Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Waldo and Miss B

This is Waldo my brothers bird.
He talks....A LOT!
As a matter of fact, he wont shut up sometimes.
So, I got him out of his cage the other day so he would be quiet. We were over for a BBQ and Waldo wanted to be out with the rest of us.
...doesnt his beak look like a piece of candy corn?
He's really pretty sweet. He doesnt bite, but loves to sit on your shoulder
This is Brightie, the scottie dog ...or Miss B for short.
Nothing short about that nose of hers though.
Waldo tends to torment Miss B., chasing her around the house because he knows that if Miss B gets close to him she'll get in trouble.
Here's Waldo all fluffed up going to sleep on my knee.
Your getting verrrrrrrry sleepy.
We were actually playing the blinking game. Parrots will watch your eyes and blink when you blink. I kept blinking slower and slower. Finally Waldo went to sleep

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New ride

I stole these pictures of the car off the dealers site before they pulled it down.
Saves me having to take them myself:)
Noticed quite a difference in buying a car this time....everyone out there is looking for great gas milage and SUV's arent selling quite so fast anymore. We'll still keep our Toyota highlander because it gets pretty good milage, but not as good as this one will.
You know that gas has become a hot commodity when it starts becoming part of the negotiations of purchasing a car. We got a full tank. Haha :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

water logged dog...

Its her first summer, so everything about is new to Macie. One of her new most favorite fun things is when I water the flower pots. The first time I did it I didn't think much about it until I noticed her so interested in the water coming out of the end of my watering bucket.
Last night she was in the yard with me when I turned on the hose...I thought she was going to turn inside out when the water started coming out the end of the sprayer.
Since there was no way she was going to let me water, I finally gave up and layed the hose down on the grass and let her have it.
She tried to bite the water coming out the end of the sprayer. She hopped, skipped and jumped over it, around it and through it. She layed down in the puddles and splashed through them.

and then when she was thoroughly drenched, she was done.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Watermelon and feta cheese salad

Last summer we had gone to my parents house for a BBQ and she was so excited about this new recipe.When she told me what it was made out of, I was skeptical to say the least.

Watermelon with feta cheese salad...

I know, huh? doesnt sound very good does it?
Well let me tell you, I was wrong. Its fantastic!

You see, feta is a salty cheese. Many people sprinkle salt on their watermelon so its not all that weird really.
I read some food blogs and there are a few different versions of it, one with cilantro and one with mint. One with red onion and one with Jicima
The amounts given here are only guidelines. Adjust it depending on your taste and ingredients.

Watermelon Mint Feta Salad1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup lime juice (4-6 limes, depending on how big and juicy the limes are)
A quarter of a medium sized watermelon, rind removed, black seeds removed (if there are any), chopped into 1-inch cube-ish pieces, about 8 cups
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped (optional)

Watermelon Jicama Cilantro1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup lime juice (4-6 limes, depending on how big and juicy the limes are)
A quarter of a medium sized watermelon, rind removed, black seeds removed (if not seedless), chopped into 1-inch cube-ish pieces, about 8 cups
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1-2 cups chopped peeled jicama
1 serrano chili pepper, stem removed, seeded, minced (optional)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Pinch of cumin, to taste

1 Soak the chopped red onion in the lime juice while you are prepping the other ingredients, about 15 minutes.
2 Gently combine all ingredients into a large serving bowl.
Serve immediately.

Salad will get soggy if kept overnight.
Serves 6-8.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Day trippin'

After working around the house all day on Saturday we decided to leave home for the day on Sunday. We need one day to relax and if we dont leave home, we won't relax. We need a day with no work, and no projects. Cleaning the garage again is definitely out, and pressure washing the gutters needs to wait for another weekend.
We decided on LaConner, a small town north of Seattle.

LaConner usually comes alive in the spring with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, but just about every weekend tourists and visitors walk up and down the streets, browsing in boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. We hit the tulip festival about every other year or so. We skipped it this year. It just gets too crazy that time of year. This year we took Macie with us. I was surprised on how many shops have bowls of drinking water set out for pets.
LaConner is still a little fishing port. Lots of boats coming and going up and down the river that runs along the edge of town. These crab pots were stacked between an art gallery and and a restaurant.
This is called Rainbow Bridge and it just runs out to that little island.
While I was waiting for our box lunches to be made, I was reading a little town newsletter. It had an article about this quirky little old lady who currently resides as the bridges' Troll and collects a toll for every 3rd red minivan that drives by. One of these days Im going to drive across the bridge to see if she's really there.
Speaking of boxed lunches...
Sitting dockside enjoying the turkey sandwiches and huge soft molasses cookies couldn't have tasted any better.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

what was I thinking?

Apparently not taking any pictures.
We were so busy talking and laughing, I entirely forgot to take pictures.
It was so much fun to hang out with Sue again last week. The last time we met it was only for about an hour at Applebys. This time I was happy to be able to see her not once, but twice.
I wished I could have taken some time off work so we could go do some site seeing too.

While we were sitting outside gabbing up a storm, Paul came outside to bring us more lemonade. He took a few pictures of us, but by that time it was well past dusk. He ended up just using a flash because he hates to fiddle with manual settings...oh well, at least I got a few pictures as proof that she was really here :-)

It was so fun hanging out with you this time Sue!
You really need to set up a flickr account so we can see all the pictures from your trip...(hint hint)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

yard sale

I am swimming in a sea of junk that must be prepared for a yard sale.
I am determined to get this over with once and for all. Its been on the to-do list forever. The thought of actually having a yard sale makes me want to run and hide, but if we don’t clear out the garage and closets soon, we will no longer be able to park our cars in there or hang our clothes in the closets.
Everytime I run across something I want to clear out, I pile it in the garage. I had little piles everywhere and boxes scattered all about. Today I started grouping it all in one spot, and Im so surprised how much of it there is.

I've been running things through the washer and the dishwasher to get the dust off.

I think the hardest part for me is how to price things. I’d rather get a dime for them than send them to the landfill so Im always worried about pricing things too high.
I am just so ready to get rid of it all.

In April I went crazy and took 18 tall kitchen garbage bags to the goodwill…and that was just the stuff out of my closet and dresser. I dont like messing with clothing at garage sales, so that stuff is all gone.
Im on a roll so there's no turning back now

Thursday, July 03, 2008

a summer do

Last weekend we took Macie in for her haircut.
Since the temps were topping 90+ degrees that day, we opted to give her a summer cut.
She went from this..............

To this............

Nothing like a new do to make a girl feel better, and in her case, about half her size. Cutting off all that fur made it more apparent how tiny she is under all that.

Wish I could take 10 or 20 lbs off just by cutting my hair ;-)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

we found some culture in the park

Last weekend when we went to visit Jennifer, we stopped at a local park to walk through their farmers market. It was treat to find that they had a Tibetan cultural heritage festival going on in the park as well. We walked around the various booths, one of which was this Tibetan monk making a sand picture. They fill the mandolin with colored sand. The mandolin has a hole at both ends and is ribbed on the top. He “shakes” the sand out of the end by rubbing a stick on the ribs of the mandolin. That vibrates it and shakes the sand out the end. Using smaller and smaller mandolins, they add more and more details to the picture.
He had a general outline of his picture in pencil on this board. I would have loved to see it when it was completed and all of the details were added. He had only just started it when we came by.
Its tedious and backbreaking work, not to mention temporary, and obviously they need to do this when its not windy :-)