Sunday, April 14, 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow?

What a difference a week makes! The daffodils started to make a comeback after having snow dumped on them

The petunias needed a little protection from the chilly nights

Waiting patiently

A full recovery and looking so fine in the moonlight. Well, the spotlight from the garage door.

Two days later a showy display

Tiny hyacinths in the grass

Sad, little jonquil. Himself said it was a daffodil. Daffodils are bright yellow says I and jonquils are pale yellow. He looked it up and said it was a wild daffodil. Whatever it is, it's looking sad.

How does your garden grow?

Friday, April 12, 2024

The Friday Five Good Things


Five good things that happened this week.

1. At Teague's when we felt the earthquake around 11:15 AM. We thought it was her house settling, but we felt the house shake.

2. I made cornbread to go with the crockpot Taco Soup

3. Beautiful weather day. Teague and I spent the afternoon in her sunroom.

4. Teague and I went to Pam's Diner in Bellingham for breakfast and I had eggs Benedict.

5. Another commission on the horizon.

How was your week?

Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Perfect Portmanteau


Teague and I have been planning our Runaway to Ogunquit, Maine in June. Teague was searching online checking out what might be open as our trip is early in the season before a lot of things open up. Also to see what damage the area sustained from three, huge, back to back rainstorms that brought flooding to many of the coastal towns.

By mistake, she typed Ofunquit into the search engine and the perfect portmanteau was born. A portmanteau is a word that blends the sounds and combines the meaning of two words. Ogunquit and Fun. 

We always have a grand time at Camp Ofunquit.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Whatcha Doin?


I'll be reviewing filigree illuminated initials for an upcoming project. Whatcha doin? 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

T Stands for the Unboxing

Last Wednesday, I received a package from my blog buddy and artist, Robin from Pink House Studio. Let's see what's inside.

Loose teas, honey, and teaware from

I decided I would try the Teaster Marshmallow. It's an herbal blend of green rooibos, apple, marigold, apricot, and adorable shaped Easter sprinkles.

While the abundant variety of teas Robin sent are wonderful, the piece de resistance is the IngenuiTea. It's an infuser, steeper, and decanter all in one. You put the amount of loose tea you desire in the cup, add the amount of boiling water (it can hold up to 16 oz.) and steep for the desired time. The Teaster Marshmallow directions say to steep from 5 to 7 minutes. I went with 6 minutes.

Then the magic happens. You place the IngenuiTea on your cup, and it dispenses the tea into the cup. How cool is that? The only downside would be to tea leaf readers because no tea leaves make it into your cup.

The Teaster Marshmallow is very fragrant, but not as sweet as I thought it would be. No worries. Robin thoughtfully included a honey sample which was perfect.

Robin, I can't thank you enough for your deliciously, thoughtful gift. You made my day, and I'm glowing.

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, April 8, 2024

Sunday, April 7, 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has sprung
The grass is riz

I wonder where the flowers iz?

The poor petunias

The Spring Nor'easter on Wednesday night into Thursday was supposed to leave a coating to an inch of snow in my area.

Two inches of snow does not a coating make

The snow was supposed to end by 10 am, but it just kept snowing

These daffodils seemed to be okay.

These not so much

Hopefully, the petunias will make a come back.

Two days later and still snow on the front lawn. Deep sigh. Forlorn look.

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. We delivered Easter gifts to the Grandniece and Grandnephew. Then stopped at Harry's for a belly plate (me), scallop plate,(Himself), and a fish and chips plate (Eldest) for dinner. I couldn't leave Harry's without a Raspberry Lime Rickey and Himself had a coffee frappe.

2. We delivered Easter gift to the newest Grandniece. Her mom sent an adorable picture of her wearing the bunny ears and hugging the stuffed bunny. Apparently the stuffed bunny was a big hit

3. We received Easter greetings from the family. The Littles made a FaceTime call to thank us for the Easter gifts. Little Miss has been learning to read and Little Man is officially a big boy

4. I baked hot cross buns

5. Glad I had an early week play day at Teague's as a Spring Nor'easter with extra snow sidelined our usual play day plans.

How was your week?

Thursday, April 4, 2024

A Bright Spot


A bright spot, especially on a miserable, snowy morning. My SIL sent a floral pop-up, thinking of you card. 

It's been a long time since I've had flowers in the house as most flowers and plants are toxic to kitties. It's nice to have flowers on the dining room table again. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Whatcha Doin?


I'll be playing with the contents of the package I received in yesterday's mail. Come back Tuesday if you want to see what was in the box.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

T Stands for Red Letter Day Celebration

March 6 turned out to be a Red Letter Day. For special occasions and celebrations, we like to go to my favorite Elaine's restaurant at the UxLocale

We started with Elaine's home-made, crispy, thin, potato chips with a sour cream and onion dip. After tasting Elaine's potato chips you will never want to eat any kind of chip that comes from a bag.


My glass of Prosecco. The Eldest had a glass of Merlot.

Mushroom ravioli. Mmmmm

For dessert, Brownie with Cannoli filling.

 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, April 1, 2024

Hats Off to Andy

 A repost from the Wayback Machine March 14, 2011 about one of my favorite treats. At this time of year it's easy to find black jelly beans and milk chocolate Kisses

On Friday's Five lists of favorite tastes, I mentioned I love chocolate and licorice.

 Andy from Fish Wrap said: In Japan I had a mixture of dark chocolate and black licorice which was out of this world. Here in the states I've been getting a box of Good N Plenty and Snowcaps and mixing them together for a similar effect.

This sounded intriguing though I wasn't too sure about the dark chocolate. I'll eat dark chocolate. After all, it's chocolate, but I prefer milk chocolate. 

After a stressful week and while running errands at Wallyworld, I decided to treat myself and made a bee-line to the candy aisle. Imagine my surprise and disappointment. No Good N Plenty and no Snowcaps. Ok, so the Wallyworld in Northbridge though a large store doesn't carry a large assortment of products.

On to Target. I raced to the candy aisle. After my stressful week, I deserved this. I found the Good N Plenty and cruised the rest of the aisles. Up one, down the other. FTW? No Snowcaps. Did they stop making them? No, Andy said he mixed Good N Plenty with Snowcaps. More searching the candy aisles. Nothing that even resembled nonpareils.  The only other place I could think of getting Snowcaps was at the movie theater, but I didn't feel like spending a gazillion dollars on a box of candy.  I'm cheap that way. What to do?

 Usually, when I get a new recipe, I like to follow it exactly. Just to be sure of the outcome. This wasn't going to be so I needed to improvise. After all, I deserved a treat. I grabbed a bag of Special Dark Hershey Kisses. And since the bag of Good N Plenty was half the weight of the Hershey Kisses, I grabbed another bag of Good N Plenty for good measure. 

While waiting in the car to pick The Eldest up from work, I tore open a bag of Good N Plenty and the bag of Hershey Kisses. What was the ratio? One Kiss to one Plenty pellet? The pink and white pellets looked small compared to the Kiss. So one Kiss to two Plenty pellets. Staring at the candies in my hand I thought of Green Eggs and Ham and how the one Sam I Am pestered, reluctantly tried his first taste of green eggs and ham. I had the same reaction too. Say! This is good! I do like dark chocolate and licorice together! 

At home, I asked The Young One if she wanted to try this new taste. Just like me, she likes licorice and chocolate, and she's not a fan of dark chocolate though she will eat it. She decided the addition of the licorice made the dark chocolate taste better. I concurred.

So hats off to you, Andy. The chocorice is really good.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Harvey likes to show me the feels like temperature I want to see. Thanks, Harve, but that's even too hot for me.

Sunday morning, the daffodils opened up.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Sunday 
from the ever watchful House Tiger.

How does your garden grow?

Friday, March 29, 2024

The Friday Five Good Things

Image from

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Himself and I worked on the taxes. He did the taxes. I just verified what money came in and went out.

2. I tagged along to Himself's appointment only because I was promised breakfast out.

3. Doing some Easter shopping, the salesclerk gave me a great idea for Easter baskets for the Littles in the family

4. I needed some stamps. I thought I'd get a generic floral to use for bills that I don't pay through the bank like the oil bill. I asked for something with flowers and S gave me Garden Delights. Too pretty for the oil bill.

5. For five minutes the laundry hampers were completely empty.

How was your week?

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Happy Mail

I stopped at the post office to mail a package to the Young One. While I was there, I thought I would check to see if there was anything in the post office box. I signed up for Informed Delivery where the post office gives you a heads up to what will be hitting your mailbox. Nothing showed up for the post office box so I was surprised to find

all the way from the Land Down Under, a postcard shaped like a stubby ('Strine or Aussie slang for a small bottle of beer) sent by Iris from Braunschweig, Germany.

The stamp looks like boats, but it's sideways. The picture is the iconic pregnant oyster better known as the Sydney Opera House.

Danke sehr, Iris for thinking of me while you were on your vacation. I'm so glad you're doing better after your spider adventure and relieved you didn't encounter a Huntsman.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Whatcha Doin?

I'll be catching up with my friend, Nan via Skype. Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

T Stands for Crumbl Cookies

My Young Cousin sent me a very sweet thinking of you gift. She had a box of cookies delivered from Crumbl Cookies. She had been raving how deliciously decadent these cookies are.

Even though there's a Crumbl cookie store near me, I had never indulged. She thought it was about time. She sent 4 choices: a brownie cookie, a sugar cookie with strawberry icing and white chocolate curls, a donut cookie (which was more like a snickerdoodle), and a classic chocolate chip.

I told her I was going to sample them from left to right in the package, and that I wouldn't share them with Himself or the Eldest. First up, the brownie cookie and a cup of tea.  And I did share all the cookies.

Thank you, M. for such a thoughtful gift. It made my day. I hope you enjoy your special day today.

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, March 25, 2024

The Water Bowl


Himself: Why is the water bowl in the middle of the kitchen floor?

Herself: Oh, Quill plays hockey with the dish when the water is low or empty to let me know he wants water.

Himself: Hmm, maybe I should knock my dish across the floor so I can get fed, too.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Harvey wishful thinking on the last few hours of Winter. Just look at that feels like 92 temperature.

The Spring tree appeared on Harvey's indicators to welcome the Vernal Equinox. He's still wishful thinking about warmer temperatures. I love you, Harvey.

But Winter did not want to let go. The temperature dropped and

the rains came and froze.

Then a small miracle. Sitting on the frozen branches, the first Robin of Spring.

How does your garden grow?