Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Frigidaire, Coin, Also

I love old signs...this one appeals due to the advertisement of Frigidaire machines--nice and cool while you do your delicates!--as well as the insertion of "coin" above "laundry" and the substitution of "also" for "and."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kelp Flower

Pretty, but not so fragrant (kinda stinky, actually!).

Monday, February 27, 2012

Birds on a (Barbed) Wire

There's a metaphor here, somewhere...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Lawrence Mae of Arabia.
Sister Mary Maylene Benedicta Tallulah Cutiepie.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

From My Garden, February Edition

We're getting ready to re-do the gardens, front and back, and the cutting garden is in a state of disarray, yet there is still loveliness to be seen. Above are daffodils that I plunked in the ground a few years ago; they were a potted plant given as a gift, and I just sort of threw them in the dirt. They reliably come up every year, god bless them.
Same with these snowdrops (love the dotted accents!). These came up earlier in the month.
Ditto this hyacinth: it was an Easter present in a pot from B., and I later put it in the cutting garden. The bloom is small, but lovely!
Spotlight, please! This was the very last rose before I pruned my bushes back heavily earlier in the month (a bit late, actually, but they've now sprung back to life with fresh new leaves). Gardening will always surprise you...sometimes unpleasantly, but usually in the nicest of ways!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Love Day Breakfast

A savory custard with mushrooms and truffle oil, toasty brown bread, and a strong cup of coffee with milk + my honey = a perfect Valentine's Day breakfast.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The First Foziewisp

My mom will tell you that I used to call bits of dandelions "fairies," way (WAY) back when. So dandelions and their relatives--this is not a dandelion but something similar--are the Ur-Foziewisps!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Tallulah Mae is portraying how I feel today: I have the flu. Boo.
Yep, that about sums it up...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bird Geek Week: Tijuana Estuary and Rare Bird!

OK, fellow bird geeks: get your scopes and binoculars ready: The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow!
Last weekend I took a bird-watching stroll down at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. As its name implies, it's right down at the Mexican border.
We saw a juvenile harrier (also several hawks and a kite).
The endangered clapper rail is there on the right with his duck friends at left. Their numbers have dipped disastrously with the loss of estuarine and wetland habitat.
That is a curlew up there...super-long and pointy beak. My beloved little Canon Elph camera really isn't the right equipment for this sort of thing, but hey!
And a little Anna's hummingbird. We also saw a great egret, a snowy egret, a godwit, phoebes, and of course sparrows and finches. And bunny rabbits, on the menu for all of the circling raptors.

Birds--they rock!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bird Geek Week: Shore Birds!

A one-legged gull (not really; the other leg is tucked up).
A snowy egret, busily shuffling its feet to stir up creatures to eat...
Check out its stilt legs and bright yellow feet.
And a bevy of coots.

There were also pelicans diving into the water--so cool!--but no photographs of them, alas.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bird Geek Week: Valentine's Day Edition

Love + bird = lovebird (alias Tallulah Mae).

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! Tallulah wishes you lots of biscuits, fish, and soft surfaces to loll about on. Oh, wait, that's what she wishes for herself...but she'll share them with you.

(Today is also my 27th wedding anniversary, yay! Luckiest. Girl. Ever.)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bird Geek Week: Chickens!

In honor of the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, I plan to present some splendid bird geekery all week...while these beauties were not out in the wild, they do live at my neighborhood nursery (Mission Hills Nursery). Love! Isn't the rooster just marvelous?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

OK, who kidnapped my dog and put her in a Cole-Haan ad?!? Someone sneaked in and borrowed Tallulah Mae...
Amazing, no?
Here's my little model--she was too sleepy to really cooperate.
Kiss kiss!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Suzuki Power

Check it out: 93,000 miles and counting! Go, Suzuki, go! (Oh, I need gas...)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Springy Goodness

Only the second week of February and Springiness abounds!
This is an ornamental peach tree, I think...there are three of them planted in a row, and they are lovely.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tree of Glass

Hey look, it's a bottle tree! (It's not actually on a tree, though--it's on rebar, I think). I've not seen too many of these on this side of the country...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Feed Me!

Don't these look like little mouths? Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors? Or the Rolling Stones logo?

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Great Tallulah-Maedito, Magician Extraordinaire, would like to show you some prestidigitation. Above: EARS!
Abracadabra...{drumroll}: NO EARS!

Good one, Tallulah Mae!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fun with Food

B. served this up the other night, totally oblivious to the fact that he'd created a famous face. (It's curried lentils over rice, mini pitas, and cranberry chutney at the bottom. Can you say "YUM"!). Sing with me: "L-E-N, T-I-L, CURRY..." You know the tune!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012