Category Archives: Pets
Ginger has fit right in with the rest of the crew. Homer still tries to assert himself over him but they rarely get into anything serious. The hummers are hitting the feeders heavily now, and will continue to do so through August. We have five feeders up and refill them nearly everyday.
Here is Scout doing her best Nala impression and Bixby his best, “I’m not here” pose.
This is how Scout likes to sit. It was cute as a little thing, not so much now that she can flatten the cushions to pancakes. I’m working on discouraging it. And yes, that is her handiwork on the windowsill. Luckily I’m in the middle of painting, so the repairs should be relatively easy.
I have no idea why Bixby has recently become camera-shy. Big goof.
Cookies! Brownies! Mrs J baked these up while I was busy mowing.That leftover penne Bolognese made a super nice lunch for us the other day.Procrustean chair. Cats manage to fit in most anywhere, Ginger Boy is comfy without the need for adjustments.I felt the need for a cheeseburger so these happened. King Arthur recipe makes beautiful buns, It says so right there in the name!I get comments like “how can you even eat that tall thing?’ and I say it’s easy enough for even beginning eaters!Just mash that bad boy right on down to fit. Procrustean maw! LOLI made a pie the other day but it really wasn’t too good. The crust wasn’t right and Mrs J said it needed more tomatoes and cheese, and she wanted sauce on her pizzas, dammit!Ribs are good anytime. These were slow cooked in the oven. Kroger was running a buy one get one free on ribs so I snagged some.The walk is big enough for both of them. Gabe was seen chasing Ginger a little earlier but they seem to have reconciled.
So these two:
Yesterday was Bixby’s 4th birthday. Celebration was laid-back. LOL Scout also had a milestone – she turned 7 months this week. The house reflects the puppy energy. I’m forever picking up toys and the windowsill now features Scout’s mark – she’s chewed a big chunk of it out. Luckily, it’s repairable. Puppies.
I’ve been busy – painting the living room, refinishing the martini bar – which looks lovely and I need to get some photos up of it. And the gardens take up a bit of time. But unlike last spring and summer when I spent most of my time moving and re-imagining what I had inherited – this spring it has mostly been sprucing things up, keeping the weeks controlled and enjoying the blooms. I’ll take it.
I have been doing absolutely no cooking. I need to have another dinner party to motivate me – and there is one on the schedule so I’ll have to think of something fun. There’s a new grill coming, which means it will definitely be of the outdoor nature. Probably too soon for garden veggies. But a girl can dream.
I have promised the dogs a walk…so we are off. Happy father’s day to everyone!
This ended up being better than expected. It’s a basic tomato and cucumber salad with a dill vinaigrette made with seasoned rice vinegar. Mrs J snagged a bag of sweet Vidalia onions so I included those into the mix. My handheld mandoline made short work of that English cuke.This hosta is pretty. I took several garden shots per a request over at Balloon Juice in the Sunday morning garden chat.This is looking up at the patio herb and pepper garden. The bare looking tree/shrub thing is a vitex that has to be severely pruned every year lest it take over. It always was a late starter but I think it may dead. I won’t miss it too much although the hummers and the bees sure liked it.Mrs J prefers garden kittehs to gnomes. The feeling isn’t necessarily shared throughout the household.Post needs more sammich! This is the last of a brisket I smoked earlier this year. I reheated the slices in BBQ sauce.Another garden kitteh. Mrs J is fond of those coconut fiber containers, saying she has good luck with them.I love to thin slice the mini peppers to brighten up a slaw. We will make several in a row with the vinegar dressing, then shift to creamy for a couple of batches.
I caught Ollie posing with Garden Cat, seems he was jealous of Ginger Boy getting all the pretty kitty accolades.I’m sure he was also interested in the occasional hummer. Things are slow on the humminbird front. I fear that the numbers may be down again this year. They always enter a lull in feeder activity at this time, anyway.The first pepper! Yay! Lots of blossoms and little pepper nubs on the other plants, too. This one is an Anaheim.We finally spotted a bird with a peanut. Because of the way the camera is programmed we rarely see such. The peanuts just disappear from one picture to the next, as if by magic.I took a notion to bread and fry boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. Soak them in buttermilk, dredge in flour, and then rest them until the flour has soaked up all the buttermilk. It didn’t take long to fry them in 350° canola oil. The red potatoes were boiled with the skins on, and then mashed with sour cream and butter. The tomatoes are in a vinaigrette with crumbled feta.Post needz moar Homer kitteh! Also moar Gabe! Homer likes dogs and disdains other cats. The other cats in the household return the same.We have a lot of canned tomato soup from last year. Fortunate, because we love tomato soup. Especially with grilled cheese. This year we have a few tomato plants out back, mostly for BLT sammiches but there may be enough to can some.I set up the grill for the holiday, just hamburgers today. We needed some buns so I baked a few.I’ve been putting together some odds and ends of the green striped china. The round plates are “new old stock”, as are those cute little bowls. I have some more stuff ordered from an Etsy shop, and Ebay has provided a lot of it. They’re vintage pieces made for the classic diners and restaurants from the ’50s. The green stripes are a pattern known as “Niagara” We grilled some sweet corn, I dusted these buttered ears with grated Parmesan, the kind that sells in the plastic shaker canisters. It is a nod to the classic Mexican elote. It was pretty good but nothing like the real thing.