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Monday, September 25, 2017

Taking Time...

I'm taking another blog break... probably an internet break.  Don't know how long and at this point don't care.

It's time to heal.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Selection of Succulents

Still working on my fluffing my blogging mojo.  I am getting other stuff done around here, including a lot of good work in my studio.  Now is a lot of tweaking and setting up for decorating (things like getting the base coverings on container boxes and so on).

Yard work has stalled... when the temps were nice, it was pouring rain and then muddy.  Now that it's not raining it is hot and humid again.  

However, I have these beautiful succulents to show off.  They were at the produce auction and you had to buy the entire cart you see here.  No thanks (even tho the price was spectacular).  


We did come home with the little lovely.  The man who bought the the lot of them sold this one to me for $2.  Bargain!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Create: Geisha ATC

Not feeling like much like writing so I'll show off an ATC I made.  She was the prototype for a series I was going to make for a swap.  Decided not to do the swap but I really like the card.

It is all hand drawn, with the geisha done on a separate piece of card stock.  She was cut out and attached to the background.  The written character is from a piece of scrapbook paper.  And the dragonfly is a brad.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rambutan ... Don't Think I Can...

I like trying new foods; especially vegetables and fruits.  So when I saw this package at the local Wal-Mart I had to give it a go.

The packaging was silly...

...but what was inside was very intriguing.  It looked like an alien egg or something.  Since I'd never heard of it, I Googled "rambutan" to see just what I was supposed to do with it.  was a quite interesting!  Found out it is in the lychee family (you see those on Chinese buffets in the fruit area).

The hairy covering is called a 'rind' and it is soft yet firm.

You cut around it with a knife, then pop it open.

That is the last easy part of the process...

The white flesh is rubbery to the point of being difficult to cut.  Once it is finally open, the husk around the pit sticks to the fruit's flesh.

You're not supposed to eat this (the husk).

After much hacking, I had this left.  I was so DONE!

So Himself decided to try it...

They all ended up here...

Total waste of money.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fidgety Cat

On one of our recent trips to Nashville, I found these cool fidget spinners in one of our favorite ethnic restaurants.  I quickly selected the dragon wing spinner on the right and Himself picked the 'ship's wheel' on the left.

They are the best spinners I've seen.  Great iridescent color and well balanced; they spin a long time.

When we got home, I set mine on my bedside table.  Miss Persia was very interested and it didn't take long for her to come check it out.  She had played with one that Little Bird had so she knew what to do with it...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Potato Tower Report

Remember this spring we planted some sprouting potatoes to try growing in a 'tower'?

They grew larger and larger.  Pretty much filled the top of the tower (I can not find the photos I took...).

When the time was right, Himself pulled off the wire and tipped the planter.

This is our harvest...


But you betcha we cooked them up and had a tasty meal!

We've decided that the time and effort we have put into vegetable gardening doesn't justify the results.  It's too easy to travel up to the Amish produce auction and get exactly what we want at a good price.  And it's a whole lot more fun than weeding and de-bugging.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

And The Sun Disappeared

Were you in the path of the eclipse... or travel to see it?

I was amazed and dubious at all the tourist predictions that were being touted for both Clarksville, TN (population about 150, 00 with a predicted 500,00 tourist) and my hometown in MO (population about 6200 with a predicted 90,000 tourist) which happened to be almost dead center.


A local highway sign.

In "the swath" residents were told to get their groceries early and STAY OFF THE ROADS on Monday.  You'd thought we were going to have an ice storm.  No... they are calmer for an ice storm.  

Driving past Clarksville hotels on Sunday night, the parking lots were mostly full.  But not completely full.  

The next morning I pulled up the C'ville street department traffic camera that are installed at major intersections.  Expecting to see the predicted bumper-to-bumper traffic I was surprised to see it was quieter than a Sunday morning.  So much for hoards of tourists.  Same with my home town in MO.

We were comfortably at home, sitting out on our deck.

Unfortunately, a bunch of drunken red-necks decided to park their boats right below our house.  They were wasted.  About halfway thru totality, as they partied hardy - one of them yelled "HEY!!  The sun is gone!!!"


I was extremely scientific in my eclipse photography... I held my viewing glasses over my camera lens!  It worked great.

Next time I'll have a better set up tho (next time being April 2024 in the SE Missouri area).

Moments before totality!

I love this photo!!

Beautiful corona and 'Bailey's Beads'.

And yes, the stars did come out.  (Actually, I think that was Jupiter...)

And with this ring... it was over.


As it disappeared Himself fixed up a viewing for us using his binoculars turned backwards.  WAY better than the pinhole cereal box.

See that dip?  That is the temperature drop during totality.

I didn't see or hear any odd animal behavior, except the katydids starting to chirp.  They quit when the sun came back out.  Otherwise birds continued to sing and the cicada kept trilling.  No dogs howled (and there are a lot around here).

Oh... wait... the red-necks did get quiet...