Archive | September, 2009

Wordless Wednesday — I should be inside and safe!

30 Sep



Walk This Way, pt. 2

29 Sep

Sometimes a good thing never gets old . . .

and watching long-leggedy birds walk is one of those things.  (See the original post here.)




Taken in Davenport on Cement Plant Road.

For more beautiful birds strutting their stuff, visit Bird Photography Weekly.

Worthy of Kindle and Print?

28 Sep
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

I have very few books that I have both Kindle copies and real-world-copies. But, I found a new one this weekend . . . Diana Gabaldon’s latest book An Echo in the Bone: A Novel.  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is one of my all-time favorites.  I believe my step-mother, Babette Donaldson, first recommended her to me saying that everyone she’d suggested read Outlander had not only liked it but made a point of thanking her — male and female alike.  I can say the same thing.  I have turned a lot of people on to Diana Gabaldon’s books over the years and no one has told me they wished I’d kept my recommendations to myself. I stayed up too late last night reading this latest book . . . #7 in the Outlander Series . . . and wish I could call in sick today and continue reading! Really, I wish I could read them all over again and then stay home and read the latest one . . . they are that good.

So, her latest and long-awaited book just came out on September 22nd.  I agonized over which way to buy it.  I have hard copies of all her books . . . .but I really prefer reading on the Kindle.  What to do?  What to do?

My mother-in-law told me it was an easy call.  Buy the hardcover . . . and then I can lend it to her.

I had pretty much decided to do that and then I got an email from Amazon.

Seems that my blog posts on the Kindle are “paying off.”  When I blog about a book or device on Amazon, I use their “Associates” service.  That means I get a tiny commission if you buy something I recommend from my link in my blog.  Amazing.  So, please buy up!

Amazon sent me a gift card payment that was enough money to buy BOTH copies guilt-free and I still might have enough money to buy my newly trumpeted son a music stand.  Amazing!

And, so, I thank you.  And my mother-in-law thanks you.  And, my son will probably thank you as well!

Gage's face

Mind Furniture

23 Sep

My husband’s band, Mind Furniture, has an album out.  It’s been out awhile but it just got put up on iTunes!  This is, as you might imagine, HUGE for a band.  It’s only taken 2 years to get the music out this way but when you do huge projects that take you years and years to create you don’t expect things to come easily.

mindfurniture_itunesAnyway . . . I’m proud of him and the rest of the band!  Doing it “on your own” isn’t easy but it is gratifying!

Ruby’s got a boyfriend!

22 Sep

Our friend, Brett, has a wonderful Rat Terrier named JJ.  JJ is the whole reason we have our beautiful Ruby Tuesday.  Greg met JJ and decided there was something wonderful in this breed.  And, thus we began our search and ended up with Ruby.  So, when Brett asked us to watch JJ for a weekend, we didn’t hesitate.  We happily took on the task.


He’s a handsome lad, don’t you think?  Similar to Ruby; but unique unto himself.


I love seeing them together.  He is larger than Ruby


They play and play and play.  Sprinting around the house, chasing, growling, barking, and sprinting some more.  So delightful!

We’ve only got JJ until today but Ruby has had a grand old time.  And probably get more exercise than she normally gets in a month!

More Coyote Calls

19 Sep

And, this one was much closer to 5:30am than the last!

Morning Fog

18 Sep



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17 Sep


This seems like a cruel jest.  A few days of perfect weather, after nightmarish heat and then . . . back to Nightmarish Heat.  Whine, whine, whine!

(Oh, that current temp of 56F was the 6am temp.  Sigh.)

Fall has fallen

14 Sep


The end of our summer has been long and hot.  In my non-air-conditioned-because-we-are-too-close-to-the-coast classroom, my students and I have been sweltering.  I’ve had kids go home sick because of the heat.  Miserable.

I am not one who enjoys hot weather with good grace.

I prefer spring and fall.  Perfect temperatures, perfectly wonderful skies, and perfectly delightful color all around me.

So, the rain that finally fell today was celebrated in my house today.  We stopped making dinner and ran outside and enjoyed the rain.  I could just feel my garden going, “Ahhhhhh!  Finally.”  The earth was opening and relaxing.  My roses and pomegranate were unwilting.  My maples softened their scorched leaves.  The redwoods heaved a huge sigh of relief and oxygen.

Later, with windows open all over the house, we heard the rain really fall, so I went out on my porch and listened.

I think that I will become famous for my videos which are all dark and filled with sound.

I did look for a bird enjoying the rain but my children were also out enjoying the rain and therefore birds were not in great abundance.  Thank goodness for Flickr Photostreams.

Chickadee in the rain

For more birdies in the rain, please visit Bird Photography Weekly!

Are you ready for some football?

13 Sep

I am.  Fall is here.  An overcast, cool, damp day.  9ers winning on the TV.  A beautiful, beautiful day.

Ruthie took this pic with my iPhone!

But, my day took an unpleasant turn when I put out a call for favorite football munchies and got answers like “pb sandwich,” “delivery pizza,” and “takeout.”  Sigh.

So, I’m starting a new Sunday Tradition here . . . Football Muchie Sundays.

Here is my first recipe. My mom invented this recipe and it’s utterly easy and absolutely delish.  Can’t miss!  Feel free to play with the ingredients.

Wings a la Lee


  • 1 jar Sharwood Mango Chutney
  • 1 bottle bbq sauce (I like Guinness by Bulls Eye)
  • 1 package frozen (or fresh) drumettes (or wing pieces)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Spray large jellyroll pan with no-stick spray
  3. In a big plastic bag (possibly the one the wings came in), pour in the chutney and bbq sauce.
  4. Seal the bag and mix the wings around to coat thoroughly with the sauce.
  5. Dump out on the pan and spread out so they are in a single layer.
  6. Bake in oven around 30 minutes (less if frozen) until heated through and getting a bit brown and crispy.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!  Great with a light , flavorful lager.

May the best team win!  At least you’ll enjoy the game more with great munchies like this!