Today’s walk

In the spring, when I walked down my blacktop road, I rescued worms. These wiggly guys had left the ditch and headed across the road probably to their death. Either they would have been run over or dried out from being out in the sun.

Now the season has changed and I rarely find worms during my walk. These days I find another critter trying to cross the road.

The caterpillar might not dry up while crossing the road like a worm, but it sure can get run over.

I relocated this one back in nearby greenery.

I may not be able to save a lot of worms or caterpillars, but I think the ones I do are grateful. At least I hope they are.

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Cucumber Salad with a twist

I was thinking about doing some refrigerator pickles, but I came across a different recipe. It was from Isabelle (not my mom Isabelle) a friend of a friend.

I had to hurry if I was going to use the cucumbers in my fridge.

Here’s Isabelle’s Cucumber Salad recipe:

8 cups sliced cukes (I’m not exactly sure how much I had. I didn’t measure.) 1 cup chopped green pepper ( I didn’t have any green pepper but I did have some little orange ones.) I probably had 1/4 cup of pepper. 2 or 3 onions, sliced (Again I didn’t measure.) 1 Tbsp canning salt (I went a little light on the salt.)

Mix above ingredients. Let stand 1 hour. Drain.

Add: 1/2 tsp mustard seed (I used dried mustard.); 1/2 tsp. celery seed; 2 cups sugar; and 1 cup vinegar. (I heated this mixture in the microwave to almost boiling. Isabelle didn’t do this.)

Pour spice mixture over vegetables. Let stand 1/2 hour. Put it in plastic containers and freeze.

The onions should break up into rings as you mix in the salt to the raw vegetables.

The finished pickles are above. I put one container in the freezer and another in the fridge. I’m munching on those.

Oh, I forgot to say that I added 1/2 tsp of dried dill to my mixture. Isabelle didn’t.

This is an easy and yummy cucumber salad, even with my changes.

I see a recipe as a guide, not a commandment. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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A Car-E lookalike

I fed the outside cats this morning and didn’t see anything unusual…until an hour later when I saw this.

This kitten is a Car-E double for sure, even the way it holds it curled tail.

It even plays like Car-E.

But it is not alone. It has 3 black siblings, though I haven’t gotten close enough to get their photo. Their black mother and their surrogate mother (Car-E’s mother) keep them well out of reach.

Anyone who wants a very cute furry friend is welcome to any of these kittens, as long as you are willing to help capture them.

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Car-E finds a tool

I was putting new string in the weed whacker when I dropped my winding tool.

Of course, Care-E claimed it for his toy.

For this overgrown kitten, anything and everything can become a toy

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Car-E and my Cuckoo clock

I usually have the chains from my cuckoo clock tucked up by the oven. Today, I opened the oven and Car-E noticed the chains were down.

I picked up my camera and thought I’d get a cute video. Instead, I almost lost my clock.

Luckily there was no damage.

Car-E certainly makes life interesting.

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