"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer's End-Bifocalunivion's Prompt

Summer romances end

and the sweet memories begin to blur

but I'll always remember your hand in mine.

this fine image is from Eric Alder's BifocalUnivision.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Magpie 80- Hop Harvest Memories

Red Umbrella, Christopher Shay

It truly was a dark and stormy night when the brew master
finally left the brew pub. It had been a long day of brewing
but finally the fresh hops deliverd by the Jones family
were safely tucked into what Patrick hoped
would be a prize winning beer.

The day had started out a wee bit misty,
typical of this part of the world, but it was a fine
soft mist and wouldn't interfere
with the small hop harvest scheduled.

There were three fine men helping and
one bystander full of beer with hop questions.
It only took perhaps an hour to cut down the
four varieties so necessary for this brew.

Patrick was content as he made his way home
whistling his favorite tune "The Orange and the Green"

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Magpie 79- Road Trips!!

Image courtesy of Tess at Magpie Tales

This image reminded me immediately of being a teenager

and seeing how many could fit into one car and

the driver still be able to steer the car.

Hilarity abounded and we laughed and laughed.

I am so glad I grew up in a more innocent time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pay Attention !

photo by Eric Alder

When driving you have to be alert
Don't let your mind wander
On what you might see in the dirt
Otherwise you'll end up like this
And really really get hurt!

Golden State Fair Destruction Derby August 14, 2011

Monday, August 08, 2011

Magpie Tales #77

Summer Evening, Edward Hopper, 1947

Sultry night
Evening of musical crickets
Love begins


I remember those teenage summer romances
One moment we're all playing sandlot baseball
The next we're breathless looking at the boy next door.
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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Best Summer Recipe!

Perhaps you don't have a super abundance
of Rhubarb like I do, but this has to be one of the best
desserts I have tasted lately (except for Steve's Chocolate Cake)

Our friend Sarah was kind enough to share the recipe!
Here's the recipe:

Rhubarb Custard Cake
heat oven to 350
grease 9"x13" baking pan
prepare yellow cake batter for two layers
(your favorite scratch recipe or packaged mix)
pour in pan
next layer 4 cups of chopped rhubarb
sprinkle with 1 cup sugar
pour on 1 pint heavy cream
bake for 50-60 minutes
(easy to halve this recipe)

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Magpie Tales 76/Bifocalunivision Duo

Is art in the eye of the beholder?
Perhaps it's a windmill
Or simply a boulder
Oh rats Drats Oh phooey
I think it's just a floating buoy