Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who Gets The Credit?

A few things that made me smile this week.


Lunch across the street at Eclair Paris.
This is their club sandwich with chicken ... wonderful herb sliced chicken.
The book (Bearly Departed) is the first book in new cozy series,
 A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series by Meg Macy.
I love teddy bears and really enjoyed the book.
Like all good cozy books, it is set in a small, idyllic town
and has wonderful places to shop, quirky characters, dogs and cats!

Dragon Hatchling

This dragon-lady will never have enough dragons.
This one was made by a favorite artist of mine who I also consider friend,
Kate Tracton.

Succulent Blooming

It was much easier to grow succulents in New Mexico.
But look, my first successful succulent bloom in the tropics!


Speaking of blooms,
a volunteer that came up in the garden.
Not sure which bird or squirrel gets the credit for bringing in the seeds.

Lost Socks

I found this sign on Birch Lane
and really did laugh out loud.


Dragon Hatchling

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It's All About Trader Joes!

It's been a This and That week.

First, the plumber made a visit.

Then the AC guy made a two day visit.
Hopefully, I'll be cool in the 100+ weather.

My yard/pond guy (the wonderful Cody) tried to fix my
irrigation system and has to get a part.
He has hooked things up so I can water. 
Good thing.
It's going to be a scorcher this week.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Early this morning I headed out to Trader Joes.

Their flowers are always so pretty.
"My" TJs gets their flower shipment in on Sunday.
Too many pretty flowers to pick from.

I picked up two orchids and some zinnias.

Zinnias From Trader Joes

I love zinnias. 
They remind me of my Granny.
She always had a flower bed full of zinnias.

I planted zinnias last year and hoped they would reseed.
They didn't.
I won't make that mistake next year!


Flowers from Trader Joes

I also picked up banana bread from TJs.
When I got to the checkout I said,
"I didn't know you carried banana bread."
Checker told me it is a new item.
It's good, too.
Beats heating up the kitchen in the hot summer.

Banana Bread

I didn't set out to write a post all about Trader Joes
but sure looks like I did!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

I Had A Plan

This is what the 4th of July looked like at my house.
After hurricane Harvey last year,
I think it's safe to say the whole city has/had PTSD.
The last I heard, no homes were flooded,
just a lot of high blood pressure!


It has continued to rain off and on.
Today the sun is shining and I had a plan.

After feeding the kitties and the fish, 
getting my morning walk done,
and all the morning ablutions (love that word).

I walked over to Eclair Paris to have breakfast.
I had Eggs Benedict as usual.
I took my Mindful Magazine with me to read
and laughed out loud several times while reading an article on meditation.
(Been there and done that!) 

I came home with two sinfully delicious desserts.

Mindful Enjoyment

I saved them both.


I decided to try this one.
This is the owners new favorite.
Orange with a surprise!
I ate the top -- could taste the orange...
then the cream layer ... more orange
and got to...



I reached the strawberry custard layer.


I can see and taste why it is her new favorite.


But, I guess I'm old fashioned.
I still like the lemon tart the best.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day

July 4

The Fourth of July
 – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – 
has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, 
but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to 
the 18th century and the American Revolution. 

On July 2nd, 1776, 
the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, 
and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted 
the Declaration of Independence, 
a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 

From 1776 to the present day, 
July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, 
with festivities ranging from fireworks, 
parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.


Wishing YOU well and much joy on this Independence Day.