After being out of town all week, I was looking forward to check out the garden and flowers. So, I took a walk out back with my morning coffee and my camera. There are so many pretty blooms.
There are 3 hibiscus plants along the back of the house and they always put out a ton of blooms. This is a picture of a Rose of Sharon — hibiscus syriacus. Google tells me this is the national flower of Korea. That’s nice, but I like having it here in Central Texas.
Another long day. The IBM site here in Somers sits on a huge, wooded piece of property. For as long as I’ve been coming here there have always been large flocks of Canadian geese and many deer all over the property.
I took this picture as I was leaving the site at the end of the day. The geese were heading down to one of their ponds for happy hour.
I went to dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant with a team of IBMers. Around the table were 2 Americans, 1 Canadian, 2 Indians, 2 Koreans, 1 German and 1 person from Taiwan — a very enjoyable evening.
Now I must say goodnight so I can finish the presentation that I have to give first thing in the morning.
We have long 12-hour days of meetings each day, starting at 7:30. I’m actually staying in Connecticut — which just means that I have to get started pretty early to beat the traffic and get there on time.
We headed to the lake for a sail today. It was very windy out, but Ryan and Mary both tried their hand at the helm and did great — first time sailing for both of them.
We anchored up in Arky south and took the first dip in the lake of 2010. The lake temperature is about 73 degrees, and was a bit chilly for the first 5 mins or so, but it was great to be at waterline again. 🙂
Lori, Dave and Jake showed up a bit later on Camelot. And Marty & Sue tied up to them on Caribbean Hug. It’s beginning to feel alot like summer!
Our basil is booming. In anticipation of lots of pizza feasts in our future, we have 2 patches of basil plants this year. This patch was planted from seed. Well, actually, there were probably about 5 times this many plants that sprouted, but Monte has been thinning them down to a managable number.
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.
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.
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.
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!