Friday, August 23, 2019

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week?

1.  Started a new series on Netflix Knightfall about the Templar Knights, conflicts with the Pope and King of France.

2. Had a play day with my friend, Teague

3. A trip may be in our future so we applied for passports

4. A student from one of the first classes I taught at the art museum came up to chat with me at a going away party for a museum colleague. The former student now works in the conservation department at the museum.

5. Another lunch out. Seems our new hobby is going out to eat after running errands.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

This and That Thursday

More from my Enders Island journal.


Tuesday morning started off with a thick curtain of fog. I could barely see the outline of the yacht club across the way. Fortunately, the fog burned off quickly.

Tuesday was the morning I also discovered a few dozens hundreds thousands of tiny,sea spiders (hermit crabs) commuting on their sand highways.


The gull claimed the steeple of the chapel as his territory. I called him the Holy Gully, a pun on an old song and a dance from the 1960s called the Hully Gully by The Olympics And that made me think of my Auntie Olga and Auntie Emma. They loved to dance the Hully Gully at weddings.

In the gift shop, I found some prayer name cards with the girlies names. I rarely find things with their names on them and spelled correctly, too.


The lightning cable to my iPhone/iPad died. Fortunately, Valerie had an iPad, and she brought her charger with her to class every day so I could charge my devices. I was starting a photography project on the island, but put that on hold until October. Taking pictures eats up the battery, and I didn't want to pester Valerie every time I needed the charger.

My salad smiling at me just cracked me up.


And the end of another beautiful day on the island.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

T Stands for 34


On Sunday, Himself and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary.  We went to the UxLocale, a favorite spot for us for special occasions. The restaurant is in a rustic setting. There's a patio, but it was too hot so the patio was closed. Sunday hours are only from 4 pm - 7pm so we got there just as the restaurant opened.


Inside it was cool. Chef Elaine used to work at the art museum. At the museum I called her My Favorite Elaine. She came over to our table to say hello, and she told me she didn't have any clams left for my favorite dish, linguine a la vongola even though she said she bought 50 lbs of clams for the weekend. She said next time to call ahead. So sweet she remembered what I liked.

There were other delicious selections on the menu to choose from.


The waitress brought a basket of bread and gravy (tomato sauce). 


I had a Rosé Prosecco for my beverage and Himself  had a coke. While we waited for the appetizer, we reminisced. Well, I did as Himself said he didn't remember much about the wedding.


After the bridal party went down the aisle, the doors to the church were closed and then opened for my entrance on my dad's arm. Just as the doors were opened, Dad whispered, "This is what it must be like?" 
"What?"
"Walking to the electric chair."
"Thanks, Daddy."


Himself did remember that he couldn't get the ring on my finger. It was hot inside the church. The fans at the front didn't really help. My fingers had swollen like little sausages. He was trying to put the ring on my finger, but didn't want to hurt me. I think he was afraid he would break my finger.
"Here. Give me," I whispered, and took the ring and jammed it on my finger. Himself reminded me that technically he didn't put the ring on my finger. "Tough, we're married." I told him the official time was 3:30 PM as I had looked at my watch.


We had the Wild Card Sampler Board as an appetizer.


In the limo on the way to the reception, a couple on a motorcycle waved at us and gave us a thumbs up. Himself was surprised I could remember something like that. It's a savant thing


The official photographer was a royal pain. She was crabby, and yelled at everyone because she wanted people to stand with their feet at a 45 degree angle. That's why my Mother-in-Law and us are looking at the floor. Terrified our feet aren't in the right position. I didn't want her as I had a friend who was a photographer, and I wanted him to take photographs, but she came with the wedding package. So she took the official photos, and David took all the candids.


Our meals came with a house salad. Elaine has such pretty presentations with her food.


We didn't get a chance to eat much at the reception. People were interrupting us with pictures or having to do some wedding thing like


 our first dance. Only You by the Platters 


And then there was the Father-Daughter Dance, Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler Mother-Son Dance. Dancing was torture to Himself as he doesn't like to dance.


We didn't have to worry about not eating at Elaine's. Himself had Opah, a fish a bit like swordfish in a  chimichurri sauce. It was delicious. I got a bite.


and I had beautiful pan-seared scallops


The wedding cake was made of plaster of Paris. A chocolate sheet cake was cut and boxed up for guests to take home. At the time, the signature dessert of Lombardo's, where the reception was held was Cherries Jubilee. The lights in the ballroom were dimmed and the waitstaff brought in flaming bowls of cherries. The flaming concoction was ladled and swirled like a fire dance and poured over vanilla ice cream. Oooh, aaaah!



While waiting for dessert, I had a cup of tea

We didn't see much of each other at the reception. After going around to all the tables thanking people for coming, Himself went to chat with his friends, and I danced with The Brother, all my uncles, Himself's uncles, Himself's cousin and 


my dear friend, Derry.



I asked Himself if he remembered my Uncle Tony, singing and dancing. Nope. Uncle Tony rarely went to family functions, but he seemed to have a good time at our wedding.


For dessert, Himself chose Uncle J-J's Key Lime Pie. Also very yummy. 😋 Ask me how I know?


I had Vanilla Ice Cream and Almond Joy Macaroons. All to myself because Himself hates coconut.


I couldn't finish dessert so got to take the macaroons home.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Progress on Ink's Portrait


When I was a kid and did a paint by number kit, I began in a very linear fashion and started with all the number 1s, onto 2s, etc.

Winnie's Pick's kits have very general instructions. Taping the canvas to a piece of sturdy cardboard or foam core, and just begin painting. I had a large sheet of cardboard and taped the canvas to that. I like the fact that I can move the canvas and paint out in the sun room.

 It was suggested that right-handers start in the upper left corner and Southpaws in the opposite corner.

I also decided that I would start on the background around Ink. The tapestry background of my our his chair may prove to be tedious.

I thought by starting with the background, I might be able to feather the edges around Ink to suggest fur. His fur wasn't very fluffy, more sleek, and soft like velvet.

I didn't like either of the small, round brushes that came with the kit. The brush hairs were uneven and too long so I switched to a small, round 0 brush I had.

This was after the first session.



After the second session, Ink begins to take shape. Project total: approximately 5 hours.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?


A Monarch caterpillar? Nope, according to Google, a Milkweed Tussock Moth. And look don't touch. Those spiky spines can cause mild to severe skin irritation.


Lots of milkweed pods


He looks like a chocolate bunny. So cute, I could bite his ears off.


Sun shower


Timex came to gather the seeds I threw in the grass


A rose bush is coming back. 


The weeds in the Zensical garden and the meadow have been having a field day. The bunnies haven't been eating the weeds fast enough. Get cracking, bunnies!


Butterfly eggs? Nope, Milkweed Tussock Moth poop. 


A couple of hornets seemed interested in Gruff's bench, 


This oak tree will need to come down.


And a new Garden Kite for today.


How does your garden grow?



Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) Spencer Tracy, Richard 😻Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Maximillian Schell

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available on Amazon Prime.