Thursday, July 20, 2017

Asian Market shopping and cooking. . . . . . . .

On a hunt for foods to serve on these very hot days, I remembered I needed
 rice paper wrappers to make Asian summer rolls. I use veggies (lettuce, carrots,
 radishes, cucumbers, fresh mint and basil leaves) and shrimp.
 A peanut dipping sauce is really good served alongside.
Our favorite fresh rolls are always part of the meal at our local Thai restaurant.
 Instruction on how to make them at home was given to me by my
 Vietnamese manicurist as these rolls are actually a Vietnamese delicacy.
  Always delicious. . . . . . light, cool and nutritious on a hot day.

Last night's supper - Summer rolls with shrimp, peanut sauce and chili-lime almonds.

A stop at the Asian Market this week. . . . . . 
. . . . . . . a place of wonder, plus colorful photo opportunities!
The owner is Thai and very helpful when people like me keep
 picking up, pointing, or asking, "what's this, what do you do with that, 
how do I cook this" etc?

I asked if I could take photos with my iPhone as I didn't have a camera
 with me - he smiled and said, "go ahead take many."

Rows of shelves were groaning under the weight of thousands of items.
I had no idea as to what most were let alone how to cook them
into tasty and fragrant Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese etc. dishes.
Freezers were stuffed with plastic bags hiding shapes I didn't even wish
 to know about. . . . . but the fresh produce was interesting.

My favorites were the fruits and vegetables not usually found in
the regular grocery chains.

These are dragon fruit, a type of cactus - talk about colorful!
Since coming home and reading about them I think I'll go back soon 
and buy a couple. They are great to add to a fruit salad, nutritious,
 low calorie, and so pretty when cut open.  Their flavor resembles a cross
 between a kiwifruit and a pear. Have you ever tried one?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scribble Picnic. . . . . . . . Ladybug/Ladybird

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home. . . . . . 

If you stopped here Wednesday morning you would have seen my entire post - thanks
 to all who left kind comments. 
I'd had problems posting that morning but it was visible for a while.
Later in the day my entire post just disappeared (although the comments remained!),
 flying off into Google thin air with the ladybird perhaps!

This was my sketch for Michael's theme this week - you can visit him here
at SCRIBBLE PICNIC to view the fun art done by our weekly group.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

More golden faces. . . . . .

. . . . . .while on the subject of sunflowers (please forgive me if all this is a bit
 repetitious) I just have to show you how they look today, the first one is fully
 opened and the bees, both big and small, seem to be in heaven collecting
 pollen off those hundreds of what will become seeds.  

Oh how we all - humans and animals - seem to love sunflower seeds!

. . . . . . and look at this!  Had no idea until I looked at the photo on the
 computer - a small bee zooming directly in for a landing, wheels legs down,
 feast ahead!

More buds opening soon!
Now I'm wishing I'd planted many more.

Honey bee and bumble bee sharing a meal. . . . . . . . . so beautiful!

Thank you for your kind comments on the previous 'sunflower post' - hope you
enjoy these additional photos also.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunflowers are blooming. . . . . . . . . .

Back in early June I planted a packet of sunflower seeds along the low brick wall
 in the front garden in hopes they'd take root and grow before the squirrels found
 them and dug them up!  I've been watching them carefully, fascinated by their 
healthy growth, reminding Bob not to mow over them, and watering them when
there's been no rain and the temperatures have climbed into the 90's.

Just a few days ago the sunflowers were still in bud - the heavy rain from the 
thunderstorm on Thursday evening brought renewal to the garden. 
Funny how rain does such a better job than the garden hoses. How precious
is water falling from those huge clouds billowing across the skies.

Of course they are facing east, toward the rising sun, away from the cottage.
Each morning I pop over and take their picture from my neighbor's side of
 the wall - the same wall I cross to go care for the neighbor's cat Ms. Nala.
Just today and tomorrow remaining as our neighbor returns in the evening.

So, hanging out the 'sunflower flag' this week seems appropriate.
 The gold and green colors of the huge flowers are beautiful and already
 I'm picking other spots where I plan to try growing sunflowers next summer. 
 They will provide late summer food for the birds. . . . . . . . . . oh yes, perhaps
 the squirrels also!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer weekend.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Up to no good as usual . . . . . . . .

Whilst on a mission to take bird photos in the back garden recently there were,
 as always, bushy-tailed interlopers practicing gymnastics. . . . .and these two playing
 peek-a-boo on a tree. I swear squirrels smile - don't you see them doing that here,
 with a glint in those beady eyes?

Of course they too were after the birdseed - they eat more than the sweet 
birds - but we keep filling the feeders out of the goodness of our hearts, 
for the love of nature, and the entertainment they provide while we're 
enjoying a cool summer supper, or just sipping a couple of refreshing
chilled drinks, in the screened gazebo.

Right now the temperatures have soared even higher - today the heat 
index will be 106F and this will continue throughout the coming weekend.
If I was in a fur coat I would not be chasing or playing with anything -
I'd be skinny dipping in the birdbaths!

"Thanks for the snack Mr. or Mrs. Homeowner". We cleaned out the suet 
feeder BTW - any chance of a refill?"

"Cool birdbaths you say - I'm headed for a dip right now!"

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