Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 218 ~

When we left the house on Valentines Day, 
another of our intended stops was here,

Lake of the Lilies, a Bird Sanctuary

As soon as we pulled up I was surprised to see this Red Headed Duck, a first time for me.

Immediately upon stoping the car, he woke up...

and floated off into the water.
Red Headed Ducks are medium sized diving ducks which over winter in this area.

The American Coot
The coot is a plump, chick like bird with a rounded head and a slopping bill.

They have a tiny tail, short wings and large feet which were just out of my sight.
Often mistaken for ducks, coots have broad lobed scales on their lower legs,
and toes that fold back with each step.

There were a lot of coot and just the one red headed duck, hanging out together.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Sweet Treat

Valentine's Day is not usually a big deal around here...

we usually exchange cards and have dinner out...
love is always in the air.
This year was no different except that we included a ride to the beach because
 1, it was warm and 
2, I had seen pictures of this shell heart display on Facebook.
I am never one to miss anything I want to see, and photograph, 
especially if it is within driving distance.

This was at Howe Street Beach in Bay Head...

Apparently, there is a mysterious person who decorates this area for each holiday.

Two shell hearts, one on the concrete, one on the sand.

The Scone Pony closes for winter,
and opened today - so of course we had to stop.

We picked up a sweet little cake for after dinner.

Dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant.

I had a steak, with mashed potatoes and vegetables,,,
it was out of this world.
I always order baked ziti at this restaurant, I am so glad I switched things up.

The hubs had shrimp scampi, he gets this a lot and it is so delicious!

Cake from the Scone Pony
- YuM -

And a picture of the 2 of us, to remember the day!!

We also stopped at one of my favorite lakes and I saw some awesome ducks.
Good thing, I needed them for my critter post tomorrow!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Forcing Paper-Whites...

Something I do and look forward to every year, 
forcing paper-white bulbs indoors...bringing the scent and joy of Spring inside.

I use this same pot every year.

I use stones but you can use soil.

I am glad I saved this from years past, 
as the bulbs I ordered this year did not include any instructions.

All 10 bulbs are healthy and are already starting to sprout.

Several of the bulbs were doubles.

I ordered these on Amazon, because I can't drive, I try to take care of as much as I can on line.

My Basil was long and leggy, and just down right sad, 
so I restarted it with seeds from my old plant.

And my trusty old Cyclamen is in bloom with 5 flowers.
I have had this plant forever and it never fails to produce some beautiful flowers!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Yarn Along

I am still working on the Honey Cowl with the pretty yarn that Mike and Lila gave me.

This is such an easy pattern of purling and slipping stitches.
Every other row is straight knitting.

I have not picked up the wash cloth that I am knitting,
 with the yarn I don't like because it has a big mistake in it. 
An extra row - so now, I dislike it more than ever.
The washcloth yarn is so odd, you can't really "see" what you are doing...
where you are on the pattern or if you have made a mistake.
I have thought about ripping it out, I have yet to decide.

I did not knit at all while I was feeling "ill", so I am just getting back to it now.

I feel like I have lost my mojo some, I don't have my grove and I am still feeling "off"!
I don't want to go anywhere because I am afraid of picking up another germ,
that's really not like me.
The MS medication I take suppresses my immune system, so I am at greater risk.

I hope you guys will hang in there with me,
I don't have much blog material left and I am afraid I will have to start making things up!
* wink *

Happy Valentines Day 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Home Chef

Sharing the meals from week 2 that we selected from Home Chef.
We continue to really enjoy the food,
the ingredients are fresh, the meals are easy to prepare and the portions are more than adequate.
I chose Home Chef because the meal selections were meals I thought we would enjoy.
Some of the other meal plans,
did not offer 3 meals each week that I thought we would really enjoy.
They are all similar in cost and description.
I looked into Home Chef, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated and Sun Basket
I love that the ingredients for each meal are in one ziplock bag.
The meats are separated from that ziplock bag and are shipped surrounded by ice packs.
The meats are vacuum sealed.

Ponzu Noodles and Charred Green Beans with Sriracha and Smoked Almonds
Caprese Burger with Italian Seasoned Potatoes
These hamburgers were so good, the beef of wonderful quality.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta and Lemon Caper Sauce

Each meal comes with a recipe card...

with exact, step by step directions on the back.
They all fit in to a binder that comes with your first order.
Everything is provided and some prep work is required.
Just enough work to make you feel like you created the beautiful, delicious meal.
This is exactly what I have been looking for...
fresh ingredients, delicious meals for 2 people, 3 times per week.

So what do you think?
I probably researched this and thought about it for one year, 
I don't know what took me so long.
60 bucks per week, free shipping and handling, the hubs and I could not be happier!

Monday, February 12, 2018


There was a ride in the car, and a little time at 
It was good to get out - it was the first time in 2 weeks.
It was nice to be surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables, 
everything looked so colorful and pretty.

These tulips caught my eye, I knew immediately they were coming home with me.

Aren't they beautiful?

They are the perfect reminder that Spring will be here soon.

We are still receiving the Home Chef  meals,
I'll talk about those tomorrow!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 217 ~

Some of my small birds have returned to the feeders.
Their feeding patterns have changed and they stay more protected in the evergreens.
Not everyone has come back,
 I am not seeing any Cardinals, Nuthatches, Warblers, Juncos or Wrens.

Male House Finch

Female House Finch

Male House Finch

Female House Finch




Male Downey Woodpecker

And the cooing Morning Doves have been hanging out on the fence...

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Forever My Girl

If you would like to see a really sweet movie, 
about finding your way back home,
 this is it!

A love story about a music superstar who reunites with his first love,
and realizes the steep price he paid for success.
High school sweethearts, Liam leaves Josie at the altar for a shot at fame and fortune.
When he returns 8 years later, they reconnect, 
and Liam realizes all he has lost in this heartwarming look at love, 
family and second chances. 

As you can see at 12:40, the place was packed.
Doesn't anyone go to the movies in the afternoon anymore!

This Xscape Theater is new, with the stadium seating, reclining seats, and nice big cup holders.
Another plus, you can choose your seats when you purchase your tickets.

But what's with these cheap paper tickets you get these days?
I have saved movie stubs all my life and I can't believe how they have changed over the years.
And what's with the senior pricing - we never said we were seniors!
Who decided that? The 10 year old who waited on us?

This was a great movie, seen back in January before we got sick.