Happy Friday, Dear Readers! Ahhh, the end of the work week for most. The beginning of the weekend, when the fam is all home for many. I am just so thankful for everything! For this new, sweet home we are settling into! For health and joy. For the adventure of finding new thrift stores and new fun things to do as a family! Mr. McLendon is very indulgent that way, spending all his free time doing things with us.
Ahhh, living somewhat in the country again. I love it. This is how I grew up! Not way back in deep woods, but in a very rural setting with a yard large enough to run and play in, and creatures and wildlife all around. The other night I went out with AFB (that’s Annie Fatso Beagle, for those of you just tuning in) and what did I behold but Mr. Toad on his way across the yard. Michaela and I got the flashlight and the Nikon (no bragging on this blog!) and took a few pictures. Mr. Toad did not seem to mind at all. He did not puff up for us, but really showed off a bit with that soft pouch of skin under his mouth. It was quite a show! Quite a show!
In preparation for the arrival of some of our guests this month, Michaela and I made what is referred to loosely as a “torte.” A watermelon torte! It looks for all the world like a pretty cake, but the cake is actually a large chunk of watermelon, right from the center of a round, seedless watermelon.
You cut it in eight slices, then dip the end of each slice in vanilla yogurt, then in sliced toasted or untoasted almonds and put back into place. Then you ice the top with more vanilla yogurt. Garnish with strawberry slices and fresh blueberries. Refrigerate until chilled. It was delicious and refreshing in this 100 degree weather. Now, I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but my friend Lou (the one who gave me all the handkerchiefs) shared it with me! I am happy to pass it on. Isn’t it beautiful?
As far as fashion goes, I typically like to wear some kind of sleeve when I go out, but for around the house and even short trips, i.e. store up the street, landfill to drop off trash, it has been just sweaty, icky-sticky hot, and working at home has called for sundresses and sandals! I am longing to get in the garden, but I think it’s too hot to do anything but water what is already there. And, of course, dream of more plans!
Finally, a shot of the living room as it stands today. I am absolutely totally adoring of this piano that Mr. McLendon had in his living room. I read treble clef from playing the clarinet for years . I read bass clef from playing the bassoon for one year. So I think all it will take is practice to put both hands together and play. Michaela and I both are going to take lessons I think.
Well, that is all for now as my work desk calls. Thanks for all of the sweet comments! You make my day!
Enjoy this day!