Monday, July 29, 2013


Pesto, goat gouda, swiss, mustard, L & T

#85 barbecued veggies with some smoked mayo

#86 Magnolia Bakery's Red Velvet Cupcakes
 Adult onset diabetes is stopping me from making these again but if anyone twists my arm and I make them for "other people" I need to pick up an icing spatula and every bottle of red dye in a 25 mile radius. A wooden spoon does not make a nice dollop.

I did not keep count
let's just say my lifetime

 was met.
Sharing. One plate; two forks.

#88. Tuna Chick Pea Salad
 I'll stick to English Muffins in the future.
Disaster. #89. Don't try this at home! Only Linus could eat it...he's Mikey. 
#90. Barley and zucchini.
Then along came my Irish Dutch cousins looking to settle in this Colony. "Look no further" I told them. We have it all. Rivers surround us.....but no fresh fish. Perfect cottages on lakefront....but the lake is all dried up. Houses with character and water views......maybe just sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff with crumbling foundations. Shopping galore....but no Nordstrom.  Whack-A-Joy Whack-A-Joy! Even Linus got in on the act letting us in on what really happens to our clothing donations. Caveat after caveat. We assured them of the liberal minded and open minded citizenry and then told them who was running for Governor. We can take the fun out of everything. Whack-A-Joy!

They brought news of the Amish and Christmas in July.  They brought news of nitrogen and shrimp boats in the Gulf and terrible tales of termites that may be moving north ( a little Whack-A-Joy on their part too).

Nothing stopped us from eating and laughing and enjoying the heavenly weather! Terry complimented my colors and John my painting skills....hope they choose this Colony!

Terry enjoyed this combo.

No you can't have it back.

Christmas in July
We've plenty of beer...but it's all warm. Whack-A-Joy!


#92  salsa à la Blenheim Organic Farm
After watching this SNL Kardashian Skit I may have to rethink my advice to put your hand on your hip in photos.
New Dictum: Hands at your side. That's better!

Parting shots of Stonehouse Community Garden:

Michelle's Favorite

Butterfly for Ellen

Well I have Medicated, Meditated, and Updated. The only thing I haven't done is taken the smile off someone's face today. Whack or Smack-A-Joy! The day is still young.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Water is Fine But Bring an Umbrella

We have returned to smelling good.
Thanks to Peace Soap in Sea Cliff. Next time we will get Linus' favorite, Pumpkin!

And now our house smells good too. Thanks Kimberly.

One more because you can never smell good enough. Yoga heaven. Got Sandalwood?

Soothing for chigger bites too, mosquitoes, black flies, etc. the fun never stops. I have been experiencing a constant flow of Calamity Jane episodes. Cysts, depression, stress fracture, zillion chigger bites, partial deafness from water in my ears, bat frenzy, swarmed by mosquitoes @ Constance Darden Nature Trail while imitating a birder seeking the endangered red cockaded woodpecker but quickly metamorphed into a screaming banshee, attacked by centipedes in the house, and kneecap alignment troubles. Every problem gets resolved pretty easily and Sandalwood soothes the path. Yes, I'll take the chigger bites with nary a complaint. Just ask Primate.

I falsely blamed this spider for all my bites and kept him in solitary confinement for 3 days while I was hoping to run across an entomologist which never happened but I did run across Lena and she looked at my welts and proclaimed chiggers! She is an excellent self taught clinician and although she recently misdiagnosed my stress fracture I was going with her on the chiggers and set this spider free.

I made a little trip to
Forest Lane Botanicals and brought home this maidenhair fern with red stems.

Fern doing the Shiva Rea dance.

 Linus sent me out to photograph the vitex.

Williamsburg Farmers' Market rewards help all ailments.



Peach Cobbler

We spent a day going back to nature, maybe it is not a good time of the year to walk in the woods.

National Refuge surrounds Flowerdew Hundred.

Observation platform  @ Constance Darden Nature Trail and site where I initiated a hasty retreat to the car.
#82 Warm Spinach Salad


Butterflies for Ellen
Injured tibia something or other with Dr. McCarthy's calcium rec.
Bone growth and healing underway, yippee!

Dive right in, the water is fine. Just wear earplugs and have an umbrellla handy.