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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Weekend
















  1. Daffy Down Dilly has come to town....
  2. Four of my five men in church this morning.
  3. Alex looks like he's praying for it to be over. ha.
  4. I took this pic of Cocoa on Ash Wednesday.  With that feather centered perfectly on his forehead, I asked him if he had converted to Catholicism. ha.  Well, if he did, I'm sure he's happy today is Easter and he can return to catching mice or whatever it is he gave up for Lent. :)
  5. Easter Ham.  I love to cut through the top and add a glaze before baking.  
  6. This year I mixed up a combination of mustard with horseradish, raspberry jam and brown sugar.  It was delicious!
  7. I hadn't seen Peaches in a week.  The last time he couldn't eat solid food as if something was hurting inside his mouth.  I told The Mister after 6 days that I think he went off somewhere to die...he just looked so bad.
  8. The next day, The Mister called to me, "Hey, Peachy is out here!" He still had trouble eating but I was prepared with bottled kitten milk and canned pate style cat food mixed with a little water, which he managed to eat just fine.  I have the carrier out on the back porch and hope to catch this little stray before too much longer so he can get some medical care.  He came two days in a row but I haven't seen him since Friday night now.
  9. Mr. Grackle.  Love these shiny, bright-eyed birds!  They are such good parents, too.
  10. Asparagus baked with bacon and topped with parmesan and panko.
  11. Mr. Moon.
  12. Key Lime Bars.  An Ina Garten boxed mix.  Tasted like scratch...but you did add your own butter, eggs and lime juice.
  13. This little Tufted Titmouse has been my delight today.  Aw. What a cutie!  I love how her little grey gloves match her Easter coat and hat. ha.

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  1. Betsy... where to start! These all made me smile, and think, and feel gratitude. And I am so glad Peaches came back. Can't wait for him to get better. That ham..................... OH MY!!! Happy Easter!

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    1. If only that Peachy would come every day! Twice a week and at night isn't ideal for catching him. I'd rather it was in the morning and I could take him immediately to the vet! But we will see....every time he comes he is more trusting.

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    2. That asparagus/bacon dish looks so amazing. Two of my favourite things in the world... and Parmesan too. Can't lose with that combination. I bet it was perfect with the ham.

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    3. It was really good...no recipe..just put it together and in the oven. I used that pre-cooked bacon so it came together nice and fast.

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  2. I am also laughing about Cocoa! Ha! At first I thought that I had never noticed that white spot on his head before. Too funny!

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    1. Cocoa thought I'd totally lost it as I giggled and took several pictures of him. So funny....

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  3. From our family to the Brock family ~~~ Happy Easter!

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    1. Woonie! :) I hope you and Carl have had a wonderful day!

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    2. Big family dinner + a neighbor, almost ready to begin ...

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  4. beautiful photos, I hope Peaches shows up soon, my daughter Kelly has been feeding a few strays all winter, to are feral but one has been well loved at one stage of its life and she is trying to win its confidence to bring in, so sad to see them abandoned.Happy Easter to you and your family! Lovely ham and desert, we had ham with a brown sugar glaze too!

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    1. I can't tell about Peaches...stray or feral. He won't let me step close to him or touch him...so who knows! My Slate was a stray...definitely domesticated and obviously loved that lifestyle over his wild, homeless one. ha.

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  5. There is so much I could say about these gorgeous photos and the stories they represent. I guess top story might have been if Peaches could have been saved and taken to Pets A&E. Poor little chap . . . I do have strong vibrations you might be able to help save him ~ you are an angel of mercy with such a big heart. . . .
    Boys look good in church.
    Bird shots . . . . beautiful.
    Food would show a much greater evidence of attack if I was there . . . ..yum . .
    All in all you have been a busy bee this Easter . . . . :) x

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    1. When Peaches showed up after I assumed he was dead, The Mister said he still had 5 or 6 lives yet. ha.

      Love the bird shots myself...so fun!

      Yes, a busy bee...maybe I'll take the day off tomorrow. lol...

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    2. Yes take the day off . . . or I'll come and tie you into the chair and put feet up . . . . .lol . . . .:)

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    3. put your feet up.....now where have I heard that before? lol...

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    4. Seems like the 'in' thing to say at the moment . . . but we don't always do it . . . lol
      I think you need 5-6 nascar races back to back to make you sit down . . . haha

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  6. beautiful photos Betsy...
    I SO hope Peaches comes back again...
    He would make a great addition to your household...
    I slit my Ham the same way!
    Love the Titmouse...I have never seen one!!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Great minds....great cooks, right? I think it's pretty that way.

      I hope a titmouse comes to visit you....they are lovely with those huge eyes!
      They like peanuts, too!

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    2. Perhaps I will see one at the cottage.....if we ever get to stay!

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    3. I hope this ones brings a mate around....she single as far as I can tell! ha.

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  7. I'm holding my breath that you catch Peaches soon. I worry so much about him. I turn 70 this week, so it will be the best present ever if he gets some help. Titmice are one of my favorite birds. They seem to have migrated away from here now. You wouldn't like watching the red tailed hawk nest cam at Cornell, because starlings are often the day's special on their menu. When a murmur of starlings descends in the spring, I think they sound like a hundred door hinges that need oiling. Lynne in NC

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    1. Lynne...Peaches just came around this evening and ate pretty well...very thirsty, too. I do wish he would come during the day. I can't see trapping him at night and having him hurt himself trying to break free....and crying all night. The neighbors would be calling! ha. Hopefully this week....I just need it to be during the vet's hours!

      I watched a red tailed hawk catch a mourning dove at my feeder one time! Wow! They have to eat, too, though and hawks are beautiful creatures. But I tell my cats that they do NOT have to eat birds and to stop trying! haha....I've moved my feeders up several times as Shadow grew and could jump higher and higher. He loves to hunt like his mother! Yes, the starlings do screech, don't they?

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  8. He sure is shiny as he stares
    Or maybe that would be glares
    Hopefully Peaches comes back on a day
    When not everything is closed and can be caught with no dismay
    The feather is perfectly balanced too
    As Cocoa stares at you

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    1. yes, he needs to come during the day
      so I can trick him into the carrier at my bay.
      Hope I can do it quick
      because I'm sure he's going to be ticked! ha.

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  9. I have had several Titmice at my feeder this week. They are such pretty, little birds.

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    1. They sure are...so sweet. I love their big eyes!

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  10. I'm so glad you had a lovely Easter. If anyone deserves it then you most certainly do. I don't blame you for having the day off tomorrow, just stay in bed and the Mister will bring you anything you need. . .

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    1. haha....fat chance of that! I'm sure he'll be at work and not waiting on me hand and foot. Although he did do dishes twice for me today, which was very nice!

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  11. Happy Easter! What a wonderful selection of photos...I found myself smiling bigger and bigger!

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  12. Looks like you had a lovely weekend, Betsy. Your daffodil is beautiful. Glad to see peaches came back...hope he sticks around for awhile. Your boys in church......it's enough to make a mama proud, isn't it? The little titmouse is adorable. And that moon! I saw it last night and it was huge! I was wondering if it was a super moon. But after googling it, I read that it was a blood moon. Have a good week.

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    1. The moon was really huge and bright! And yes, it's nice to see the daffodils! It feels like it's officially spring now! ha. Although, it's still in the 30's overnight...chilly mornings!

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  13. That is an amazing shot of the moon!!!

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    1. The moon was awesome...so bright it felt like an outside light was on out in the yard! ha.
      Did you have a nice Easter? Hope so.....

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  14. Oh Betsy, I sighed when I read that you took your boys to church:) Looks like one is praying, one is tuned out and the other one has a stomach ache..haha. We used to take our son to church but it was just too much sensory overload for him.
    Your Easter meal looks delish..oh and those key lime squares.. Yummers!!
    Good to see Peaches came back.

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    1. Oh, the boys go to church with us every week! They just don't usually sit with us. There are special needs helpers that sit with them up in the balcony during the worship service and then they go to their own class. We're trying something new and having them sit with us the first hour. So, they are very used to it....they've gone there their whole lives.

      Church doesn't seem to do the sensory overload on them, but some places do....loud and crowded places for sure. So many places we can't go!

      I've eaten WAY too many key lime squares today. ha.

      Hope you had a nice day, Betty!

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  15. Bacon might be a great idea to get my man to eat asparagus. Hmm. .. lol

    Happy Easter xo

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  16. They're all great pictures - what can I say? I love seeing the boys in church. Your ham is a beauty. Peaches! He's not making it easy on you, but you have a huge group cheering you on!

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    1. The boys do very well in church...a few sounds now and then, but not too bad for a 90 minute service!

      Peaches....hopefully! Every time he comes back makes it easier! Now if he would just come during vet hours!

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  17. I was wondering if the boys went to church with you every week, or if Easter is a special occasion for them.

    That asparagus looks really yummy!

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    1. Yes, every week....and they really are very good....not perfect, but good. ha.

      Hey...I made swordfish....had it just about the same day you did in Florida...I'll post pictures soon. Yum.

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    2. Mmm, I'm sure your swordfish was delicious!

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    3. Oh, it was soooo yummy! I grilled it...very easy. I'd had it in restaurants before but never tried it at home.

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    4. Now that we're back home, I'm feeling nostalgic for anything that reminds me of Florida, like the Key Lime bars you made. Will look forward to seeing your swordfish photos.

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    5. I bet you are....no wiggling your toes in the ocean water today, I bet. haha. Not as warm up there either! :)

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    6. It's a good 40 degrees colder this morning here than it was in Fort Lauderdale when we left on Saturday!

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    7. Oh, dear! Are you on your way to work? At least you can show off a little suntan and some memories!

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    8. Yes, it will be a long day today, but that's the price of going on vacation. :)

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  18. Whoops, just read the side bar and previous comments… sounds like the boys are used to going to church and did really well sitting with you today. MusT have made for an especially nice Easter.

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    1. ha..yes, just answered you, too....it was nice having them sit with us. ..a bit distracting, but not too bad! I've seen grown ups that were more restless. haha....

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  19. Do you know why it is called key lime? It seems such an odd name to me.
    Ooh that poor cat. I do hope you catch him.

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    1. Key Limes are grown in the Florida Keys! They are smaller than the common lime and very flavorful.

      Yes, poor Peaches....He's bound to come in the morning at some point!

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    2. I never knew that. Well.... that explains a lot. Thank you.

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  20. Love the pictures of the boys!!
    Look nice!
    Oh Peaches poor kitty only I would finally he
    Stay in your home!

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    1. Eventually I think he will...poor thing...he would feel so much better after seeing the vet!

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  21. Hi Betsy - all amazing shots ... so pleased Peachy has come back ... and I hope that he gets caught soon and so he can be helped. The food looks amazing ... as too the birds ... while the moon looks like it's got its south pole waving at us ... incredible shot ...

    Happy Easter and so lovely to see all your goings on - at least you get the boys to Church ... cheers Hilary

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    1. The moon...you are so right! I love the detail there. Not just the craters but that southern point...like that's where God spun it on his finger when he made it...so cool!

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  22. That picture of Cocoa is priceless!

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    1. Isn't that funny? Love his expression.

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  23. What an awesome post! You're such a loving awesome woman...so no surprise. =) Getting your family to church and fixing such wonderful meals...loving your fur friends like no other....I think about you often, even though I'm not here to tell you. We just got home from 2 months in FL...hoping Old Man Winter has left Ohio for good til next winter. Take good care Friend - hugs to you. XO

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! :) Welcome back to Ohio! ha.

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  24. Happy Easter, a bit belated. Loving all these photos. Poor Peaches does look quite poorly; if only he realised he could trust you...

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    1. Peaches is a challenge that is for sure! Maybe in time I'll get him to the vet...have to catch him first!

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