Pics of last night’s bounty, using homemade dough, homemade sauce, and home grown basil.
Freaking awesome prosciutto with onion, mushroom, and kalamata olive:
Luscious toasted parmesan on pizza crust:
I loves me those leftovers!
Monte asked me to make him a mask, since the ones he’s been using are either too small or uncomfortable. So I finally knocked out my first homemade COVID mask, custom made to his specifications. 🙂
I then asked him to make me a frame for a piece of art that our niece, Laura, drew and sent to me. He knocked it out, custom made to my specifications. 🙂 I just LOVE this drawing. Laura requested people to send her photos of their quarantine workspaces, which she then drew in watercolors. I sent her a picture of my craft space in my office, which is where I sat to make Monte’s mask.
Keeping busy in the time of COVID….
Monte and I spent a couple nights at anchor on the lake this week. We chose to avoid the wake-heavy holiday weekend. It was hazy, I guess from the Saharan dust remnants in the air. But it was lovely. Keeto enjoyed it, too. We’ve launched the kayak for the summer, so I have resumed my treasure-hunt-paddling around the coves. I was rewarded yesterday with this long lost 11 lb. Lewmar claw anchor and stainless steel tackle that someone had to cut loose at some point months ago when the lake was much higher.
And we were rewarded again with this treasure at sunset last night.
I hope you enjoy a fun and safe 4th of July!
Today’s morning sun illuminates the blooms on my Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) also known as Red Bird of Paradise. Whichever, it’s gorgeous.
Monte and I have enjoyed joining his sister’s family zoom sessions. Her adult kids and young grandkids live in 3 different cities. They all join. We join when we can. It’s special.
Last week my great-niece, Adelle, showed everyone one her latest project, making bracelets out of colorful rubber bands. We all asked for one of our own, and little Adelle delivered! They arrived in the mail today. I picked Seahawks colors, and I absolutely love it!
Thank You Adelle!
I celebrated my friend, Ann, and her well-earned retirement today. She spent a rewarding career as a school-teacher; and a damn good one. I am happy for her to explore the next decades doing whatever her heart desires.
Cheers, my dear!!!!
We went out to the boat today!!! And, oh, lord, did the old girl need some TLC. I couldn’t bring myself to take a before picture. It was bad.
But, after about 3 hours cleaning the topsides, she looks mahvelous. At least one day this year, my boat will be clean!
Yardwork done. Frosé in the glass. Pork tenderloin on the grill. Life is good.
My pollinator garden is in its 4th or 5th year, and though it takes work to keep ahead of all the weeds and Liveoak seedlings that grow as well as the perennial flowers in this patch, I truly enjoy it. The purple coneflower, which I originally grew from seed, is back for the third year, and it makes me so happy to see all its blooms.
I ventured downtown over the weekend to snap a picture of the University of Texas at Austin’s Tower bathed in burnt-orange light, to honor the graduating Class of 2020. My friend’s daughter graduated this year and I took this shot for her.
Congratulations to the Longhorn graduates!
A month ago, I posted about a paint-by-number that I decided to begin to help me waste time while sheltering-in-place. The pre-printed canvas is 16″x20″. This will take a LONG time. But, I’ve been slowly making progress, doing a little at a time. The guidance is to start with the darkest color and work your way, color by color, to the lightest.
I finally finished the darkest, background color. Minor victory. So I celebrate!
I noticed a new volunteer perennial in my pollinator patch a few months ago. It stayed green and alive through our mild winter. I didn’t know what it was. A few weeks ago it started blooming and is thriving amongst the returning salvia, sage, purple coneflower, vinca, and scabiosa. I finally took a good look and did some research and was tickled purple to find out that they are winecups (Callirhoe involucrata)! I love winecups but find them very elusive in the sprawling fields of Central Texas wildflowers. I’m glad they volunteered here in my garden.
The one small plant has exploded with 3 or so long branches that are creeping out through the garden, low to the ground. The blooms roll up every night and reopen in the morning. 🙂 The bees enjoy them, too.
I need a haircut! But I’m enjoying that my hair is long enough to braid again. Au natural is working out well during this shelter-in-place thing. The picture on the left was taken about 2 1/2 years ago when I was still coloring my locks.
We scored some Fever-Tree tonic water on a recent delivery, so Monte whipped up some delicious gin & tonics tonight while we played remote-cards with Doray and Tom.