Friday, July 24, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful

What were you thankful for this past week in your sphere of existence? This is what came to my mind after a brief review of my week. I'm linking up to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop hosted by Kristi of Thankful Me.

1. Caramelized onions
For several weeks now there has been a very large onion (about 5" in diameter) in the produce box I have ordered. With only two of us to consume them I realized I needed to figure out a way to consume these before they completely took over the space in our refrigerator. Someone in the FB group came to my rescue and suggested caramelized onions. I only caramelized one onion and added a little bit of balsamic vinegar at the end. I had never eaten them and had no idea how delicious they are served on hamburgers and hotdogs. The next time I buy a steak, I'll top the steak with caramelized onions.

Caramelized onions

2. Big doesn’t have to remain big
a. Big jobs can be conquered by tackling a piece at a time, a little each day, and sometimes with the help of neighbor. (Many thanks to a neighbor who tackled some weeds along the lane with her weedwacker and who helped me pick up some limbs which had fallen off the trees during the winter and to her husband who added them to their pile of debris to be burned when that is an option.)
b. Big onions can be reduced in size by caramelizing them. I sliced one large onion, and it completely filled the 10" skillet shown above, but after caramelizing, the onion was reduced considerably.

3. Bees and their different sizes and associated buzzing
While weeding this week, I was entertained by a chorus of various bees flitting among the wall germander plants.The larger ones are basses and seem to drone, whereas the honey bees and the smaller bumble bees make a higher pitched buzzing sound.

4. With the weather forecast indicating temperatures to reach 100 degrees and possibly a little higher by Sunday it is good that the blueberry crop has dwindled, because otherwise the berries will either boil on the bushes or shrivel and dry. The birds will continue to like them either way.

5. Some cooler, overcast mornings have made it more comfortable for doing outside work on our property.

6. Tools that have extendable handles, so Vic can clean the solar panels, or so I can reach cobwebs or dust that is out of my reach

7. That the fluorescent bulbs in the laundry room are working more than they are flickering
Replacing them requires the use of a ladder, which neither of us are able to do anymore, and thus the task will require having someone come inside our home to replace them. We are still limiting people coming into our home whenever possible because of COVID-19 exposure from someone who may be asymptomatic.

8. Something exciting to view next week
The Southern delta Aquariids meteor showers will be making a big appearance on July 28 in our area.

9. Special memories such as the time we gathered with most of our family on a mountain top to watch the Perseid Meteor Showers

10. Minute details
The tongue of a bumblebee

Can you see the tongue of the bumblebee?

Each individual flower within the entire Queen Anne’s Lace blossom

Queen Anne's Lace, commonly known as wild carrot

The scores of individual parts of the flowerhead of a thistle

Flowerhead of a thistle

11. Vic who became another year older this week, and of course even wiser and keeps life interesting

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  1. like minds on the flower photation

    1. And not just that! Didn't you post a Flight of the Bumblebee video, too? :-)

    2. Thistles and Flight of the Bumblebee. A twosie in the realm of TToT.

  2. Watching the meteor shower together is a great memory! In fact, that whole trip was fun!

  3. Bees make me smile๐Ÿ๐ŸŒบ

  4. Wow! That organist is amazing. I can't believe how she kept her feet and legs moving perfectly and independent of her hands. That's a gift. Your description of breaking tasks into time-manageable portions is PERFECT for me, because today I restart my efforts to do just that. Thanks for the encouragement. I must try the caramelizing, too. It looks delicious. Just when I thought I had seen it all, there is a bee's tongue! Amazing! Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Playing the organ requires so much independent thinking about body parts (right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot) and what one needs to do with them to play the music using the keys, pedals, and stops. I was amazed by her expertise too.
      I am glad that there was something I said that was PERFECT for you.
      Today I made another batch of the caramelized onions (and now I see I need to correct my spelling of such).
      Capturing the bee's tongue was just one of those cases of taking a lot of photos and being surprised by what was in the photo when you had time to look at them.

  5. Funny post. I can relate.
    The big onions made me laugh. Well they are good for you!

    1. Thanks Carin.
      It is so much easier to eat that much onion when they are caramelized.๐Ÿ™ƒ