Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday in the Swamp

Up before 8am this morning and it was already 80º, so off to walk.  I was so hot by the time we got back I pulled off my shorts and top, grabbed my swimming suit top and jumped in the pool.  It felt so good.  When I got out I just kept my wet undies on and put back on my shorts and top.  It's going to be miserable today, we had to put the air condoning on by 11:30.  I manage a little vacuuming, a bit of ironing, and my aerobics, I'm through.
The other day Cynthia at I'm Retired -Adventure of a Simpler Life wrote about the local fresh fish store in her town and I told her we had one too and that Mac had made a painting of it.  Stopped by there the other day and he took a photo of the painting (from about 10 feet away so it may be a little out of focus) and a photo of the store.  Ken, who owns the place, says he gets a lot of compliments on the painting.
A very cool lunch today, ham sandwiches and deviled eggs plus a green bean salad.  Too hot to eat much. I have some sewing I need to do and then it's back in the pool for me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Five on Friday

I feel like it should be FRYDAY, today and tomorrow are going to be 98-99º.  To me that's frying weather.  I convinced Mac to stay out of the yard except to water the garden, it's dangerous out there.
But it's time to join in with Amy at Love Made My Home for this week's edition of Five on Friday, so do go and check out some of the other blogs who are joining in.

My first is from last Friday (if you go from Friday to Friday it's part of this week), we made it to the Marina for lunch and they were open!!!  Mac had mussels cooked in a wine sauce, I don't eat shell fish, but he said they was delicious.  Then we shared an order of Calamari and a load of steamed Shrimp.  Both were fantastic and way too much, so we brought some of them home.

My Second is an incident from earlier this week.  We had headed out for our morning walk when we were dive bombed by a large blue heron who was quite intent on poohing on us.  He came so low and close I could feel the air from his wings.  Mac says it's the one he's always chasing off so he won't eat our fish.  All I know is that he just missed up by inches.

On the left you can see that he covered the street from side to side.  The X in the right picture is where we were.  How he missed us I do not know.

My Third is that we finally got around to watching the third Hobbit movie: The Battle of the Five Armies.  We quite enjoyed it which was a surprise because we hadn't liked the 2nd one in the series and hadn't really planned on watching the 3rd.  But we did and we're glad we did.  

My fourth is that I finished the book The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John LeCarre and loved it.  I read it many years ago, probably when it first came out, but I'd forgotten most of it.  I remember seeing the movie too, so as I read the book I kept picturing Richard Burton as Alec Leamas the "hero" of the story.  Over at Goodreads I give very few 5 star ratings, but this book easily got one.  If you like spy stories this one is the best.

And my Fifth is what I saw when I went out to swim the other day.  Some of my critters had grabbed some beers and were having a pool party.

That's my Five, hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hitching Up the Horses

We'd put it off as long as we could and it was time to hitch up the horses and head into town.  Did as much of our morning walk as we  could stand to do, cleaned up and headed in, we live about 8 miles from town and try to combine as many errands as we can when we finally break down and go in.  Had to drop some of Mac's pants at the cleaners to have them altered.  I can sew, but for the life of me I can't hem a pair a pants and take them in without making one leg shorter than the other.
Coming out of the cleaners Mac pointed out that I'd had my senior moment for the day.  I had new pants on and they still had the sticky tag running down one leg, didn't I look great!
Then it was off to the bank to order foreign currency, have a trip coming up and we like to have some local currency.  Then to Great Clips to get Mac a hair cut.  I can't stand having my hair cut in a shop and will occasionally grab up the scissors and cut an inch or two off mine, and that's probably going to happen fairly soon.  His cut looks great.
Then we stopped by the local fresh seafood shop where Mac has some of his paintings hanging.  Nothing has sold so he changed the paintings.
Then off to the post office to mail a package, someone in California bought a painting of his and it had to be mailed.  He sold another one to Michigan and it will get mailed tomorrow.  It always seems to go in streaks like that.  None sell for a while and then several at once.
After that it was finally time to go and have some breakfast.  I almost never cook breakfast at home and when I do it's usually for lunch of dinner, so it's a treat to go out and actually have breakfast.
Our last stop was at the grocery store to stock up on veggies, we eat a lot of them.
Finally, home again, home again, jiggity jig.
Now all I have to do it exercise, I'm waiting for my food to settle,  and get in the pool.  Hot day, but worse is to come, 99º on Friday and Saturday.  Summer is well and truly here.  Mac keeps checking the stats to see if days are actually getting shorter and worries when they don't.  Fall can't come too soon.
This is my painting, but he sold an identical one without the frame.  The other painting was of a red-headed woodpecker on a birch tree, but I can't find a picture of it.  After writing that Mac found the picture so here it is.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why is One of Our Dinner Plates Laying in the Driveway?

We went out through the garage to do our morning walk today.  I opened the garage door and started out when I saw one of our porcelain dinner plates laying in the middle of the driveway.  "What in the world is that doing there?"  I asked Mac.  He said that he'd put it there to help him remember to turn off the water that he had running in the pool.  "Well, I asked, did you remember?'  "Yes, he said, I just didn't remember to get the plate out of the driveway."
Somehow I think he needs to find a better memory aid than using one of the dinner plates, even if it was outside because he was throwing watermelon rinds away.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

With Apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

The grass was as high as an elephant's eye, so allergies be d*****d  it was time to mow the lawn again.  Some of our neighbors have the gas or electric push/self-propelleded ones, but we're on nearly and acre and we tried that for awhile and finally broke down and bought a riding lawn mower.  Mac picks up the pine cones with an ugly getter and I drive the mower.  This time I remembered to not smile.
Hot today, but not miserable after another cool night.
I did laundry, made bread and tried to play a piece of music that's driving me crazy, it has 5 flats, 5, even C Flat and occasionally he throws a 6th one in,  F Flat.  Come on, if you want a B, just tell me to play a B, not a C Flat or if you want E ask for E, not F Flat.
And may I also point out, my small hand can span an octave and slightly more, but if you want more than that it ain't going to happen, I'll have to make it into a broken chord.
Still, it's a beautiful piece, even if I have to play it very slowly.  It's Intermezzo by Edward Mac Dowell.  I wish I sounded like this when I play it.


Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Monday

Just wondering what's going on, on a Monday at your place.  For me vacuuming seemed to be the theme of the day.  I vacuumed the family room where we spend most of our time, I vacuum it nearly every day.  Then I vacuumed the living room where nobody lives,  except a lonely spider or 2 who hang out there.  Next up was the entry way where no one ever enters, we always come up through the garage.  After that I vacuumed the dining room where no one dines, unless Miss Kitty finds a bug to nibble on.  I didn't do the stairs, but their day is coming.  Instead I went outside and vacuumed the pool.  I don't do that very often, generally I just get in with a net and get things out, but it needed a good vacuuming.  The last couple of nights have been cool for this time of year, in the high 60's, so the pool has cooled done.  A bit of a shock when you first get in, but then it feels good.
Poor Parsnip at Two Little Square Black  Dogs, her heat has gone beyond where you could even fry an egg, much worse than here, though we're due to be back up to 98º by the end of the week.
So what did you do today?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the best husband and father that I know.  He's good, always bringing me flowers and gifts, kind, never gets angry when I do something stupid, patient, he taught me to drive a stick shift car and never screamed at me, loving, always.  And he was and is such a good father.  He taught our left-handed daughter to tie her shoes, I would never have figured out how to do that, he taught her to fish, he read to her every night, brushed her teeth for her when she was too small to do it herself, helped her with science projects through the years, spent months filling out papers to get her scholarships and grants when she went to college. Now that she's grown he brags about her to everyone and tells her how proud he is of her.
For Father's Day she sent him all kinds of goodies from Japan, think tongue jerky, shrimp crackers, really strange noodles, candied beans, lightning bug squid and lotus root crisps.    If ever I wonder where she gets her taste for exotic food I need look no further than her Father.
I got him a vintage German porcelain pipe and an antique German Beer Stein.
For lunch he's getting his favorite, leg of lamb.
Hope he knows how much we love him.

This is the jerky

These are the shrimp crackers.

These are the lotus root crisps