Monday, December 31, 2012

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

Today, I had an excursion to Tucson to see some of my family. Also to visit the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

At the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, we were warmly greeted by some ducks (they didn't like bright blue sneakers but were pleased by other footwear and jeans).

A happy last day of 2012.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

On the Fourth Day of Christmas...

we have roses. And the annual brother irrigation system leak chase. This time a nephew has been enlisted to help saw a large root that is bending the pipe.



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

May the expected and unexpected moments of the season make you smile.

(And expect the unexpected if you leave DH on his own for 5 minutes by the preschool room.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Gingerbread Houses

Our annual excision to Gingerbread Houses and anniversary dinner.

This one number 25!
And this isn't our only elephant photo of the year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Can I keep it?

I love having a 9 foot tree in my house. One cat won't stop playing in the water, though.

We got out the Opus ornaments, too.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Peanut clusters cooling

By order of bake sale organizer. Now to find some good and easy fudge recipes. And this is the year for peanut brittle, too.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

It's In!

Tree slices from this year's tree (from our garden) and our first cut tree, in Alabama.

The other photo is the top of this year's tree which was at almost 10 feet. It was still wrapped up from carrying inside. We were trying to decide if we cut it more or change the location. We cut. It is just right now.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Question is...

Do we cut it or not, for a Christmas tree?

It cannot stay where it is. it is too big to move. But we don't want to cut it. And we haven't a tree inside for years. It is already decorated in snowberries.

Today is the day, if we are going to do it.

Later... It's cut, rinsed and in the garage (with an invitation for the spiders to move out of the tree).  Now to fit it somewhere in the house.   There is a wonderful tree aroma in the garage, too.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Preparations Begin

Decorated at my Mother's place today.

I don't know who my brothers' Santa was. My Santa is my tall uncle. He made quite the sight for me and my cousins when he came walking up the driveway.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chocolate Laughter

Gotta love it when people come to your house and one of them bakes stuff.

This is a hot fudge pudding cake, served over ice cream. Then she texted us the photo of the recipe. DH's beef barley soup will be a repeated dish too.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful we've all made it this far.

And for getting the pie crust to this point, too. That's my Grandma's rolling pin and glass pie pan with a scalloped edge and handles. I haven't been making the crust for all those pumpkin pies I've made. Today will tell which direction I take in the future.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”    Marcel Proust

Link to more sunflowers.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November Garden Surprises

Blooming broccoli in the garden yesterday.  If it had been warmer than 40 degrees, we would have seen bees, too.  At this link, you can see the bees with full broccoli pollen baskets:
There was a little broccoli for the lettuce and chard dinner salad, also.

I was surprised to find evidence of a recent poppy blossom.  Our weather changes from dry and warm to cold, then warm and damp, and back to cold seems to have caused some garden confusion.   All of the poppy's siblings bloomed back in May and June; photo below is from May.

On the sweet pea plant, we found sprouting seeds in the seed pods.  I have never successfully sprouted sweet peas.  I placed these in the soil, but I doubt they'll make it until spring.

I found sunflower seeds sprouted in this bird feeder.  Some recent day must have been just right.  The birds and squirrels don't leave seeds there long.  

The biggest surprise - it's only November and we have the old tomatoes, peas, beans, and squash plants clean up for the winter. 
Compare to this link to the September garden, to see the difference:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Plan B - Pancakes

Another thing cleared out of the kitchen. This has always been a little persnickety and sitting in the cupboard for years didn't improve its mood.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tanzania - Lions II

On our way out of Tarangire National Park, our guide heard from others that the lions where visiting the airfield.   There is a small building being built and the reflective glass is still intriguing to the wildlife.  Our guide said the builders should replace the glass or the animals will break it.  

Link to Lions Part I:

If the lions are anything like my cat, Maria, their curiosity will not wear off anytime soon.

It gave us a chance to watch them wandering around the building (watching themselves).

Even with all of this excitment, a nap is still in order.  Lions have little to fear.  They know their daytime priorities.

The guide who had set out this picnic for his new arrivals was a little more worried.  He decided to move the picnic elsewhere.  This building is the existing building at the airfield...the old restrooms.

Here is the link to all Tanzania posts, so far:

Monday, November 05, 2012


Some of the pumpkins from this year's garden.   One has already become pumpkin butter.

Link to pumpkin butter recipe, plus other pumpkin cooking posts:

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Blooming November

The bees and I were happy to find borage and lavender blooming today.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I'd go trick or treating in Pike Place Market.   I bet there are ghosts to be encountered there, too. 

This was during our recent excursion.

Monday, October 29, 2012

More Trip - The Wheel

This was another part of the excursion DH planned for me a few days ago.   The Seattle "Wheel."
It is a nice ride inside the 'pod' even on the cool day.

I have a photo of him making a funny face, but we've agreed I won't post that one (for now).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

One More Trip

DH took me on an excursion to downtown Seattle.

First we had to go through the Pike Place Market, past the flowers, fish, and vegetables.
And the performers.
To the place behind the well known Public Market sign (we noticed this when we left). 

Place Pigalle restaurant.  We were early, but soon others arrived.  We had a delicious lunch, starting with warm soup.

That is part of the market, seen through this pumpkin's window.

Other windows show some downtown home gardens.

The market supplies both meal and decoration ingredients.