Showing posts from June, 2019

You're Gonna Rise Up Singing....

If I'd known you were coming, I'd have baked a cake!! Oh wait a minute.....I DID bake you a cake! I call it Mandarin Dream. I followed the box instructions, but instead of the cup of water it calls for, I substituted the fruit juice from the canned mandarin oranges and 1/2 the oranges [whipped into the mix as I combined all eggs, oil, and juice]. The other half or the orange slices were set aside [mashed coarsely] for topping with the cool whip 'icing'. Chilled, and served cold. Easy!!! And, delicious if you like these oranges. It makes a good, tasty summer treat at the end of your meal. _ _ _ _ _ And....While the cake was in the oven, baking, I got out my sketch pad and drew a simple outline of a palm tree...wishing I was on the beach at the moment! I then filled it in a bit and drew the fronds on the tree, scratched in the water lines a little and shaded the rocks on the horizon, and the small sail craft...finishing in no time. Speaking o

A Week at Anni's....

It's been a long week. Hot, hot, and more hot. I can empathize with the Europeans who are also dealing with the sweltering summer!! [Germany, England, France, Poland and more have dealt with 100 degree temps!] So, nothing much in the way of going out for my daily walks. Why? Read my opening statement again if necessary. After my housework is done, I sit and read some. I happened to find a first edition of a book I read as a teenager. I loved the book. The story, tho so very sad and I bawled when I first read it, is also heart warming if you ever experienced the love of a pet. Dogs in particular. I bought it, brought it home and cried again...the story all came back to me like I was reading it in Junior High as a required read for literature....just the first chapter. I'm nearly half way through it, but oh...I tellya, it's now gonna find a special place in our library. When it's done, it will go on the shelf of 'don't trade this in'!!!

Somewhere Beyond the Sea...

When I share my beach walks, I'm usually aiming my camera lens to the sea [or focusing on birds walking the shore or flying high above me]. Today, I thought I'd be a bit different, and show y'all what is behind me...behind the beach and the Gulf. After walking on the sand, dodging the seasonal influx of seaweed, I walked along the jetty clear out to sea, to the very end, then I climbed the sand dunes this time; for a work out.  By the way, if you notice the cross erected on one of the dunes, I must tell you this is a scene that can be a frequent sighting.  People put up memorials for those lost at sea from unfortunate mishaps ...drowning or perhaps totally lost from being caught in those dangerous rip currents. The dunes... ...and the sea:

Lake Views....

Oftentimes, after walking along the beach [where there is no shade], I will head back to town, and stop at a small park within the city and enjoy the shaded area while cooling down 'naturally'...instead of the icy car's air conditioner.  Recently, one morning, early, I drove to Whitecap Beach and walked the seawall, then started 'shifting sand' with my footprints. I ended up also walking the jetty the entire distance and stopped to take photos of the waves breaking on the jetty's boulders. But, before I show you THOSE photos in another post on another day, I will share my walk around the lake that is drenched in shade from the mesquite and willow trees.  Around the path's curve [shown in the photo at the beginning of this post] lies a hidden oasis...

Surf City

And when I get to Surf City I'll be shootin' the curl And checkin' out the parties for a surfer girl... ~Jan and Dean 1963

Summer in the City....

Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn't it a pity Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city All around, people looking half dead Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head Zahn Park - Packery Channel Beach Sunrise June 14, 2019 ~Lovin' Spoonfull 1966