Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2 robins and a woodpecker

Sounds like a start of joke but they were just hanging out in my yard yesterday. Wish I had my camera with me. :( The woodpecker had a red head and speckled body of white and black. I hear him pecking in one our trees later that evening. 

The 2 robins looked pretty young--probably teenagers. And really tame or not jaded with life with human and just looked at me when I went to the back door. They were just hanging out near my back steps in the shade.


No pictures of the birds, so how about pics of veggies and stuff. 



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My first harvest of kirbies
I'm thinking a making a small batch of Oisobagi Kimchi from No Recipe with a little supplement from my farmers market or if there are more cukes to pick.


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Wild Strawberries
Not sure if I should pull or leave it. Tiny strawberries that either the birds (baby robins) or chipmunk are eating before I can get to them. That's okay Captain Wheatgerm keeps bring home tons of lbs of strawberries to make jam and whatever else I can think of. This week, strawberry and mixed berry jam,  a mixed berry pie and I'm going to try out some fresh strawberry sauce. 

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Bed of fern
This bed of fern is probably really old. It's has been there as long as we had the house and probably longer as it didn't look like a new bed when we moved in. This year it's doing great.  Maybe I can find smaller leaves for the tables at the restaurant. [see my distress impatiens on the bottom left corner. They are doing great.]

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They look great in my white bathroom

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Summer/Winter Chair Project
The summer part of the project is to cleaning the frame of the chair--scraping the rust off, taking of the ripped out seating and then making a decision about the color. Then I'm over the winter I'll going to weave up a the seat with the rice bags I've collected to make up market bags

Friday, July 18, 2014

Who plans a vacation to Florida in July?

Captain Wheatgerm! Because he watched all the seasons of Dexter in a 3 weeks and he thought it would be a good idea. Not expecting hot and humid weather like Thailand and bugs, bugs and bugs. Thank goodness they didn't only bite me and Captain Wheatgerm had his fair share. As he should since he booked and planned this trip. 

This is my last post of our vacation. I finally got into an album on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/princesshotflash/sets/72157645292510917/

If I've bored you to death already with the pictures, here's a couple of highlights from that album that you haven't seen yet. 
Auto Train Sleeper car
Auto Train
Overall, the Auto Train was fun. Sleeper accommodations were fine for a night or two. If you don't expect the Oriental Express then it is great. I would most definitely do a long distance train ride again. Maybe Chicago to Seattle?

Sleeper beds
Our beds opened up
Bed were okay. Bottom bunk was suppose to be a double bed. But there is no ways, Captain Wheatgerm and I could do that. Bathroom/Shower was a laugh. Like all the reviews I read, you are basically showering in the toilet. Just make sure you wipe down everything after a shower and you are okay. 

The morning sky
morning at the beach
With the thoughts of a refreshing dip in the ocean, the morning when we were at the beach, the water temp was 83º and it would have been more like a hot bath. So just my feet got the dip.

Purple Gallinule
Looks like the bird from Up
Ahhhh! The air boat ride. It was the coolest I felt in FL minus being indoors with AC at full blast. There were so much wildlife to see. It was really fun. And the driver Randy was great.

Alligator got something
Alligator
We even got to see raccoon on a rain detour. It's not a real long ride but fun. It's on the Tamiami Trail. Wish we had known because we would have gone west instead of east that day.

From the Atlantis Exhibit
Shuttle Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center is a must if you are nerdy designer type like me. Actually, most people would love it. It's an whole activity. They let you bring your own food and that's a most definitely a must cause the food is pretty pricey. They even have lockers to store your stuff. The guides there are very informative. I loved, loved, loved the Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit. So cool, lots of interactivity. 

On to the sleeves
Almost done!
And yes, I made great progress on my Lodi cardigan. I'm now on the first sleeve. I hope to finish before summer. Just in time for the fall season or summer in my office.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flora and Fauna from FL

Wanted to a quick post of things I saw in the Keys--Bahia Honda State Park and Everglades--Buffalo Tiger's Air Boat Tours. 

Bahia Honda State 
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From our airboat tour from Buffalo Tiger
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Garden Survived

Not exactly sure what I did to make this happen. I mulched and gave it a good soak before I left and I know it was stormy while I was gone. And I did the crazy water bottle technique. But whatever it was, this is great for me as more veggies =healthier Princess Hot Flash. 
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Cucumbers are coming in
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my sole survivor cucumber seedling is doing well and so is . . .
my lonely swiss chard
my row of lettuce look so beautiful
one lonely bean but many blossoms

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I'm melting

Don't know how people do it in FL. I look and feel like hell. My short layered hair, is one big pouf and constantly sticking to my seat. 

For the past 3 day, the elements has gotten the best of me. The bug bites, the heat and humidity would be more than enough for one person but today the sea won, just minutes away from arriving back from boat ride, everything in my stomach became the content of the trash bucket. 

Instead of showing me looking like a mess, here are couple of pictures of my time in the keys.

Bahia Honda State Park. Lots of dry seaweed, not sure what kind, definitely not ogo.
Dinner @ a floating Thai restaurant. The search for good Thai/Asian food goes on.
Enjoying a cold one. The prelude to the full costume.
Guess Who?! We were the only people on the beach except the cleaning crew. I was so happy.
Path to the old bridge
Beautiful morning sky! View from the bridge.
Clean and extremely warm water. 83 degrees.
Got to go. Losing internet connection. 




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Direction-less

Well, I did it again. Read the the direction wrong on the 4 times a charm cardigan. The buttonholes are on the wrong side. Started on the right side (rs) not the wrong side (ws). Knitting talk. Ohhhhhhhhh!
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I'm more than half way done and I'm not ripping out. And yes, I only notice it now, when I was admiring my progress. 

I guess there's a reason things I like things hand-made. They have character from the little [and not so little] mistakes. It's destiny that this cardigan will finally end up with buttonholes on the wrong side. It took 4 tries and many years of sitting into my in-progress project basket to become this close to a finish product. 

Hope to take this on my vacation and get close to finish. Got a train ride to get some knitting done. Hope wear it in the fall, so all can come and admire the my buttonholes. 

Maybe I start a new trend of buttonholes on the left. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

For the Plant Whisperer

The Plant Whisper comes for a visit every year with Farmer Joe and they fiddle around in my non-tropical garden yard. One of her favorite things to do is to go to the garden center and look for at the distressed plants to nurse back to back to healthy state for my house. 

This year the racks were bare or with just really dead plants. You have be more than a plant whisperer for those kind of distressed plants.


Anyway, went over to the garden center a couple of weeks ago and the racks were full. Got an Alstroemeria [Peruvian Lily], 2 six-paks of New Guinea impatiens and 3 marigolds for $18. What a deal. The plant whisperer show me the way to bring them back to life.


So for all of you who read my blog and see the plant whisperer, please share these pictures with her [I think farmer Joe would like to see them, too.]. I'd really appreciate it. 

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New Guinea Impatiens for my hanging basket and window box
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Yellow blooms are coming in on the Alstroemeria
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The geranium isn't from the distressed plant rack. From seeds, that PW planted last year
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Last but not less petunia that self seeded from last year