Gratuitous zinnia photos.
A zinnia and some rosemary.
I'm enjoying my plan to be more creative. Yesterday, I started a seashell mobile, which is something I've wanted to do for years!! It's not done, but I've hung it up on a tree outside so I can enjoy it as I add to it, sort of like a work in progress. That's what artists do, right?
I also decided to hang a couple of bird feeders to go with my homemade bird baths. One is a finch sock feeder and the other is bell shaped with seed stuck to it. So far, I haven't seen much action, but I plan to make a few more feeders out of empty 2-liter soda bottles and see what happens, as part of my plan to add more creativity to my everyday life. (Found some interesting websites while searching for directions.) I used to love making "food for the birds" with my girls when they were young. A favorite was to smear a bagel with peanut butter, roll it with birdseed, and hang it on a tree using yarn. Another was to use partially scooped out orange halves, although they were trickier for me to hang up, as they entailed hole-punching the peels and threading yarn through the holes.
A couple of nights ago, Melissa and I made couple of pillows, using old couch pillows, cutting the original, ugly fabric off, and re-covering the pillow forms with recycled sheet fabric. I'll take photos when we finish. (She finished, but took them with her before I could take any pictures; she's promised to bring them back.)
I tried another wonderful recipe from Moosewood Cookbook: Szechaun Eggplant and Tofu. Yummy. This is the only photo I took because we ate it so quickly!
The neighbor across the street brought us three wonderful tomatoes from his garden; no pictures because they didn't last ten minutes. Steve and I immediately made tomato sandwiches for our lunch. I'm so regretting that we didn't plant tomatoes and peppers this year. But I plan on giving the generous neighbor a loaf of homemade bread, in the hopes that he'll continue to share his tomatoes with us.
Yesterday was Beach Friday and I was starving when I got back. Luckily I had some leftovers from the vegetable fajitas I had eaten one night, so I heated them up, added an egg, and had a delicious lunch. Creativity at work here too!
Now I'm off to enjoy a lazy Saturday with my husband, puttering around the yard, the beach, and generally just taking it easy. Hope you have a good weekend too!
PS Thank you so much for helping my daughter out with the survey! She says thank you!!