Monday, May 22, 2017

Did Someone Say Breakfast?






On one of the last low humidity days before summer takes hold,
I walked up to my village to have breakfast at the Black Walnut.

Such a nice walk, cool morning, listening to the birds, 
people out walking their dogs with smiles on their faces.
Good Morning!



Breakfast

The Pico Benedict -- delicious.
Having breakfast with my little Buddha reminds to take my time,
enjoy each bite, be thankful to everyone who made the breakfast possible.

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Another cool morning took me to the zoo.



Did someone say breakfast?

Did someone say breakfast?
One of the gorillas is happily munching away on his breakfast.
Love those greens!

And, the Black Bears know how to do breakfast right!
A big juicy bone while floating in the pond.

Black Bear



Breakfast!



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Purrfect!






My kitties (with a little help) knew just what to do for Mother's Day.

Flowers!


Flowers

Gerbera Daisy


Hydrangea


Owl Mug

Gerbera Daisy, Hydrangea and Dianthus.

To top it all off -- a new owl mug. 

Purrrfect!
Mother's Day


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Happy Mother's Day!








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Friday, May 5, 2017

Tra La! It's May!






Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear!
(Lyrics from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot)

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Where I live, the arrival of May means summer is here.

Six months of summer and six months of not summer.
Although the "not" summer seems to be getting shorter.

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Did you know the month of May is named for the Roman goddess Maia,
who oversaw the growth of plants?
Also from the Latin word maiores, "elders," who were celebrated during this month.

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Amaryllis is blooming in Musashi's garden.



amaryllis



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My 50th high school reunion is this year.
THUD!

Here I am --

High School

If I remember correctly, the senior pix were taken the end of the junior year.
Thus the short hair (look at all that teased hair).
Yes, I have my eyes closed  -- the sun is bright in New Mexico.

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It's no secret that I enjoy shopping (especially window shopping) at Sur La Table.
This is what I found in their latest email.

From Sur La Table


Too cute!



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I decided I needed to clean out my yarn closet.
I would open the door and wonder what would fall out next!


My habit when I'm working on a project,
knit, crochet, counted cross stitch -- whatever --
is to put all the supplies in a tote bag with the project.
A girl can never have too many tote bags.
So in goes the pattern, yarn, needles, hooks -- everything to get the project done.
And when I finish, I tend to leave everything in the tote bag.
So, cleaning out the yarn closet meant I went through all the tote bags to see what was there ... mostly patterns and hooks/needles.


One of the totes had two balls of a washable acrylic, nylon yarn in a wonderful teal with dark  blue specks, a circular needle and several scarf patterns.
I like to use a circular needle on small projects.
 One of my all time favorite stash busting patterns from Knit Picks was included.
I must have decided to try to get a scarf from the two small balls of yarn.
Well, it worked!
Here's the finished product.


Knit Scarf



I cut the pattern (Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf) from the Knit Picks catalog 
(back when they sent catalogs by mail).
It's very simple -- Cast on 22 stitches (or your choice).
RS: Knit into front and back of first st, knit across to last 2 sts, K2tog.
WS: Knit
Repeat these two rows until scarf is desired length and bind off loosely.

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Collage



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Friday, April 21, 2017

Exercise Your Mind Not Just Your Abs





I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.
I had a quiet one.
Did some digging in the garden which is always good.

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I put my crochet hook and my knitting needles aside giving my hands a rest.
I haven't been to Michaels yet to get the yarn.
It's on the "to do" list.

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The Fortune Cookie Journal suggested I exercise my mind not just my abs 
(which I did in the garden)
and I guess I did that by completing some reading.


Reading


My 88 year-old godmother loves to read.
She really enjoys the China Bayles mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert.
The new one - THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH is out. 
Number 25 in the series!
It's a good thing that my godmother doesn't mind if I read it first!
It's on it's way to her house for Mother's Day. 
One of the reasons I enjoy this series so much is the business China owns--
an herb shop.
In this book -- olives take center stage along with murder.
All the favorite characters are back and in fine form.

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The second book I want to share with you is
MY CITY HIGHRISE GARDEN by Susan Brownmiller.

Most people know Susan Brownmiller as feminist and journalist. She is probably best known for her 1975 book, AGAINST OUR WILL: MEN, WOMEN AND RAPE. Now 80 years old, Brownmiller takes us on a delightful tour of her 20th floor high-rise garden, something she has been tending with care for 35 years. 
 Small space gardening is not easy (I know), but on the 20th floor of a high-rise is definitely an unnatural environment with high winds and bad weather, along with the occasional maintenance of the building. She talks about the garden with humor and honesty. I got lots of ideas for my balcony (on the second floor) and my postage stamp backyard. I even ordered day-lilies from the company that she uses. If you love gardens, this a short (154 pages), sweet description of an oasis in the city with all its trials, tribulations and successes. I'm going to keep my copy for future reference!

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The third book is THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER
by Phaedra Patrick.

Charming and delightful, Arthur Pepper is nearing the one year
anniversary of his wife's death. It's time to clean out the closet and get rid of her things. While separating clothes and shoes, he finds a charm bracelet in a pair of boots. He doesn't remember ever seeing the bracelet before.
This bracelet and it's charms take Arthur on an adventure of healing and self-discovery. 

Three different books and all good.
Although if you are interested in the Mystery,
you should start with book number one -- not number twenty five!

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I went out to feed the fish and look what I found in the pond!
A whole lot of "something" going on. Ha!
This must mean that spring is definitely here.

Spring In The Pond



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This week instead of lunch it was breakfast with a friend.
Spinach Quiche at Croissant Brioche -- French Bakery and Cafe.
Authentic French breads baked fresh daily.
YUM!


Croissant Brioche


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