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Butterfly Approved Wine!

September 3, 2015

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Sitting quietly under the Hackberry Trees waiting to start grilling salmon for supper as soon as I heard DH coming up the hill on the tractor. He had been bush-hogging a bit.

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A butterfly boldly landed on the my leg.

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I was enjoying a glass of an organic Chardonnay that had arrived earlier in the week from The Organic Wine Club. Veronique Raskin always selects the best wines for Wine Club members.

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This particular white was from Argentina.

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My butterfly companion moved to the arm of the glider & started exploring with its long tongue.

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I didn’t have any water or hummingbird water to share with the “flying worm,” but I did have wine.

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A few drops on the arm rest in front of the butterfly – I didn’t know what it would do…

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Once the tongue touched the wine, the search was over. It drank & drank, so I added a few more drops of wine.

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It flew away when DH approached – no, it didn’t appear tipsy & flew straight to the hummingbird feeder on the garden fence.

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Check out The Organic Wine Company by clicking on the name that is highlighted.

Insulated!

September 2, 2015

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Stepping into the garage after the insulation guys finished I stopped. No echo. It was quiet, sound muffled. Acoustics! Wow!

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All over the house it was quiet!
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Claustrophobia! I can’t look through the ceiling in the Great Room & see the pretty window in the attic!

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Now there are actual walls, well, sort of walls. I can’t see through them anymore.

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Excited!

Exterior Painting & Interior Insulation

September 1, 2015

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As instructed by Harry & Johnny I selected exterior trim paint. Good thing I didn’t wait because the painters were here last week.

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They painted the ceilings of the front porch & deck & all the trim around windows.

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I was a bit surprised to see how yellow the trim paint looked. It didn’t look like that on the tiny paint chip I chose from at the paint store. But it goes with the window frames.

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Notice the blue board next to the front windows – that is the exact color I wanted!

Being very afraid that the exterior paint color was going to be not what I thought it was going to be, I purchased a small can & the painter brushed it onto a piece of siding. Relief! I want a blue house, but I don’t want it so bright that it glows. I want it to have some gray in it so it blends into the sky. Yes, I know I’m weird.

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The insulation guys were also here! They started in the bonus room above the garage. The next time I was in the house, they were almost finished with everything! They worked fast!

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Mute Monday: Hot Jalapeno Pepper

August 31, 2015

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Harvest & Replanting & A Recipe!

August 26, 2015

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Carole shared her tomatoes. The Foster garden was much larger than mine so they had many more tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, tons of peas & too many ears of corn. DH & I & friends are the beneficiaries!

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Raspberries have begun to ripen.

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Peas, okra, peppers & a few tomatoes are still making.

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I have canned over 4 dozen pints & a dozen quarts of my salsa, lots of tomatoes, thanks to Carole. We have quarts of lacto-fermented cucumber pickles in the refrigerator. Purple hull peas are in the freezer awaiting the holidays when the boys will be home. Okra we are enjoying when there is a mess to fry.

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I have planted some veggies for autumn: broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, chard, turnips. It is tempting to pull the tomatoes so I can get spinach & lettuces started! Next year the summer garden will be larger & outside my fence. DH is taking ownership of the tomatoes, though I will be the one canning salsa.

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How about a recipe? Sorry I haven’t published one lately.

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Marinated Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad

Adapted from Food.com; adapted from Beaverdam Creek Farm

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium Cucumbers, sliced 1/4” thick
    1 medium Sweet Onion, sliced & separated into rings
    1 cup Cocktail Tomatoes, cut in half
    1/2 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar
    2 Tablespoons raw Honey
    3/4 cup Water
    2 teaspoons Sea Salt
    1 teaspoon Black Pepper
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 teaspoon Spearmint, chopped optional

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
    Chill 2 hours before serving.

Clouds On The Way Home

August 25, 2015

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Flew to Dallas to visit dear friends & high school friends of DH.

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Although the high school was in Memphis, these folks now live in the Dallas area. Last year Jim & Mark came to dinner with us at Dave & Joni’s house. So much laughter, so much fun, Dave & DH scheduled a reunion one year later.

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This time another high school friend living in Phoenix wanted to join us. Fred & his wife flew in Saturday morning, he was speaking at a conference the following week in Grapevine. Fred also invited 2 other friends who are Dallas locals.

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I awakened early Saturday morning & got busy in the kitchen. A raw fruit salad & 2 raw vegetable salads = lots of prep! Chicken breasts in marinade so Dave could grill them with the steaks he had selected.

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Whipped Cream Horseradish Sauce, Jalapeño Poppers (from my garden), my own version of the Rendezvous Platter, tortilla chips, guacamole & my homemade salsa, cold watermelon (from my garden). Yep, I was in the kitchen all day…all day, literally!

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Mark & his wife brought a lovely cheese tray with fig preserves & roasted pecans.

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Jim & his wife brought a case of incredible wines. Lezli brought 2 lovely wines; we opened them first! Fred & his wife brought dessert. So much food!

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Another evening of laughter, fun, conversation. Bet we get together again next year!

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Physician. FBI agent (retired). University professor. Safety expert for nuclear facilities. Managing director of an international investing & banking firm. Commercial real estate. Members of the class of 1972…except that DH skipped a year & graduated early & Jim moved to Kansas to graduate. Anyway, an amazing assortment of talent!

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Why the clouds? After everyone left…late, it took until just after 1 am to reclaim the kitchen.

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DH had already gone to bed. Dave stayed up almost to the end. Joni, the nightingale, dried & put away dishes. I stood there & watched.

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DH & I had to be at the airport by 4:30am for an early flight. We were getting up at 3:30. Why in the world would I take make-up off, change into a nightgown then go to bed to sleep less than 2 hours just to get up, put on make-up & get dressed? So I stayed up.

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DH & I dropped the rent car at the agency which was not open & was not running it’s shuttle to the airport, then we walked the half mile rolling our bags behind us to Love Field. Easy walk though I wasn’t wearing a good walking shoe. Little ouchie.

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Having not slept in over 24 hours, I couldn’t get comfortable on the plane, so I started taking photos of the pretty clouds out the window.

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Arrived home. After a quick breakfast, DH heads to the property. I’m going to nap at home because the first Christmas choir rehearsal later in the afternoon.

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Alas, DH & Harry start texting & include me.

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No sleep. Dehydrated.

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Not going to be in good voice this afternoon.

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Exercise early in the morning. Then DH to the oral surgeon.

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I sure hope I sleep well tonight.

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Mute Monday: ‘Nuff Said!

August 24, 2015

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