Saturday, July 11, 2009

Here and There. This and That.

Weird day. Originally overloaded with plans but they all fell through more or less at the last minute. So I contented myself with puttering around the house and trying new recipes from a cookbook I bought this week. This is the Mexican Oven Baked Omelet. Filled with black beans, corn, onions and peppers. It called for chilies but I don't like them so I didn't add any. Top with salsa or taco sauce and fat free sour cream. Muy Yum! Also made blueberry muffins but they aren't as pretty.

Someone put a roadkill skunk on my car the other day. I went down to the parking garage and it was hanging from my side mirror in a plastic bag. Since it's a security locked building, I suspected it was an inside job. It was. Fritz, the little Westie upstairs left it for him. Big fan apparently. I think that completes Ben's collection of flat animals now: squirrel (Flat Eddie), rabbit (F00-Foo), Beaver (Beavus) part of a fox (MJ-may the rest of him rest in peace) and now a skunk (Stinky). Stinky's not actually stinky yet, being new to Chez Bee and all. But if he goes the path of the other flat animals, it's only a matter of time. Ben knows them all by name and if he is playing with one and you ask him for a different one he happily goes to get it. Yeah, he lives one tough life that guy! Remind me to tell you next time about him learning to 'pick up his toys'!

There has been knitting. I have been working on the Swirl Scarf pattern. This is a God Awful Picture (heretofore know as a 'GAP'. I just invented that and now I'm trying to get it to catch on), so try to imagine it: #1. Finished. #2. Blocked within an inch of it's life. Yeah, I know it takes a super Power imagination, but try, O.K.? The pattern is pretty simple once you get the hang if it, but, for me at least, there was a steep learning curve at first as to casting on additional hexagons since it's all worked in one piece. You pick up edges, cast more on and knit the hexagons in the round. Yeah. I know. I've finally got it licked though. It doesn't make me swear near as much as it used to.

Well, Mr. Ben and I are going out to find a movie to watch. We can't sit out on our patio because it's covered with these creepy crawlies which is kind of like a horror movie unto itself. I like cute and fuzzy caterpillars but these are the Darth Vadar Menacing Kind. They aren't shy either. When we go out, they all swarm towards us. Thanks the Big Guy that at this point in my life I am still able enough to outrun them. Anyone know the name of these horrors that will no doubt sneak in tonight and spin me into a big cocoon ? Any Darth Vadar Menacing Kind repellent suggestions?

8 comments:

Kitty Mommy said...

Okay. Once I finally figured out that the roadkill skunk was a Ben toy I was okay. First, I was horrified that someone left a roadkill skunk attached to your car, then I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how the heck a Westie got a dead skunk into a bag and tied to your car without thumbs. I think I need a nap.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Kitty Mommy definitely needs a nap! I think I do, too, since I first spelled that "deaf-initely.' That omelet looks GOOD; wish you'd gotten the recipe online so you could share it. I made a new cherry-almost cake recipe with some fresh Royal Ann cherries Brian picked and pitted, and it is SOOO good!

And where do you get the pattern for that kewl scarf?

Cindy G said...

Got to admit my first reaction was the same as Kitty Mommy's, and dang it, I've already had a nap today.

But then, your blog has been known to report some, er, odd occurances from time to time.

Glad it turned out to be benign after all.

Elizabeth said...

I sent your caterpillar pic link to Mr. SABLE for identification. Stay tuned...

aaron browne said...

Looks like whatcha got there is one o dem Araschnia levana caterpillars - aka Darth Vader Bugs... :) They make pretty butterflies at least... Take care!

dale-harriet said...

I was going to offer a trade: your Darth Vaders for my Hollyhock Eaters (I thought we'd avoided them, until this afternoon when I see HUNDREDS flying.) *le sigh*. Well, I'll get out the Glistening Cylinder of Death again. And yeah, that skunk business? EEEEW! Fortunately, my friend Jen's pup only likes round-and-plump playthings like realistic-looking possums. (I repeat, Eeeeewww)

Elizabeth said...

From Mr. SABLE:
Nymphalis antiopa, the mourning cloak... http://bugguide.net/node/view/175551/bgpage
and http://www.google.com/search?q=nymphalis+antiopa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I recently bought that pattern and yarn at my lys. I hope I can figure it out, too.