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Hello my dear readers. I have been absent for far too long and have missed posting to this blog. Illness crept around the corner, grabbed my by the lungs, squeezed me, and landed me in the hospital, where I still am today. I managed to contract an odd variety of pneumonia. Never had this before and do not ever want to have this again either. Today, I am actually feeling a lot better and felt like creating a post.

The challenge for today’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Cheri has chosen the topic “Today was a good day.” Because I am stuck indoors, with a tiny window allowing me to see the tops of pine trees, I decided that I would share some favorite photos with you of what I would much rather be seeing. This will make my day a good day.

Seeing my dog Astro.

Astro

Astro

My cats….

Madison.

Missing Ms. Madison

Missing Ms. Madison

Toby.

Toby

Toby

Scrappy and Toby.

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Is it OK if we play with this box?

I would include my husband in these photos but I do get to see him every day when he visits.

I have missed you all! I am not sure how I will be feeling tomorrow, and if I can do it I will post again tomorrow. You take care and be well. Thank you for stopping by! ^..^

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Good day to you my fellow bloggers and readers. I have been under the weather for a number of days and finally feel, as I recover, able to concentrate on writing a story. I am participating in Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This challenge requires a complete story using 100 words or less. Here is the photo prompt and my story…

Mutated Moths - Photo by Madison Woods

Mutated Moths – Photo by Madison Woods

Few knew about the mutation of moths. These unassuming insects had turned carnivore. I discovered this the other night at home.

I was sitting outside eating my burger. I needed more mustard. I separated the bun from the burg then went to get it. When I came back, moths covered my food. They appeared to be tearing at the meat. I watched for a bit and then waved them off. Reluctantly they left.

Three days later, after work I went back to Mickey D’s to grab a bite. Who do you think I found at the drive up window?

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Thanks go out to Rochelle for hosting, and to Madison for the inspiring photo. To you dear reader, thanks and be well… ^..^

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This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands over at WordPress, has chosen the topic “beneath my feet” for the photo challenge. So, let’s take a look at some photos of where my feet have taken me.

What is beneath my feet is:

The deck of a cruise ship.

Split image

Split image

The dry earth of the desert.

It is dry as the desert here!

It is dry as the desert here!

Winter snow.

My house in December

My house in December

A meadow.

The herd returns - see the ranger?

The herd returns – see the ranger?

Hoover Dam.

The overlook bridge

The overlook bridge

A beach.

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A trail in Big Trees State Park.

One of the smaller trees

One of the smaller trees

I hope that you enjoyed my photos for this challenge. Have a splendid weekend, and be well… ^..^

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Our crepe myrtle trees are in full bloom. The flowers on the pink tree are more abundant than on the magenta tree. In the mornings as we sit outside enjoying a cup of coffee, we hear the hum of the bees. It sounds just like we are sitting inside a hive. Bees are a hard subject to shoot photos of because they are very swift, but I did manage to get a number of photos that I want to share with you today.

Here is a honeybee…

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

If you look closely at this photo you will see that the honeybee is a hairy insect.

Hairy bee

Hairy bee

This little gal is on top of it!

She's on top of it!

She’s on top of it!

I got lucky on this next shot. I captured a pair!

A pair of honeybees

A pair of honeybees

This next shot shows the bee harvesting. You can see pollen on her right hind leg.

Harvesting

Harvesting

My favorite shot is this last one. The wings of the bee move so rapidly. Check out what the wing looks like captured in motion.

Wings in motion

Wings in motion

That’s it for today Thanks for dropping by! Have an amazing day and bee well. `ö´

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Welcome back to my kitchen for Tasty Tuesday! Today I will be featuring pork ribs. I was actually going to make these ribs Chinese style, but discovered I did not have the hoisin sauce to do so.

So, I took a gander at One Man’s Meat,, an award winning food blog written by Conor Bofin. I have tried numerous recipes from his site and my husband and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I suggest you check out his site! I had to make a change on the peppers used in this recipe because I did not have the same ones that Conor used.

Ingredients
Side of baby back pork ribs
4 whole dried pasilla ancho chiles
2 whole dried guajillo chiles, Conor used New Mexico chiles
3/4 cup of local honey
1 1/2 tsp of fennel seed, Conor’s recipe calls for 1-2 tsp

Ingredients

Ingredients

My preparation is a bit different. First, get a soup kettle of water on the stove and set to boil. Trim the ribs to individual ribs. As the water gets hot in the pot, take out a little over one cup of the hot water. Put this in a bowl along with the dried chiles.

When the water boils, add the ribs and cook for 15 minutes. At this point, I heated up a small saute pan, and added the fennel seeds.

Fennel seed before

Fennel seed before

I kept moving the fennel around in the pan. When you see the color change from green to a lovely shade of brown they are done.

Fennel seed after

Fennel seed after

Remove them from the heat and add them to your mortar. Using the pestle, crush them to a fine powder.

Get out your blender and add the crushed fennel. The chiles should be soft enough now that you can pop the stems off, and then gently tearing down the side of the chile, open up the chile and remove the seeds. Add the chile pieces to your blender, and also add the water that you soaked the chiles in. Add your honey and blend to make a smooth paste. I forgot to take a blender photo!

The ribs should be done. Remove them from the hot water and place them in a glass dish for marinating.

Ribs after boiling

Ribs after boiling

Pour the paste over the ribs. I stirred this up with my hands to make sure that they are evenly coated.

Ribs rubbed with marinade

Ribs rubbed with marinade

Then I tossed them into the refrigerator for a few hours, turning them occasionally.

Conor prepares these ribs on a gas grill, lowest heat, for about 20 minutes.

With the near 100 degree temperatures we have been having here, I decided to do the remainder of the cooking by slow roasting the ribs. I did this in a 175 degree oven for about 2 hours. Line a baking pan with foil. Add about one inch of water to the pan. Lay a rack over the pan and lay the ribs on the rack.

Ribs racked and ready

Ribs racked and ready

The leftover marinade, I tucked away in the refrigerator and before the ribs were just about ready, I heated up the sauce to a boil, let it thicken, and then served this as a sauce for dipping of the delicious ribs.

Cooking up the marinade

Cooking up the marinade

And, here are the ribs right out of the oven. Don’t they look amazing?

Ribs are done!

Ribs are done!

The ribs are tender, juicy, and the flavor is subtle and slightly smoky. The sauce is a lovely compliment.

A huge thanks to Conor for letting me feature his recipe. Conor, I dare you to try my Chinese Char Siu Ribs. Your rib recipe reminded me of these ribs.

Well, thanks for dropping in to join me in the kitchen. Stay tuned for another recipe coming your way next Tuesday. Be well… ^..^

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I realized that I have not featured our sweet little hummingbirds for a while. We usually have the annas and the rufous. We have not seen the rufous since early summer. We do have plenty of the annas. Here are some shots of these summer hummers in our yard.

They are quick to come and go.

Coming and going

Coming and going

Did you know that aside from nectar, the hummingbirds favorite thing to eat are ants? We stopped washing off the ants from the feeders.

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Here is a lucky shot of an incoming hummer.

Incoming!

Incoming!

They get used to us being around, and even zoom at us to let us know that the feeder is getting low. My husband caught this shot of them sitting on my hand.

On my fingers

On my fingers

Here is a photo of a rufous from earlier

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

We plant flowers in our garden every year that will provide these foothill critters with nectar. We have so many in the garden this year that we have not had to fill the feeder but twice.

Well, there you have it, my summer hummers. Have a great weekend and be well… ^..^

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Krista over at WordPress has chosen the topic “inspiration” for this week’s photo challenge. She says, “What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.” I get inspired by a number of things. Here is what inspires me.

After a rain, I am inspired to take my camera outside to take close up photos that capture the drops of water on the spring blossoms.

All wet!

All wet!

I am also inspired to look for the abundance of mushrooms that pop up after a spring rain.

Mushrooms in moss

Mushrooms in moss

I like finding places that offer serenity and a place to relax.

The chair seen a second way

The chair seen a second way

Because of the beauty that I find in places, I am inspired to explore. Here are some shots of places that I have seen on these explorations.

Hiking through some rough terrain, I discover this lovely view of a beach.

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Walking the trail gets me to a good viewing area enabling me to capture this shot of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Hiking a trail in Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii, the shrubbery opens up and I am delighted by the view.

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

What inspires you? To see what inspires others, click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^

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