Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fawn Season

It's the tail end of fawn season around here. They all getting big and their little spots are poised to start disappearing very soon.
There have been a lot of babies this year, more than usual for sure. And of even more interest has been the large number of twins! They are all over the place. Especially when I don't have a camera handy....

But, I did manage to get a couple of cute pictures of singletons this year...

This doe and fawn were early morning grazers just across the street.

And this curious little guy and his mama were right out the back door.
Don't you just love those big ears?!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kid Performances

This is a great example of why you should NEVER miss an opportunity to see your kids perform. (I don't actually know this little guy, but I have seen many similar delights!)

For me, it just can't get much better than the Bible and George Strait all in one adorable little package!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I didn't anticipate this....

I have two lemon trees.
I've had them forever. Ok, maybe just 7 or 8 years.
But look at them. Scrawny. Lemon-less. Unhappy.

I have tried lots of different things to make them happy.
Fertilizer. More water. Less water. Different locations.
And nothing seems to help.

But I am not one to give up. Not on lemon trees. So I am off and running with
Plan Q.

I have recently moved them out to the big new garden. And when I say that I moved them, what I mean is that my guy moved them and I supervised. I am an excellent supervisor.

Now, it is all sun, all the time. That seems like a good plan.
But the best part of the plan revolves around a story I heard from a friend's mom.

It seems that she too was living a lemon-less life. Pitiful trees that produced nothing or close to nothing. But then one year she had a freezer fiasco and everything in it thawed and spoiled before she realized it. She had a LOT of mackerel tucked away in there. Mackerel that she had shipped home from Russia when she was out visiting family. Because you just can't get good mackerel in America. But now, it was all spoiled. So instead of letting it go completely to waste, she took it all out and buried it under her lemon tree. And KA-BOOM. That lemon tree was transformed into a super-tree, producing grapefruit sized lemons for the next 10+ years.

So, I decided that this was the plan for me. But where in the world was I going to get a freezer full of spoiled Russian mackerel?? Hmmm..... Then one day as I was contemplating this fish dilemma, I saw two high school boys that we know pull up in a big red pick-up truck and load up my guy's kayak. Hmmm.....I happen to know that both of these boys were born with fishing poles in their hands. And they obviously had some sort of arrangement with my guy. Hmmm....I was starting to feel a plan come together.

So, I asked my guy what was up with the boys and the kayak. "Ocean fishing" he says. Hmmm....

"Babe, do you think the boys actually catch any fish."
"Oh yeah. Billy says they killed it last week."
"Huh...Do you think they would be willing to bring me the guts and heads and stuff?"

This is when I get the look. THE look. You know the one that says "How is it possible that this is my lot in life."

"Um, why would you want guts and heads and stuff."
"To fertilize the lemon trees."
"And who is going to do this fertilizing?"
"Well, I was thinking...you."
"Oh great."
"But listen, I would be willing to pick all of the giant lemons that we are going to be getting for the next 10 years. All by myself. You won't have to help at all."

I got THE look again and then he said, "I'll ask them."

So, sure enough, last week the boys showed up with guts. And heads. And other parts. 30 pounds of super gross parts to be exact. Oh, it was gross. And stinky. Real stinky. Hmmm...my friend's mom did not mention this little tidbit.

My guy goes out and buries them quick-like, before we stink up the whole neighborhood. But they still stink! It is like the smell is just oozing out of the ground. It is so yucky. Unless you happen to be a little black dog. In that case, it is like a little slice of heaven.

Everyday when I go out to my garden she comes with me. She LOVES to go to the garden. She races ahead and runs laps around the whole thing while she waits for me to get there and open the gate. Then when I let her in she runs laps around the rows, and rolls in the mulch, and chases lizards, and eats the strawberries right off the plants.

But now that we have that smell...well it is a whole different game. She still runs ahead, but when she gets there she just paces at the gate waiting for me.

And when I let her in, she goes right to the smelly spots. And she...

It's like she just can't get enough! It is pure doggie-heaven.
(If you come by to visit me, DO NOT pet the dog!! But if you forget, don't worry, you will have a lovely little smell all over your hands that will remind you.)

And it is not just the dog. Look at this...

Somebody else wants in. I don't know who ripped this hole in my fence but I am pretty sure I will recognize the intruder if I come across him/them. Hopefully, it is a raccoon or a fox and not another dog from the neighborhood... My poor unsuspecting neighbors.

And one more thing. Now we have flies!! We've never had flies. Not even when we had a horse. But now, it's like a plague. Who knew?? Flies prefer fish guts to horse poo...

So, all of this to say that I am starting to regret this plan. It is sorta grossing up my life...Man, I hope I get some lemons!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Chocolate from Spain

My friend Theresa is in Spain today.
Without me. (Boo-hoo-hoo.)
But she just sent me this little yummy....

Apparently Spanish hot chocolate is thick like pudding.
And it comes with a side of little churros.
Oh yum!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Girls and Squirrels

My apricot crop was looking mighty good.
To me and to the birds.
So, it was time to pull out my fool-proof bird deterrent.
It looks a whole lot like Christmas tinsel.
And it works like magic!

Becca was home that morning, so she helped me out.
This is some of her handy work. She was a little tinsel-crazy.

When I asked her why she used so much tinsel for just one apricot she said...
"This one was all alone and I thought it might get singled out".
Spoken like an adorable little pipsqueak!!

Anyway, that was on July 3rd.
We picked the ripest ones and took them camping with us.
But when we got home, almost all of the rest were gone!! Over 100 apricots gone in 2 days!!
I was so..... mad.
There wasn't a single pit on the ground. And the tinsel has never failed me before. So...what happened...to my apricots???

Well, there was nothing to do about it. And my second tree was close to ripening so I just let it slide. Until yesterday, when I saw a squirrel in my tree.
I went out to check on the situation and ALL OF THE FRUIT WAS GONE!! Over 100 apricots again!!

Oooooooohhhhh.... this means war.

And let me tell you something else.
My guy made us a miniature version of the game corn-hole to take on our camping trip.
Actually, he made the wooden part and Becca and I made the bean bags. Cute red, white and blue ones. Cute ones!!

Well, we left them on the game board one day after we had played. Later that afternoon we wanted to play again, but we couldn't find the bean bags anywhere. We asked the neighbors and the said that they thought that had seen the squirrels dragging them around. Well, we went looking around and sure enough....

This is the only one we could find.

But it tells the whole story.

So for the record, it's Squirrels 2.....Mama 0.

But, I have this beautiful crop of Green Gage plums about to come in (and a testy new attitude)...

So I am thinking that something is about to change.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Silver Anniversary

Twenty-five years of wedded bliss and never had a fight!


Maybe we should just stick to twenty-five years of wedded bliss...


Just kidding.

Yep, me and my guy have been dancing the dance for twenty-five years. It seems so crazy to think that it has been that long, and yet it also seems like just yesterday.
We were so darn young....

Anyway, let's don't get teary-eyed. Ok, maybe it was just me....

I know that all of you think that my guy is the sweet and patient one,
and that I am the mischievous handful. And mostly that would be right.


Let the record reflect....

That the fun and mischief in a new bride's smile

can also be filled with gentle and sweet love.

But the groom, you know...the sweet and patient one...


I'm just sayin'....


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vintage Quilt Inspiration

My friend Suzi recently bought this quilt top.
All the piecing and applique were done by hand.

Inspiring isn't it!


Are you familiar with Langer's Delicatessen, in Los Angeles,
home of THE World Famous Langer's Pastrami sandwich?

I had not heard of it before my friend Theresa told me about.
She and her hubby went there recently and they loved it.

Now, I love a good pastrami sandwich! So I knew that we would be
finding our way to Langer's the very next time went headed down to SoCal.

And we did!
We sat at table #2....

And I ordered THE sandwich.

Oh Yum!!

But my guy....he wasn't eatin' no rye bread. Or coleslaw.
So he ordered a plain pastrami on a roll with mustard and pickles.

And a side of chili cheese fries...
Which I helped him eat.

Did I mention....Oh yum!

You can check out them out here.

And if you are on the east coast and you are looking for an amazing pastrami
sandwich, Katz Delicatessen in New York City will make you little heart sing!
You can check them out here.

Happy Dining.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Union Jack

Happy Belated 4th of July!!

We spent the week over at our favorite camping spot celebrating my favorite holiday: Independence Day.
Friends, food, fun, fireworks. And freedom! It was a great time.

But now we are home and it is time for me to share a new pattern with you. A free one!!
It's the Union Jack.

I know, I know. It's totally British. Not American at all. And there was a time in our country's history when England was the enemy. But seriously, we are allies now. And the palette is appropriate. And it is a quick and easy, no paper piecing, no set-in seams kind of block. And it looks GREAT made in Kaffe fabrics, too. And brights. And did I mention it is "free". So see, it counts!

You can access the pattern here. And, let me know what you think!!

Happy Stitching.