There Goes the Water/Tried a New Recipe

We had a most lovely day. The temperature got into the 60s, I went out to play and never came back. OK, I did have to bring the groceries home and put them away.

The European Starlings thoroughly enjoyed the birdbath. I was tempted to join them.

Last evening was writers group; today I had lunch with my friend, Ev, who leads our group.

The little Painted Bunting female is still a regular
visitor. This is her favorite feeder.

I made something new for dinner. The recipe came from Bob’s Red Mill blog. It was recommended as a savory breakfast in the post, but garlic, kale, fire-roasted tomatoes and Parmesan sounded more like dinner to me. It didn’t take long to make, and we both liked it. I shopped three places before finding the brown rice farina for the base, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Have a lovely Thursday!



Wild Bird Wednesday–Common Grackle

For Wild Bird Wednesday I’m featuring the Common Grackle since it was kind enough to pose for me today. He works for peanuts. Really! Scroll over for captions, or click to enlarge and start slideshow.

The iridescent feathers really glow in the sunshine.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday
Thanks, Stewart!


Share Your World–2014 Week 7

Here are Cee’s Share Your World questions for this week:

What is your favorite couch potato activity: readings, watching movies, watching sports, napping, anything on TV, computer games, play cards, or other?
Reading blogs

What are your favorite toppings on pizza?
Red onion and green bell pepper

What is is favorite genre of movie or book?
Movie: Action/drama and romantic/comedy
Book: It’s hard to pick a favorite genre

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake first?
No, I’d prefer them together.

You are welcome to create a post and link to Share Your World, but if you choose not to, please share your answers in the comments below. Thanks!


Random 5 Friday

Random 5 Friday, where we share five things about our lives. Join us!

1. This week I moved things around in my sewing room to make the space a bit more usable. (Like boxes of kitchen ceiling tile that’s been hogging a corner.) They got moved OUT. There’s still a lot to sort/donate, but more of the floor is visible. That’s a good feeling.

2. I usually make my own greeting cards, but I bought hubby’s valentine today. On Valentine’s Day. Yes, I was in the store at the last minute. And I was not alone!

3. The weather app forecast for today’s high was 52F. It got above 60! I hope this trend continues. We’ll be heading for our daughter’s this weekend, she got six inches of snow this week. It’s a good thing I like her so much.

4. We get to celebrate three of the grandkid’s January birthdays. Just a little late.

5. Let me see if I can find you a nice mermaid for today:

Norfolk Mermaids on Parade

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Friday Fictioneers–14 February 2014

Janet Webb provided our photo prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers. It’s the perfect image for a 100-word Valentine post, don’t you think? As you will see, this is not my ordinary story.  Hubby better find some chocolate, that’s all I’m saying.

Copyright–Janet Webb


“How did I get here?” mumbled Mary to herself. Looking around, she realized she was sitting in the brick-paved alley behind Nick’s Lonely Hearts Lounge. She vaguely remembered arriving at the club in the slinky red dress and heels she’d found at Goodwill for the Valentine’s Day party. Once again, she had hoped Cupid’s arrow would pierce the heart of a suitor and her nights at Nick’s would end. She kicked off the remaining shoe, tucked her legs under her and attempted to rise to her feet. That’s when she saw the bloody filet knife on the ground beside her.  

Well, that’s the end of that! Won’t you join us? Everyone is welcome to participate: Write, or read what others have posted. You just have to play by the rules which can be found at the blog of our lovely Friday Fictioneers host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.



Wild Bird Wednesday–More Fun with Seagulls

Time once again for Wild Bird Wednesday!

Another storm front is moving through this week. The Ring-billed Gulls are still searching for food. One saw me filling feeders today and called my name. Well, actually it sounded more like a cat’s meow.

Ring-billed Gull

I told it I’d find something for it to eat. Not having time to bake crackers like their last visit, I mixed a crumbly bowl of peanut butter, shortening, cornmeal, flour and cracked corn to sprinkle on the ground.

It had invited about 50 of its closest friends in the meantime.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday
Thanks for hosting, Stewart.
And a special thanks to all who take the time to stop by.