Thursday, August 16, 2012

The summer, briefly


afternoon tomato
{afternoon tomato}

circe evidence
{circe evidence}

olives, cheese
{olives, cheese}

tomatoes!
{tomatoes!}

birthday cake, rescued
{birthday cake, rescued}

garden thyme
{garden oregano}

evening wine
{evening wine}

circe staring
{circe staring}

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There hasn't been a lot of cooking around here, but there's been plenty of eating. We're doing lots of simple meals and more than our usual allotment of eating out. Gifted tomatoes will always get me in the kitchen, though, as will family birthdays (cake!).

Circe came and stayed with us for a week and because we are besotted, we let her have the classiest dog dishes ever (my 2010 Heath summer collection pieces). Note that they did not convince her to actually eat, and I was a wreck the whole week. I ended up hand feeding her rotisserie chicken and sweet potatoes, which she deigned to nibble on. She was homesick for her pal Snowy, I think, although she did enjoy the view off our balcony.

The balcony has been getting a lot of play these last few weeks, and not just from Circe. It's the best place to be when the weather warms up. I would sit there all day and night if I didn't have actual things to do.

I've missed you guys. It feels good to be back here.

28 comments:

  1. I'm so glad your back, your summer looks like it has been lovely. I have missed your pictures!

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  2. Poor circe! Hopefully she'll get her appetite back.
    I just love that you used your fancy dishes for her hoping it would help. That's too cute and I can't believe it didn't work!

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    1. She perked right back up when we got her home and reunited with her beloved Snowy! I felt terrible separating them, but I live in a no pets building and I couldn't take both of them, especially because Snowy is a darter and not well suited for city life. My sister took him instead, but she has dogs that Circe doesn't get along with, so she couldn't take both of them either!

      Sadly, they'll have to get split up again in September and we repeat the whole thing. I'm hoping she adjusts more quickly the second time? It's heartbreaking to see her sad.

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  3. I've rarely commented here before, but I've missed your updates. I'm glad you're back!

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  4. welcome back.. I was thinking of you today as I was going to make your basil, mint mojitos tonight but my friends have just bailed on me.. hey ho might just make them for us anyways!

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  5. that thyme looks different than the thyme i've grown - is it a certain kind? gotta love tomatoes this time of year. and every time i see your plate of olives and nibbles i wish i did that more often.

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    1. Oh god, you know why it looks different? Because it's oregano. Sorry! This is what I get for writing posts while I'm tired.

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  6. That box of tomatoes makes even a non-tomato fan's mouth water! They look delish.

    http://light-andsweet.blogspot.com/

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  7. So glad to read your blog this AM and see a new post! :)) What kind of thyme is that?

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    1. The oregano kind. : )

      I'm not sure why I was thinking thyme when I labeled that photo, it's definitely oregano! Sorry - brain dead here.

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  8. Those tomatoes are gorgeous. Wish someone would gift me some of those. And poor Circe! One of my dogs goes on a hunger strike whenever we're out of town... it's touching how emotional they get (stressful, but touching).

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    1. We're lucky that D's boss grows amazing tomatoes and we get to benefit from it.

      Circe was breaking my heart! I was googling "dog homesickness" like it was my job, but it seems like there's nothing you can do about it except distract them with lots of extra attention.

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  9. Gorgeous photos- oh my, that cake!

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  10. so glad you're back! it isn't the same without you ;o)

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  11. It's good to have you back! Hope you're taking it easy and looking after yourself :)

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  12. Oh, my -- those tomatoes are totally making my stomach growl. YUM! And beautiful, too!

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  13. We've missed you, too! Hope you had a good summer.

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  14. Glad you're back too! Made your red lentils tonight---total hit with the boy

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    1. Yay! Glad he liked them - D took a while to warm up to them, but now he looks forward to it.

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  15. What kind of dog is Circe? She is so cute!!!

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    1. Thanks! She's a wire haired fox terrier and we're pretty in love with her. They can actually look a lot cuter - we're not great about grooming her properly. : (

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  16. You're back! YAY! Circe always makes me smile, and I must get that shark toy for my dog. And don't feel too badly, my dog never eats very well when I'm away from her, but they always recover :)

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  17. We missed your postings! Happy you're back at the grind :)
    http://littlebabycosta.blogspot.com/

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  18. Poor Circe. Glad it was Snowy-sickness and nothing more serious.

    If D's boss is ever in the mood to ship some of those tomatoes to Texas, I'd love a box of them. I don't know what the deal was, but we only got 2 tomatoes from one of our tomato plants this year; nothing but leaves grew on the other plant. I'd guess it was the heat, but we had more success 2 summers ago when it was even hotter. Maybe it was the kind? I should probably consult a tomato expert. (Or google.)

    Glad you're back! :)

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  19. glad you're back too! i remember hand feeding my dog when she got sick and wouldn't eat - the things we do for our furry friends. hope your summer is going well and stays delicious!

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