Saturday, October 31, 2015

Busy Around Here

It's been busy around here.

If you've followed Twisty Lane for any length of time,
you know I mention Musashi's Garden often.

It is my postage stamp backyard and the garden named after
one of our beloved kitties.


Musashi's Journal

I've always wanted a water feature and this year I took the plunge.

Everything in Musashi's Garden was removed and we started from the beginning.

Pond collage

All new plants to learn about.

Pond finished

And 6 new friends to care for ... goldfish!
Meanwhile, the birds are unhappy.
With all the demolition and building going on,
they haven't had their regular handout.
Now that it's all done ... the rains have come.
Good timing!
One more thing ...
when the lights come on in the garden --
it is a place of pure magic.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Camera Critters

Thursday, October 22, 2015

On The Menu


There is rain in the forecast ... lots of it.
So I thought it would be a good time for some soup.

Tortellini Spinach Soup

I just happened to have a bag of baby spinach that I needed to use.
There was tortelinni in the freezer. 
 A can of tomatoes from the pantry.
And, I was lucky, 32oz of vegetable broth.
That's all I needed.

I found this recipe in Fine Cooking years ago and it remains one of my
favorite quick and easy recipes.
You can find my original post here.
And, it's pretty too.

Soup Collage

I chopped a small onion and let it cook in some olive oil.
Added 32 oz of vegetable broth.
The canned tomatoes.
A bag of baby spinach.
Letting that cook until the spinach was wilted.
Then I added the tortellini.
Let all of that come to a boil and the tortellini fully cook.

Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and serve.

Tortellini Spinach Soup

Quick and easy.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Little by Little

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This and That


It is pumpkin time at Trader Joe's. 
You name it they have it.
Pumpkin Bread Mix
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
Organic Pumpkin Toaster Pastries
Pumpkin Bagels
*Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Granola
*Pumpkin Yogurt
Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal
Pumpkin Cranberry Scone Mix
Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix
*Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix 
*Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin Waffles
Pumpkin Cheesecake
*Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Pumpkin Panettone
Iced Pumpkin Scone Cookies
and on and on.

* These are the "pumpkins" I've tried and I think are very good.
I went in to get the pumpkin yogurt and cream cheese.
I'll enjoy them while I can!


I have a new flag for the balcony.
I change them up with each holiday or when I get the urge!

Fall Flag

He makes me smile.


This is latest look at the afghan.
I've added the tulip, waves and puff rows.


I am trying to follow their suggested colors by using my stash yarn.
I'm delighted to see my stash dwindling.
The more it dwindles ... the more yarn may be in my future!

afghan collage

Mina has to give her seal of approval.
I think each kitty would like an afghan of their own.

Cherry Heart


While I wait for the next section of the afghan to be posted,
I'm working on more cowls for gifts for the coming holidays.
There are a number of birthdays to think about, too.
This is the Papillon Cowl and it does resemble a butterfly.

Papillon Cowl

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm joining Mosaic Monday 

The Dedicated House
and Hookin' On Hump Day.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

This and That

It's October and another little front has blown through
leaving a few delightful days of nice temps and low humidity.


I got my flu shot .. the high dose for those of us of a certain age! 


I'm taking part in the Spice of Life Crochet A Long along with 4000+ others!
The crochet a long is being sponsored by Stylecraft and Black Sheep Yarns. 
I've been using yarn in my stash.
As much as I would like to, I just couldn't by more yarn! 
We get new instructions each week.
Here is my first week:

Spice of Life Crochet A Long

And this what the afghan looks like after the second week:
Love those stacking shells!

Spice of Life Crochet A Long

It's been fun, a great stash buster and I've learned a few new tricks 
from the ladies in the FaceBook Group

Cherry Heart


A night out at the zoo to meet the new CEO.
Good friends, good food, and a cute animal ambassador:
meet Winston -- the Juliana Pig.


His tail was in constant motion ... as was his head ... yummies on the floor! 


The Juliana Pig is a small colorful pig originating in Europe through selective
breeding of various kinds of pigs. The Juliana Pig, also known as the 
Miniature Painted Pig, is small and spotted without a pronounced
pot belly or sway back. They have a long snout and are slight in frame.
They have a great temperament as the Juliana pig has been bred specifically 
 to work with humans. 

My weekend!

Last, but not least, it's the perfect weather for

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm joining:

Camera Critters

and the lovely Judith at Mosaic Monday.