Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Natural Habitat of Vintage Maxis... front of the Goodwill, of course.  What can I say, they have the best walls for photography. This particular Goodwill also has a mini-nature preserve in back of the store...
Outfit Particulars:
Batik cotton maxi dress-Goodwill
Necklace-K Mart
Collins-esque bag-Goodwill
Fragrance-Bvlgari Omnia Coral

 We like visiting this location as there's always good bird watching...

 Like this goldfinch with a beak full of thistle.

Closer to home we spotted this butterfly on my coneflowers.

 And this praying mantis outside the art supplies store. He was happy enough to sit for several minutes having his photo taken.
 "Be sure to get my good side."
When Danny was small, the occasional praying mantis would jump onto the window. They move their hands back and forth, and I had the kid convinced it was waving to him. Sadly, he no longer believes the praying mantis is waving, but he was concerned it might leap out at me after a bit. I backed off to finish the photos.

 Back home, we tried photographing this maxi in a gale. The sun was shining, the wind blowing, and every single photo had me making some sort of stupid face. Every. Single. One. So here's my very nice polyester maxi dress and a stupid face thrown in just for fun.

 Outfit Particulars:
1970's maxi dress-Fairytale Costumes, Omaha
Shoes-K Mart
Collins-esque bag-Goodwill
Bracelet-Yard Sale in the abandoned mall
Trifari brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Courreges in Blue, vintage formulation

Such a great print, but maddening to photograph. 

Monday is drop-off day for the fair which means Danny will be furiously baking this weekend. He's entering two breads, a white cake, cinnamon buns, oatmeal cookies, quick bread, and of course seven different jams and pickles. The excitement around here...can you feel it?! I know you can. Probably. Well try, damnit.

 I'll leave you with a dead easy way to make a meal out of tomatoes.

6-7 large-ish ripe tomatoes
A handful of herbs-thyme, basil, oregano, etc.
Black pepper and salt to taste
Olive oil to taste

Toss it all together in a pan, chuck it in a 275 degree F. oven, and leave it alone for an hour or so. Once the skins peel easily off, remove them, then coarsely chop the tomatoes. Serve with some grated cheese over pasta, or on toast with additional olive oil and freshly torn basil leaves.

I told you it was easy. I don't like complicated in the summer.

Uh oh, the weather alarm just sounded. Tornado watch? In August?! Well I'll be damned. I just took a look out the window, and it is indeed looking ripe for severe weather. This is madness, at this time of year. Oh well, at least we have a proper basement here with a cement foundation unlike the dirt storm cellar on the farm . Guess I'd better go harvest the last of my pattypan squash before the weather comes through-I'd hate to lose them. *Grumbles about severe weather season being in Spring, not Summer*

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Connie said...

Wow. Those are great nature photos. I know how hard it is to photograph birds and butterflies because I try and I am rarely successful. And speaking of great photos. You look beautiful in your natural habitat. You find the BEST maxis. I'm jealous. Lots of luck to Danny at the Fair. I am quite impressed that he competes. You're a good Mom. :-)

Goody said...


The close-up mode on the camera makes all the difference. *slaps head* I can't believe I never knew it was there!

ThriftyParka said...

Phew! That Danny is an industrious little fellow. I'm crossing my fingers, hoping he'll take home SEVERAL blue ribbons (or whatever color first place happens to be).

Geez! Severe weather!! Gadzooks! I hope the severe weather stays at a warning and no more.

Best of luck with the fair contest submissions!!

Bibi said...

Loving the black batik maxi with the pineapple print.
I do something like that with tomatoes in my Indian pressure cooker/autoclave- but we use Kashmiri spices. I never would have thought cloves, cinnamon, cumin, green & black cardomoms, red chilis, & turmeric would work with straight tomatoes but it does.
That macro camera function is really something. eh?
Flash flood & landslide warnings here.
I'm sure Danny's going to sweep up those blue ribbons!

Sue said...

Love your close up shots of the insects!! My lads used to believe everything I told them, and now, they think I am full of shit. I am not!! Oh yeah I can feel the EXCITEMENT!!! Wish dear Danny good luck from me, nut I am sure he needs no such thing with all his good training from you.

Goody said...

Thrifty Parka

The weather turned out to be a non-event, thankfully! Thanks for the well wishes-Danny's pretty excited.

I am going to try that with my next ripe tomatoes-it sounds a bit like tomato jam.

I also told him "Nice boys stay at home with their mothers" but he finally countered with, "I'll just bring someone home and we can BOTH live with you!"

Of course you're not full of shit!

Bibi said...

The tomato (or tamatar in Kashmiri) thing almost comes out as a savory chutney as the spices are put in whole. I put a little garlic & onion in too whereas my Kashmiri MIL puts a pinch of hing in. Also a drizzle of oil goes in before the pressure cooker is sealed up.

Mim said...

You have wild preying mantises? I thought spiders in the bath was bad enough!