Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|This "wall hanging" was a special gift from my daughter. She knows how I am.|
|These frig magnets were gifts from people who know how I am. (& still love me)|
I did indeed actually clean something and that something was the kitchen pantry. I'm not going to embarrass myself online and tell you how long it's been since I cleaned the pantry. The truth is one of my kids cleaned it last. But since I'm an empty nester now, well, that leaves only me. So when I began to smell a stench in there, fearing a dead field mouse, I knew that I had to tackle the pantry. We live near a golf course so when the weather gets a little chilly the critters will find their way into any home that isn't sealed up tight. Whatever it was in there, it smelled dead.
|First I emptied out all the crapola on the shelves. I found a rotting potato. No mouse. Still, Gross!|
|I took out the shelves & scrubbed everything down.|
|I scrubbed the shelves and then painted them--4 times!|
|I painted the ceiling and all the walls, even where you can't see!|
It took three coats of primer and two coats of Ultra White Behr to just get it done. White and clean is better than 10 years of grime & rotting potatoes and the occasional dead field mouse. I bought some hardy, vinyl taupe-colored shelf liner from the Home Depot Sunday morning before church and put everything away on Sunday. I need to call my mom now. "Mom, I actually cleaned something!" She'll be amazed.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
August began with the Wedding in the Pasture, proceeded immediately with a Florida road trip, and ended with my youngest going off to college for the first time. The night before the big move. Sam told us to be ready at 7:00 am, and I thought, "yea, right." Morning came and it was a bit confusing to see my son awake with bright alertness and energy as he packed up his car with surround-sound equipment, computers, video gaming gadgets and such. This is really weird, I thought. Mornings with him are usually slow and groggy. Instead, he kept urging us to hurry up in an exasperated voice as I sipped my coffee and watched him work around me. A few skateboards and frisbee golf discs were rounded up. Then I marveled that I didn't have to remind him to pack clean undies and toiletries. As I watched him stuff socks and shampoo bottles into a duffle bag I thought, "Hmmmmm, he must be serious about this college thing?". With that, I shook off the morning stupor and packed up some Nutella, Peanut Butter, bread, butter knife and three 12 packs of sodas, bedding and towels into a couple clothes baskets and hauled them to my car.The sky was one of those bluest of blue skies on an amazing summer morning. So, rare in Ohio.
|Hurry up! Car packed mostly with electronics|
|8:30 am last pose with Dad|
|Sam's new home for the next 9 months.|
Monday, October 1, 2012
|Sunrise on St. Augustine Beach|
|Sunrise on St. Augustine Beach|
|We went on a sailboat through the bridge to the ocean|
|We love breakfast at the Bunnery in the Old City|
|on the sea wall before our sailboat trip|
I woke up and walked out onto the beach from our condo and when I did, I cried. The beach was being dredged and large construction machinery were clanking away, and at the water's edge there was a straight six foot drop to the "real beach." I went back to the rental office and told the agent I was breaking the lease no matter what it cost and moving to another condo a couple miles south to enjoy the beach as nature created it. I had worked extremely hard long, stressful hours and I wanted a peaceful, serene beach vacation. The rental agent offered me the off-season rate if I stayed. So I did. I learend to tune out the earth movers and ended up enjoying the "wall of sand" while it lasted.
The extra money we saved on the rental went toward a sailboat ride in the bay out to the ocean.
We love St. Augustine for some reason. The old city. The beach. I could stay for a very long time there.
|Biking on Anastasia Island State Park|
What was to be a 1/2 day excursion to Gainesville ended up being an all day and evening trip. I took no photos of Gainesville. Sam, Olin, and Becca's boyfriend prayed for Becca before we drove back to St. Auggie. There were more tears driving back in the dark.
|Quirky Vilano Beach pier.|
|Sailing past Mission's cross-site of the first Christian Mass in the N. America|
|Sunset at quirky Vilano Beach over the Intercoastal|
However, visiting with Rachael and Kevin and their dog Clancy in our beachfront condo was wonderful. Hanging out with all three of my kids was vacation in itself. We ate gyros from the place next door. We swam in the pool and we had some really great days of boogie boarding and rafting in the waves. I got a great tan. I took my two "girls" and we got manicures and pedicures.We went out to dinner. We had breakfast at the Bunnery. Kevin and Rachael were having a bit a housing crisis themselves. And, happily, the day before we left they found a nice house to rent.
Just wish we could be there permanently. So this was the overview of our early August vacation.
Barbecued Shrimp & Peach KabosIf I am to cook, it must be super simple and taste delish. So, I thought I'd share a big accomplishment in my life this past week. Here's how to make it.
1 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. chile powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ground
1 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp, big ones
3 peaches, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 bunch of green onions, dark green parts trimmed, cut into 2 inch pieces.
Lime to taste and garnish
Get the grill ready, whatever grilling method you use.
In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, chile powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne, salt pepper. Add shrimp, peaches, and onion; toss until evenly coated.
Thread them onto skewers alternating the pieces
Grill 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp becomes opaque throughout, turning once.
Plate it up and chow down! 4 servings at 135 calories per serving. So, this fed Mr. Seriously Though and myself just fine, so really for us, it serves 2!
We finished the evening with a fire in the back yard fire pit, dazzling stars, full moon, Ardbeg single malt scotch, and amazing Artuero Fuenta cigars.
Yep. My life is pretty good.