Monday Menagerie

Day 267

Today it’s back to a more normal routine. Yesterday we drove down and joined our daughter and her family for a Fathers’ Day lunch. The food was great and it was nice to see everyone and see how much the new puppy, Lucy, has grown. She is quite playful and fun to be around.

We decided to make Cuban sandwiches for dinner – a real treat and a departure from our healthy eating of the last six months. It was the perfect choice given the large meal we enjoyed at lunch. We stopped at a Publix grocery store and I was excited because my husband found my very favorite pickles! They have become increasingly difficult to find.

Growing up, everyone preserved food for the winter months. All our pickles were made at home and bread and butter pickles were my favorite. My grandmother’s recipe was almost half onions which I loved. It is hard to find any onions in the commercially available brands. This brand, however, has onions. Not as many as I would like, but I’m satisfied! It has been well over 2 years since I have seen them at any of the local grocery stores. Score! I was a happy camper.

This morning we got up and enjoyed our morning walk. The sun was out and it was comfortable with the temperature hovering around 68° F, even though the humidity is around 95%. This time of year I must walk early or not walk at all. The mid-day and afternoon heat is unbearable. How did I ever live in Florida?

There was a hawk perched on the wire looking for prey. We did not get close before he flew away. So majestic in flight, but unfortunately he disappeared against the backdrop of trees so I could not get a good photo.

I took a few photos as I walked around the yard. It is always nice to see how things have changed since I left a week ago.

I found the remains of a massacre. Possible a dove overtaken by our local hawks.

We have a few things blooming, but I am anxious for the sunflowers. They are about 3-feet tall now.

I am also enjoying cucumbers fresh from the garden.

Over the weekend I over-indulged on a British series I found on Netflix – “Call the Midwife”. Lots of labor and delivery scenes — and screaming. Hubby came in to see what I was watching when he heard the loud screaming.

I am loving more and more British programming. We were discussing my fondness for “The Great British Bake Off” with our friends who have a daughter living in England. They tell me there is a similar show except the participants are all potters. I doubt I could find that on Netflix.

I have just re-titled this post. It is such a menagerie.

Have a great week!

12 thoughts on “Monday Menagerie”

  1. I love bread & butter pickles. I used to make a few jars every year but have been lazy recently. I’ve never seen them for sale here. Call The Midwife is one of my favourite series.


    1. Bread & Butter pickles were a staple around our house. I have an old family recipe lying around which I would love to try this year. I certainly am enjoying “Call The Midwife”, Mary. I am only on season three I think.


  2. I have never heard of those pickles, but I hope you bought a whole case!
    Call the Midwife is so popular here, though I confess that I find it rather ‘twee’, and the story-lines repetitive. The Bake Off is also massive, even staying popular when it switched channels and presenters. I don’t watch the pottery show you mention, but this is it.
    There is also one about contestants painting pictures in a given time, and another about sewing, called The Great British Sewing Bee. So-called ‘Reality TV is so huge here now, it drives me crazy. I want good drama!
    Talking of which, look out for’Gentleman Jack’, from the BBC. Marvellous period drama about a real person, an 1830s lesbian in Yorkshire. Much better than it sounds. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. Pete, first I had to look up the word ‘twee’ before I could respond. I can see both points you made but I am a bit of a sentimentalist, so I am enjoying it.

      I will look at the link about the pottery show. Might be fun to see an episode. I like the baking show because I am learning so much about European pastries.

      “Gentleman Jack” appears to be on HBO which we do not subscribe to. I will keep an eye out for it at some later date on a streaming service.

      I bought 2 jars of pickles. They are refrigerated and have an expiration date to watch out for so I could not over-indulge.

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      1. Sorry, I didn’t realise ‘twee’ was so ‘English’, or that the pickles expired. At least you got two jars. The Bake Off show has fast become an institution here, and has launched some of the contestants into lucrative careers as TV presenters or TV cooks.
        I hope that Gentleman Jack eventually turns up on BBC America. 🙂

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    1. I am thrilled to see you here anytime you have a moment to stop by. Mom used to say “the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get”. Now that’s some southern wisdom for you.


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