Friday, August 1, 2014

A Little Bit About a Lot of Things

 
 Whew, we have been boiling hot here with temps at 100+!
The humidity has been out of sight...I think Florida has sent it's humidity to us.  

 You step outside and you can feel your skin start to shrivel! Really! Like walking into an oven. Needless to say we've been hiding out in the house.
The only plant that is enjoying this heat are the Water Lilies.
Blooming their little heads off while the rest of my garden wilts
 and burns to a crisp!  

They get to keep their little feet and body's in the running water, who wouldn't be happy
 


 ~*~
The other day I saw my neighbor had put out what looked to be something decorative for the a birdbath ? fountain? out on the sidewalk in front of her house. Here that usually means that person no longer wants it and it's up for grabs! Meaning FREE!
I called her as soon as I saw it and she said another neighbor had already called dibs. Shucks, I wasn't sure what it was but I sure liked the color and shape, or should I say how the pieces looked. They were kind of stacked hap hazardly on top.

A little while later she called me back saying the other neighbor only wanted it if it worked.  Huh, why would she get rid of something that worked? I figured what ever it was I could figure out something to do with it.  It was during that conversation that she said it was originally a fountain but no longer worked and was I sure I wanted it. I told her heck yeh! I figured it was non-working, in fact I'd rather have it that way. I told I've be over in a minute to pick it up.

Before I knew it her son was knocking at the door with it! Yippee!
I took it out back, tried to figure out how the pieces went together to get an idea of what it looked like and if I needed them all.  It was pretty grubby, but look at that color! L♥ve
It's hard to see in the above photo but the cord was wrapped around the leg...I cut it off, pulled it through the leg and followed it to the pump. Trashed that. Then scrubbed all the pieces. I knew I wanted to keep the fish and the smaller bowl under it...good thing too, they were rusted together, never to part again.

Since all the pieces had holes in the center I placed then how I wanted them and siliconed them into place so it would hold water.
I'm sure you can figure out by now I was going for a tiered birdbath.

All said and done here it is in the back yard.
I'm just tickled with it.
I added a clear marble to the fishes mouth    

The Jays have taken over the pond, so this gives the smaller birds a chance at some water during these 100+ days.
 ~*~
With the economy the way it is you don't find Treasure dumped along side the road very much anymore. So this cured my fix....for a bit anyway ......

Speaking of Treasure ~
I stopped at a Yard Sale a while back and picked up this chair for $5, yep, my kind of pricing!
It's a pretty floral that goes well with our other solid green furniture in the living room.
The best part is it has a sturdy firm back which helps M to sit comfortably due to her Ankylosing Spondylitis which has settled in her back.  On another good note, now that she has Medicare she will be able to see the same Specialist as B. Her appointment isn't until September...he's scheduled out that far. He has really helped B a lot, I only wish B's was caught sooner before he lost so much range of motion. He's too young to be in his condition.

Hopefully this Dr. will do well for M also.
~*~ 
Changing the subject again....
While I was out hanging clothes on the line I noticed a rose that was still in bloom. Most are burnt from the heat and lack of water. This draught has become a real pain. I hate to see everything so wilted. Cutting back with watering is making everything suffer.
But I digress, I knew buy the end of the day the petals would be on the ground so I decided to pick them to make a small bouquet to bring in the house. Probably last of the season.
I added some Rose of Sharon too.


That's Poseidon peeking and swimming in the photo.


T brought him home from T&T's Wedding if you remember
and doing well.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Words of Wisdom

 

 
 






 







Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting Down to the Wire ~ Hurry!


My Christmas in July Sale at my Etsy Shop will be ending soon. Be sure to take a gander over while it lasts!
There's still time to enter my giveaways. But they will be ending shortly also. Don't miss out!

 
 

 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Bells


Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.
He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached
them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance,
which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by
just listening to the bells.
Fred's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but
this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy
chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the
roosters coming, would run for cover.
To Fred's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.
He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Brisbane City Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell
Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a
politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.
 



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Canning Time


Yes, it's that time again.
Everything is ripening - more than you can eat so let's get picking and canning!
 
A few small Zucchini, Cucumber and Spring Onions

Grapes, Grapes and more Grapes
This is just the beginning.
My Thompson Seedless is an excellent producer
and there is more left to pick!

Yes, I share with the Mocking Birds,
as you can see the picked clean stem on the table ♥
 
Washed and ready to eat!

 
B works with a lady that has a great Veggie garden and she has been sharing with him and he has been sharing with us. Each time I see him we receive a big box of Squash

 
Time to can!
 
This year I've decided to try Zickles (Zucchini Pickles)
 
and Zapplesauce (Zucchini Applesauce).
After all if I can make a Zapple Pie why can't you make Zapplesauce right?
 
Zickles first.
 
Zickles
 
Ingredients:
 
2 pounds Zucchini, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Salt 
1 1/2 cup White Vinegar
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Dill Seed
3/4 teaspoon Mustard Seed
3/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard
Fresh Dill Sprigs
 
Directions:
 
(the scraps in the white bowl are for Tilly,
she loves eating fresh veggies)
 
Thinly slice Zucchini

 
 1.Add Salt to sliced Zucchini and mix thoroughly.
Let stand for 1 hour and then drain
 
 2. Mix remaining ingredients and boil for 3 minutes.
 
(Yes, I was multi-tasking by cooking a huge package
of hamburger at the same time so I could
freeze it into 1 pound bags)
 
3. Pour hot mixture over Zucchini slices
and let stand for at least 1 hour.

 During that hour I sliced the Zucchini for the Zapplesauce.
 
 I also shredded Zucchini, Patty Pan
and Crook Neck Squash.
I placed 2 cups of shredded Squash
into bags for the freezer.
 
I use shredded Zucchini for my Pina Colada Jam, 
Zucchini Nut Bread, and what ever else
I decide to throw it into like Spaghetti Sauce. 
 
4. Place Zucchini and liquid to a large pot and boil for 3 minutes.
5. Pack Zucchini tightly in hot sterilized jars. Add Dill Sprigs.
6. Pour in the hot liquid, wipe jar rims and threads clean and seal.
7. Label and store in a cool place.
8. Place jars upside down for 15 mins. then turn right side up.
The lids will plink when sealed.

You can also do:

Water Bath Canning
Process in water bath for 20 minutes for pints or quarts.
Start timing when water boils
I have to say they taste really good!
They are like Bread and Butter Pickles. YUM!
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Zapplesauce
 
Ingredients:
 
12 cups Zucchini, peeled, seeded and cut into slices
1/2 cup water
1 - 2 cups Sugar, to your liking
1 - 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon, to your liking
 
Directions:
 
1. In a large pot combine Zucchini and water.
2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until Zucchini is soft.
3. Drain all but a little liquid
4. Use a potato masher to mash Zucchini. If there seems to be a lot of liquid, you can drain some more.


 
5. Stir in Sugar and Cinnamon. Spoon a bit out, let cool and taste. Adjust Sugar and Cinnamon to taste.
6. Add to hot sterilized jars. Wipe jar rims and threads clean and seal.
7. Label and store in a cool place.
8. Place jars upside down for 15 mins. then turn right side up. The lids will plink when sealed.
You can also:
Water Bath Canning
Process in water bath for 20 minutes for pints or quarts.
Start timing when water boils.


 
 The Zapplesauce turned out amazing.
Hoping T leaves it alone so I have some for Easter Dinner!
 
More Canning and creative ways to use
ALL that Zucchini to come.
  
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