Saturday, July 30, 2016

At the Hop!

Bobby Rydell

Lots and lots of great info here on a good, old fashioned teenage heart throb:

Back then.....

...... Now.  And still singing!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Night Steam

We're off to South Africa tonight!

More detailedt information on the egines here:


Today's funny :o)

This 'N that

Not much going on in Coopville - it's just been so hot. Even Charlie has been quiet.

Today's temp:

A couple of cherry tomatoes from the garden. It's a disaster this year. Hubby and I decided to do container gardening on the deck for next year, but will still use the cinder blocks for the potatoes.

 Mole tunnels - they are all over the front and side yards:

 This was growing out of an old tree stump - it really was pretty interesting:

 Charlie checking out his love shack to see if Maude was there. She wasn't!

 Just a big moth:

I hope August will bring more comfortable weather. I'm almost looking forward to snow...


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Supposed to get....

.........heavy thundershowers tomorrow. Hubby and I have got to get some grocery shopping and errands done today!

Will be back tomorrow!



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stuff you never think about

If you live "Down South" you've probably seen fields of it. Here, up North, we never have!

This is a fascinating little story about cotton.  Never knew it grew so tall!



Today's funny :o)

The clouds of Coopville

I spend way too much time taking pictures of stupid clouds, but I enjoy 'em!

These are some from the past few days:

And one of the moon in the morning!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hang 'yer coat up!

Doesn't have to be fancy - just practical!

My favorite one:

And remember: Nothing is as permanent as a temporary nail hammered into a wall!


Today's funny :o)

Blah! Hot and muggy...

... again in Coopville. The temps were in the high 90's by mid morning. Then:

 Storm clouds!

 Lots and lots of them!

No rain, but the temperature dropped quite a bit:

Then around 5 o'clock, a really BIG storm came through with much needed rain!

When I went out around 8 to lock the gang in for the night, this was over the house:

 I have never seen such colors in my life! Absolutely beautiful!

Just HAD to share those photos!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Step into the time machine......

To all the young whipper-snappers out there,  please take just a few minutes to look and listen
to how convention coverage was handled back in the days when we were civilized.

Eight years later, all hell broke loose in Chicago. We changed forever.

(This was how we got our news. Notice the great commercials?
 And to think this was only 56 years ago.....)

Good Night, Chet.  Good Night, David.


Today's funny


It's been HOT here in Coopville!

Poured some jugs of cold water in the run for the gang:

 They really enjoyed cooling their tootsies off!


 Charlie waited until the girls were finished and then he took his turn:


Wish it would rain - everything is so dry.....

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

Jo Stafford

I want a Sunday kind of love
A love to last past Saturday night
  I'd like to know it's more than love at first sight
  I want a Sunday kind of love
I want a a love that's on the square
Can't seem to find somebody
  to care
  I'm on a lonely road that leads to no where
I want a Sunday kind of love
I do my Sunday dreaming, And all my Sunday scheming
Every minute, every hour, every day
 I'm hoping to discover
A certain kind of lover
Who will show me the way
 my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays are cold

Love for all my life to have and to hold
  I want a Sunday kind of love

A Sunday kind of love

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Snake Gourd

Oh, my - the stuff that I find! This is one very unusual plant!

The beautiful Snake Gourd flower may look like it belongs on a festively wrapped present, but it’s actually a vegetable! The Snake Gourd originated as a wild vegetable that grew in India, but these days it is cultivated around the world. It’s a member of the pumpkin family (like all gourds) and shares similarities with the bitter melon plant, as the long vegetables it produces taste quite sour and bitter. Despite its terrible taste, the fruit from the Snake Gourd flower is used in a variety of different medical applications, and the reddish fruit inside an overly-ripe gourd can also be used as a tomato substitute when cooking. It may be named the Snake Gourd, but we think it looks more like a spider.

 The common name "snake gourd" refers to the narrow, twisted, elongated fruit. The soft-skinned immature fruit can reach up to 150 cm (59 in) in length. Its soft, bland, somewhat mucilaginous flesh is similar to that of the luffa and the calabash. It is popular in the cuisines of South Asia and Southeast Asia and is now grown in some home gardens in Africa. With some cultivars, the immature fruit has an unpleasant odor and a slightly bitter taste, both of which disappear in cooking. The fruit becomes too bitter to eat as it reaches maturity, but it does contain a reddish pulp that is used in Africa as a substitute for tomatoes.

The lace-like flower of T. cucumerina opens only after dark. Here, it is shown almost completely unfurled:

 An edible immature snake gourd:

 Different maturity stages and shapes as seen in cultivation.


 Flower and flower buds:

Good heavens! I spend WAY too much time on the webz!!

 Going to take tomorrow off and finish reading my book.....

........ out back and on the deck.....

.........with a nice cold drink!

(and refills close at hand!)