Monday, June 27, 2016

Handiwork

I haven't posted any of my crochet work lately, so I figured I would take the time to do a little catch-up. Forgive me if some have been posted before, I've lost track.

This first one is an ongoing project. I'm using up my scrap yarn using the C2C pattern to make this blanket.


Star Flower hot pads.


A popular jelly fish project that was going around my crochet boards not long ago...


A hanging Mandala. I really wanted to hang this outside, but I'm scared the winds would tote it down the street...


Some spiral hot pads or coasters...whichever you like...


A boho hot pad. I love quirky and whimsical stuff...


This hot pad I made for my friend to add to their new home they are having built. It's supposed to be a surprise...hopefully she's been too busy to read my blog. If not, SURPRISE Robin!! :)


This one I just threw together one night to keep my hands busy.....


I came across these recent sunset pics too....




Today, I needed a small piece of ginger for a recipe I was making. While in Walmart, I just reached in the bin and grabbed the first small piece I saw and came out with a ginger polar bear.....



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Whiskey

For as long as I've known Toby, he's had this bottle of  JD Bicentennial Whiskey tucked away.


Over the years, I would randomly come across it and lustily ask him when we were going to drink it. He's always responded in the same way.....On a very special occasion.

The other day I was craving something harder than my usual nightly glass or two of wine. I tend to want to drink for self-entertainment when I get bored of my family or my daily, mundane routines.

I remembered the whiskey hiding away somewhere in the closet, and told Skye the story of the whiskey bottle. She asked me why we hadn't drank it when she was born. I guess she figured her entrance into the world was a special enough occasion to drink  the special whiskey.

In reality, there have been a few special occasions the whiskey could have been drank, but there it still hides, tucked away in the closet, sealed in it's original packaging.

At this point, I'm not so sure it would be safe to drink.

On another note, I want to tell you about something I got a little excited about recently.

For awhile now, I've been interested in wild edibles. My sister-in-law sparked my interested years ago, when she would come visit and point out different plant edibles growing wild, tell me the name of it, how it was used, and sometimes even sample it. I was intrigued because I like free food, and I'm always interested in adding extra nutrition into my morning smoothies.

Not long ago, I came across an article about purslane describing it's nutritional value and it's ability to prevent cancer. Many times I have picked these "weeds" out of my yard. The stuff grows like wildfire around here. Once I found out how special this "weed" was, I began to keep my eye out for it.

I walk out one morning, and lo and behold, there it is conveniently growing right in my garden!


The best part about it, is it grows fast and it's super easy to propagate it. I just pick some fresh off the plant every morning and throw it in our smoothies. I've become a very seasoned smoothie drinker. I add a little bit of everything...broccoli, purslane, parsley, basil, mint, celery, cilantro, tumeric, ginger, most any kind of greens and a dash of whatever fruit I have on hand to sweeten it up.

Now that the spring rains are gone, we've had some pretty nice sunsets recently.....





This little guy built his web right at our front porch exit. We have to duck, just to miss it when we walk out...


Now that Skye is older and not interested  in doing any of things Toby and I enjoy anymore, we've been taking the time to enjoy our weekly "dates" as a couple. We mostly love going downtown and walking around, then stopping in for a Purple 'Rita, or going to Elgin for their Sip and Stroll. Last week we went to Barton Creek to hang out on the flats....


I could have stayed here all day long. I much prefer the clean, crisp spring water than I do the ocean any day. There is no shame in Austin either. There were a couple of gals down there (most likely college chicks) enjoying the freedom of topless swimming.


Here's a little clip of the creek....


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Friday, June 10, 2016

An Event

Tonight we had an art event that was held at a beautiful wedding/event venue a few miles from our home called Terradorna .

It was hard to believe we weren't staring out into the beautiful hill country of west Austin. The owner told us it was the highest point east of 35. I'm a sucker for a nice view. The view was spectacular and the venue owners were pleasant company. I can see why their venue is such a success....











I was even able to sneak in a shot of the camera shy teen gal.....


On another note, I've gained some interest in making some short videos. A few weeks ago, I came across a short video someone had made of Central Park during their lunch break.

Even though I love photographs, I'm always more intriqued with personal videos of other cities and surroundings. It gives me more a feel of a place. So, I started uploading some of the short videos I've made. The files are too large to upload here on Blogger, so I've been uploading them to my YouTube channel.