Friday, September 30, 2016

TODAY'S FLOWERS #425 - September 30th, 2016


Thank you once again to all who participate in this meme, and for every comment left.  They are all read with great appreciation. Today's Flowers opens on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and closes the following Thursday at 11.55 p.m.  We welcome blogging friends to add their favorite flowers on any day during that time, or you can wait until the new link begins.  If you think you would like to participate you can read more information at this link


Today I am showcasing the Lotus found at Meadowlark Gardens when we visited in July.  The Lotus is one of my favorite flowers.  Yes I have many favorites, but the Lotus is high on the list.  

I found a lovely video on the life cyle of the Lotus.  If you can't see the video below, you can view it here.




"Sky above them, earth below, peace within."
~Author Unknown~


"The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud."
~Buddhist Proverb~


"May I live like the lotus, at ease in muddy water."
~Author Unknown~



Today's Flowers was originally created by Luiz Santilli, Jr. Thank you Luiz!  I am now its host. 



I am also supporting the following memes as they become available, with my thanks to our hosts.  Please click on their names to visit other participants.

Nick at Floral Friday Fotos

Aquariann at Flower Friday

Ritta at Floral Passions

Joanna at Floral Mosaics

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MORE BIRDS FROM MY ARCHIVES

Once again I haven't taken any bird photos this week and am relying on my archives.  The first two were taken on road trips.


Both taken in Florida a couple of years ago, an Egret and a Cormorant.


And another little thing with wings, a Skipper taken closer to home.



For the following as they become available, with my thanks to all our hosts Eileen, Misty, Anni and Stewart.  You can on the memes below to visit other participants.  

Misty at Camera Critters
Anni at Bird D'Pot






SKYWATCH FRIDAY

The following photos were taken on our last trip to Virginia Beach.


A beautiful sunrise.




























































Thank you to all the team of 
 SkyWatch Friday

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

GOOD FENCES AND WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE


For Theresa's Good Fences on Thursday.


There are still a lot of fences I wanted to share from our trip to Clifton a few weeks ago.  



Here is our friendly cow that I have posted about before.



The rest were found while walking around town.


















For Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday Five
on Friday.

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What did we do this week?

1)  I had friends visiting last weekend, who have to travel some distance to get here.  They stayed for a long weekend.  I took them to Meadowlark on one of the days, and they enjoyed it as much as I do.  We also took them to Petersens Ice-Cream shop in Clifton.  

2) Two days later Gregg and I took a trip down south but only for an over-nighter, as we headed back the next day.  We were there for a baby shower, which I attended while Gregg had a good time walking around town and along the beach.  The day we arrived we also met up with family at an Italian Restaurant.

3) The next day we went to the Home Expo Center not too far away from home.  It's an annual exhibition but this is the first one we have attended in a very long time.   I had bought tickets weeks ago and almost forgot all about them, until Gregg mentioned it early that morning.  It was fun looking at what people were selling and just for the heck of it we picked up a whole pile of brochures which filled my bag. Our home is 30 years old and the most major project we had done was the roof and aluminum siding replaced, when several years ago Mother Nature sent us the biggest hailstones we have ever had.  It ruined our roof and broke the siding, even smashing through a slat vent in the side of the house where I knew - imagination running rampant - bats were going to take a liking to our attic and set up residence, along with every other critter in the neighborhood. It took a long time between waiting for the insurance and choosing a company. Many of them were knocking on our door as the whole area had had major damage.  Fortunately our car was in the garage but driving around we saw that many vehicles in the area looked like every square inch had had a hammer taken to them.

4)  We went to our largest shopping mall today.  It's one we rarely visit as it isn't that close, but there was a particular shop I needed to go into.  After we had done our shopping and were on our way to the exit, a lady fell right in front of us.  I had worn a pair of shoes with different soles and noticed they were catching on the floor, telling myself I had to be careful because you know, I've kissed the floor a few times.  No sooner had the thought run through my head, this poor lady took a nose dive.  She landed with such an awful thud and I was scared because she was bleeding from a nasty cut on her lip.  Gregg went into his problem solving mode and is always a good arm to lean on in these situations.  As she was well into her 80s, I worried that she may have broken something. Fortunately she had not.  We realized listening to their conversation, that the younger lady next to her was her daughter.  She and Gregg gently eased her Mom to her feet after making sure no bones had been broken.  She was obviously badly shaken.  The poor lady, her lip had taken the brunt of her fall, and it was already starting to puff up.  I smiled at her when she made a few jokes, but couldn't really focus on anything other than checking whether she was okay.  She wasn't 'okay' but had no serious injuries, in that way she was blessed.

Someone had picked up a chair from a seating area for her to sit in, someone else bought tissues for her cut lip, I went into a shop and asked for a bag of ice, security had been called and this dear lady looked like she really did not want all the fuss around her, and definitely no security.  I don't blame her.  After we were sure she was in good hands we eventually left.  

We talked about it on the way out of the underground parking area, how several people jumped in immediately to help her, of all different nationalities.  We are a very ethnically diverse area, and I can't help but think that with all that we read in the newspapers and then I see something like this, where everyone came together to help one dear lady in her 80s, there's hope for the world yet.  There are a lot of good people around.

5) After that serious No. 4, I thought you would enjoy this.  Click on the link here for some smile bringers.




My thanks to Theresa and Tanya for all the hard work in keeping up these memes.  Their websites can be reached if you would like to see other participants, by clicking on the lettering in red.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE SPACE MURAL, AT THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, WASHINGTON DC

The Space Mural - A Cosmic View (1976).  You will find it on a south lobby wall at the museum.


It was crowded when we visited a few weeks ago, so I couldn't get this amazing mural in one frame. It was painted by Robert T. McCall (1919-2010).  You can see the whole mural and read more here.











Monday, September 26, 2016

BLESS HIS COTTON SOCKS

(Not mine, I found it on Pixabay here)

Do you ever use an expression you wonder how it originated?   Recently I used "God Bless his cotton socks."  Gregg asked where did that come from and I answered that I wasn't sure but I had used it my whole life, and had heard it from my family.  These questions usually arise when a certain expression hasn't been used in years, and it suddenly pops in my head.  I went on a search and this is what I came up with.  I found the following information here.

"George Edward Lynch Cotton became Bishop of Calcutta in 1858, and while there established schools for Eurasian children.  A man of great sensitivity, he ordered crates full of sock for the children, to be worn during lessons.  It was the rule of the Bishop to bless all goods which arrived at the schools.  A zealous member of staff one day distributed socks before the blessing, so thereafter every time a shipment arrived, a note was placed on them to the effect: 'Cotton's socks for blessing'.  Cotton's socks soon became corrupted to cotton socks.  When the Bishop was drowned in the Ganges on October 6th, 1866, a dispatch was sent to the Archbishop to ask: 'Who will bless his cotton socks?'

(Mrs.) Jane M. Glossop, Pwllheli, Gwynedd."

And now I know!



With many thanks to our hosts of the following memes, which I am joining in with today.



MONDAY RECIPE POST - PALEO CAULIFLOWER MASH


Cauliflower Mash - Paleo - serves 2
by Gus

I found this recipe here.

This is a healthier alternative to Mashed Potatoes, even though we are not on a paleo diet. We love mashed potatoes in our family but on the ever hunt for cooking healthier, we fit things into our menu quite often.  Of course, they have to taste great.  We are kind of picky that way.

Preparation time:  5 minutes
Cooking time:     10 minutes
Total time:           15 minutes  

1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1-4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (can be substituted using butter/ghee)
1 to 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
Salt and Pepper

Steam or boil the cauliflower so that it is tender.  Drain in a colander and place into a food processor with the oil and garlic.  Blend until smooth.

Serve and enjoy!

Guy added the following cooking tips.

"If you want this paleo mashed cauliflower to be super smooth with no lumps at all, then simply push it through a sieve using a spoon.  This may take some time but the end result is a lovely silky smooth cauliflower mash.  If it does end up taking you too long, then be sure to reheat it by placing it back into a pot over low to medium heat.

If you don't have a food blender, then you are still able to mash the cauliflower by hand.  This will take a bit longer and will also be harder to get it nice and smooth.  You can use the tip I mentioned above once you have mashed it to get it to a similar silkiness to the food processor method.

If you are not a fan of garlic make sure you remove it!  The recipe will still taste pretty good without it.  

If you are finding the mash a little too thick for your liking, you can add some almond milk to help thin it out a bit.  I would recommend adding roughly 1/4 cup of almond milk but make sure you slowly add it until you get the consistency you prefer.

If you're interested in other cauliflower dishes, then be sure to check out the super cauliflower rice (found here).  Like this dish the rice is fantastic as either a side dish or to go alongside a protein or similar in a meal."



What did we think?  This turned out a truly delicious side dish.  Tell you the truth we were both surprised how much we enjoyed it.  We like cauliflower a lot but normally have had it steamed in florets, or with cheese sauce as in cauliflower cheese.   It is a keeper and we will be making it again.

Mine came out thinner than I expected and that's probably the way it should be as it is a lot lighter in every way than potatoes.  I actually used two heads of cauliflower as I wanted leftovers to heat up the next day and only used four tablespoons of butter, but I may try cutting down on the amount, which was what I used instead of the coconut oil (I didn't have in my pantry supplies. It will go on the shopping list).  Gregg just said he enjoyed it very much and not to mess around with the ingredients.  He loved it as is.  And there are leftovers for tomorrow.

The photos show it sprinkled liberally with freshly ground black pepper. 

If you are following a Paleo diet here is what I read online.

"Still others say that specifically butter can be part of the Paleo diet, because it differs from other milk products, specifically low fat or skim milk products, in that its higher fat content could potentially lower the glycemic load.   They recommend using only grass fed butter which has then been clarified."

Friday, September 23, 2016

TODAY'S FLOWERS #424 - September 23rd, 2016

Thank you to all who participate in this meme, and for every comment left.  They are all read with great appreciation. Today's Flowers opens on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and closes the following Thursday at 11.55 p.m.  We welcome blogging friends to add their favorite flowers during that time.  If you think you would like to participate you can read more information at this link


This is called Sea Holly.   There are various kinds by this name.  The closest I came to identifying it was Eryngium planum 'Blue Glitter'.  You can see for yourself and click here to look at them.  I would be interested to see if you agree or if you have a different opinion, as I am always striving to get a correct ID.  Scroll down to look at the others.





I enjoyed the pretty pink Hibiscus.




The berry looking plant above is called Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana.


Another pretty hibiscus which is called Swamp Hibiscus, White Rose Mallow, Texas Star or just White Hibiscus. Its scientific name is Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba'.

Sedum (Autumn Joy)

Today's Flowers was originally created by Luiz Santilli, Jr. Thank you Luiz!  I am now its host. 



I am also supporting the following memes as they become available, with my thanks to our hosts.  Please click on their names to visit other participants.

Nick at Floral Friday Fotos

Aquariann at Flower Friday

Ritta at Floral Passions






Thursday, September 22, 2016

BIRDS FROM MY ARCHIVES

I haven't taken any bird photos this week and am relying on my archives.  All were taken on road trips, sometimes short ones and sometimes a little longer.















For the following as they become available, with my thanks to all our hosts.