Saturday, May 26, 2018

Happy Anniversary - Gone Fishing

We bought ourselves an early anniversary present, a used fishing boat. (Next week is our anniversary of 33 years).  Perhaps you recall the pitiful boat we bought in Florida which we fixed up and never used because we sold our home there. That was five years ago. This recent boat was a long time coming since we've wanted to explore the lakes ever since we moved here. We would have rented a boat but the cost is exorbitant.
 
Hopefully we'll actually get to use this boat real soon. We plan to get a bimini top so we won't bake in the sun while we're on the lake. Gary is checking out all the systems and making sure we have all the safety equipment required by the fish and game and/or coast guard. Such as life jackets that fit, a horn, a whistle, a fire extinguisher, a life preserver to throw to someone who might fall overboard, and I am sure there are others.
The price was right and the boat, trailer and motor are in excellent condition. Steering is stick steer which some folks find daunting but since Gary has driven backhoes and bulldozers and the like he can drive just about anything with a stick. There is a fish finder and two anchors which roll up on a pulley like contraption. Not sure of all the terminology, something I'll have to learn, i.e. starboard and port, forward and aft, etc.
The boat, a 2000 weldbilt model, is 16 feet long and 60 inches wide. It came with the trailer, a 25 hp Johnson motor, a trolling motor and many accessories. We really wanted a fish and ski boat but our driveway has limited parking. Since the boat is only 16 feet long it will fit in our driveway better than a longer boat, especially since the trailer adds to the length.
With a two stroke motor rather than an inboard/outboard the water will easily self drain out for winterization. Also the oil is mixed with the fuel so no oil to change.
This is a photo of a similar boat on the water at sunset or sunrise (who can tell) but we hope we're out on the water real soon. Since it's a holiday weekend the lakes will be overly crowded anyway. We have one lake less the five miles from us and several others ten to fifteen miles away. Lots of places to explore. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hardy Geranium

Last year I planted two small hardy geranium plants. They have grown to four foot square and have been blooming for several weeks.
I never would have thought such a delicate looking plant would be so hardy.  The color is the darker color in the first photo. For some reason when I used the flash on this second photo they appear much lighter in color. The two plants are covered in blossoms. Coming up next a brand new adventure for Gary and I. I can't wait to share. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pathway to Nowhere

Doesn't it seem like the stepping stones are a pathway to nowhere? We do have a plan; the pathway will eventually, hopefully lead somewhere. This summer little by little we will (try to) build a garden (storage/greenhouse) shed at the end of the pathway. There are a couple of discount building supply houses in the area which we plan to visit soon. As you can see we added another bin not as long as the first bin. The stepping stones were on sale so we got a few more to complete our pathway. We haven't gotten around to painting the stepping stones because it's been raining every day.

In the second bin I've planted squash and fennel. Where the stepping stones jog to the right I planted three more tomato plants in the ground. I had the tomato cages which I placed up against the bin and wired them to the bin to keep the wind from knocking them over and down the hill. In the first bin all I planted (basil, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplant) have doubled in size. Even though it's been rainy and cloudy plants are still growing. To the right of the stepping stones I have added some lavender and spanish tarragon plants.

In the bin in my upper garden the lettuce is almost completely gone and so is the broccolini. I plan to grow a few okra plants there because it gets lots of sun. I do like fresh baked okra. We shall see how successful I am at growing okra in a bin.

This past winter was long and depressing to me; I'm so glad it's warm and everything is growing again. Some may spend money in their budget on shoes or ... I spend a wee bit of my income on home improvement or landscaping projects because I can enjoy the results every day. If I do a few projects every year, my landscape will soon be full of wonderful garden vignettes. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chicken Verde - Very Quick & Easy

So quick and delicious you'll be amazed. Preheat oven to 350 F. Take any cut of chicken but thighs or breast would be best. Remove the skin (I could pull it off with my hand) and discard. Lightly oil a glass baking dish adequate in size to fit one layer of chicken. I used a 9 x 12 inch for eight thighs. Four thighs would fit in an 8 x 8 inch pan. I like thighs better than the breast which often gets dry. Pour one jar of green salsa (yep store bought) over chicken to cover each piece.
Bake for 45 minutes. While chicken is baking, cook rice or quinoa. Also grate 8 oz of cheese I used mozzarella but I am going to try others. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle grated cheese over the top, turn oven up to 400 F and bake till cheese is just melted. Serve immediately and spoon some of the salsa over the rice. Leftovers were also delicious the next day. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.