In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunsets and Lightning!

I had stopped taking sunset photos when I was sick, but I'm much better now and want to get back in the habit of taking the time each day to watch the evening show. It's so easy to get busy, completely missing the beauty around us each day, and that's a damn shame.  This was Monday's sunset...
(All photos enlarge to full size when clicked)

Later Monday night, I was out with the dogs and saw lightning to the north of us. I was lucky to get this quick photo. One of these days I'm going to learn how to use the manual settings on my camera, set up the tripod and try to get some great lightning photos. This was quickly taken using the automatic setting...

This was last night's sunset. We had heavy cloud cover and didn't think there would be anything to see, but at the last minute before the sky went completely dark, a blaze of blues, pinks and white lit up the sky. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Windy Day At The Beach

Though Hurricane Irene never came anywhere close to us, we sure had some wind, rough water, and strong riptide this weekend

I don't know what pissed this gull off, but he was sure scolding someone.

The sea oats have turned a pretty golden color and they were waving in the wind.

The high tide got dangerously close to this sea turtle nest. I read that along the east side of the state many sea turtle nests were destroyed when Hurricane Irene passed by the FL Atlantic beaches on her way northward. Such a shame.

Grandpa and grandson enjoyed a game of catch...

Though there were clouds moving in and out all day, the sun was intense. A few umbrellas dotted the beach...

...and wind kept blowing them over...
I wonder if this guy was tweeting?

When we first moved here, we ignored the warnings of riptides and big waves, thinking surely those warnings were for the very old (we're just old, not very old yet) and kids. We'd go out and jump the waves, having a great time until one day a wave knocked me down and the riptide grabbed me. Scared the hell out of me! It was like someone had pinned me down and I couldn't break free or get up. Luckily ROM was there and was able to pull me up and away from the riptide. (I'll have to remember to tell you the story about another time when I saved ROM)

As I stood there yesterday, pondering whether to go in or not, I remembered that incident and decided keep my ass on the beach.

Today sure wouldn't be a day to be on the beach. We've had strong storms moving in and out all day, lost power and internet for awhile. Though Isabella could have done without the storms (she's spent the day in the hallway staring at her spot), my outdoor plants are loving the rain.

Real Old Man got a new camera for his birthday and he has a new photo blog here. He's really getting some fantastic photos with his new camera. Also, my Twitter friend @tweatcyn has an amazing photo blog here. If you enjoy photography and wonderful photos, be sure and check out both their blogs.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Birthday Weekend...

I may not be Teresa Giudice or Bethenny Franklin, but I do have some great recipes. No, they won't make you skinny and they aren't all that healthy, but damn, they sure do taste good.  Most of my cooking reflects my midwest roots- meat, potatoes, gravies and veggies. On the other hand, my baking is not so good. I can follow a recipe to the letter and still end up with crusts that are anything but flaky and cookies that look like flat cow patties. But I do have a few fail proof recipes that always turn out great. One of those recipes is Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake that Real Old Man always requests for his birthday.  

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 box chocolate jell-o instant pudding
4 eggs
1/3 C. oil
1/3 C water
8 oz. sour cream
12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix everything together in bowl. Add and mix in chocolate chips last. Put in greased bundt pan and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool, then place on cake plate and dust with confectioners sugar.

Real Old Man and Isabella have their birthdays in the same week. Of course Bella couldn't share the chocolate cake ( we all know dogs can't eat chocolate) so I had to make her favorite doggy cake...

Isabella's Favorite Cake
1 lb. ground turkey
1 C. quick oats
2 eggs
3 tbs. minced garlic
4 oz. Parmesan cheese
2 tbs. oil
1/2 C water

Mix everything well, then place in oblong dish or pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry.
After it cools, cut into bars and place in storage bags. Refrigerate or freeze.

Both the humans and dogs are happy to have their favorite dessert to snack on this week...