Poppycock and Sunshine

The adventures of a crazy girl trying to live a quiet, slower Provincial lifestyle in an hectic, fast paced, American society.

Good Morning, Ladies June 27, 2008

Filed under: Chickens, organic gardening, and the like....,The Clan — May-May Golly @ 11:26 pm
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“When arguing with a chicken a grain of corn is always wrong.”-African Proverb

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The gals and I have a morning ritual, we four. Join us, won’t you?

 

Ahhhhh……I do believe summer has finally arrived. *sigh of relief*

Snapdragons, a present from sweet Danny Boy, as well as the mint.

The herb pots have been planted……

 

A request never taken very seriously at this house………

OOooooohh, I’m sooooo excited about my little strawberries showing their cute little faces!

 

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Happy Birthday, Baby!! June 23, 2008

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” – Plautus

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Daniel’s birthday is today. We celebrated with Pimms cups, Thai food, and his parents. Helllooooo, family!

I asked Mr. D what he wanted me to make for his birthday meal, and he said “That chicken basil coconut dish you make.” To which I replied, “But I already made that for your parents!! I want to make something different!” He then very aptly pointed out that it was, in fact, HIS birthday we were celebrating. Okay, Basil Coconut chicken it is then. 

I do have to admit, it IS terribly delicious. Colorful too.

I got the recipe from Video Jug, a website where, and I quote, “life is explained, on film”…. with a delightful British accent for added flavor. To make this fabulous and mouthwatering dish, click HERE. I pair it with a Thai Tomato and Green Bean salad, which compliments the flavors in the Coconut Chicken quite nicely indeed. Again, a recipe compliments of Video Jug. (Have I mentioned how fabulous it is???) And of course every birthday meal MUST be followed by a birthday dessert. 🙂

This is a fruit tart that I have modified from one of my mother’s family recipes for Torte’. It’s very simple and super delicious. I usually cover the entire tart with fresh peaches, but as I didn’t have enough ripe ones to complete it, I decided to substitute some fresh strawberries for variation. I even went so far as to put the strawberries that were heart shaped on the top, as a sign of my love for the birthday boy!! Yeah, apparently he missed the memo. 😉 Typical guy. That’s what he gets for dating a silly girl. 

A silly girl who CANNOT seem to whip heavy cream properly!! Argh! I don’t think I have the patience for it, for it never seems to whip quickly enough for me, not to mention I get it EVERYWHERE. Please notice the towel that I am holding up for splatter protection.

……to no avail however.

Please note lovely and delightful whip cream splatters on my once black top. Yeah. I suppose it turned out in the end. Although a tad on the flat side. Sadness.

Still delicious. Feeling hungry for fruit tarty goodness? I like to share. Click HERE and enjoy.

 

After dinner and presents and desserts, Daniel decides that his mum should try playing his video game, First Person Shooter.

Much to his amusement, of course.

And hers as well, apparently.

It really was quite a funny show. Here, let me share.

So Daniel sat down and gave her a lesson on how to really do it. And she tried again, and did……. well about the same. 

It’s okay, Cindy. I thought you were brilliant. 

Unfortunately, soon it was time to say goodbye to Cindy and Dennis. Daniel and Charlie did their best to look sad.

Daniel’s been sick all this week, so it wasn’t too hard for him. Poor bloke.

Ahhhh, my sweet boys all snuggely wuggely. Melts a gals heart every time.

Then there was the after-party party, complete with Mac computer and snoring dog.

Apparently Charlie sleeps with his mouth open, like his momma. Britt, please try and control your laughter. What I really need right now is that picture of me on the boat in all my sleeping-with-my-mouth-wide-open glory. Yeah, you know the one I’m talking about! 😉 I still have yet to see him drool like me though. 

 

All in all it was a brilliant evening! So glad I could share it with the lot of you.

 

P.S. Rhonda, if you are reading this, I’m THRILLED you tried the empanadas! I hear they were a smashing success. Or shall I say a KISSING success. Yeah, baby! 

 

P.S.S. Which then causes me to wonder how many other people are reading this here blog of mine and just not saying anything. If you are, you really should pop your head in and say hello once in a while! Just click on COMMENTS and then type. Click, click, done. That simple. 

Nighty night.

 

 

 

 

 

Speedy Breakfast or Snack 101 June 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — May-May Golly @ 12:26 am

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

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I am one who simply MUST have breakfast every morn. Not an option. However, sometimes I don’t have entirely enough time to put into making an extensive breakfast, such as this morning. Had to be to work this morning at 10:30. I know, right? I’m usually not even up at 10:30, except for Saturdays. Saturday is when I work my double at the restaurant. Anyways. As I was saying. Breakfast. For morning such as this morning, when I barely have time to throw clothes on the body and run a toothbrush over the teeth, I tend to resort to throwing a few things of yummy substance into the ol’ blenderella. 

Meet my beloved blender. Yes, it’s vintage. Yes, it still works. Of course, in order to blend things such as frozen strawberries, it needs a little persuasion. I can be very persuasive though, so we have a good relationship. I love my blender. 

Another thing I now love:

Wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is positively delish in fruit smoothies and oh so good for you. 

So you take yourself some frozen strawberries, add a banana, some yummy vanilla flavored organic yogurt, almond milk for even more protein, and hack off a little wheat grass to throw in for vitamins. Blend, blend, blend and enjoy.

Just what I need to get my engines running in the morning. Or the afternoon after a nap. Or the evening when I need just a little something more. Delicious!!!

 

Pic of the day: Another thing I love. Napping puppy paws!

 

Tag, You’re It June 19, 2008

Filed under: Rants and Raves — May-May Golly @ 10:14 am
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So I have noticed lately in the blog community, this “tagging” bit of stuff. You’re tagged and then you have to post the answers to a series of questions. Hmmmmm. Not sure how I feel about it, but I figured I’d best give it a go and see how I likes it. 

 

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

 

1) What was I doing 10 years ago? Ten years ago I was 21. At 21 I was getting married to my first husband (yes, you read right, there have been 2 in my life so far), a marriage that I would soon learn to be a disastrous mistake. However a good learning experience. I marvel at how much I have changed since then.

 

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? Let’s see. *Reaching over passed out snoring puppies to collect today’s to-do list* Okay, here we are. Ummm. Bake bread. Email Oma, thanking her for the yummy mung bean sprouts and asking how I can make my own in the future. Go grocery shopping for items with which to make chicken soup for Daniel is currently sickipooh pants. Buy a new charger for my computer on Ebay since mine has gone caput. Work on Baby Bolero that I am currently knitting for Daniel’s sister’s new baby, that incidentally was born last night! They waited to see what the sex was, but I bought a lovely light blue yarn anyways, thinking that if it turned out to be a girl, I could then add cute little crocheted white flowers to it. It’s a boy. I’d best get to knitting. 

 

3) Snacks I enjoy: Bread toasted with raspberry jam and a cuppa tea. Hummus and pita. (They make the most AMAZING hummus at the restaurant where I work. Needless to say, I eat ALOT of hummus.) Frozen strawberry, banana, yogurt, and almond milk smoothies. Vanilla yogurt with granola. 

 

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:  Buy my house. Travel the world with Daniel. Buy Daniel a new car and then a Mini Cooper for myself. Help out friends in need. Donate to charities. Own a restaurant. 
5) Places I have lived: Port Orchard, WA. Tacoma, WA. Port Orchard, WA. 
Okay, so that was fairly painless. Care to share yourself? (People I plan on tagging: Brandalicious, Miss Brittany, Pam, Brin.)
So I shall now leave you with a pic of the day. (Got a list to accomplish you know!) 
Puppies sacked out on the sofa.
I have nutty, nutty, dogs. That black blob on the couch? Yeah, that would be Lucy. 
The cow-like creature? Charlie. I do so love my puppies.

 

 

A Day in the Life of Me June 17, 2008

Filed under: Old Style Living,The Clan — May-May Golly @ 11:38 am
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“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” 

-Jane Austen

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This was my day yesterday.

I woke up, made myself some coffee, stumbled out onto the patio, shielded my eyes from the glaring bright object in the sky that we haven’t been seeing much of lately, determined that it was in fact the sun, smiled at feeling the warmth on my face, and promptly sat down in my faux Adirondack chair to settle in for a lovely morning. 

Did some calendaring, worked on my knitting project, called my best friends, and breathed.

The puppies were very happy it was sunny out as well. Lucy insisted I fill her pretty pink pool for her enjoyment.

Apparently a lovely refreshing dip was just the ticket. And then of course there was some frolicking to be had as well.

The girls were quite content to be outside in the their new playpen, thanks to Daniel. 🙂

I continued to work on my knitting and made about 3 phone calls to Vic with questions. 

A girls knitting salvation:

As well as this lovely lady, available anytime via telephone:

 

All this knitting and playing with puppies and talking with friends and relaxing is bound to make a girl hungry. So I made myself some lunch.

A bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mung bean sprout sandwich paired with a nice glass of Kombucha tea. Yes, please!

 

 

Homemade wheat bread, uncured bacon (cause hello, it’s just better for you than the other stuff), juicy tomatoes, lettuce from the garden, and mung bean sprouts courtesy of Oma, a lovely lady I work with. Yum yum yummy to my tum tum tummy.

Oh my, how will I fit my mouth around it?

Oh dear.

Delicious! That, by the way, is MY happy face. 😉

Another thing you should know……..

….I am one who is of the opinion that one cannot have TOO much cookies and cream ice cream on hand. What can I say? They were two for one. I’m all about the bargain.

 

In conclusion of my summary of my delightful day yesterday, I have a question that I would like to pose to you. What do you think I should use this for?

Colette gave it to me over the fence the other day. I’m thinking patio water feature…. or perhaps patio herb garden. What do YOU think??

 

 

 

 

 

I Just Don’t Understand June 15, 2008

Filed under: Rants and Raves — May-May Golly @ 9:52 pm

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

-Albert Einstein

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I don’t understand people sometimes. Now granted, most of the time I enjoy people. This is not one of those times. I’m tired of people who do not take responsibility for their actions when their stupidity has taken over and gotten them into a sticky situation. For every decision you make, there is a consequence. And yet so many times they seem so surprised by the outcome. “Oh my gosh, I can’t understand why I’m pregnant! No, I didn’t use any sort of protection when I had sex. You don’t don’t think THAT had anything to do with it, do you?” (It’s not rocket science, y’all.) I’m also rather tired of standing back and listening to these people bitch, moan, and complain when all of a sudden their lives become more complicated. Upon further contemplation of the subject, I realize yet another reason why I so love Daniel. He tells people like it is. You’re being stupid and making rediculous decisions? He’ll be the first to tell you. He doesn’t pussy foot around people. Now granted, this causes him to seem like “the asshole” more times than not. But I find the honesty very refreshing. He’s not cruel. He’s just honest.  I have been striving to be a little more like that. Perhaps with more of a female flair, obviously. So today I had to tell my “friend” what I thought. I had to tell her that no, I did NOT agree with the decision she was making. That I actually think it’s the lazy way out of a situation that she has partially caused herself. That if she is looking to me for support on the matter, she will not get it. Plain and simple. Suddenly all the anxiety and emotion I had felt moments earlier on the matter cleared, now that she had no doubt of my true feelings and opinion. Thank you, Daniel, for being my inspiration of sorts and helping me to deal with these silly, infuriating people.

 

My neighbor, my friend June 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — May-May Golly @ 12:32 pm

“Distant relatives are not as important as nearby neighbors.” -Anonymous

This is my beloved neighbor and friend, Colette. I have spent the past 4 years in her delightful company. She has been more than a neighbor to me. She has been my family. She has been my support system, my advisor whom I have grown to trust explicitly. I have laughed with her, I have cried with her. I love and admire this woman so much and feel honored to have had the opportunity to live so closely to her these past 4 years. She is moving this weekend. It is bittersweet indeed, for although I know this is an important move, a life changing move, my selfish heart is in mourning. And as I prepare to watch her drive out of that driveway for the last time, I have also reflected upon all the moments of goodness that have been spent between these two little houses, all the love that has been shared between these two hearts. As well as the memories we will have in the future, for even though I cannot have her as a neighbor anymore, she shall forever be my friend, my family. And I shall visit her in her new home, and it shall be my second home, as her home always is. It just isn’t going to be AS convenient. And how did this lovely friendship develop, you ask? Better put a pot of tea on, lovey. It’s a bit of a story. You see, it all began with a cat…….

This is Mr. Bean. Now when I first moved in to this house, Mr. Bean did NOT look like this. He was a scroungy, mangy looking beast. Skinny, scabby, and had the horrific yowl. Like someone was murdering a cow. Apparently he had lived at Colette’s house for years before she ever arrived. The previous owners had fed him, but when they left, they left him there with the hopes that she would continue to feed him. She didn’t want anymore animals, and neither did we. So we tried to ignore him. TRIED. But to no avail. He is not a cat that will be ignored, you see. So Colette and I began to get acquanted over the fence, finding out that we both had caved and were starting to feed this strange animal. The more we fed him and loved him and gave him flea medicine, the healthier he became. Long story short, he turned in the fat, sassy, hilarious, amazing creature you see above. He is an incredible and unique cat. A cat that brought two neighbors together. Before you know it, she and I were sharing coffee on Sunday mornings.

She introduced me to chickens.

Her little Marie…..

and the delightful Miss Eva Gardener. May their souls rest in peace. 

We formed a bookclub together……..

Britt, myself, Donna, and Colette.  You have one person from each generation here on the dot. Britt (in this picture) is 20, I was 30, Colette 50, and Donna 60. It makes for a very eclectic conversation to say the least. But we are each others’ support group. Not to mention therapy group. Comic relief group. We-love-wine-and-fabulous-food group.

 

She threw me a “Happy 30th Birthday party at her house. 

It was perfect. I had all my beloved friends there. She and I made a fabulous 5 course French meal together, learning how well we pair together in the kitchen. There was wine, there was laughter. It was exactly how I had imagined my 30th birthday would be. 

 

We have spend many a lazy afternoon in her garden……. drinking coffee, discussing life and loves and struggles and fears and triumphs. 

I shall miss the spontenaity of those afternoons. Her garden has been the inspiration of much of my photography, her beautiful flowers and plants too lovely to pass up.

 

 

 

 

 

She introduced me to Khalil Gibran…….

 

and organic gardening………

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The moments of goodness I have shared with this woman cannot be complete summarized in one posting. It goes on forever. So I will conclude with these words: I love you, Colette. Thank you for all you have done for me and shown me and inspired me to become. I look forward to seeing where your new adventure will take you and the new friends you will meet along the way. 

P.S. We had best talk at LEAST once a week, though, or I fear the withdrawals will overtake me. 😉