Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Big Backyard (on Thursday instead of Wednesday)

Because I'm a nerd, I want to see how my backyard changes throughout the year.
So! I'm going to take a few pictures of it each Wednesday to share.

Today is actually Thursday -- I wasn't home yesterday, or the day before or the day before.  I wasn't home in time to do a blog post anyway.

Here is me being a nerd about my yard.....

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

My front yard
October 11th, 2017
It changed a lot in a week!

October 4th, 2017

September 27th, 2017

September 20th, 2017

And then random back yard photos.
We have too much shade and it makes horrible shadows at all times of the day to do a comparison.
We have too much shade!  This is hysterically funny, since we live in the high desert!!

This is what the Handyman had to deal with last weekend--on Sunday, raking and blowing leaves.
(he does this every weekend for a couple of months.  I say WAIT  until the trees are done dropping leaves, but he can't stand it)

 Sunday October 15th

 It was a clean backyard for 2 days---
But then Wednesday comes around again and the back yard looks like this:

Wednesday, October 18th

Pretty soon, everything will be brown, brown, brown!! 
For a long, long, time.

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Big Backyard (outdoor Wednesday)

Because I'm a nerd, I want to see how my backyard changes throughout the year.
So! I'm going to take a few pictures of it each Wednesday to share.

Yes, I know it's Friday, but I've been out of town.
And yesterday I said I was going to play catch up and give you a 2fer.  But I didn't. 😞
So here I am this morning!

My front yard
October 11th, 2017
It changed a lot in a week!

October 4th, 2017

September 27th, 2017

September 20th, 2017

Then my backyard.
If you ever wanted to see how it's changed, you can look here.

You can't see them, but we have some really good concord grapes on that vine.  I should harvest them this weekend.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Outdoor/Backyard Wednesday

Because I'm a nerd, I want to see how my backyard changes throughout the year.
So! I'm going to take a few pictures of it each Wednesday to share.

I took these photos last Wednesday (October 4th) but then left town for a week without posting.
We don't have internet up at our cabin so I couldn't post.  I'm doing a 2fer today--last week and this week--but in 2 different posts. This is post #1 for the day)

October 4th.

Not too much different than....
September 6th.
There is a little color difference in the bushes on the rocks.

October 4th, 2017
The rest of my backyard.

 And my front yard.

 Just wait till you see this week--- I think things are beginning to change!
Then you'll get months and months of nothing but brown dead stuff. 
I bet you're excited for that!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #170- Cheese Fritters

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 18 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #170

Mitzi's Cheese Fritters

These are great!
Similar to cheese curds which I was introduced to in Minnesota this summer, but not so much curdish--more fritterish. 
A crunch and them creamy,cheesy goodness inside.

*I have posted this story and  these photos of Mitzi on the blog before, but not for the Friday Friend Cookbook Countdown, so I'm doing a repeat post/story.

I thought of posting pics of my many hikes with Mitzi or I did just get back from visiting her this summer in Minnesota  -- I could talk about that.  
I'm conflicted as I have only one more besides this post/recipe left to do for Mitzi and for once I have more than one more story to tell.
When Mitzi cooked she always brought the Midwest out to say hello, she would bring beer/cheese soup or have a big fish fry (could have written about her fish-fry too--oh well) or during the holidays it was Leftsa. 
No matter what she made tho, it was good.

 I guess I'll just go with what I've got already!

Mitzi is an outdoor girl!
I have posts/pictures of her with a snake, with fish, and with birds.

So I thought I'd go back about 9  (now 11 ) years to the time we set off to find a waterfall in Northern Nevada!  It's hard to do, find water in Nevada, but we managed.
We went on a hike to Horse Falls.
The Handyman fell early on in the hike. He fell onto his thumb.   (which is really weird, when you think about it. HOw does one fall on his thumb?)  He couldn't do much all day, but he never complained, if you look in the pictures,  you'll see him holding his hand funny.
Oh...this is about Mitzi, NOT the Handyman.

The truth is, he broke his thumb!  But he is not a complainer.
Me, on the other hand?   I couldn't have gone on with the hike if I had broke my thumb. I don't suffer things lightly.
but again---this is about Mitzi, not the Handyman or me. 

 9 years ago, We were empty nesters
The Storms were not
They had two little boys to take along.
I was up for that, because while I do like to hike, I am slower than everyone and I figured with a two 1/2 year old and a baby, I wouldn't be the slowest.

Us before the hike
Minus me of course.

Hiking in Nevada looks like this...
And I love it!  It is beautiful in its own way.  And look--I was still the one lagging behind.
I think the Handyman slipped down an incline and put his hand out to catch himself and jammed his thumb. 
That's how one falls on their thumb.

Both the waterfall in Nevada and Mitzi!

Funky thumb! Poor Handyman!!  He's a trooper.
I think he has ice on it --- the hand he's holding the cup in.
He seriously jammed it bad!

Thank Goodness we didn't run into any snakes.

A lovely family photo.

What a difference 11 years makes!
(taken this summer -2017)
Except Mitzi never changes or ages.

And that is my story.  Hiking with Mitzi!  
Or one hike anyway.

The other day when I posted a Friday Friend Recipe, I got a comment from Chelle and she said:
I absolutely love this series on your blog. It makes me want to do something similar to honor the friendships I have forged over the years and a reminder to keep making memories.

It made me feel so good, because I guess I do feel like I'm honoring the friendships.  I really do love these people. so... feel honored damn it Friday Friends!

This is Recipe Post #170
Only 124 left to go!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #169 - Orange Sherbet

Come with me as I continue to countdown my Friday Friend Cookbook!

What is it, you may ask?

In a nutshell...
About 18 years ago, 50 of my closest friends and family, who had been on an e-mail forum with me, sent in recipes in different categories and we compiled a cookbook.
I decided to count those down!

Because  one night I was looking thru the cookbook and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog"
The Handyman--who thinks he knows me better than I know myself, said,  "you'll never EVER do that."
Well,  maybe I will!  Maybe I'll show him!

Which brings me to recipes #169
 My Mom's Orange Sherbet

When I was little my mom would take my brother and I to Thrifty Drug and we would get a cupful of Orange Sherbet.  Thrifty Drug had a soda fountain/counter and we would sit on the stools and spin.  They were red, I remember this and if we touched underneath the counter we would feel a wonderfully marbled surface (under-surface I guess, but you understand what I mean, right?)--little did I know that people had been sticking their used gum under there for years!
I don't know if my mother was shopping, getting her prescriptions filled or what, but I remember it being just me and my brother and orange sherbet.  Yum.
He has no recollection of this at all.
But I remember it as if it were  yesterday.
He should feel very lucky he has me to help him remember his youth!

He does remember my mom making homemade orange sherbet tho!  Summer time if we weren't off on a picnic we were having backyard bbq's.   The Western kind, not the Southern kind, which is true BBQ.  I don't know how Westerners got into the habit of replacing BBQ with Grill.
In the summer, my dad was always grilling something on the BBQ, I mean on the Grill!!  Outside!  On the patio.
And my mom would make homemade ice-cream or sherbet.

It's one of those recipes you must decipher. 😀

We always knew my mom was sentimental, but when she passed away, we found out just how sentimental she was.
She saved everything. Our house was not messy, but we had a deep dark basement from and she had lots of trunks and cedar chests to store treasures. We found some sprigs (sheaths?) of wheat from the ranch her parents had owned.
The ranch she sold in 1989. 
Her grandparents had homesteaded it, my grandma was born on it, got married on it, raised  her children (my mom and her bother) on it. My mom used to have to ride a horse into town on Monday morning, then stay the school week at her paternal grandparents, then ride the horse back on Friday afternoon.
The ranch.
  It meant a lot to her.  It was hard to sell, but there were no more ranchers in the family.  It had to be done.
Now I have the sprigs of wheat...and the signed document from Harry S. Truman deeding the land to them.
I guess I am sentimental too.

When my mom passed away and I kept some very nice things from her home...some antique furniture, some vintage serving dishes, etc.
But the 'not so nice' things I kept?  The weird things, that should have been tossed out things I kept? 
I use all the time in my kitchen today.

Except for the pancake (or hotcake, as my mom would say) griddle.  I never use that--it's purely sentimental.
But I can remember cold winter mornings, my mom making us hotcakes for breakfast. She  used Crisco--she took a paper towel, scooped up some Crisco from the big blue can and slathered it on the griddle--so the hotcakes had slightly fried, crispy edges. And they were buttery and brown and SO GOOD!!
The Tupperware measuring bowl with handle and the old measuring spoons have survived so long I can no longer read the measurements, but I still use them.
The green (also Tupperware) colander--(sigh) well we didn't have a garbage disposal when I was growing up so we used the colander as a garbage bowl.  That's where all my potato peels went when I was getting them ready to boil,  that's where the  onion skins went and the ends of carrots and celery, egg shells,  the pits of peaches and the core of apples. Then it all went into the garbage can.

I spent hours in the kitchen with my mom and she didn't even love to cook that much--it was just what a wife and mother did back then.
We laughed in the kitchen together and cried in the kitchen together.  Well, okay I cried, (my mother wasn't a big crier) when I wanted to learn to make pie crust RIGHT NOW! As she was leaving for a date with my dad.

She went on her date and to this day I can't make a decent pie crust!
I blame her.
She would understand that completely.
I miss her.
Maybe I will make up some hotcakes on that old grodie griddle this weekend!?
Memories are nice.

That's my story!

Recipe # 169 is posted!
Only 125 left to go.
(I am praying that my math is right!)

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Monday--What are you reading?!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Just finished this one.
I liked it a lot, but not as much as I liked her first one.
I think.
I think in her first book, you really got inside the characters minds/thoughts.  With this book there was a little bit of disconnect, but I'm sure the author intended that.
Still great, I just felt a little disconnected.

And just started this one!
Food memoirs are my favorite!

What are you reading?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday afternoon

I just thought since it's October 1st, I'd give an update on how I'm doing.
My original list is HERE if you want to see all the books I chose.

I picked 7 books and the read along.
This is what I've completed so far.

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm in love with Harry Dresden, so of course I loved this one.
Vampires, Wizards, Creatures and things that go bump in the night!

Just a fun para-normal romance--with changlings.  And mind control.  You know...all those romantic kinds of things.

Loved this gothic short story collection.
The birds!  Holy Cow!
So different from the Hollywood movie, but so good.

And I am almost done with this one...
I am not loving it as much as I thought I would, tho.
Lizzy Borden fascinates me, so I hope I change my mind soon.

So I have done a great job I feel.  And next week I get to spend a week in a cabin in the woods--Perfect to finish up my challenge.
Not so perfect as there is no internet.

How are you doing on your R.I.P. Challenge?

My Big Backyard (on Thursday instead of Wednesday)

Because I'm a nerd, I want to see how my backyard changes throughout the year. So! I'm going to take a few pictures of it ea...