Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Rambles

First of all I wanted to let you know that our blogging friend Gill at "That British Woman" is holding her first "Giveaway" and you can read all about it if you click here. If you aren't already reading Gill's blog, pop on over for an enjoyable read.

I think I mentioned in my last Monday Rambles that my daughter-in-law Lisa and son Brad invited me along for a fun time pottery painting a week last Sunday.

This is Lisa and the plate she painted.

Brad decided he needed a jug to put his coffee in. This is what he painted. I've since learned that he is giving this coffee jug to a friend of theirs.

And this is me with my birdhouse. I decided I need lessons on how to paint pottery. It took me forever to get this far. Lisa told me it takes a lot of layers of paint on pottery, because it is needed for when they are kiln dried. Otherwise you won't get a very colorful piece. Who knew? Thanks Lisa. There is actually a page on their website that gives you a lesson, but I didn't see this until a few days later.

Lisa and I at the end of our painting session.

Our painting place is called "Color Me Mine". It wasn't too far away from the movie theater I go to. While we were there several small children came in for a birthday party, which I thought was a great idea. Bless their little cotton socks but I needed my ear plugs to concentrate. From all the noise coming from the other end of the shop, I could tell they were all having a blast.

You can find out all about "Color Me Mine" if you click here.

For the rest of my ramble, over the last two weeks I have been home while Gregg has been on another business trip to Seattle. He was in a different location this time - several miles out of the city - and although I could have gone I elected not to. He didn't rent a car and walked a couple of blocks to work every day, so he got some great exercise. But he decided if he went back he would probably go to the same hotel downtown, rent a car and drive to work if it was still at the same place, 10 miles south of the city, near the airport. Last time everyone met up at a building downtown. I told him to count me in if that was the case. I'd love to go back to Seattle and would jump at another opportunity.

It was good to see Gregg walk through the door on Friday. He got home at about four in the afternoon. Lisa and Brad came over in the evening. I decided to bake brownies and by the time they turned up the house smelled like a chocolate factory, which was divine. We all had a small piece with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top. Always great to be with my darlings. They are so much fun to have around, and with Gregg back home again it was a perfect evening.

Saturday Gregg and I slept in and missed the farmers' market again, so off we went over to Whole Foods. They had an excellent trio of musicians playing jazz, which was very nice to listen to as we walked around.

Here are those ostrich eggs I am always tempted to buy, at least one just to see how different they are from chicken eggs. I could feed an army with a dozen of these, but at $19.99 for one I think the army will have to eat elsewhere, or they will have to bring their own ostrich egg. No pretty green emu eggs this time.

Give you two guesses as to which are the ostrich eggs.

Here is the fish department. One of the staff was giving out free samples.

This is what we had in our basket just before we finished our shopping trip at the bread department.

For the first time ever I bought organic edible flowers. Yes it was an impulse buy as it was the first time I had noticed them on sale at Whole Foods. I have seen them on various foods in some of the cookbooks I have, and I was curious. I was surprised Gregg agreed to try them but he did. We put them on our salad. They had various flavors that I can't begin to describe and were 'different'. Although we didn't dislike them for their flavors - reaction was "Hmmm....,interesting!" -and maybe we could get used to them like we did with cilantro - neither of us could stand cilantro when friends of ours served it on pizza years and years ago, but we love it now - we both said that we wouldn't bother buying them again. On second thoughts I probably would if I wanted to decorate a cake or some kind of dessert, because they did look very pretty. A bit of a surprise to see flowers on a salad than in the garden, but it is always good to be a little adventurous isn't it?

As I am very much a creature of habit we stopped in at Starbuck's on our way home so that I could get my weekly treat of a Venti Cafe Latte and after that, did a quick stop at the supermarket next door. We had to get regular eggs and a few other items. Clever me, I had a case of the dropsies and the eggs landed on the floor. I cracked at least half of them but necessity is the mother of invention, and I decided we would have scrambled eggs for breakfast the following morning. I mentally congratulated myself on not buying a dozen ostrich eggs. It would have been one heck of a mess.

After I put all the groceries away it was time to visit my blogging buddies. Do you see what my favorite desktop photo is right now? My little pals from the Woodland Park Zoo. One of them has the reflection of the lamp across the room, just in case you noticed.

We started off Sunday with our ostrich eggs which we had for brunch. Not really, the scrambled eggs were courtesy of the chicken. Gregg got really hungry smelling the English sausages cooking in the oven. I also grilled a tomato to go with it and topped it off with one of those ever so delicious seeduction rolls from the store, finishing off with a bowl of mixed berries, and a large glass of orange juice. It was all pretty scrumptious. (By the way, I Googled Seeduction Rolls on the web and was surprised to find that there are a hundred recipes out there. I had never heard of this particular type of bread before I saw it at Whole Foods several weeks ago, but now I might try making it. I collected a dozen recipes to browse through.)

Gregg and I went over to Borders where I had a Seattle's Best Latte, this from the little cafe attached to the store. Gregg before we left: "Would you like to go over to the book store today? You could get yourself another latte in the coffee part." He knows how to throw out those hooks! I bought BBC's Photographer Wildlife and Nature Photographer magazines, sat down in an easy chair near the magazine racks because every seat in the cafe was taken, browsed through those and sipped my coffee while Gregg looked through the business section. He bought a couple of books.

We went back home after that and watched the Little League World Championship game between Hawaii and Japan. Because I have friends in Hawaii and I feel connected since our vacations there, I was rooting for Hawaii and I was so sorry they lost to Japan. But they played well and should be proud as they put their hearts into it and played a good game.

We relaxed for the rest of the day. The heat had lessened some - it got up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. We get a lot of enjoyment looking out on our deck where we can see the birds feeding and hear them chirping away. I got quite a shock however when Gregg said quietly, 'There's a hawk on the deck." It's the first time we have seen one out back in years. I immediately sank to the floor and crawled along the carpet like a creeping tiger - sort of - edging up to the window, trying to hide behind the easy chair where I grabbed my camera and took several photos of him before he spotted me and flew away.

The first photo was a bit blurry but I put it in here anyhow because I wanted to show those claws! It wasn't long before he turned his back. I am no expert but I think this beauty may be a Cooper's Hawk.

Fantastic to see him only ten feet away from the glass. What a lovely end to the day. I didn't want him to hang around too long though as I want my birds back. I heard a Blue Jay up in the tree soon after he had left and it wasn't long before a few more brave birds started to appear. I think they knew our friend had left the neighborhood.

I finished up the evening watching a Sherlock Holmes episode on PBS, in "The Adventures of the Illustrious Client". Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke is Dr. Watson. They make a great pair.


  1. What a lovely cosy ramble. I like your bird house - very pretty.
    I sometimes add flowers to salad - pansies, marigolds, nasturtiums. They're colourful and we like the taste.
    It sounds as though you had a really nice weekend, just right to set you up for the week ahead.

  2. wow! the flower salad looks so appetizing both to me and to my camera. lol!
    thanks for following my blog. :)

  3. Holy Cow---it would be a cold day in ---- if I paid almost $20 for ANY eggs... ha ha... We don't have a Whole Foods anywhere near our tiny town here in the mountains!!!! ha.....

    Do you think Gregg's company will move him permanently to Seattle? That would be neat--except for missing your son and DIL.

    Speaking of them, the painting class looked like alot of fun... Your DIL is so gorgeous!!!!! Great pictures of all of you... I love your birdhouse!!!

    Neat pictures of the hawk. There are some around here because our birds will scatter quickly at times. BUT--I've never seen one close by... Your hawk is looking for lunch!!!!! He loves a fat Mourning Dove.

    Have a great day..

  4. The pottery painting looked like a lot of fun. I wouldn't mind doing that, myself.

    Never ate flowers before and probably never will. LOL. Just not as adventurous as you, Denise!

    I wouldn't try an ostrich egg, either, scrambled or hard boiled. Wonder if it tastes like chicken eggs.

    I always enjoy your rambles. Keep it up!

  5. The photo of the hawk is fantastic :)
    Looked like pottery painting was really fun.

  6. I'm not sure what I would do with an ostrich egg! Your salad looked too pretty to eat!

  7. It looks like the painting class was fun, liked your little bird house. Those photos of the Hawk are really nice. Enjoyed reading your ramblings.

  8. Hello!

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  9. Denise: Fun post of all your travels. I'm sure its a Coppers Hawk.

  10. Denise, the last time I toured a whole foods supermarket, I went straight to BurgerKing for lunch! I tried goose eggs, once, and they were gross. I'm very excited about your visiting hawk!!! Lucky you!! ~karen

  11. How exciting that you got not one, but two, pictures of the hawk. The flower salad looks lovely, even appetizing. Your birdhouse looks very pretty. I like to read your Monday rambles. Always nice to know what your everyday life is like.

  12. I think your birdhouse looks really cute. Send along a pic after it's been fired. My daughter and grandson and I periodically go to a paint on pottery place. I'm always excited to go and then after we get started I remember how inept I am at this craft. Someday maybe I'll have time to take some classes. It's a fun afternoon activity when you have little kids along. Although my grandson is usually finished with his piece in about 10minutes and daughter and I need two more hours. We end up spending $$$ to buy him more pieces to use up his time and energy!

  13. Any form of painting is a nice relaxing hobby Denise, your little house looks great (and you didn't get any on your face {:). )

  14. Excellent Arts, enjoyed the pictures. Appreciate the skills and thanks for sharing.

  15. If only a hawk would pose so well for me! I'm always catching them in flight or through a very large zoom. This is either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk. The square tail looks more like a Sharp-shinned. They are basically the same otherwise, but the Sharp-shinned is a few inches smaller (11 inches tall sound about right?).

  16. Lots of interesting things happening here. I want an ostrich egg right now.

    That does look like a Cooper's Hawk. I saw a Sharp Shinned Hawk, and it's difficult to tell them apart.

    Painting ceramics could be a really fun community activity. I might like to try that with my wife and kids some time.

  17. What a fantastic post, Denise! You have so much here that was fun to see and read about. Brad and his wife are very good looking and look like kind and friendly people. I can imagine what fun it was to do the pottery painting.

    Thank you very much for rooting for the Hawaii team. I wish we could have seen it. We're proud of them for doing as well as they did even if they lost to Japan. It was hard with their pitching staff depleted.

    That salad is incredibly beautiful, but I confess it would feel weird to eat those flowers.