Mysterious

There have been strange things happening around here.

I live in an apartment with a door to a small outside but covered courtyard.  An outside entrance,  I’m sure, so they can say it is a townhome and charge me more rent. But anyway. . .

I keep finding grass all over my doormat.

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Took me a few days to look up and find a barn swallow nest above my door.

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Now what do I do? It’s a bit ewwwee — not sanitary at all. If I call the landlord they will remove the nest and I will feel bad. Like I’ve ruined this middle-class bird couple’s chance for a new home, in a nice neighborhood, with dry, protected surroundings.  hmmm.

On another bird note  (see what I did right there? 🙂

On another bird note, my hummingbirds are back. I was slow to get my feeder up. To my delight, there were many flying around my deck looking for the feeder. They came back. How cool is that? Enjoy your day,

— Namaste

Pesto Baby

It’s September. In my four-season location in mid-Merica, it is time to harvest my deck basil crop.

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My one basil plant. Plucked off the leaves while watching Girl Boss on Netflix.

“Crop” may be misleading, but my one plant yielded 4 cups.

I used the pesto recipe I found on the New York Times website. I probably added a bit more pine nuts than the recipe asked for which gave it a bitter after taste. This is not noticeable when used as a sandwich spread.Basil_Pile

It really feels good to finally harvest. There have been many years, where I water a couple of times a week for three months and NEVER use the herbs I grow.

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Finished Pesto

I made homemade focaccia to use my thyme and this pesto for sandwiches.

Look at me. Starting to grow up at 52.

— Namaste

Cool Apps I’m Diggin

What are the apps on your phone right now? The answer is just as revealing of your personality as in woe-be-gone-days looking in you purse or wallet. Here’s a list what I’ve been diggin lately.

  1. flashlight — it is what it says; very handy when walking fuzz butt after dark #dawginthehouse
  2. flvto — converts YouTube videos to MP3s
  3. todoist — To do list and task manager
  4. habitica — is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate
  5. level — simple way to track discretionary spending
  6. blender — use when creating 3D animation
  7. pocket — when you want to save longer reads or interesting content for later
  8. vivino — to scan wine lists, bottles in stores, etc. and instantly get ratings, prices, and descriptions (also stores what wine you like)
  9. garden — see a plant, take a pic and find out what it is
  10. shazam — point it at your radio to tell you what the song title and artist playing
  11. podcast republic — to listen to podcasts
  12. mapMyRide — for bicycling to tell me duration, speed, route, calories expended
  13. pacer — to count steps, calories expended, distance
  14. myFitnessPal — to track my food intake and exercise goals (#11 and #12 sync with it)
  15. ebird — bird identification and bird info