Friday, March 30, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

I really have no words for this one...Tallulah Mae + a hint of pinkie tongue = CUTE OVERLOAD!!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beginning, Middle, End

Ah, the wisteria...every year, it puts on a spectacular show, from its first blooms... its all-out glory... the purple carpet it makes below.

(This isn't mine, BTW...I just walk by it every day and revel in its beauty.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


This is a female hawk. She and her mate have just, um, mated, right in front of our house! (And wow, the male bird makes QUITE a racket--who knew? Ah, nature.)
I wonder if this is their's several blocks away, down in a canyon and way up high in a eucalyptus tree. We seem to have lots of hawks in the 'hood, though, so this might be a different amorous pair.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dashboard Confessional

This person looks like a lot of fun, yes: Elvis bobblehead? Check. Dr. Who TARDIS? Check. Gold crown? Check.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fun with Stop Signs

Kinda cute, no? And a LOT of work...looks like it might be crochet, not knitting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Look look! Tallulah Mae in an action shot! Just to prove that she doesn't sleep ALL day (just 22 hours or so...) What is she waiting for, you might ask? Hot dogs? Steak? Tuna filets?
{Action shot! Put on your 3-D glasses...} She's waiting for...a piece of red cabbage--see it there, right in front of her? It doesn't much matter what it is...this dog will eat it, happily. She's a true omnivore!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dogs in Cars, Again

How much is that doggy in the (car) window? Such a face...smooch smooch smooch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tasty Yummy

A yummy breakfast of green tea with ginger and homemade banana bread. Everyone, I know, has favorite family recipes for banana bread, but this one is super easy and has NO added fat--no butter, no margarine, no shortening, no oil. If you take care to not over bake it, it is really moist and delicious.

Banana Bread (from Fannie Farmer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix in a bowl
* 3 ripe bananas, well mashed
* 2 eggs, beaten until light

Sift together
* 2 cups flour
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add
* 1/2 cup nuts (I use walnuts, and usually a bit more than 1/2 cup), coarsely chopped

Stir well. Put in a buttered loaf pan, 9 by 5 inches.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees (recipe says 1 hour, in my oven it only needs to be in for about 55 minutes).

Super easy, super good! If you give it a try, let me know...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hearts Abound

Last week I saw hearts everywhere! Weird...but good!
Love is in the air!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Doodle Doolander

He KNOWS he's gorgeous! "How YOU doin'?"
Blue Steel (Zoolander reference--see title of this post): "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?"
"Doodle doodle do!"
Fluffy McFlufferson: "I'm not fat, I'm big feathered."

I do LOVE LOVE LOVE me some chickens, y'all!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Words Go Bye-Bye

Shhh...don't tell the spammers, but I've turned off the stupid new word verification thingy--annoying AND hard to get right: it takes me two or three tries to successfully post a comment these days, and I know I'm not alone. If I have a spam problem--it does happen--I may have to turn them back on, but for now, words go bye-bye!

Check out the hilarious bumper sticker we spotted this a.m. So funny!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

"Honey, have you seen my grey cashmere cardi..." Um, OK, I'll share it with you, Tallulah Mae.

It's chilly here--how about where you are?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vertical Ladybug

{Doot doo doot, la la la} hummed the ladybug as she climbed Mt. Grassblade.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Drink Green

A green drink starring baby spinach, parsley, apple, and yogurt. Don't you love apple corers? They work like a charm!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Found Face

What is this? I found it on our walk this a.m. I love the leaf tongue (not original to the head but serendipitous, no?).

It may be hard to believe, but I really don't set these things up, I promise...they are just as I found them (this one I turned around so that the light would be better, but that's it!)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bee Moving Day

This bee box is sitting atop a water meter, where the bees had swarmed and taken up residence. The homeowner called a bee expert, who came and put the box atop the meter; he must have moved the queen into the box--otherwise, the bees would not have moved house. Hats off to the homeowner--many folks would have called someone to come in and exterminate them, but he's an avid gardener, and he told me he's moving the box to the canyon behind his house.
Not sure what these girls are doing, but they are busy busy busy!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Waiting for...the ice cream truck? UPS (the UPS girl leaves Milkbones on the packages)? Her knight in shining armor? Godot? The mailman?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Good to the Last Drop

We've all had coffee presented to us with a pretty heart in the foam on top, but this heart lasted all the way down to the bottom of the cup--how amazing!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Love, Post-It Edition

Someone went to a LOT of trouble... let someone know they are loved.

Really sweet!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Peachy Beach Day

This Pisces girl LOVES the soon as I get out of the car and smell the air...ahhhhhhh.
It was freakishly hot yesterday and the water felt lovely on our feet.
The sand along the beach looks like it has flecks of gold in it.
A hermit crab in a shell...
Some sort of crab (too big for a hermit, I think) out of a shell...
And some crab legs--guess the seagulls don't consider them a delicacy.
A living sand dollar--the familiar white sand dollar we've all picked up is actually this same creature's "test" or exoskeleton (we threw this one back out into the water; same with the hermit crab above).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

"The Canine," winner of the Best Picture Dogscar, starring Tallulah Mae.

Cue the jazzy score: "Why sir, whatever do you mean? I cannot go away with you (unless you give me some biscuits. Or some fish. Tuna would be nice.)"
{Rollicking piano music}: "...and that's why they call it 'suet.' Get it?" (The little birdie is NOT amused.)
{Plaintive violin}: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers."
{Sinister organ music}: "I scoff at your offer of dried dog food...bring me sardines, immediately! And coffee, with milk--a latte, I say!"
{Loopy slide whistles}: "WHAT the HECK was in that latte, anyway?"
{Emotionally charged cellos}: "I wonder how a can opener works...a peppy go-getting little gal like me can really go places--like the kitchen!}