Sunday, May 24, 2020

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Critters ~ 336 ~

During Thursdays bike ride, I spotted this deer in the woods, just inside the trail,
we stopped so I could take pictures.
It appeared to be alone, 
staring straight at me, it walked directly toward the path and fairly close to me.
I am always surprised at how tame some of them are.

On the way home, we stopped to see and photograph the horses.

This horse was missing one eye, poor baby...

it almost seemed like he was showing me.

He had a beautiful, black/brown shiny coat - he was friendly and very well cared for.

We came home and put a steak on the grill to share.
It was so delicious...I think today was perfect!

Sharing today's images with Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen

Friday, May 22, 2020

A Ride To Allaire

Yesterday, we rode the trails leading in to and out of Allaire State Park,
they don't allow bikes in the park.
The weather was perfect, sunny, 65 degrees.

There's a new sign...

The honeysuckle is blooming,

This part of the path goes over the Garden State Parkway

The hubs also got a new bike, 
I think he regrets not getting an electric bike so he could keep up with me.

We had work errands to run after and it got late so we stopped for takeout on the way home.
That makes me a little nervous but it felt great not to cook.
It also reminded me why I don't love take out food, 
it just never tastes the same as it does in the restaurant.
The Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese was delicious.

Another day in the books, what a great day!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Welcome To My Kitchen

Like everyone,

 I have been spending a lot of time in my kitchen.
I like things to be colorful, the accessories are not matchy-match, and I love my red teapot.

My kitchen is not very big, 
but it is the perfect size for cooking for two people.
I cooked for 4 while my 2 boys were at home and we always had plenty of room.
A lot of holiday meals were prepared and enjoyed in this room and in the dining room also.

I always keep this long counter clutter free, so I have plenty of room to prepare meals.

This is the eating nook, which is opposite the cabinets.
The glass windows are in the shape of a greenhouse.

I am so grateful for my Home Chef meals...

and I love how my refrigerator looks after I get my delivery on Tuesdays.

The meats are kept separate from the other ingredients,
and are vacuum sealed.

I have cleaned out all of my cabinets while I have been home...

The pantry...

Inside the pantry door...
Dates to Celebrate so I don't forget anyone's birthday!

The junk drawer...

another junk drawer...

and the silverware drawer.

I made this Home Chef meal last night and it was delicious!
Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl with Wontons and Peanuts
- wow -

I am still happily working on my "to do" list, I cross off a few and add on a few.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yarn Along

It has been a good/fun, knitting/crocheting week.
I had 2 projects just laying around that needed finishing touches,
I kept looking at them and was not sure what I wanted to do with one...

add fringe or not.
I went with fringe but I think it looks too long or thin, or something.
I will have to confer with Liz.

I adore the colors in this yarn, and the yarn itself was so nice to work with.
I can't wait to wear it!

And the other necessary finish was to sew buttons on this 
Farm Girl Shawl

I could not remember how,
google came to the button rescue, and now both of these are done, done!

I need to finish the Farm Girl Shawl I am currently working on,
but it requires quiet time for the last few rows and around here, I have very little of that.
The hubs is building one more income producing building,
he is on the phone all day long talking with the architect and ordering materials.

I knitted about 10 or so rows on the Irish Hiking Scarf
this is brainless knitting and that's what I need right now!

This is my second crop of lilacs, these are called Little Kim's, they are lighter in color.
These are in bloom right now, they always bloom after my Jose' Lilacs.

Another day in the books, I had a lot more on my "to do" list than I finished!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


the definition of hodge-podge is a confused mixture...
Here is a picture illustration of living my life during a quarantine.

I have had a lot of fun playing with and releasing my butterflies.
Some hang around and don't really want to leave, others fly off as if it is their job.
The hubs and I stand and watch them fly away,
it is an emotional send off.

I am enjoying these magazines I bought to support the girl scouts in my life.
You can get them in digital form but I have enjoyed holding the paper versions in my hands.

There have been many very joyful rides on my new electric bike.

We have been enjoying some delicious farm fresh eggs.
I have been saving the shells to share with my garden.
The calcium from eggshells is good for garden soil 
where it moderates soil acidity, and provides nutrients for plants.

I am enjoying my new dishwasher, the old one caught on fire.

The controls are on the inside edge, that slides under the countertop.

It has 3 shelves inside,
it is very sleek and very beautiful,
is it weird to be in love with an appliance?

I have been cooking every night,
the meals from Home Chef have been awesome!

The skies and clouds have been pretty amazing.

I read that people are bored in quarantine, I'm so glad I never am.

Another couple of real nice days in the books!