Thursday, February 28, 2013

In and Out.











Hittin' the road early today so no time for my usual yakking.

Yes, I too find it disturbing that those baby chicks are pressing themselves against the heater, but they seem to love it.

I made THE BEST beets last night.  

And cilantro pesto in an attempt to tame the jungle of cilantro about to head to Bolt City.

I'll save that for Friday Food.  Long, lost Friday Food.

My goal in the garden this year is to actually have at least one edible blueberry.  There are many, many buds(?) this year than last so I have hope!

Last, but not least, I'm just going to say it out loud:  I do not like Jane Austen novels.

There.  My dirty secret is out.

I am even trying to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, FFS, and I hate it too.

I know many of you are horrified, but there must be someone who will commiserate with me.  Yes?  No?

Friday Food tomorrow!!!! Wooo hooo. We DO still eat around here! (Just ask my arse.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chick Chick Chick







HAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Is that not the cutest freaking thing ever?

That is a 3 day old baby chick name of Clementine.

We got her, Chirp, Hermione, and Waffles.

We've been moving them from Finn's room at night out into the coop during the day.

Back and forth and back and forth.

The cats are out of their minds with desire.







That brave chick is Chirp.

That damn Chirp is too brave for her own good.

All the other chicks play nicely inside the coop together, doing what they're supposed to do.

Not Chirp.

She sits up at the door of the coop chirping bloody murder to get out and play with us.

They all have such clear personalities,  it's really enlightening.

Did you how Cricket flipped over on his back?

He wants to pllaaaayyyyy.

Artemis wants to eat them, but Cricket would like to play.

First, that is.

Before eating them, he would like to play.

Heeeeee.

No, no, not to worry, all chikkins and cats get along here and these will too.


Are they not just the cutest things in the world?
So tiny!

They are soooo tiny.

We've never had any this young.

It's a trip.


My baby with his baby.

This boy loves baby animals.

Me too!



Gosh, I wanna show you so much garden stuff I did the weekend, but I've gotta go pick up my camera battery charger from a friend.

I also wanna talk about my friend Pam Penick's  NEW GARDENING BOOK that The Wabi-Sabi House in is, but I want to do a thoughtful post and I don't have time today.

I also wanna talk about the new issue of Martha with articles on composting and foraging!

I wanna try THIS GRANOLA RECIPE

I wanna tell you about THIS ICE MOVIE that Finn and I saw - SO great.

And, by they way, where is the damn tea I ordered in the mail?

Huh?  Where is it and why is it taking so long?

Howar ewe, as we say in Texas?

OMG, also, too, also, I am reading THIS crazy as all get out book.  

I heard the movie sucked, but the book does not!

That shit is a trip too, I'm tellin' ya.

I'm worn out just talking about talking about all that.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekending

I first want to thank you all for your sweet, sweet comments about Luna.

I just have not had one second to sit down and reply, but I read them all with tears, tears, tears.

Good lord, there is nothing so tender about an old dog, is there?

I'm here to report that she is much better!

We called the vet in for Monday morning because she was is such awful shape Saturday morning, but by Sunday afternoon she had rallied.

She's not the same, for sure, but it's not time, yet.

A part of  me wishes that she had just crossed on over Saturday night - easy and painless, but it's not to be.

She wants to hang in there and I plan to help her all the way.

We've been shuffling her in and out on her pad all week and she's been enjoying the attention.

I actually got a lot of yard work done with her just toasting in the sun right by me.

Does that look fuzzy to you?

Why is that fuzzy?

Have we all been drinkin' this morning?

I have no idea why all the pictures are fuzzy this morning!!!! I will have to work on that when I get home later today. 

* I  unfuzzied everything.
 

ARG. 

I spent about 400 hours transferring all that horsetail reed from the pondlette into the stock tanks.

It looks good (and not fuzzy) in real life.



We had some fun at Johnson's Backyard Garden plant sale yesterday.

I gotta run this morning to a homeschool field trip (bakery tour! yum!) so here's some eye candy for your morning.

More tomorrow ....

















OH!!! 

And a little preview of something adorable ...




SQUUUEEAAAALLLLLLL!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hospice

My dear, dear, old dog Luna had a stroke on Friday night.

I did not get to go to my mama's for her birthday which made me sad.

It looked like we would have to put Luna down by Monday, but in true old dog fashion, she rallied that morning.

I know the end is near, but not today.

And probably not tomorrow, but soon.

She can't walk very well and cannot walk unaided at all.  

I can't pick her up so we've been doing a lot of sliding around on blankets.

You get creative when someone you love so much needs you.

The days have been long, long.

I'll try to talk more tomorrow.

Maybe.

Not much else seems important right now, you know how that is.




Friday, February 15, 2013

Random Friday Stuff.

I do think that Friday Food will return at some point.

I just have not cooked anything new in eons.

We've been eating the same old, same old for a couple of months now:  tacos, burritos, stuff on the grill, soups.  

Yawn.

I'm going to my mama's for the weekend (her birthday is on Sunday! so y'all say Happy Birthday Merry Merry!) and when I get back I'm gonna make myself get back on the wagon. 

So there's that.





Then I want to talk about my Westminster Dog Show post.

Gulp.

Shortly after posting that I heard a story on the news about how stressful dog shows are for dogs.

And then Roy, a reader, sent me a sweet email about dog breeding and well, crapola, I am sure wishing I had not posted that link.

I must say now and forever that I have never, ever bought a bred dog nor would I.  

This is our latest stray rescued from the streets:




Artemis.

And you know Gus the Wonder Dog:



(Photo by Al Evans)

And you know Luna:


Heeeee.

Luna, the best dog ever, who is now 13!

Sniff.

Oh, and Cricket:

I couldn't resist a baby picture of Cricket.

He's so not a baby anymore, but still a love bug who gives kisses.

I'm not judging you at all if you do buy breeds, but I totally, fully, vociferously support adopting shelter animals.

I mean, I cannot even begin to stress how much I believe in adopting.

So, while I do just love, love, love to see the Westminster, I sure never thought about the dark side of it and for that I am sheepish and sorry.

So thanks to Mr. Roy for bringing that to my attention.






Now, the next random thing is WHAT KIND OF PLANT IS THIS???




I was driving through French Place yesterday and almost had a wreck when I saw these!

Does anyone know what they might be?  Annie?  Chris?  Pam?  Jenny?

I have a sick, sick feeling that they are a type of succulent that I actually had at one point.  I remember I didn't like the growth pattern or the leaves and I threw it away

Holy crap shit, had I knows the blooms would look like this ... oh sob sob sob.




One last random thing ... my damn diamond earring again.

Again.

Can you believe this?




That is wedged right up against the air conditioner thingee closet floor thingee.

When I realized it was missing I began to do the mental search and I remembered that I had heard something fall the day before when I was getting ready to leave the house.  At that time I had looked down, but did not see anything.

I got out the headlamp and my strongest reading glasses and hit the floor on my hands and knees.

Sure enough!  There she was in a tiny little spot in dog hair heaven!

I ditched the screw-on back and dug out an old-school push on.  Now the push on was too small, which is perfect because I just turned and turned and turned the earring like it was a screw-on and finally it wedged itself in there.

It is never coming off again.

Stay away Murphy's Law!  Stay away, you evil villain!

All-righty.  That's it.  All I got.

FinnigantheCurious and I are off to Grandmary's house to celebrate her 50th.  (heeeeeee!)

I'll be back here on Tuesday.  Maybe Wednesday.

Hold down the fort, y'all!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Beef with Valentine's Day

OK, I know this is totally kinda creepy, but last night FinnigantheCurious made himself a hamburger.

(Well, that in and of itself is not the creepy part.  Showing you a hamburger for Valentine's Day is the creepy part.  Unless you're vegan/veggie in which case, I totally hear you.)

He loves to make crazy shapes with the meat.  We break out the cookie cutters and everything.

"Fun" with meat.

Last night he made one that was really huge and round like a, oh, tennis ball.  

Like, huge.  (He learned a lesson in why tennis ball-shaped meat does not cook well on the stove.)

The other one he made was this giant, flat thing.   

I mean, it was like a huge watery pancake it was so thin and large.

BUT, it cooked down into this:






A heart patty!

I swear this is exactly what it did all on its own.

Isn't that crazy?

Clearly I don't have a lot going on here for Valentine's if I'm showing you heart-shaped hamburger patties.

I tried to cut my veggie patty into a heart shape too.

Fail.




Well, my dears, the day has come, sob sob, that my little bear is not really into making Valentines anymore.

OK, not that he ever was, but he would, ever so sweetly, pretend that he was because I looooove to make kid Valentines.

I have to admit that I am really not into the whole adult Valentine thing, but that's just me.

(Although I do love to send cards to the grandmas and get them from the grandmas!)

I always feel so put upon by the whole thing.  

Make card!  Not too sweet, not too sappy, not too not sappy!

Buy candy that neither of us needs!

Make dinner!

Get a baby sitter!

Make a reservation!

No reservations available!  Move to Plan B.  (or C, or D, or end up doing nothing.)

I know that is not very romantic of me, but I just don't really like it for me and Jackdaddy.

Jack, of course, is the most relieved man in America over this.

(Although we did get engaged on VD which was really sweet.)

(I think I was much more into it before I'd been married for eons. hahahaha.)

OK, where was I?

Oh, so, yea. Finn and Valentines.

I'm going to let you in on a little romantic secret!

Finn is sweet (really sweet) on a little girl who lives in the hood.

So I asked him if he would like to make her a Valentine, at least.

He said, no, but he would like to buy her some socks.

HAHAHAAH I swear to god...SOCKS.

How awesome is that?

She is the most adorable thing you've ever seen (and a much "older woman" to boot!) and she wears funky socks a lot so I think he's spot on with his idea.

So we're off to ride the bus downtown and find some special Valentine socks.

Sniff.  I wish I could protect his romantic heart forever, but, alas, that is his journey to walk.

I only hope the road is paved with rainbows, unicorns and fairy love dust.

(Meaning I hope his heart is not ripped from his chest and stamped in gravel multiple times like mine was.)

That's my bloody Valentine wish for him. 


I can't let him wake up with nothing in the way of Valentines though, now can I?


So there's a little stack of cards from me, and Grandmary and Jackdaddy.










And a little bag of Lindor's ...
And we're good to go!



I hope your love day is filled with whatever it is that you want, be it socks or whatever.

I want a nap and big, fat novel to read.

I wouldn't turn down some chocolate either.

xoxoxox

PS I just heard the damn garbage truck go by.  I forgot to put ours out.  Dammit, dammit, dammit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BARK.

I've got nothing for you today from The Wabi-Sabi House due to yesterday's sick day, BUT I must share this link so that you will have something to amuse and delight.













Favorite:  I think Higgins, or maybe Seymour because I loooooove a Clumber, but then I saw Crusader and then I saw ... ARG.

WHO could choose???

I love them all.

Best name:  Swagger.

And don't you love the photos with the owners' legs or hands showing?  Like the one with the plaid pants ... love that.

My favorite Westminster winner of all was Josh the Newfoundland.





He was a crowd favorite and took the show by storm in 2004.

Josh, oh, Josh with that big wet nose.

I loooooove me some Westminster, don't you?




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Mom Show.

My little bear rolled out of bed at 6am in full vomit mode.

Sad, sad is the vomiting child.



















Did I mention that I've got a kitten in heat who must be sequestered inside until the vet appointment at 2 today.  (I thought she was too young!  I've been saying "next week" for weeks.)

Did I mention that Jackdaddy is out of town?

Did I mention that a cuppa and a candle can soothe even the most frazzled nerves?





See that little thing up in the left corner that says Garbo?

That's a gift certificate for a head massage.

Oh my lord, do I need a head massage.

Soon, but not today.

The upside of this is that the boy and the cat went back to sleep and I'm going to watch Downton again!!!

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


















Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekending

 PURPLE!

Spring has just damn sprung.  No two ways about it.

It sprung about two weeks ago, but we were all afraid to admit it.

She's too far gone now.  If we get another a freeze, we're in deep doo-doo.

Well, we're in deep doo-doo either way as there is always hell to pay for no winter.

M.o.s.q.u.i.t.o.e.s, namely.


 




This Almond Verbena has the whole yard smelling like sweet.

SWEET, is more like it.

It's almost nauseating sweet, but I do love it.  

Such a nice surprise in my otherwise dog-poop-smelling yard.







Guess who likes to sleep in the hens' basket?

Cricket the Cozy.

I think he's actually stalking sparrows and wrens.  They get in there and eat the chikkin food once the chikkins are out for the day.

I think he's actually pretending to stalk sparrows and wrens.  He really just likes a good nap in a cozy spot.

Faker.






Mexican Honeysuckle suggested to me by Pam Penick over at Digging.  (Thank you, Pam.)

(That first link will take you over to a Digging post where she talks about this plant.)

I am loving this plant sooooo much.  

I have a lot of shade in my yard and this, along with Plumbago, are some of the few plants that really flower well in it.  

Plus, it's ORANGE!






Got off me arse and roasted some vegetables.

Best served warm with a fried egg on top.

(Just like a Texan to take a healthy dish and put something fried on it.)
 







Speaking of healthy.

Remember the days when we thought frozen yogurt was healthy?

HA HA HA HA.

I want those days back.

 



Time for the clothesline again!

I'm soooooo happy.

I did hang them off and on all "winter," but it's officially time now.

Zen.





Reading, reading, reading.

Have you read Ready Player One ?

Holy crap, man, sooooo good.  (It does have some "language," if you care about such things.)

(Heather, you and Austin would probably love this so much too!)







Last, but not least, I am happy to report that the new Target rug is washable.

Huzzah!!!

Speaking of Huzzah, the Sherwood Forest Faire started this past weekend.

Joy! Joy!

If you like the Texas Renaissance Festival, but are tired of the prices and the crowds, give Sherwood a try.  It's wonderfully old-school and half the price.  We've all but given up on the big one now that Sherwood is here.

DID YOU WATCH DOWNTON????

OMG it was SOOOOOOO good and beautiful.

Could you just die at the beige/cream cricket match?  Whoever designs the sets and costumes must have been in pure Nirvana at that scene.  

Glorious.

Like us! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

How was your weekend?  Delicious, I hope!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Food

We made brownies, can you tell?

But wait!  Not just brownies, but gluten-free, vegan damn brownies.

Why, you ask?

Well, they were a gift, but I'll be damned if they weren't delectable in every way!

I mean downright yummy chocolatey goodness.

I found the recipe on Oh She Glows.

That girl does some fine vegan stuff and most of it's gluten-free too which doesn't hurt, I suppose.

Here's the link to the original recipe:  Oh She Glows GF/V Brownies, but I'll post it here too, also, too.



Ingredients: 

1.5 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water, whisked (I could not believe how eggy this was!)
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp brown rice flour (Whole Foods bulk section.)
1.5 cups almond flour (ditto)
2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch may work)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used some Trader Joe's dark cocoa.)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Earth Balance (I had Earth Balance "butter" in sticks so I just crammed the sticks in the cup for measuring.  I'm not sure if I was supposed to melt first then measure or measure then melt.  I did the latter and all was well.)
1 cup organic cane sugar (or just use white sugar)
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate, DIVIDED.  (I forgot this part and put it all in the melting stage.) (You can find vegan GF chocolate in the baking section of Whole Foods.)
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional) (I did not use nuts due to allergies, but would next time I make them here.)

Instructions: 
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment and grease all sides. 
In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water and set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, arrowroot, cocoa, salt, baking soda).
In a large microwave safe bowl, add chocolate and Earth Balance and melt in microwave for about 30-45 seconds until melted. Stir well and add in flax egg, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Whisk.  (I don't have a microwave and just did this on the stovetop.)
Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir well. The mixture will be VERY dry, but  keep mixing! Now fold in the walnuts and remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
Scoop the thick, thick batter into prepared pan and smooth out the top.  Or not
Bake for 35-37 minutes at 350F and allow brownies to cool in pan for about 1.5 hours. 
DO NOT REMOVE THE BROWNIES for at least 1.5 hours or they will be super crumbly, she said.  I believed her and did not.   After that, separate edge of brownie from pan with a butter knife and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Eat them all in one sitting.

Well, she did not really say that.  That is my suggestion.









Ta da.

Have a great weekend, y'all!