Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here is the table of wine with the gorgeous gorgeous green gladiola that Diane said she got for me because I love them. Um, yes, we did enjoy ALL the wine.
Diane on the right with one of her friends.
Diane's daughter, Jen, on the right with some other guests.The hostess with the mostest with me! ;))
I have wine coming my way to Arizona in the near future. Thanks for a great evening. (The two hour wine tasting ended 7 hours later. The sign of a good party.)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"I know this one is books"...yeah, yeah, yeah but he is excited to read them.
Bugs, must have bugs for a 6 year old boy.
Oh, and webkinz tiger snake. Um, I thought I bought the boa constrictor. Oh well, still a snake. ;))
And a gift going in the mail. A quilted water bottle holder off to a friend for her birthday!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here is Simon and his friend waiting for lunch.
The girl side of the table.
The boy side...
Blowing out the candles on his "cupcake" cake.
And the requisite present opening.
He got some good gifts!
and with sparkles!We met some friends and went to a local city park that has a fun pool with a lazy river,
and lots of water shooters and a great water slide.
A gratuitous kitty photo.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I was driving back to the airport in Arkansas and had to take a picture of all this "hay".
Anyway, the first time I saw these "rotating" toilet seat covers was in Louisville , Kentucky in about 1996. I was in a restaurant with some friends and we had a few adult beverages.
I was laughing so hard when I came back from the bathroom I could hardly speak because I had never seen a toilet seat cover that rotated when you pushed a button. I still laugh now.
I had not seen one since until the bathroom at the Northwest Arkansas Airport. Seeing the cover brought it all back to me and I am still laughing. Hmmm...maybe you should not ask a former microbiologist about toilet seat covers since the dirtiest place in the bathroom is probably the door handle on the way out and not the toilet seat.
Only in the south???? If anyone in the north has seen these, please let me know where. ;)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I got lost during the detour on this tree lined street. Gorgeous, no??
Here is the first store Sam Walton & his brother Bud bought.
It is located on the town square. Ah, reminds me of my small town upbringing in Minnesota.
Sam's desk in the 1950's complete with guest chair aka a fruit crate. His receipt penal is the top of a fruit box.
His wife's wedding dress from 1943.
His 1978 (I think) pick up truck he drove all the time. I guess you can take the boy out of the farm but not the farm out of the boy.
Me, outside the five and dime...just to prove I was here! ;))
P.S. Can I say I have a great neighborhood?? One of my neighbors on the next street noticed I have had a box on my porch for 2 days and called me to see if I needed her to take it in. Wow, that is a nice feeling.
Funny thing about the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.....you can park your car right outside in the drop off and pick up zone to wait for whomever you are picking up. I don't think that is true all day but later in the evening, around 8 pm, there were probably 20 cars parked out front waiting and no airport security to make them move. That would never happen in Phoenix.
I had a late dinner at this steak restaurant. The food was good, there were peanuts on the table to shell and then you could throw your shells on the floor. Reminds me of a restaurant when I was growing up.
I had some of the best fried okra in my life at this restaurant! Light and crunchy!
Now, here is a quiz for you. What does that look like? Um, to me it looks like a wet bar in my room.
That might be a wet bar but I'd have to drive to the next county over if I wanted to put anything stronger than a soft drink in it. I kinda figured that was the case so I asked my waitress what their liquor laws were like at dinner. Not surprisingly, this is a dry county, and even if you drive to the next county, you have to go to the municipal liquor store and it is NOT open on Sunday.
Oh, and the restaurants can serve alcohol becuase they are "designated" as clubs so they can get a special license to serve alcohol.
Ah, the south. We are definitely not in Arizona anymore where you can buy adult beverages at the grocery store and even wine & beer at Target....even on Sunday but not until after 10 am.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
First, black bean salsa.
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 tomato (chopped and drained of seeds)
1 onion chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
2 ears of corn, cooked & cut off cob
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
juice of 2 limes
salt to taste
1 tsp minced garlic
I also made a sundress/beach cover over the weekend. I bought fabric that was already smocked and just sewed it together, cut off the bottom and made a tie for around her neck.
Off to the home of the home of Wal-Mart tomorrow, Bentonville, AR. I hear there is a Wal-Mart museum. Maybe you will all get a tour.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Knitting...I am over 1/2 way done with the flutter scarf pattern. Birdsong is such an enabler!!! ;))
Not really....blogland exposes me to many patterns I might never find otherwise. It is an easy knit and I am looking forward to finishing soon.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
8 thick-skinned lemons (Eureka, Lisbon or Citron) 1 bottles (750 ml each) 100-proof vodka or Everclear Grain Alcohol 2.25 cups sugar 2.5 cups water
INSTRUCTIONS: Wash the lemons in hot water before you start. Remove the peel with a vegetable peeler, removing all the white pith on the back of the peel by scraping with a knife, and put the peels in a 4-quart Mason jar.
Add 1 bottle of vodka and stir. Cover the jar, date it, and put it to rest in a dark cabinet at room temperature.
After 20 days, take out the vodka-lemon mixture. In a saucepan set over high heat, stir the sugar and water together and boil for 5 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool completely in the pan, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the vodka-lemon mixture along with the second bottle of vodka. Stir well to combine. Replace the cover on the jar and note the finish date.
Return it to the dark cabinet and store for 20 more days.
At Day 40, remove the limoncello from the cabinet. Strain the mixture and discard the lemon peel. Pour into clean bottles with caps or decorative corked bottles. Put one bottle in the freezer, and store the other in the pantry until the one in the freezer is used up.