We get pretty excited over here for September, because the weather starts cooling off.
The tourists start waning.
And it is our birthdays!
This past weekend Charlz and I sneaked a 24 hour overnight date to St. Augustine in between surfing and football.
It's only an hour and a half up the coast and it is so cool.
It's the oldest city in the country!
Everything looks so old!
Even the old people look older!
Old dude with an old dog on an old bike; Old alley
And there are so many cool old doors.
I am working on a series of doors for a wall in our house.
I think this is a good start.
Doors. Printing these out for my house.
This set is stunning.
We had a delicious dinner at Harry's Seafood, and then walked around the city in the dark.
We decided NOT to take a ghost tour, but we did poach a couple who were wandering in our vicinity as we saw the sights. It was spooky. My phone camera refused to work at one of the locations until the tour group left. We said "OOOooooOOoooOooOoOOOOoo" after every sentence the tour guide said as we wiggled our fingers.
It would have freaked you out.
Haunted tour guide; Cue XFiles Music; Graveyard at night
Anyway, it rained all morning and we decided on a leisurely drive down the A1A with stopping along the way for little explorer walks.
I love time away.
We should have stayed longer.
But we were home by 12:30.
Because we missed the kids.
(And Lola. I really missed Lola. And apparently she missed me more then the kids even know how to.)
We love gardening!
This season, we planted (so far) carrots, cukes, heirloom tomatoes, swiss chard and spring mix lettuce.
They are already getting transplanted, but this is the day we sowed the seeds.
So you may remember, we had adopted a dog and I don't remember if I told you, but she actually moved on to a different home (of her choosing) after running away from ours.
Seriously, she would NOT stick around.
And also? We got her hooked up with an ideal situation for her.
After getting to know her, it was easy to know what kind of home she really needed.
Anyhoo, that time when I got Daisy, this dog (Jasmine) was at the shelter I went to, like, 3 times a week. She was rescued from lock up in Putnam County in April, and she had 9 beautiful babies. The girls and I would visit her and her puppies, and I really liked her.
And somehow ended up with Daisy. Cute, but so. much. trouble.
Fast forward a few months.
Daisy moves in, Daisy moves out, we stop looking for a while, no one adopts Jasmine.
4 months she was at the shelter.
In this time, she is a perfect dog in every way to the staff and volunteers at the shelter.
Good to every dog that came in.
Good to every dog that got adopted to someone else instead of her.
Ideal roommate for any dog that came through there.
Patient. Playful. Pensive.
Always in a good mood.
Always ready to be loved.
Through the whole Daisy situation I stopped dropping by the shelter.
I didn't even know Jasmine was still there.
And then one day, I decide to take a look at their facebook page.
And I saw her.
And I knew I'd be going back down there.
I took the kids last Friday.
And we came back with her for a trial adoption over the Labor Day weekend.
We knew immediately that she wasn't going back.
She has a heart of gold, this kid, and is so very smart and responsive.
She LOVES the kids.
She is well behaved and Ono doesn't hate her.
I am not a big fish eater.
I am trying to eat more fish.
And this is how...
1. parchment paper cut into a heart.
2. veggie layer - I chose potatoes
3. slather on oil and garlic
4. veggie layer - I picked zucchini
5. be generous with the butter and salt and pepper
6. fish layer - I picked tilapia
8. citrus layer - mix it up! the hubs loves it orange
9. herb layer - it's what i had in my garden
-more salt and pepper
10. wrap it up - fold the edges tight.
11. bake at 400 for 20 minutes or til fish is done (in this case flaky)