May 5, 2010

Tick tock

You know the song “Time Passages” by Al Stewart?   For some reason it’s been playing in my head for the last day or two.     I’ve been on conference calls all morning.    And it’s still playing!    So, when I went to the kitchen to forage for some lunch, I caught a glimpse of the clock and the pendulum and well, thought I’d get a shot of this to go with the song in my head.

If you’d like to hear it, too, here is a youtube link.

….years go falling in the fading light, ooooh, time passages……do-do-di-do…..

May 4, 2010

Pretty windows

Working from home this week.   It’s still nice to stop and notice the pretty things.   This is a shot of the leaded glass windows on the front door.   On mornings earlier in the year, when the sun is a bit lower in the sky, these windows are especially lit up and cast little colorful light spectrum patterns on the wall.    No so much today, and at this hour.   But still nice to look at.

May 3, 2010

Night shot

Yesterday morning I finally got around to weeding, re-tilling and planting the end of the flower bed along the fence line which used to be home to some decades old oleander that we took out last year.    I planted a bunch of perennials that I hope will flourish and last through future seasons.

After dinner tonight I went out to the newly planted garden and, though it was dark, got this shot of a pincushion flower.  I like how it looks like it is floating against a black background.

Apr 30, 2010

Better late than never

The bluebonnets in the way back have all gone to seed.   On my walk back there tonight I saw a couple of newcomers — indian blankets.  There are 4 plants that I can see there, and this is a picture of their first bloom.

I’m very excited to see what pops up next Spring.   As I post this, Monte is out back spreading more wildflower seed that he’s collected.

Apr 29, 2010

Recycling bananas

I’ve been staring at a couple of brown bananas on the counter today.   Instead of tossing them into the compost bin, I decided to bake some banana bread.   Mmmm, smells great!

I used an easy recipe from our so-very-well-used-that-it’s-falling-out-of-its-binding Joy of Cooking.

Banana Bread

1 1/3 c flour
3/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
5 1/3 T unsalted butter
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c mashed very ripe bananas (~2)
1/2 c coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Whisk together first 4 dry ingredients.  In separate large bowl beat butter and sugar on high speed until lightened in color and texture, 2-3 minutes.   Add dry ingredient mixture to butter/sugar and beat until blended.  Gradually beat in eggs.   Fold in bananas & nuts until just combined.  Spread evenly in greased 8 1/2″  x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Cool in pan 5-10 minutes then turn out onto rack.

Apr 28, 2010

Dinner and a movie

We went to a special event at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight — a wine / dinner pairing and the movie Bottle Shock.   The movie is based on the real story of the Chateau Montelena vineyard whose Chardonnay won 1st place in a Paris blind tasting in 1976, putting put Napa Valley wines on the map forever.

It was weird to eat food that you couldn’t really see in the dark.   But the food, wines and movie were all great.   Love the Alamo!

Apr 25, 2010

Hill country in bloom

It was an absolutely gorgeous day today.   We went for a long drive past Johnson City through the Willow City Loop to see what was left of the wildflowers.   The bluebonnets are on the decline, but many others are taking stage against a hill country backdrop.  This field was full of white prickly poppies.

Apr 23, 2010

Thunderboomer

It has been very humid for the last few days… getting ready for a front to blow through tonight.   Right around sunset this evening the clouds started building up into thunderheads ahead of the front.   This is a shot of the sunlight from the setting sun coming from behind one of the clouds.    We didn’t get too much rain, but got a nice lightning show after dark.

Apr 22, 2010

Yellow rose

Today we drove down to visit my Aunt and Uncle — my mom’s brother — in San Antonio.  We got a great visit in with them and my cousin, her husband and adorable daughter.   We picked a great day to go sailing yesterday, it was beautiful.   Today was drizzly and overcast all day — a good day for a drive.

My aunt is a wonderful gardener and she gave us a tour of her lovely backyard.   This is a picture of one of her St. Patrick roses… it was even more beautiful in person.