Thursday, September 16, 2021

What's Going On...

Besides cooking, I have kept busy working on the hat I am knitting for the boy next door.

I only knit at night and for me, I am making great progress.

 I think organizing the pictures on my computer could keep me busy until the day I die.
I don't find it to be fun, but I find it to be very satisfying.
Just for kicks and giggles I decided to count the number of folders/albums I have on my computer.
Two hundred seventy eight...
- 278 - thats a lot -

The Pool Company came and closed the pool, that is always a sad day!

My new "Better Homes & Gardens" magazine arrived,
I can't wait to dig it to it.

I had 2 of these cute little knobs in my "junkish" drawer and I installed them on my laundry room doors. They are so cute!
I would love to have white doors and trim throughout my house,
I have large white trim in my family room, but that is the only room.
Redoing all of the trim and doors would be a huge undertaking.
And as with everything, if we just did that it wouldn't be too much...
but if we are going to that, we should first do this and first that needs to be done...
and so we do nothing.

I have been cleaning/dusting a lot, some rooms had not been dusted since before I was in the hospital.

I cleaned out 2 of my kitchen cabinets with the help of the is so much easier with his help.

And the refrigerator...
I could not wait to clean out the refrigerator, I am so grateful to be able to do these things again.

Business paperwork has kept me very busy also.
We are doing 1031 exchanges with the money we acquired from the sale of the Lakewood property.
If you reinvest the money within 45 days,
 it defers the taxes you would owe until you sell the second invested property.
President Biden is proposing to eliminate that benefit, and time is not on our side.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Food For Thought

Cooking foods you love to eat is helpful when staying home.
Making tried and true recipes and then trying new things helps.
Let's see what I have been up to...nothing crazy, I can assure you of that!

I made a really good Pasta Salad.
It was super simple, only a few ingredients but it tasted so good.
I did not use a recipe, this was an easy one to just wing it.

A few big dollops of pesto...

tomatoes from the garden...

and fresh mozzarella balls.
Next time I make this, I am going to add some sliced red onion.
You could add almost anything, but I liked these three simple ingredients.
Having jarred pesto made it super simple and the Rao's Pesto was delicious.

We get these Kabobs at Delicious Orchid they are already marinated and they are awesome.
The hubs grills them on the barbecue, 
and also cooks the potatoes in foil packets with butter, onion, and salt, nothing else.
They are equally awesome.

A steak from my Home Chef meal subscription,
with fingerling potatoes halved and cooked in the oven.

Four cheese ziti...
If you eat at Olive Garden, which we did after buying the car...
you can take home a meal for five dollars.
This is it, it was delicious!

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Sausage Cavatappi, this is a Home Chef meal and it is another winner.

Another steak meal from Home Chef.
We get one large steak and split it which is more than enough,
this came with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus.

I have been eating a lot of Avocado Toast for breakfast.
Sprinkled with "Everything But The Bagel" seasoning from Trader Joes.

The hubs has a sweet tooth, me, not as much, so I rarely eat desert.
These cupcakes are so good...
We get them at "Confections of a Rock Star" in Asbury Park, 
I wrote another post about the bake shop here.
All of the cupcakes have rockstar names, this one is called "Raspberry Park".

I won't be growing carrots next year...
it was fun to pick them but definitely not worth the water and time we gave them.

- cooking with love provides food for the soul -

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Solving The Mystery

 It was never really a mystery to us...but we have confirmed where I was infected with Covid-19.
- long story -
For about two years I have been asking the hubs if we could get a new car.
He kept saying that there was nothing really wrong with our car.
True, but it was a 2006 and I thought maybe it was time for a new one.
I think it was pretty hard for him to see me in the hospital for so long and to lose the ability to walk.
On Tuesday August 31st he said, "let's go buy you a new car"!
I was in the car in lightning speed and off we went. 
Buying the car was simple, I had done some research, watched a Youtube video,
I knew exactly what I wanted and we found it pretty quickly on the lot.
After the test drive, we nailed down the details and we were to come back the next day to pick it up.

- do you know where I'm going here -

On Wednesday when we went back to pick up the car our salesman was out sick.
I felt fine until that evening, it was then I knew I was getting sick.
On Saturday the hubs called the dealership 
and our salesman was still out sick and the girl said he would be out all of the following week.
The hubs finally spoke with him yesterday, and he did in fact have Covid.
Mystery Solved!

So would you like to see some pictures...

It's a Lexus GX460

This is the color of the interior, beige and black.
It almost looks rose colored in the other pictures.

So the moral of the story is, 
if you want a new car spend 4 weeks in the hospital and you may get one!

Monday, September 13, 2021

The First Day Of School

 My great nieces went back to school today.

Addie is 9 and was thrilled to be going back.

Lorelei is 7 and not as thrilled.

I love that my niece Deanna does this every year.

I went to see them, it is a tradition that I did not want to break!
Staying away from them was so hard.
No hugs, no kisses, but still I was thrilled to be there!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Remembering 9/12...

 Remembering September 11th is both sobering and important...
a day none of us will ever forget.
But remembering September equally important, 
it was the day our nation rallied together...the feeling of unity and kindness we all possessed on that day.
A day when 
first responders, police, firefighters and volunteers all answered the call to help and serve.
The day was heartbreaking for so many,
but I remember the feeling of American bravery and resilience in the face of such adversity.

- no day shall erase you from the memory of time -

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 404

 I am feeling better, thank you all so much for your kind words and well wishes!!
We went for a drive in the car yesterday,
our usual places and I captured a few "exciting to me" moments.

We went to the Point Pleasant Inlet first to watch the boats coming and going.
There was very little boat activity, just a lot of fisherman.
I was surprised to notice this Plover running along the concrete ledge there.
Moving very quickly, 
and not caring about the fishermen, it was not easy to get a picture of this fast moving little guy.

Next we drove to Lake of the Lilies and startled this...

Great Blue Heron

it walked into the overgrowth of grasses and disappeared.

These swans were in quite the "kerfuffle", squealing and hissing at each other...  

while this one rested quietly, keeping both eyes on me.

Sharing today's images with Eileen at 
for Saturday Critters

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Surviving Covid...

 I am feeling a wee bit better.
I appreciate the vaccine and the antibodies, making this Covid journey so much easier for me.
It helps to have things to keep you busy, although this is not much different than real life lately anyway.

It's good to have some new magazines to read,
I enjoy both Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping.

I started a hat for the boy next door.
I am going to make headband/head warmers for the 2 girls.
They visited me often when I first came home from the hospital and I really appreciated seeing them.

I watched the new Cinderella musical movie, which I loved.
Am I the only one??
It got terrible reviews from those that viewed it, I guess I am easily entertained.

This huge tomato plant grew from a single slice of tomato. 
I brought it home from a restaurant that offered 2 slices 
when I only needed 1.
I planted it and look how big it got.
We never caged it or supported it, during our "super busy" time,
so it is growing wild, 
and we have gotten many tomatoes from it.

I roasted some more tomatoes yesterday.
I have 4 bags in the freezer,
they will taste especially delicious during the winter.

I have worked on cleaning up the pictures on my computer,
it is a never ending job.
Sometimes I think I should just buy a new computer and start over.
That is an expensive prospect.

Receiving these beautiful flowers to look at from my sister,
was a real joy and surprise.
When I grow up I want to deliver flowers for my job.
What a thrill to be able to bring beauty and happiness to
someone who is not feeling well.

They have a butterfly of course,
And Yellow Gerber Daisies, sunshine in a bouquet.

The hubs is still fine, I am so grateful for that.

- life is good because I decided to make it that way - 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

COVID, Really?!?!

 I sat down to write this post and it started with this...
"Things here are good, quiet, but in a good way".
"I continue to roll around the house, I am walking some too, doing more and more each day".
I thought I had a really nasty cold, 
I went for a Covid - 19 test, you know, just in case...
Then I got a phone call on Sunday, I tested positive.
I am vaccinated, I don't go anywhere...and here I am, feeling pretty sick.
And I have to say, there is not another person on earth who is more careful than I am.
I went to the hospital, qualified for and received the antibodies.

I'm home, I was not sick enough to be admitted, thank goodness.
 I only went for the antibody infusion and I was so happy to receive it.
And just to let you know just how crappy I feel, I don't even feel like knitting.
They said it takes two days to start to feel better once you have received the antibodies,
that would put me at 9 pm today, but who's counting?!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Happy Labor Day


Happy Labor Day

Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people
in the US and Canada.
It is celebrated on the first Monday in September
and in some other countries on May 1st.

I have turned my comments off ~ have a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 403

Not far from home at Camp Zender we almost always see deer.
They are fairly friendly, but far off in the distance, they hug the woods line,
so these images are heavily cropped.
I always enjoy seeing them and see them often as we are headed home.

My neighbor across the street has a Ring Doorbell and has captured images of deer on it.
That surprised me, as I live in a neighborhood. 

I have been seeing a lot of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails at my Butterfly Bushes...

the monarchs are gone...

and I have been releasing the last few of my Black Swallowtails.

~ my definition of beautiful is nature ~

Sharing today's images with Eileen at 
for Saturday Critters