Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
The first bloom on a lily our friend John gave us last year from some he had to dig up from his garden. Michael and I have become very fond of the pine tree in the background, which is in the front yard. Actually, we're really enjoying being in a property that has a front yard rather than a pile of rocks and some ancient railroad ties.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I have to admit, in recent years I have mostly bought baby cut carrots, and I had forgotten how pretty the tops of whole ones are. I know the carrots themselves will be sweet because the farmer gave us one straight from the ground when we were out there a couple weeks ago. I did some research and you can actually eat the tops too. We're going to give that a try.
Oh, and the carrots themselves are pretty too.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Yes, I had to go into work this morning to complete a few things so I can be out from today through the Memorial Day holiday, but now I'm free! Our new lease states that we are not to walk around in high heels on the hardwood floors. This closeup of the floor in one of the elevator lobbies at work shows why our lease includes those instructions.
Friday, May 21, 2010
One of the major cross streets that intersects ours several blocks away is just off the highway and a busy restaurant area (read: not the fastest way to get out of the neighborhood at night). We tried our local "neighborhood bar" for dinner and found that they have a nice selection of microbrews, imported beers, yummy eats, and a very casual relaxed atmosphere. I had a Canadian beer called Maudite, which means "cursed" or "damned" in French. Michael's brisket sandwich had an awesome Kahlua cream sauce. Nice way to end a busy week!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Many of our moving boxes came from a couple that includes a research scientist, so amongst the usual copy paper boxes are ones with labels containing chemical storage codes and brand names including words like sigma, biosystems and scientific. I think the "tissue culture" one is my favorite, along with the vivid blue one for exam gloves.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"I know just the place for it - right in the middle of our front room window!" (No, not ours, one a couple blocks down our street.) "It's indescribably beautiful - It reminds me of the Fourth of July! Turn off all the lights - I want to see what it looks like from the street!" (If this doesn't make any sense, see here.)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Today was one of my turns to drive to farmer Jerry's to pick up our shares of vegetables. He has 10 acres half an hour south of Dallas. We climbed aboard this little wagon and he gave us a tour of the fields. This is him on a bridge that crosses one of his ponds. He invited us to come out for some fishing whenever we want. He's a funny and seriously nice man. This week, red radishes, turnip greens and kale.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Just outside our gate is a whiskey barrel so old that the tree that used to reside there grew roots out the bottom and into the sidewalk, fixing it there. When we got rid of the creepy dead tree I planted some rosemary and these yellow flowers, which are much prettier this year than last year when I planted them.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I've been home with a head full of allergies, aches and a sore throat since early afternoon yesterday. I knew what I needed for dinner was a bowl of spicy Tomato Dreams soup from Cosmic Cafe. I had noticed before that the table across from us was an old door on top of an antique Singer sewing machine table, but had never noticed the rainbow-like treatment of the edges.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I took a walk at lunch and found myself with only the camera on my phone, which doesn't produce images quite the quality of a camera (or Michael's camera phone). Can you make out the two window washers? I was thinking how glad I am that my job doesn't entail hanging from the side of a building in the glaring sun.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
First veggies from farmer Jerry - a small bunch of radishes. When things get rolling, we should get about half a bushel of vegetables per week, probably 4 to 6 varieties. I've never had more than a bite or two of radish at a time, so this will be interesting. This smells more fresh than anything at the grocery store: like dirt, leaves and sunshine.