Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Foto

Last Sunday Steve and I went gator hunting.
(With a CAMERA folks!  With a CAMERA!)

We were NOT disappointed.

And, then there was this one.
Nothing says happy holidays like a stuffed gator in a Santa hat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match

When Steve went into his office today, he found someone occupying his chair.  Apparently, one of his co-workers was so distressed by Flo's dating dilemma that she found her a friend.

Ferg and Flo
 May they have many happy years together.
Thanks, Karen.  Looks like a match made in heaven.
Since I wasn't working on Ferg anymore I had time for another knitting project.  I was giving my hands a little break from the tiny needles. Meredith had shown a really cute dishcloth ----- Almost Lost Dishcloth.

It didn't take me very long before I was addicted.  I made one in green (given away before I remembered to take a photo), a pink one (use your imagination ---- yep, no photo), and this one in blue/yellow.  I can only think that it would look great in every color.

Go make some.
You know you want to.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Flo Says ....

I'm guessing I should have noticed this before now, but Ferg won't sit.  His bubble bottom means that without support he just tumbles over.

Flo was less than impressed.  I think her words were --- ain't nobody got time for a floppy dude.
To say she was less than impressed would be an understatement.


Sadly ....I agree.
The photo on the website is much cuter than the reality.

Off to the frog pond.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Little Dirty Birdy Butt

Flo has been asking for a "friend".
She said it's a bit lonely being an only bird.

Meet Ferg.
Well, not ALL of Ferg.
This is just his bottom.

If you'd like to see what Ferg will look like eventually go


Awhile back Nancy Kay and I were discussing autumn and how much we enjoyed the "fall colors".  Well, I'm not saying we'll put New England out of business, but take a look at this.
Celebration, Florida
Autumn color "Florida-style"

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Soup On Sunday

Steve and I have a deal.  If I cook, he does dishes and vice-versa.

On weekends he prefers to cook instead of clean.  Fine with me.  I'd much rather do the washing up.

He chose to make soup tonight.  It's a recipe is adapted from a recipe in the December issue of Real Simple Magazine.

Chicken Stew with Couscous, Spinach and Parmesan

3 Tbl. olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 cup pearl (Israeli) couscous
2 tsp. dried basil
4 cloves garlic, chipped
4 cups chicken broth
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch spinach, stems discarded
and roughly chopped
Grated Parmesan

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and couscous.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and the couscous is light browned.  Add the garlic and basil.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant.

Add the broth, chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the couscous is tender.  This should take around 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and coarsely shred.  Discard the bones.  Return chicken to the pot and stir in the spinach.  Cook until spinach is wilted.

Serve topped with the shredded Parmesan cheese.

All I can say is it was well worth washing up.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Making a Mockery

Steve and I were living on island time today.

Look at that blue sky.
It belies the truth.
Looks like a summery day.
In reality it was very windy and by Florida standards,
quite chilly.

This guy was pretty lonely.

Just a couple of surfers to keep and eye on.
Steve and I had a nice time walking on an almost empty beach.  It was just us, a couple of surfers and the very lonely life guard.  Even the birds were few and far between. 

But, my favorite time of the day was.....
You might remember this beautiful orange yarn from my first attempt at Little Pumpkins.  It didn't work very well for that pattern, but is working out great for Mockery (Rav. Link). I am loving this pattern.  And did I mention . . . it's a freebie!


Pattern:  Mockery

Yarn:  Shenanigan's Bixby Sock (a blend of merino, nylon and bamboo)  Sorry, no link.  The Shenanigan's girls aren't in business anymore.

Colorway:  Circus Peanuts

Friday, November 14, 2014