I’m sitting on my front porch basking in the sun looking at weeds that need to be pulled and pretty little starts waiting to be planted. All the while, I’m enjoying a glass of wine feeling decadent that I’m NOT working.
Coe is an evil sneak and is the master of the cold nose to the back of the elbow. She swoops in now and then to remind me she’s there. Always the good sport. (This isn’t really Coe, but an incredible likeness and too funny to not share)
New kitty Ginger is lurking in the garden. I’m pretty sure she thinks she getting away with something. Actually, I’m pretty sure we all feel that way.
I just got some pretty rhubarb at the farmer’s market today since mine is still pretty scrawny. I’ve been googling recipes and may have settled on one… or two…
I’m putting this evening into the win column.
Oh Happy Friday!!
I’ve been sitting in a classroom for 4 weeks being talked at. You may recall my work rant awhile back that I didn’t get xyz at work. The Rolling Stones had it right. You get what you need and not necessarily what you want (clearly paraphrasing). It’s hard to see that sometimes they aren’t the same thing. After week 2 of this class, I was really questioning whether I wanted xyz. Now after some practical application, I’m still unsure, but feel a teeny bit better.
I really try to be a glass half full kinda gal. So this class has been a test of my good humor. We had 3 instructors who rotated. One talked so loud it bordered on yelling. If someone asked a question she didn’t want to answer or had already been asked, she talked louder and faster. Another instructor is super smart, so smart that he’d go off on these random technical tangents and lose everyone who had been moderately following along. The third, was fairly well balanced, engaging and informative without talking down.
Mr Super Smart has been our coach and go-to guy since we’ve been out of the classroom. And now that he’s allowed to go a little more off script, he’s a great coach. Answers questions so you can understand what needs to be done and isn’t condescending in the slightest. Hope of understanding this new stuff is still yet a mere pin-prick…
The summer seems to be lingering and fading at the same time. I hate waking up and leaving home while it’s still dark. I swear just a week ago I was wearing my sunglasses on my way in! Now I get home and have what feels like mere minutes of daylight left… sigh…
With my “school schedule” I’ve not gotten my long lunch walks. They’ve turned into walks in the office building garden. Not nearly as satisfying as walking along the river or meandering through town, but almost as interesting. With being talked at all day and staring at a computer, my brain has turned to mush. All the creativity I felt I had drained out my ears while I slept dreaming about nonsense work, formulas, forms, rules, rum running, the roaring 20’s and home repairs.
I saw my first fall leaf this morning, and as of tomorrow, fall is really here. I’m not quite ready, but with a new season comes new ideas, new projects, and new colors.
I’ve mentioned before I talk to people all day long about the poor decisions they’ve made and how I’m supposed to fix them. What happened to personal responsibility?! Because you’ve dinked around and not taken care of xyz, you now want me to rush and expedite this because you need it yesterday. Too bad, so sad. You should have done it right the first time. (have I mentioned- I’m kinda mean)
Most days I can shake off the cooties assholes deposit on my desk. But there are days like today where asshole after asshole leave a steaming pile of poo in their wake and eventually the stink is too great.
Actually, the bulk of my day was quite good. It wasn’t until the last 2 hours it went to crap. While I was on my bus ride home I kept thinking of the glorious cocktails I’d whip up when I got the chance. That certainly helped things feel better. But it got really good once I made my little concoction.
Once again, calling upon the goodness of my garden, I made a sage simple syrup. I rough chopped about 1/2 cup fresh sage and add 1 cup each sugar and water. Brought this to a boil and reduced to a simmer for about 5 minutes. I then let it rest for another 5 minutes (while I let Coe in) off the heat before I strained out the sage.
1 1/2z New Deal Vodka
1/2 Ginger Liqueur
1/2z fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2-1z sage simple syrup
dash Angostura bitters
Shake and pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass.
It could stand a touch of tweaking, but was pretty darn tasty. I think once (if) summer shows up in Oregon and I start my soda experiments again, I’ll try a sage lemonade. Until then, I’ll enjoy what the garden has to offer any way I can.
I had several compliments on how nice my garden looked when folks came over for brunch. When I rush out the door in the morning most days I don’t take time to check out the garden. After brunch on Sunday, I finally stopped and enjoyed a little time (or thyme) in my garden. I saw things in bloom I hadn’t noticed earlier. Now that we are having beautiful weather, I love getting home and having so much time to enjoy my yard.
Lily of the Valley
A random bloom in the mint patch
I am not the only one who likes my new desk…
Watching my little desktop garden flourish makes me smile almost as much as my awesome view. Green makes anything better. Happy Friday!
Side note: this is my first full, actual post from the WordPress app. I hope this looks ok.