Sunday, April 23, 2017

USUAL SUSPECTS

It's been a lovely weekend so far, and one where I'm at the Casa for once. I do have plans later today. It's been nice to be able to have breakfast at my table this morning with homemade sticky buns, the kind you eat, not mine. I made some yesterday with nice huge walnuts on top, and I'm devouring them with coffee! Nice to just sit, listening to classical on the radio, and watching the boyd's out the window. They are eating me at of house and home I tell you. My neighbor was over for brunch yesterday so we could gossip, and she was amazed at the visitors I get. So who stopped by this weekend......I'll wait, till the cat owners go get their cats..... and for dear Abbey and Tar....

The doves are here everyday. I have even found them roosting and sleeping on the still you may recall from other post.
Bonnie is looking plump.....I think egg time is coming.
After eating she and Clyde always retire to the tree to roost for some time. At times I get upwards of 16 doves on the sill.
The Downy Woodpecker has been active .
The red bellied woodpecker was by a lot , but you have to be very still to get his picture, he's fast. This time of year I get cardinals. It's really the only time I see them feed on the  sill, especially the male. They both were on the sill, but I missed the opportunity.  I have also watched the male take seeds to the tree where the female is branched and he feeds her. Have you ever seen that???
The golden finch are molting back to there yellow color. I'll have to get the seed socks out quick. They will feed on the sill though.

One of my favorites...the Nuthatch. They are so comical to watch and then there's that cackle.

This spring I have seen upwards of 8-15 Starlings of the sill. Talk about pigs! They are pretty to see up close, and they will mingle with the other birds, unless the whole sill is Starlings, then they chase away incoming diners.
The dainty Chickadee......
Outside, I spotted the Blue Jay couple near the flower bed. They too will feed on the sill with the other birds, if it's not crowd. One must be quick with the camera to capture them. One slight fast movement and forget it. The only bird I have seen them get frisky with is the red bellied woodpecker while on the sill. And the pecker gives it right back.

Can you spot Bouvier trying to be incognito?
He later came down to receive his nuts when he saw me with the bag.
And then there is the cuties bird of them all.....this bird dog......
As you can see...nesting of course.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

LATE NIGHT WITH......ABBA


Don't blame me, blame JP...he opened the can of worms and now got me on a ABBA kick....perfect for any Saturday night. How do you not like ABBA?

FROM THE CANDY SHOP

Adam Cowie, born in 1988, in London, England, is a British model. This 6-foot-2 stunner started his modeling career in 2009 as the face of Schultz underwear. This then followed by a campaign for “Ursus” beer commercial. By 2010, Cowie started to change his look by cutting down, leaning up, and growing his beard. Fashion designers quickly noticed his strong masculine and chiselled look and soon he had major jobs lined up. But if truth be told, I think he would make one yummy houseboy. Should I offer him a position you think????? Ahhhhhhh, that jaw line.......
Can't you just hear that lovely accent????

Friday, April 21, 2017

IT'S HAPPY HOUR!!!!!!


hEY!!!!!!! It's Friday finally and another weekend upon us. And by the looks of things, your Mistress has happy hour under way.......

If those neighborhood bitches stop by, they'll think I'm just having afternoon tea!
Bottoms up
🍸🍻🍸

IN THREE WORDS.......

In this weekly feature, I'll share a picture of a weekly guest and you tell me in only three words what come to mind. 

In three words......Birthday Girl....
Her Royal Highness,
Queen  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Elizabeth II

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GRANDE DAME

"Not your mamma's Broadway show!"

What could make this gladiatorial display of musical theatre singing chops better? Philadelphia drag queen and diva, Cleo Phatra. I recently became acquainted with Cleo and liked her instantly. For one hour each week, Cleo and her weekly guests transform the Ascend Lounge at Tavern on Camac 
into a delightful and intimate cabaret theater. Ranging from the Golden Age of Broadway to the hit musicals of today, Cleo Phatra has all the bases covered and amply so. From the thrilling lyrics of Sondheim to the gritty rawness of Jason Robert Brown's melodies, the local talent accompanying Cleo creates a spectacle like no other. Accompanying the event are the incomparable cocktails of Vince Dean, Tavern's premiere mixologist, who acclimates Cleo's guests to the mood of the evening through liquid effervescence, and generously poured well drinks.Irreverent, funny, endearing, and dramatic, Gabyill ushers out the grind of the work week with song and dance and is the perfect complement for any night on the town. You can also catch Cleo some weeks at the Drag Diva Brunch at Cibo's
And here's a great shot of Cleo after a recent show I met her at. No one in Philly works a discomono like Cleo Phatra!!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THE WEEKENDER

Well, what can I say? It was a very nice five day weekend, and much relaxing going on. The Mistress was on good behavior since I was around my family for most of it. It was also a rare weekend when the Mistress got to hang out with my mother for some quality time. Since it was a gorgeous weekend, we headed to Hershey. I don't know if I ever mentioned, but where I grew up in Harrisburg it is a very short 15 minute jaunt to Hershey PA...yes!!!!! The chocolate Hershey. It is small, but a very chic , quaint little town. You probably guessed, most of the town revolves around chocolate, which is not a bad thing. Even the tan bark there for gardening contains cocoa, the whole town smell of cocoa, and the street lights look like Hershey Kisses.

They have their own world class theater...

Then there are the magnificent mansions along Cocoa Avenue, like Milton Hershey's home...

The beautiful back entrance to the Hershey Spa...
You may recall a while back I went to the Hotel Hershey's Spa, where I got a cocoa body wrap, massage, facial and mani/ped. What can I say...I'm a huge spa whore. Just because the case line is almost middle aged, doesn't mean I shouldn't keep it polished!!! During the body wrap all I wanted to do was lick and eat myself!!!  The opening picture is the Hotel Hershey on Saturday when we were there. The tulips were awesome to see. The reason for being there? My mother surprised me by taking me to the Butterfly Atrium
It was a pretty cool place, and one can walk among 500 - 600 butterflies from around the world in a tropical setting that features colorful plants and a soothing water feature. Only one of 25 indoor, tropical butterfly atriums in the country, Hershey Gardens’ Butterfly Atrium is home to dozens of rare butterflies from South and Central America, Africa and Asia. Another cool thing was a whole area  devoted to the chrysalis that offers guests a rare glimpse into the pupal stage of the butterfly. Hundreds of jewel-like chrysalids hang in the special area until they emerge and are released into the Atrium with the others. It is pretty darn cool to walk amongst some many butterflies.
Butterflies are probably the only bug I would let climb on me, and allow myself to get near. The day put me into the spring mood for sure.  Not to mention my aunt's mouth watering Easter dinner on Sunday. Upon getting back, I even got to see the Lad who was in NJ to see his family for Easter, so we were able to get together to rendezvous for a day. And all we did was relax and  "hang out" . Among other activities.
We did our own cocooning.
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