I was at my neighbor's and there are 3 baby raccoons that are just now coming out and letting themselves be seen. They came out while I was there. She has this pan on her deck and it only had about an inch and a half of water but this little guy got in there and had a good time washing his paws and getting cooled off a bit! They are so cute! I'll try to get better pictures another time of these little ones.


Anonymous erie's argonaut said...

Baby raccoons are so cute. I look forward to more pictures of them. That's quite an onion!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

That raccoon picture is great.
The question is - now that you have an onion tha weighs in at 1.15 pounds, what are you going to do with it?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Rachel, may I claim that large onion for Texas grown?
I suggest onion rings, I'll be by if you make them (better save and wait though).
Stay cool, maybe you could trade places now and then with the baby raccoon.
BTW, you forgot to mention your blogging sin(s) when you visited.

9:21 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is one big huge onion!

I love Racoons....we have them here, too....Though I haven't seen any in quite a while...! I remember many years ago one summer people from England were visiting a friend of mine who lived in a very woodsy area on Beverly Glen...and they asked him about the Racoons..And he said, "Oh The Raccoons NEVER come out in the summer"...with great authority, and about three minutes later there at his glass sliding door was a dear little famuly of three Racoons....We all still laugh about that!

Rachel, I wish you could see the show these dear Hummingbirds are putting on here...Amazing little birds.....And they are tiny...! I need to take some video of them and then try to figure out how to put it on my blog...!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

We have a racoon that visits us nightly just to partake of the outside cats' kibble. The 'coon likes to wash it first so the water dish always has mushy kibble in it every morning.

12:21 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

That is either a HUGE onion or a small bottle of wine! ~ jb///

1:45 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Being a racoon in Daniel Boone country must be dangerous.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Around here showing an onion and a 'coon in the same post might be interpreted as a recipe, LOL! ;D

Just to set the record straight, I've never eaten 'coon but a lot of people still do in these parts.

That baby 'coon is adorable. I love to watch them. :-)

Love and hugs,


4:40 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

I'm giggling at Diane's comment. I have heard of my grandma talk of possum pie, but never raccoon.
Did these little guys come out in the daytime? (ours sneak around at night and have our fish for a midnight snack!)

5:15 PM  
Anonymous tracey said...

That is one big onion...I never grow anything that big, etiher (well...my stomach...)

Baby racoons sure are cuties, but so disease ridden...shall I scare you with the details?

5:40 PM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

Rachel, I don't know which picture I like the best....the onion or the racoon. The onion would probably TASTE better!!! LOL

6:42 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I have only seen raccoons in a zoo ! They really look very cute with their funny faces and striped tails.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

We used to have a ton of coons around when I was a kid. Don't see coons, groundhogs, or foxes anymore. The coyotes have taken over.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

You could have a great Italian meal starting with those two items.

Raccoons are always visiting my deck and eating the cat food. They're adorable, but they're starting to come in fours now and it's a little scary. I'll have to try taking pics sometime.

8:12 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Yes, raccoons are cute, and that is truly a great picture! but boy am I ever scared of them now. Rabies. What a shame, too. We call them coonie-bears here at home as a reminder that they are part of the bear family. They eat up any food the outside cats don't finish.
Did you know possums don't get rabies? Good thing for me, huh?

9:45 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Racoons eat sweet corn. They can ruin the whole patch in one night. They are held in the same regard on this farm as the white tail deer. They're hard to kill.
Back in the '90's we raised 21 acres of onion for commercial sale. About a third of them were jumbos the size you have there. We shipped them directly to an onion ring plant in Wahoo, NE as soon as we had them out of the ground.
The 2/3s that were mediums were the ones hard to sell and the reason we don't raise them now. 115 tons of mediums in one heap rotting would make you hope for a dirty diaper to use for an air freshner.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Rachel, was the wine bottle (what about the contents?) only for size comparison for that monster onion?

7:17 PM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

They're cute but boy can they raise havec. Smar and curios, not a good combo.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Love the racoon shot and my what big onions you have!

6:46 AM  
Blogger UKBob said...

Hi, that pool idea sounds a good one to me, hope you managed to make plenty of use of it. Bob.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I've never been good at raising onions either. I think they take a very rich soil and mine isn't!
I grew up on onion and mayo and bean and onion sandwiches. YUM I still love them.
The little coon is cute but they do carry some serious diseases. Be careful if you have pets because they can catch the diseases from the coons.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just don't get too close now.... bite!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

A friend of mine had a baby raccoon as a pet and they are so cute. I really think they should be left out in the wild to be wild and this little fella in the container of water is so cute. I hope that you are able to get more pictures of these little raccoons to share with us.

That's one BIG onion!

7:44 AM  

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