Coffee Share 190831

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Greetings all,

I’ve been swamped with challenges from work again this week so will easily spend much more time lifting a cup of warm wonderfulness at your venue than we will here at mine.

I did want to provide a few updates on previous items, just because they’re fun.

Re: The Accidental Garden.  The unknown plant has been identified and is developing into two small green cabbages.  The bugs are enjoying them to much so it is doubtful that there will be much left for those of us higher up in the food chain,  But the spaghetti squash – wow!  That single plant is trying to be noticed by some Hollywood movie makers I think.  To date, it is no risk to the local Costco, but with what looks like 15 squashes that are soon going to be harvest-able, we’re going to have enough to have a spaghetti squash party.

spaghetti squash 4r40pctWe love these so mouths are already watering.  Here are some photos.  That ruler is 12 inches so I measured several that are between 8-9 inches long.  It is annoying how long they take to ripen.


I pulled one out that was no where near ready.  Should have reviewed a few articles on them before going with my biased gut.  All I did was waste what would have been a good meal.

aligator lizard 5 r croppedRe: Our squatting lizards. Their family have stabilized at 3 adults who live behind our brick planter box.  They have gotten used to me opening the nearby door and walking out to do various chores.  If I move slowly and keep some distance, they’ll sit still and just watch me pass or pause to observe them for a few minutes.  All  4inches of them easily blend into the landscape, but I was able to get one new (blurry) shot of one of them.  They pretty much hunt and play in most of our back yard each day whenever the sun is out.  The problem is, that I rarely walk slowly unless I’m thinking about them and have often almost stepped on them as I turn the corner of the house or hedge and accidentally send them scrambling.

geese in flightRe: the end is near.  I’m uncomfortable with any heat and humidity above 80 degrees, thus each August is tedious.  But today, I first heard, then ran around to the SE side of the house to see a huge flock of geese making an early migration flight south.  My phone/camera was inside charging so no joy on getting a photo of them.  Too bad.  There were maybe 30 in the loud formation.  I found this shot on google images to give you an idea of what this flock looked like.

So if you’ve had enough of summer here in the NW hemisphere, our geese just announced that the end of summer is well in sight.

Re: writing.  I’ve missed writing much this week.  Work seems to never stop.  My best writing happens in the morning, but that is also when most of my work demands my attention and by the time I’ve done my 8 hours, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of the computer any longer and even if I try, it seems my brains are fried from those same 8 hours and creativity is just about dead.

I have been able to get some cleanup done and have identified some older stories that go back to the days before I had my blog drivers license, and thus were published back before I knew how to make sure a post actually went out.

buckeyes 698x400By snooping around, I found one of my favorites that some managed to see due to 1:1 alerts I sent out.  If you’ve enjoyed my first person rowdy stories, you could have easily missed my 10 minute Buckeye Adventure.  It tells what can happen when young boys are left in a large field with a fruited buckeye tree, some dead branches and more than enough time to make a huge mess.  Can I offer you a quick story to wash down that coffee?  Those who have read it tell me that it was a lot of fun.  Here’s the link.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be over at your venue in just a while.  See you there.

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15 thoughts on “Coffee Share 190831

    1. Hi Antoinette,
      The magic is in the olive oil.
      We split each squash in half length-wise,
      Scoop out the seeds,
      Brush inside w/ olive oil,
      Salt & pepper well,
      Bake on oiled cookie sheet.
      When baked, scratch out insides with a dinner fork to create the spaghetti-like strings,
      Serve with grated hard cheese, like pasta.
      Expect to fall in love. . . 💓💖❤💓❣

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  1. Your plants look good. Mmmm, sketti squash sounds good! Personally, my fave is butternut with lots of butter and brown sugar, baked in foil in the coals of the fire. mmmmmm. Your liz pics remind me of the ‘curly tailed lizards that were everywhere when I was on Grenada. In the heat of the day, they would hop onto your feet for a free ride, too. Hope you’re having a great week! ~Shalom, Bear

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      1. I’ve stolen your recipe… I think I’ll go to market and see if there’s any sketti-squash yet. I’ve never made it because I’ve never been quite sure how… methinks it will be a grand adventure.

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  2. So I am having garden jealous, accidental or not. My garden did not do the best this year and somethings barely grew and other didn’t grow at all. We had such a wet season.

    Anyway, thanks for coffee.

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  3. The spaghetti squash looks awesome! Where you are at they can probably continue growing up until Halloween. I actually had something similar happen to me, three seedling coming up of the compost. They started to grown when I took soil from the compost to re-pot a fig tree = started to water more frequently. I planted the seedlings in a garden bed outside my new house this week. It looks like some type of squash, don’t know exactly what type yet. 🙂 I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  4. I was living alone during the time that I worked the day shift in IT, and I disliked giving “prime time” to the job. My routine became work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; in bed by 6:00 p.m.; and then I would wake up between 1:30 and 2:00 in the morning with plenty of time for quiet leisure, reading, and creativity.

    I do love spaghetti squash. Can’t have foods with gluten from grains, and so I enjoyed my squash with a variety of Italian sauces.

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  5. Hi Gary,
    Thanks for having such a good read of my blog. Much appreciated.
    Thanks also for introducing me to the spaghetti squash. I’ve never heard of this character before and will head down to the fruit shop tomorrow and try my luck. We’re heading into Spring here so I might be out of luck. If I find some, I’ll pop back here for some cooking instructions. I have a support worker who has been a professional cook and we frequently cook together and she extends my repertoire and expertise. She’s also a great person and we have wonderful chats.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Hi Rowena.
      Yea – life has been nuts for me and I had lots of “followed blogs” to catch up on. I been missing my glimpses of down under, your kids growing up and your renewed love for the violin.
      While I was out you blew past 50. A good friend would not have missed that. Gulp. But if someone had asked me to predict how you would handle it, I would have been right at least. Grace & humor just seem to follow you around.


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