Saturday, September 18, 2010

blog #422 >> Rainy Night at the Creek

See I'm being good! I'm posting this right away instead of later. I just got back from eating dinner down at the creek and it was lovely there. Rainy... but lovely. If there's one thing I've learned, it's if you wait for it to stop raining before you go somewhere, you'll never go anywhere. And you'll miss the sound of the dripping water, and the beauty of the early evening fog rolling in, and the smell of the fresh damp earth. Plus, with a nice crackling fire, everything seems cozy.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

blog #421 >> More Catchng Up!

Sorry, sometimes I just get too busy doing things to catalog them in my blog. Poor thing! It's been so lonely lately!
So I'm going to attempt to get mostly caught up tonight...
let's see if I can do it.

We have... in no particular order...

EGGPLANTS!!! At last I have eggplants! And they are amazingly delicious! I've been roasting them in honey butter. They might be one of my new favorite foods.

I wish the tomatoes were doing as well as the eggplants. I have yet to get a single red tomato this year. Only the yellow ones are ripening.

But the green peppers are doing pretty good.

And the sunflowers.

And the fairytale eggplant of course.

And I've got zucchini coming out of my ears! These are the monsters that grew while I was away house sitting. I've eaten zucchini nearly everyday. And if you consider soup a beverage, I have made zucchini into a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and a drink!

I also had a bumper crop of beets. So I tried making some pickled beets this year. I can't wait to try them!

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And this is the bathrobe I made from the chenille bedspread I pulled out of "The Bins." I LOVE how it turned out! And I promise to post more of my newly finished sewing projects soon... well eventually.

And here is a sneak peak at my newly finished blue dress. I started this when I was 13 and finally finished it! It was the ultimate in procrastination. But now I actually have the skills to fix it and finish it. (I had made it too big.) Although, I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with the straight seems and details on it. I was a pretty good little seamstress at 13.

Even though I know it's a bit early to be thinking about Halloween. I want this to be my next sewing project. It would make an adorable little party dress. I would have bought it, but it was already sold by the time I discovered it. I found it here on Wearing History's Etsy shop.

And this is the dress I did buy! Such a sweet little tea party dress!
I got it from Elegant Musings shop.

Oh, and I loved the clothes in this old Kodak 1922 Kodachrome Film Test too.

Let's see what's left in my "to post on the blog" folder...

ooooh here! These are some drip catchers I crocheted for my tea pot.

And this is an old parking lot photo I saw on Vintage Portland. I wonder if they ever lost a car?

hmmm... oh yes! And I recently rediscovered "Hark! A Vagrant" comics. I had forgotten how much I love her work! It always makes me laugh, plus it appeals to my inner history buff.

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And here is a new cookie cookbook I pulled out of "The Bins."

(Don't light the oven by yourself.)

(Official taste testers below.)

These are some cookie recipes I can't wait to try from Simply Recipes.
This one is for Butterscotch Cookies.

And this one is for Chocolate Nutella Cookies.
Photos by Simply Recipes.

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I also bought these How and Why, Wonder Books "The Science Library" at "The Bins." Because I'm a sucker for books, and I always loved these books when I was a little girl and this is the whole collection! I love the pictures in them and the early optimism of the 1960's, when we believed we'd be living on the moon in less than 50 years!

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And for a nerdy story and photo to leave off with. I recently found Bad Astronomy online and I can't believe I haven't been following it before. It's fantastic!
This is one of my favorite pictures from it. "The laser shoots up into the sky and excites atoms in the upper atmosphere, causing them to glow. That makes an artificial and very bright star in the sky! The telescope can then use that star to track the distortions in the atmosphere and compensate for them, allowing the images it makes to be incredibly clear and sharp." Read more about it here.

Alrighty, I've got to get to bed now.
Good night!