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Pumpkin in the Window

 

o PUMPKIN

We bought a fat orange pumpkin,

The plumpest sort they sell.

We neatly scooped the inside out

and only left the shell.

We carved a funny funny-face

of silly shape and size,

A pointy nose,

a jagged mouth and two enormous eyes.

We set it in a window

and we put a candle in,

Then lit it up

for all to see Our jack-o-lantern grin.

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Those Balloons Outside the Windows

 

 

It is the last weekend of the 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This event has happened every year since the early 1970’s and it is the largest of its kind on the planet. It is not unusual to see hundreds of balloons in the sky all at once, and the launch field often has close to 100,000 people watching the early morning ascent. One year we hosted a balloon pilot and hit the field every morning. No sleep that week!

I usually manage to make it to one of the balloon glows in the evening, followed by some great fireworks. Did not make it this year, but that does not stop me from feeling the week’s effects. I get to see a lot of balloons in the sky each morning on my walk. Yesterday, while near the mall just a few minutes from my house, I snapped this picture of the many school buses lining up to offer park and ride for the evening’s balloon glow. It was a quick moment and does not show the total picture. There were probably 3 times this many. Balloon week in Albuquerque is a huge deal! Even the weather was accommodating this year, the overnight temperature was above 55 degrees last night, sandwiched between two 80 degree days

If you have never been to the fiesta, make it a point to put it in your plans. Albuquerque is beautiful in the fall. Check out the official site for the BALLOON FIESTA to learn more. Start planning now because it gets crazy toward the actual event.

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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Inside Hummer

 

Unlike some areas, New Mexico only sees hummingbirds between April and October. This year, other than an occasional one in April, they were busy somewhere else than my backyard until mid July. Thank goodness things are back to normal, and I am seeing a lot of them, and often. Those wonderful little creatures always manage to distract me immediately from whatever I am supposed to be doing.  They often come up to the windows in my sunroom/office and flutter longingly as they spot the many plants and flowers I have inside. Yesterday morning the one pictured above decided to color outside the lines (or should I say “inside”) and fly into the sunroom. That’s her looking out, trying to make sense of it all.

That window guy who lives at my house jumped in to help. His attempts to shoo her back outside were in vain. As much as I would have loved for her to stay a while, I was not so sure the dog who lives here would ignore the situation. I have seen that same dog try to play with birds, inside and out, too many times. Finally, he (the window guy/husband) managed to get the lost, little one cupped in two hands long enough to release her into the great outdoors. It was an exciting visit for sure!

 

 

I just love those hummers. I am amazed at how many different sizes and colors there are. I did a little research and discovered that there are about 17 different species that you can observe in New Mexico alone. Even the Allen’s hummingbird, that limits it’s breeding territory to a very small area up the west coast, will migrate back through here in late summer. Because of their vibrant orange color, they are easy to notice. Next time I see one I will invite her in for flowers and tea.

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OUR WINDOW TO THE FUTURE

                                                       A little fun for the weekend.                                                                

 Back in 2012, I did a post on what to call the decades starting this century. I am fortunate to have 5 grandchildren born in those years.    

                                                                

Here were some of the choices.

1) The 2000’s

2) The aughties

3) The aught naughts

4) The naughties

5) The oh oh’s

6) The ohsies

7) The twenty hundreds

And now we are in the in-betweens maybe? Or is it the “tens”?

I recently spotted this article that answers some questions on what to call the people born this century.

Gen Z or IGen?

So, that does not really help with what to call the decade, does it?

This decade seems easier. The “twenty-tens” works for me, and that distinguishes it from the “tens” from the early 1900’s.

However, I am still stuck on the first decade. I want something that rings positive.

Any ideas?

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Window Framing Art

Just sharing some fun for the weekend. We decided to visit the new location for a popular, local burger joint – oh ,they do serve steaks and chicken too – called The Grill.  Not a bad burger for sure. We really enjoyed the nostalgic decor as well. The wall next to our table displayed a lot of art work. I wanted to highlight this one because I like the idea a lot.


WINDOW OF ENCHANTMENT

           Taos, NM

     by Kiko Sanchez

I think a window frame makes a pretty cool picture frame.

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Sometimes It’s About Floors

 

WOVEN JUTE

My first encounter ever with jute was in the 1970’s when I owned a plant shop and everyone went bananas over macrame plant hangers. Remember those? I had no idea what it was really. Just knew it was some tough stuff. Next to cotton it is the second most important vegetable fiber and that makes it very hardy.  It won’t fade with a lot of sun exposure and it has great insulating properties. If you are needing an area rug, check these out at Best Home Fashion.  The perfect size – 5 by 8 – to fit almost anywhere, and with just the right pop of color. Look forward to a 20 % discount right now! 

Jute fibers from the tall green stalk can measure over 10 feet. Twisting or braiding them makes them really strong.

 

WOOL AND JUTE STRIPE

I have just the spot for one of these in my sunroom/office. Now I need to decide which one I want. Head over to Best Home Fashion soon to pick out yours while they are on sale!

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At This Window You Get Potatoes

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I just love it when a business endeavor succeeds! I had the pleasure of attending the Oregon BrewFest this past Sunday. My nephew Ken and his wife Amy recently debuted a wonderful food cart here in the Pacific Northwest ( I say here because I was raised in Portland, and am visiting from ABQ). Baked & Loaded Potatoes operates from a cute, little, custom renovated school bus. That’s my sis posing in the Spud Bus window last Sunday at the event held in Silverton, Oregon.

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I certainly am not a food critic, but I can honestly say the baked potato I ate was spectacular! What a great addition to all the brew that the festival offered.

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If you live anywhere near Portland or Salem, and ever need taters served, or if you just want to follow where the Spud Bus goes be sure to check out their site. No matter where you reside, like their page on Facebook. 

When a new business succeeds we all win! Great job, Ken and Amy!

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Pillows That POP!

I just bought some pillow covers when I was redecorating the bedroom so I am definitely tuned into patterns, colors and prices. They are a great way to cover up an older or faded pillow.

 

Linen Blend Moroccan Pillow Cover

Check out these covers from Best Home Fashion. They would be so cool for patio furniture, or to spice up any living space.

Normally $14.99, right now they are on sale for only $3.99 each!

 Flax linen blend
– Detailed with a hidden zipper closure
– Insert not included
– Made of 20% linen, 80% polyester
– Sold individually
– Measures 18″wide x 18″ long

Wouldn’t they make your patio furniture pop!

ORDERS OVER $50 ARE SHIPPED FREE

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Surprise! Red Hot Cherry Peppers

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I love having a garden outside my windows, even if it is limited. This year we chose to only plant tomatoes and peppers. We usually pick a Santa Fe hot pepper, but because we decided to grow from seeds this year, we really did not know which one to buy. Somehow we ended up with more than one kind and these were the first to harvest. I had no clue! They look like tomatoes!

Thank goodness for the internet. Put in the right words and you can find anything. Unfortunately, I did not learn enough before I tasted it. The flesh is pretty mild and has a sweet background taste. Feeling safe, I decided to pop the remainder in my mouth. Oh my! That only lasted a half sec. The seeds are very, very hot! My tongue was on fire for at least an hour.

These peppers are popular for pickling and stuffing. Their flesh is too tough for drying. However, you can chop them to add to salads or sauteed veggies, and even salsa.

Just a reminder: Stay away from the seeds! If you have ever cooked with these, please let me know what you did with them.

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