For all my boo-hooing yesterday, Flock went and got the huge job done in only a couple of days. Maybe they were giving all of us addicts a worst-case scenario so we'd be even more grateful for this browser when it was fixed.
Anyhow, I'll play a little catch-up.
The day after the flood we were having a movie night here so Michael and I worked to confine the chaos to the sun room.
All the Betty Lukens flannel boards had gotten wet, so we set them out to dry during the day.
I love these things. A leftover joy of childhood that I love sharing with children.
Of course, we played with them as we worked.
So the front room was cleared.
And the family room was filled with any sort of seating we could drag in.
And we watched... what did we watch, anyway? The perks about forgetfulness with movies is that you can watch the again and again!
It's coming back to me now. Alice in Wonderland. Everybody get enough popcorn? There seems to be a little competition going in in this photo.
We were also very happy to share our first harvest of blackberries. We had a band of pickers come on over and it was done in short order. 3 days later, it took Michael and me three hours to pick 5 gallons. We froze most of them.
With the drought, the grasshoppers went through my garden. They are all over the place, a few got in the house, they are on the screens. Just look at what they did to our Swiss chard. Happily, the rains have brought green back to the landscape and they should be kept busier and away from the garden.
A little archery to top off blackberry picking. Of course more time is spent searching for arrows than actually sending them through the air.
Michael and I made this recipe up. The goal? Eliminating leftovers. We judged it to be very tasty.
SWEET AND SAVORY BOW TIES
Standard bowtie pasta, cooked al dente
Here is the recipe for the syrup.
Get a very large pot, as this bubbles up a lot. Turn heat to medium. Place inside of pot in this order:
1 cube butter
3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
2 TBL corn syrup
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for 7 minutes and remove from heat. Stir in:
2 tsp vanilla
That's the syrup recipe. Mix the berries in some syrup and cook down, spoon over pasta, and top with the Parmesan cheese. Surprisingly yummy!
We went off on another blueberry jaunt.
This time the berries were more numerous
And we could not resist the grand opening of the new Dunkin Donuts. Small town adventuring at its best.
I'd only been to one once as a child. I sampled a plain bagel, and Michael had a Bavarian cream doughnut - one of our very most favoritestest treats.
Good rest, chatting, and the young people never seem to be without a deck of cards. Challenging the notion that poker is, in and of itself, evil.
A visit with my folks.
Led me off to a simple macro wonderland.
They want to know if this is a poisonous tree. They were told it was some sort of wild cherry. Anyone know?
I got to steal one of my 'daughters' to go shopping.
We got Seth a dog tag.
Then we took off for a Pampered Chef bridal shower.
I was the only one who does not own a single piece of Pampered Chef ware. That stuff is quality; another word for expensive. Call me the WalMart Budget Girl, but what a lovely way to outfit your kitchen!
Gorgeous and delicious cake, made by my too-long-between-visits friend, Pam. She needs to open a bakery. Really. Seriously.
Pam, and the bride to be, wearing an apron made by another of my 'daughters'. She needs to sell these beauties.
Where do guys go when girls are at showers?
I think we'll be shopping for more arrows soon.