Saturday, September 3, 2016


First weekend of nice weather.  
So much on the list of things to do...

We promise not to make it ALL work, ha. 
Hope you are having a good weekend, it's Labor Day weekend, woo hoo, and extra day!


  1. Hope you have a great 3-day weekend! Laboring and also having Fun!

    My local nursery got in some fall vegetables yesterday, so today I'm planting tomato, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower seedlings. Plus seeding in squash, green beans, and cucumbers. And some shallot bulbs.

    1. Thanks, I will be looking for veggies soon myself!!

  2. Have an enjoyable long weekend.
    By the way, anyone else in Texas feel any tremors this morning from The Oklahoma 5.6 earth quack? I felt it here at 7:05 this morning. They say it was felt as far north as N.D.

    1. They say North Houston felt it, but we didn't (though in all fairness we were asleep and in a high-rise so maybe wouldn't have felt it anyway, ha). What did you feel??

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  4. Hope you get the chance for a sleep over now that the house is all set up,so nice to be able to wind down on the porch after a days work and enjoy dinner instead of the drive back to town. It will be lovely to wake up to fresh country air and the sounds of the local animals .

    Will you take the 'Aussies' back and forth for weekends or wait until you live there ? When the house is well screened it shouldn't be a problem for the 'insiders' to spend time with you.

    We use granulated Bentonite for cat litter, you can find it in 15 kilogram bags at the rural supply places, quite cheap and can be dug in around the garden, so no polution, no chemicals.

    It was down to 4 here this morning where is Spring ? ? much for 'Sunny Queensland ' and after 2 weeks in the far North at Townsville it's a bit of a shock, have a G&T for me when you are kicking back on the porch.

    1. Not sure, they are kind of old and cranky and set in their ways (love that you call them the Aussies, ha, good memory!). But we've talked about testing it out when we get things settled and sealed up well out there (they are 100% their whole lives inside so definitely will need to make sure they are safe inside). 4c? Wow definitely still Winter for you. Hope you get your Spring soon!

  5. just reading about the beautiful peach jam.
    does 2cnd man use a bread machine?
    sorry comment is in wrong place but wanted to ask.
    a friend got us a bread machine but haven't tried it yet.

    1. Thanks!! It was lovely and delicious. Nope he makes it from scratch, I don't know that we've ever tried a bread machine. I might have to suggest that. Keep us posted!!

  6. Hope you're enjoying the race as much as I am :}

  7. This seems to have turned into general q & a today so am pasting a new recipe I think you might like from the NY Times ...
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
    ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    3 tablespoons pine nuts
    1 large or 2 small ripe tomatoes, about 8 ounces, thinly sliced
    ½ pound fresh figs, cut into quarters
    1 ounce crumbled blue cheese, like Fourme d’Ambert, more to taste
    1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    Black pepper

    In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and salt. Whisk in oil.
    In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast pine nuts, shaking the pan occasionally, until light golden, about 2 minutes.
    Spread tomato slices on a large plate. Scatter fig quarters and pine nuts over tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheese and thyme, drizzle with dressing and finish with pepper. Someone commented on this when no fresh figs available, steep dried figs in warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice and they reconstitute nicely.
    I'm going to try it tomorrow I think ... we got everything today we didn't have on hand. Clifton

    1. Wow, that sounds WONDERFUL! Let us know if you made it (you can come back and post it's cool! I love figs!!

  8. Dang.. message left: Yes .. excellent .... 2 oz blu cheese for sure maybe more ... I quartered small figs and toms, mixed all in a stainless bowl ... for company maybe slice as directed and spread out on a platter. Also I could have sworn there were pine nuts in freezer, but could not find, so used toasted slivered almonds and worked fine . Excellent!!!


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