Monday, August 31, 2009

Ruby Tuesday ~ darling daughter

This is Kid One, Allegra, last Tuesday after she picked up her last paycheck from her job working with preschoolers all summer.
Yay! She's smiling because it's back to college time.

To see more photos that feature a little or a lot of red, visit Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Memories, I think

On Wednesday I bumped into someone at the supermarket who I recognized. She said hi and I said hi.

I had no idea who she was, just that I knew her from somewhere.
On Friday night it suddenly dawned on me who she is. She works at the bank, but I rarely go inside any more. I use the ATM, so I hadn't seen her in quite a while.

And this morning her first name came to me in a flash of memory.

This is scary. I am not remembering stuff. Two days to remember a person? Yikes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This takes the cake

I made a cake recipe that Empress Bee sent me to give to our niece Amy, who is collecting favorite recipes from family and friends.
It's easy to make and oh so good, if you like sweets, that is. The frosting is whipped topping covered with sweetened coconut flakes.
Here is the recipe:

bake a cake mix in a disposable 9x13 baking pan

cool cake

stick a fork in it all around to poke holes

put one cup of milk in a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of sugar and heat to dissolve sugar

pour over cake and refrigerate

when cold, frost with cool whip and top with sweet coconut (like mounds in a plastic bag)

yummy! bee

Thanks, Bee ~ I know it will be a hit.

Sepia scenes

Linus posed nicely for me without even meaning to!

This is the original color, but with some matte and vignette features.

For more sepia-fied photos, visit our hostess, Mary T, at Sepia Scenes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

This is another one of the pix I took at a car show we went to in July at the Shelton (Ct.) History Center.
Someone had carved a likeness of Paul Bunyan to use as part of the display featuring "Little Red."
I hesitated to use this photo because it is a bit off-kilter. I must have been in a hurry to get out of the direct sun!

To see more Ruby Tuesday photos, visit Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's that time of year again

Once again I have been on an unplanned blog break. I guess we've been a bit busy around here.

We brought Kid Two back to school today. It was rather hot moving him and his essential stuff into his new dorm room, but we survived the sweaty work. Cameron is the first one of his suite roommates to return. It looks like it will be a fun place to live once it is set up.

The building is not air conditioned, but we did get a window fan in place in his bedroom.

Cameron went back early because he is chief engineer for the college TV station (he has always been our behind-the-scenes tech guy, starting with for school performances since he was in eighth grade) and they have to get things organized after relocating the studio over the summer.

I just know he will have a wonderful sophomore year.

And on Wednesday it's Kid One's turn to return.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Helpful cooking hint #6

When using a spoon rest while cooking, make sure you take advantage of the long handle on it. That is supposed to be where the spoon rests.

For some reason I have been wrongly using it upside down, putting the spoon on the fat end with the handle ending up on the counter.

I'll be OK.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ruby Tuesday ~ the way we were

I found this photo of us girls taken in 1991. Fortunately I was wearing a shade of red, which made it a Ruby Tuesday post waiting to happen.

To see more Ruby photos, visit Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Back to quack

In our household we use the word 'quack' for any monosyllable - it works like a charm, or a quack.

I'm back after an unplanned blogcation (that's blog + vacation for you non-blog speakers, as Queen Mimi says!).

I found a photo to share for Ruby Tuesday, but now that I've edited it I don't know how to save it on the new photo software.
Now I must wait for tech help to wake up...

I just peeked at my Facebook account, and I have 54 notifications. Lot of catching up to do around here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sepia scenes ~ our Rigby

I used iPhoto for the first time on this photo I took today of Rigby relaxing. And I just found the vignette feature, with the help of my son, Cameron.
This is fun!

To see more Sepia-fied photos, visit Mary T, The Teach, at Sepia Scenes.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ruby Tuesday ~ our Linus

My son snapped these photos of Linus peeking out of the vinyl fun house he and his brother, Rigby, use (occasionally) while I was working this afternoon. I was on the phone and didn't even know there was an important photo shoot going on behind me. haha

Hope you enjoyed.
For more Ruby Tuesday photos, visit Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday morning thoughts

OK, so it's not quite 7:30 a.m. Sunday and I've already brewed the coffee, with a snitch of cinnamon, cooked the turkey bacon without burning it, and now I'm starting the pancakes.

We're heading to church later, and then I hope we can find something more fun than laundry and dishes and cleaning to do when we get home at 11:30.

*I'm using this blog post as if it were a status update on Facebook. That FB makes me a bit crazy, because there is so much to read and do, and I don't really understand the games and gifts and all. So I've been taking a break from it this week. No offense to any of my Facebook friends. I'm sure I will be back soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

We have a new monitor and the computer will be here soon

We have a 19-inch monitor as of yesterday. Now I'm actually glad the other computer gave up the ghost two weeks ago. This is a nice new toy for me and Ralph. Photos look great on it.
And this new Apple keyboard has such a light touch. It's almost effortless.

Woo hoo!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Looking at the Sky

I took this in April, when Ralph and I took a brief daycation to the beach in West Haven, Ct.
Haven't taken any photos this week, so I went to our archives. Gazebos always make for a scenic shot, don't they?

To see more photos of the sky and join the fun, visit Tisha at CrAzY Working Mom.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back to brewin'

Our coffeemaker has miraculously come back to life. I started thinking about how it was just seven months old, and that it shouldn't break so soon, even with almost daily use.

So I cleaned it with a vinegar and water mix and rinsed it through a second time, and it worked fine. I tried it with coffee on Tuesday morning and yippee-skippee it brewed a pot. I've been happy ever since.

I think I may have clogged it up by adding a bit too much cinnamon to the grounds one day, and it rebelled. Just a theory.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sepia Scenes ~ our church

First Congregational Church, Derby, Ct.

I took this photo on a Sunday morning in February. I'm pretty sure I posted the original with the sparkling clear blue sky back then. I'm not up for looking back in the archives! I don't know how the evergreen tree came out almost gray in this sepia-fied version.

To join in the fun, visit Mary T, our hostess, at Sepia Scenes.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Web sight

This is not a web, 'tis true, it's just some lovely morning dew.
But I like the title and I'm sticking with it. ;-)

These two dew clusters (I don't know the scientific term) greeted me outside the front door this morning, so I grabbed the camera.

Isn't it pretty? And no spiders!

The smaller one below is a few feet away on a Scotch pine type shrub.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ruby Tuesday ~ flowery

Pretty perennials push past pesky weeds (!) to brighten my small flower garden on a hot summer afternoon. I think these are a variety of day lily.
Happy Ruby Tuesday!
To join in the fun or just view some great photos featuring a little or a lot of red, visit our hostess, Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Polly wants a ...

Last week I attended a parrot program. (Like the alliteration?)
It was a fun event at a local bookstore and I actually learned a lot about parrots. Turns out they are a lot like children!

Here's a link to the story. Hope you enjoy!