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Fritterin' and critterin' the summer days away

Friday, July 23, 2010

The early bird gets the...garlic bread?
I don't know about you, but as Mom I tend to miss out on a lot. I thought (and silly me) that after #1 son moved out on his own it would get better, but it hasn't. It seems hubby and DD were more than happy to split the role of resident food vacuum so I am still coming up empty all too often. You know what I mean - you're hungry from working outside all morning, come in and get out all the fixings to make a nice big sandwich for lunch only to find that someone else has eaten all the bread and left the empty bag in the breadbox in such a way that it looks like there is bread in it; then there's the cookieless tin, the crackerless box, I could go on all day. Does this happen to you too or is it just me? Well I finally won one yesterday morning (Ha!). Opening the refrigerator to get the milk for my cereal, I spotted a leftover piece of the delicious cheesey garlic bread from supper the night before. Trying to be as quiet as possible, I quickly looked over my shoulder to make sure I was really alone and I was - WooHoo! It's MINE, ALLLLL MINE, MINE-MINE-MINE (I never said I was mature :o) Of course if you're going to eat garlic bread, you may as well have the spaghetti to go with it even if it is 5:15a.m. Yum. How about you? Do you follow "the food rules" or do you live dangerously?
Remember the honeybees post? Well look what we got from our new beekeeping buddy (mmm) Did you know that the regular store bought honey is cooked? I didn't. Apparently the cooking process pretty much ruins the the beneficial properties in honey. Here are a few other interesting things he told me:
1. Honey will, essentially, keep "forever";
2. The hotter, the better for storage and never ever keep it in the fridge;
3. If your honey starts crystallizing, put it in the microwave and heat it up a little;
4. To be effective against allergies, honey must be obtained from bees within a five mile radius of where you live. Pretty interesting, huh?
I went on some picture taking benders over the past week and found a fair number of critters for my camera...thought I'd share some with you here. I love watching the butterflies, don't you?
I found four of them playing a game of tag amongst the flowers (I could only catch two in the frame, but they were so pretty to watch! :o)
The black swallowtail was camera shy and very quick to hide - this was the best photo I could get. RATS!
I couldn't resist playing with the edges of this photo a bit in PrintShop. Would you believe this is a color photo? I didn't edit the color, it came out this way because I was shooting into the sun. Now if you want to see some really terrific altered photos, visit Ann's Snap Edit Scrap  (she's really good at that Photoshop stuff :o)
Did you know that fish can swim in the sky? Me neither (and without a parachute, too).



We have a pair of wild rabbits living with us (for now). I've dubbed them Harvey and Elwood after the old Jimmy Stewart movie *grin*. The only reason I know there are two, is because I saw them sitting side by side. Unfortunately, I was not quite quick enough with the cell phone to catch them together :oP
And just in case you haven't had your breakfast (lunch? dinner?) yet, wait 'til you see what I found to entertain your taste buds (well, I thought it was pretty punny, anyway ;o)

Heh Heh Heh, okay that was bad (sorry). It sure has been a busy week though. You can see why I didn't have time for the laundry, can't you? Do you want to know the best part? You'll never guess who I found puttering and fluttering about in my Plumbago yesterday....
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

13 comments:

  1. Aw, aren't you the sweetest with that awesome compliment in there. I'm really loving that fish in the sky one, too cool.
    Speaking of cool, those facts about honey, especially the one about the 5 mile radius thing.
    I happened to love the pun about the cinnamon roll, however I'm now dieing for a real one :)

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  2. Ann: Don't you just hate the power of suggestion? Thanks for the kudos on the fish photo, I thought it was pretty neat myself (would you believe those little buggers have nearly tripled in size?) As to your compliment... anytime, toots :o)
    Sydney: Awful, wasn't it? *Grin*

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  3. Ha, Ha a cinnamon roll? Very pretty pictures too, love the butterflies. I know what you mean about getting shortchanged at the fridge, but since it's just me and my husband that doesn't happen anymore...well not too often!

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  4. Glad you finally got something to eat. Love the pictures of the butterflies. Those were great facts about the honey. I sure didn't know all that but I have never had any actual honey from a hive. Just from the grocery. Again good job with all the photos especially the fish swimming in the sky.
    Have a great week end.

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  5. Glad you snagged the last piece of garlic bread! I learned a lot about honey I didn't know. I'll have to check out the honey makers at the farmers market now!

    Love your photos! The butterflies are beautiful and especially loved the Cinnamon roll!

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  6. GreyHorse: Just couldn't resist it; I'm a fiend for lousy puns *laugh*. I really thought that when our oldest left (taking his bottomless tummy with him), that wouldn't happen anymore. Talk about being delusional...What was I thinking???
    Marge: Thank you! I put the honey in my morning tea; I'm curious to see if it will actually help with my allergies or not (it's supposed to take 5-6 weeks to kick in). I'll try to remember to let everybody know if it really works. In any case, it's probably better to use than sugar, right?
    BeadedTail: You are too kind *blush*. I'm having the best time with that camera; although I admit to having a brief fantasy about the kind with the rapid fire sports feature...

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  7. Hello there, I am currently having a problem with my images, because of the TOS of imgboot...I've seen that you have implemted the bookmark widget on your blog.

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  8. Daisy's "mom" here:
    Fresh, local honey is so good! We went to a farmer's market last spring and they had little samples of their honey. One tasted very citrus-y, and my favorite tasted spicy and flowery. Yummy!

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  9. Daisy: Isn't it weird how they all have their own unique taste? One other interesting thing I noticed was that the real honey was not nearly as thick as the store bought (so it's much easier to pour and keep the bottle clean :o)

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  10. I didn't know that about a 5 mile radius for the honey. Very interesting.

    I just love pictures of horses rolling. Don't know why it tickles me so, but it does.

    That's a very interesting butterfly. I've never seen one quite like that.

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  11. RisingRainbow: So happy to have you here and thanks for the comments! Rolling tickles me too, particularly when they put some oomph into it. Oftentimes ours will wiggle around a bit on their backs [with all four feet waving around] with an "Ugh-Ugh-Ugh". Makes for some great [free] entertainment *giggle*

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