Sunday, April 23, 2017

What's For Breakfast

While eating breakfast this morning I got to thinking about the breakfasts we had eaten in Japan.  Our hotel, the Richmond,   included a buffet breakfast each morning and it was quite a spread, we were looking forward to trying it out as we had opted for room and breakfast.
Our daughter had warned us that we'd find the Japanese idea of breakfast foods  very different from Western breakfasts.  Well it was and it wasn't.  There was rice, soup, macaroni and cheese, stewed veggies, salad, fish, bacon, sausage  and eggs-  though the eggs were scrambled, which I normally prefer, they were very runny and I just can't eat runny eggs-several kinds I bread-I opted for sliced baguettes that I warmed in a toaster oven and 2 kinds of cereal.  Coffee, tea and fresh juice was available too.  There were other items I just wasn't familiar with, but picky eater than I am I had toast, coffee, orange juice and cereal.  Had a salad one morning and it was good, but it just seemed too strange to be eating it for breakfast.  Mac had fish a couple of times, but generally stuck to bacon or sausage and eggs.  Their eggs are so much fresher than ours, you can tell by the bright orange yolk.
I had one  salad while we were staying n Hiroshima  and  we had breakfast in a cafe , but that's because I was really missing salads, we normally have one every day at home.  It was hard to find salads on the menu for lunch and dinner, but nearly every breakfast menu had salad..  That morning I had a salad, our daughter had an oyster brioche--she said it the best she'd ever tasted-- and Mac had a rather hot dog like sausage and we talked about the different things people eat for breakfast.
At home we strictly have coffee, toast and orange juice unless we go out to breakfast.  Our daughter says she has an energy bar.  I've been known to nibble at left over pizza, but that's about as much pasta as I've ever had for breakfast.  I know that when we lived in Germany coffee and brotchen were the standard breakfast.  When we visit England a full English breakfast was always available.  Around the Med--Italy, Greece, Spain-- fruit was always available for breakfast.  What's your usual breakfast?
What the Japanese offer for breakfast certainly makes for a hardy meal, but for me it would take some getting use to.
I borrowed these photos from the hotel website as I didn't think to take photos at breakfast.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Garden Day

Worked in the garden this morning putting in more plants, it looks so pretty.  Put in 2 Lobelias, a mixed lot of Celosia, a yellow, dwarf Tick Seed and Mac planted another Carnation for me.
Our Sugar Snap peas are ready and we'll have them tomorrow.  And WOW, the potatoes have out done themselves this year.
Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes

Dwarf Tick Seed



Sugar Snap Peas


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mixed Up Cactus

One of my Christmas cacti that bloomed at Christmas decided to bloom for Easter too.  Not complaining, it could bloom every month as far as I concerned.
Very warm here again, will be 90º by the weekend.  The cactus will like it, some of the other plants not so much.
Our tomatoes are blooming and we're hoping to get some tomatoes before they die.  Our tomatoes always die, each one finds a different reason and just gives up the ghost.
Time to exercise, oh joy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday in the Swamp

Hot here today, it was 87º here yesterday and today feels worse.  We had to turn the air conditioning on.  Hate to use it so early in the year, but hate sitting around sweating and trying to clean house while you're soaked in sweat is awful.
Mac worked in the garden getting more Fava beans planted and he kindly planted my lima beans. We have sugar snap peas ready to pick and we'll have them tomorrow.  I stayed inside, it was just too hot for me to be outside.
Yesterday was our 20,000 mile check-up, also known as our annual physical.  All is well.  Had to do the stupid Medicare check list---are you depressed, do you feel alone and isolated, have you fallen lately, do you have trouble sleeping, stand up, walk to the door, say these 3 words, put the numbers on the clock, make it say ten after eleven, what were the 3 words.  If my doctor wanted this information I wouldn't mind, hate that I'm doing it for some mindless bureaucrat in Washington.  I threatened to answer the opposite of what I should.
House cleaned, as much as it's going to be, laundry on the line, piano played, aerobics and walk done, time to go work on the life-long cross-stitch project.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, Monday

Well Easter was a delight, great meal if I do say so myself-lamb chops, roast veggies, deviled egg and a cake with whipped cream and bananas. Love lamb, but it's so rich.
Mac picked me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers from the garden, looked like they came from a flower shop.  Also need to mention that my snowball tree is in bloom.  I planted it about 11 years ago, it was just a stick, now each spring it's glorious.
After working in the garden last week I had to get caught up on housework and ironing today, not fun and not the least bit satisfying.  After you work in the garden you have lovely flowers and veggies to look forward to.  After cleaning house all you have to look forward to is it getting dirty again.
Watched a good movie last night, Arrival with Amy Adams.  It's about first contact and though I have a few quibbles with it, overall I think it was excellent.
Also finished my Iris Murdoch book last week, The Sea, The Sea   It will not doubt land on my top 10 list for the year.  The story of a retired actor/director who retires to the sea and encounters the lost love of his life.  But it's more than just that, a bit about what is real and what is not and how true are our memories, I theme I always find intriguing.  I'll be looking forward to more of her books.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

I'm getting this done today because I know I'll never get it done tomorrow.  Today I'm dying eggs and I actually read the directions on the dye box and found out that I've been doing it wrong for years.  You're supposed to dye warm eggs not cold ones, so mine are out on the kitchen counter attempting to get warm.  It also said to let the dye tablet dissolve completely before adding vinegar and to only put the vinegar in the blue and green dye, not the red, orange or yellow---who knew!  About the only thing I've been doing right is that I use warm water not cold to dye them.
I was out in the garden attempting to plant things this morning, but mainly doing damage to myself.  While cleaning out a spot for my Impatients I was attacked by an Asparagus Fern, had to clean it out with alcohol and cover with a bandage and go find my gardening gloves.  Who knew they could be so spiky, they look gentle enough,  But I got the Impatients in.
Mac put the Chrysanthemums in and then we heard our neighbor calling his dogs, he has big ones, and as they were running loose we went to go get Miss Kitty off the back deck.  I held onto the railing going up the stairs, as one should, and ran a splinter into my other hand.  Gardening was definitely done for the day.
I'll leave you with some pictures of what Easter looks like around here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Five on Friday

Didn't make it to Five on Friday last week, but hopefully I get this one in.  Busy week in the garden trying to get everything planted, should finish up today or tomorrow, just in time for Easter.  I've been posting plant pictures all week, so for a change I thought I'd post some of our photos from our trip to Japan.
On one of our last days there our daughter took us to the Cherry blossom festival in her local park, the Ohari.    Opening the festival was a Samauri parade through the streets of town with samurai, children in costume and the mayor of Fukuoka in costume on a horse, it was really a sight to see.
In the park there were not a lot of cherry blossoms, they were late this year, but it's a beautiful park and there were tons of food stalls so the whole place smelled heavenly.
So my Five are:  the Samauri parade, the cherry blossoms, the food stall, a drum and flute group and a Torii and lantern staircase at a local Shinto shrine.

The mayor is on the brown horse

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Back to the Garden

Getting there, most of the plants are in now.  Put the New Guinea Impatien in the first bed and then went to work in the shady bed.  Don't know the names of all the plants, but they're all either blue or lavender.    We had Miss Kitty out with us and she just had to climb the ladder, she loves ladders, that Mac had used to trim the Snowball tree and she caught her paw, was hanging and crying.  We finally gat her loose, she was more scared than hurt, but hearing her cry breaks my heart.
Very warm today, supposedly we had a cold front go through last night--HA!-- it's well up in the 80's today.
Tomorrow I get the rest of my Impatiens in, they go in the side garden where I grow Asperagus Ferns.  And Mac will plant my Easter Lilies out front.
Need to go exercise, don't want to, but must.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In the Garden

Day two in the garden  and lots more planting.  The "hot" corner with Kalenchoe and Pentas is done, also added some Petunias and a Phlox.  At the other end which is shadier I put in a Carnation.  They never do well for me, but I love them and always plant one.  It's a soft pink.  There are 4 Chrysanthemums waiting to be planted there too.
In the next bed which is quite a bit shadier I have started with my purples and put in a purple Penta and a couple of white Petunias.
It's really hot out there so I have retired to the house.  Not much housework gets done when I work in the garden, but I need to get a little bit done before I exercise.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Already Tuesday

Posted on Saturday, meant to post on Sunday, looked up and it's Tuesday.  Where does it go?  I guess Sunday was spent watching the Masters, what a great finish!  Sergio winning was fun to watch.
Then Monday was spent with my retina specialist.  The good news is that I'm not blind or at least no blinder than I ever was, so  a good check-up..  He is so busy he has 3 nurses now and of course I had the one I like the least.  She has all the patient skills of a prickly pear cactus and left me for more than 40 minutes after my eyes had been dilated.  My eyes always ache after my appointment.
Then it was out to breakfast, we'd left home too early to have any and I afraid that it was less than inspiring.  I had a slightly off stomach the rest of the day and Mac said he felt like he had a brick in his stomach.
After breakfast it was off to Home Depot to buy plants for the garden which has looked a bit bare lately.  Some perennials didn't come back this year and some of my bulbs have given up the ghost so it was time to restock.  Mac told me not to be cheap, which I tend to be, and so I bought a load of new plants.
Today I started planting, but it's so warm already I can see that it's going to take me a couple of days to get everything in.  I got in several Kalenchoes, a succulent from Madagascar and tropical Africa.  They're so vibrant and pretty.  I put them in the sunniest bed along with some red Zinnias.  I'm saving the shadier bed for the blues and purples I bought.
While I was at the eye doctor Mac went off to get a new battery for our lawn mower.  The last 2 times I've used it he had to push it around to the front of the house and jump start it with the car.  I just heard him outside running it so he must have gotten the new battery hooked up.
Now that I'm cooled off from the garden, it's in the 80's today, it's time to go exercise.
This picture and the one below are some of the plants I bought


Kalencholes and Zinnias

The Nasturtiums just keep on putting out new blooms.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Blogger was down here yesterday for most of the day, and many other places too, then when it came back up our electricity went off.  It's been quite windy here since the storms this week.  Today is beautiful and we worked in the garden, I'd hoped to get some things planted, but all I managed was a ton of weed removal.  I just about have the strawberry bed cleaned up, I want to plant squash in front of them.
My Nasturtiums are blooming, just love them, such a nice nonfussy plant.  The cabbages are doing well, but I need to thin them.  The peas are all flowering, Mac put strings up for them to vine on.
Making use of Acorn we've been working our way through the first series of Agatha Raisin, what a fun show!
Hope you're having a good weekend wherever you are.
The strawberry bed with peas in the background

Romaine Lettuce

My Nasturtium

The Cabbage