Friday, August 11, 2017

Random Bits and Pieces

I don't know if it's August doldrums or just lack of imagination, but I've been wracking my brain to try and come up with something interesting to write about. All I've got is a collection of small things, so random bits and pieces it is.

I managed to take some photos of several poppies before the petals fell. They don't last long, but are pretty in sunlight and shadow.

Slightly cooler temperatures and decreasing humidity make me think of baking. I woke up one morning this week with temperatures in the upper 50s and thought, "It's time to make the calzones." So I did.

Stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, they aren't the healthiest thing I could have baked, but since my diet has consisted mainly of tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and zucchini, calzones made a nice change.

After my recent musical revelations with hick hop, I got the best recommendations from Margene and Vicki. Margene suggested Jason Isbell, and I've listened to two of his albums, The Nashville Sound and Something More Than Free. Vicki recommended Gregory Alan Isakov and the Colorado Symphony, and I've been listening to all three excellent albums pretty much non-stop on spotify. I used to use my ipod mainly for audiobooks, but now it's also got lots of good music on it. If you have any musical suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Remember the picnic table that got in the way of a crashing branch?

The kind and wonderful tree guy dropped off new pressure treated lumber and said he would be back to do the repairs. I told him that wasn't necessary because Justin and I worked together, replaced the top, and it's almost as good as new.

I'm going to be testing my "new" picnic table by serving some homemade salsa made with garden tomatoes and a nice beer or two on it. Hope this weekend is a good one for you!


  1. I think the random-bits-and-pieces posts are always among my favorites. Because . . . that's how our lives really are, when you get right down to it. Random bits and pieces that collect to form a life. Thanks for sharing yours with us! :-)
    (Your poppies are just gorgeous! I love them - but don't have any in my garden. Yet. . .) XO

  2. how nice that the tree guy came with the wood replacement! You wrack your brain and I say you talk about lots of interesting things to me - that is what is great about blogging what seems to us as dull is thrilling to others :) Love your flowers!!

  3. This is an enjoyable post - I always enjoy posts that are like wandering conversations. :-)

  4. I like this kind of post too. Your poppies are gorgeous. And Calzones...I'm hungry for one now! Love them. Music, hmmmm, I listen primarily to WRTI - classical during the day and jazz at night, but I do have some favorite artists I listen to ALL the time as well: Bob Dylan, Loreena Mckennitt, Anjani, Eros Ramazzotti, K D Lang, Arthur Alexander (on Vicki's playlist), James Hunter, Robert Cray to name a few. Enjoy your weekend and your homemade salsa!! My friend makes home-made pizza with just home-made salsa on top. So Good!

  5. I have been in the same doldrums, so lots of decluttering of my brain has gone on this week. And, calzones are an excellent idea!!

  6. "It's time to make the calzones." I must be more open to having thoughts like that!! ;)

    I'm so glad you're enjoying new music!!

  7. Those calzones look fantastic! And so does your picnic table.

  8. So many good things in this post! Excellent job Justin and Bonny! It must have been fun working together on something like that! (I fear Dan and I would end up in a wrestling match 10 minutes in!) Have a great weekend and enjoy your snacks and beer!

  9. ahem "Five on Friday" ... I can almost ALWAYS find some way to string FIVE thoughts together. And you strung more than that! Especially glad you and Justin got the table fixed - and that you have a most excellent plan to break it in! Happy Weekend!

  10. The table looks great. I am always amazed at the DYI of dedicated builders and fix-it folks. The photos of the flowers are very pretty. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Jane! My son did most of the work, but I'm learning while helping!

  11. Your post is full of beautiful things. How cool that you and Justin worked together to fix the table. Your plan to celebrate sounds perfect! Listening to music is a good trade off with books. Music is a mood changer and so important to our well being (IMO).


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