I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Walk and a Fail, of sorts

Hi! It's Friday, and the last weekend of August is upon us. It's very hot today, first day of over 90* here this summer, I think! But earlier in the week we had a couple of cooler days and I was somewhat foolishly tempted to go out walking with Mo and his walker. I was so excited to be outside enjoying the summer day that I forgot that I am supposed to strictly limit myself. Activity increases the inflammation and therefore the pain. Stupid stupid [and boring! sorry!].

We went really far! Look! We went to the koi pond.

It has quite  a bit of new landscaping this year, new rocks and a pretty purple marshy flower, new water hyacinths too.

Then we went on. And ON. Because I just had to visit the Gooses! A, the dog walker, thought I was pretty odd, snapping pix, but I know you too are dying to see the Geese!

All dressed for the beach. Even Baby has a bit of embellishment, isn't that great.


Now about that Cauliflower pilaf.

It was good. But it wasn't pilaf, or rice-y or nutty. It was just---cauliflowery. Not savory or wonderful.

I sauteed a sweet onion and minced garlic. Added some sliced yellow squash for color. Added the cauli and a bit of chicken broth. Cooked it over high heat about 6 minutes only, so the cauli didn't turn to mush. It needed a lot of lemon pepper and shaved parm to be interesting/ edible.

It looks right, but I don't know why I thought it would actually taste like pilaf. I'd rate it a C-.

We should take Kel's advice and stick to Trader Joe's peanut butter cups instead! Less work, more yummy. LOL.



gone to the beach..........

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Little Things

...mean a lot.

Hi! Small pleasures become so important when one has, like me, been so incapacitated and homebound for months on end. Just getting out for errands is suddenly a thrill instead of a tiresome chore. Monday my friend Elle [L] drove me to the physical therapy clinic to sign up and do insurance paperwork. [I'm rather dreading this plan, when any small mis-move can still cause intense pain. We shall see!?] The clinic people seemed pretty nice, always a surprise here.
Afterward we treated ourselves to a quick trip to Trader Joe's for their annual August flower special, 9 Roses/// 3.99. From the Fearless Flyer their ad paper: ''Why Nine? Because 9 is the most roses we can get for you and still sell for less than four dollars! Sounds good to me!

I chose classic ''tea roses'' which is what we called creamy with pink ruffled edges roses when I was a little girl. I think that is incorrect nomenclature, but to me they are still oldfashioned and special. No, Mel, they have no scent, sorry.

I dug out my little ironstone jug with the pink buds.

TJ's had other fascinating things! Riced cauliflower! I love cauliflower. This version is chopped rather fine, like rice. I think I will do a fast stirfry w/ garlic, onions, herbs, a little broth---like a risotto? Many options on Pinterest I haven't been cooking much, so even that is a fun challenge.I also got fresh corn, but forgot tomatoes, too bad.

And look at these perfect jewel-like red raspberries. Had to have a box, plus a small bag of TJ's shortbread biscuits. I added a little sweetener and a dash of Grand Marnier, spooned the berries over the biscuits, with a dollop of Greek yogurt. ! Guilty pleasure.

I got Mo some of their brown rice and chicken chews and  fancy bullysticks too. Then we stopped in the village at the little drugstore. I needed Rxs and also notecards and letter paper to write to friends who keep in touch via snail mail. Hard to imagine people who are not online, but a letter in the mailbox is still so fun,I think. I've kind of lost my handwriting knack, but I still enjoy this funny old custom. Any of you still write letters?
Oh and I got Mo a little baby pool! The pharmacy is a little neighborhood shop, with beach toys, sunscreen, and sand chairs, not just a Rx filler. Locally owned, I like to shop there, give them my business, so they stay. The little pool is for the next heatwave on the deck, though so far this week it has been dry,breezy and cool-ish. [75*]. Probably Mo will hate it.

Speaking of mail, I also received this pretty envelope from Mel, you know her from her comments here on my blog.

She sent me more of the  very interesting text print because I wanted more to use on P2's lollipop flower blocks' backgrounds. Now I better get busy! 15 leaves and four stars this month, hmmmm...

Sneak peek of P2's large basket block. The roses on the sky blue just seemed perfect for my day of summer and roses. [yes, it's crooked.]

Of course all this excitement exhausted me. I enjoyed sitting down in the afternoon with a cold ice tea and some time poring through this gorgeous and inspiring book, a Christmas gift that has never gotten put away.

And last, more morning glories. The hot sun and salt air and wind mean their leaves are ugly and shrivelled but each morning at dawn the brave little flowers open for their brief and special moment of beauty.



gone to the beach....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Walk and a Blueberry Moon

Hello! Oh my it's hot, it's the doldrums of August. No relief in sight. Just look at this heat index the other day.

Today it was so hot at noon the deck burned my feet, so Mo had to stay indoors til his doggy walker came later in the afternoon.

He's pouting; he doesn't understand why he is kept inside.

My sweet friend the dog walker has been encouraging me to come with her and Mo on his walks, when I feel up to it. Yesterday was hot but I so wanted to get out and Mo was so thrilled to have me with him again. We actually walked quite far [slowly!].

"mom! C'mon!"

All the way to the beach pathway alley.

I've missed it, maybe you have too!?

I adore the marigold hedges.

And these are amazing morning blue morning glories, two stories tall. The lady says they self seed each year.

Lovely old fashioned white hydrangeas.

Taller than even the Russian Giants, these sunflowers are gorgeous.

Mo trotted off, headed to the koi pond, but it was too far and too hot for him---or me. We coaxed him back home, looking for shade and grass to feel cool on little feet.

Our brief walk lifted my spirits. Later he was allowed on the deck. He quite loves this big round rock I have, maybe it feels cool?

Tonight the full moon rose at sunset.

The August Moon is called either the Sturgeon Moon or the Blueberry Moon. I'm pretty sure there haven't been sturgeon around here for a couple hundred years--and it's an ugly word---so I'm going with Blueberry Moon.

edit: I'm wrong, we do have sturgeon. Oh I'd hate to meet up with one at the beach! Endangered and rare. HERE

Moon reflecting in the ocean waves.

The moon will be full tomorrow too, go out and look!

I've had this pretty faux seaglass jar for a few years but it never has been quite right...too small for flowers, candles burn out if used outside.

But the other day on my first shopping outing in three months!!--at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I found a string of tiny rice-sized, battery operated fairly lights. Looks like a jar of fireflies, remember doing that?
Perfect! Better than the photo. Just right for earlier evenings of August and September.

have a good week!


gone to the beach...

PS From FB, isn't this so cute? For next year? I'll look for old trucks at the flea.