Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lonely Pigeon and Green Chili Verde

My camera was getting full so I downloaded some pictures and saved them in a draft on my blog figuring I would write about them at a later date. When I updated my blog and then posted them, they downloaded to a later date after my wedding blog story....sorry about the mixed up I just can't seem to figure a wall to post them to a newer story. Just scroll down and you'll see them after the wedding present story.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wedding present

So I had a wedding present that I have been meaning to make but just finely got the stuff to make it. I wanted them to have some holiday decor in their new home that just smelt so good that when they get home from work they are welcome with a smell of homemade cooking.

So I went to Ross and bought a glass vase for $4.99, fall ribbon from the dollar store, and fall potpourri from Walmart on clearance for $4.99 (only used half of the bag so I can make myself one later), and a candle from the christmas section at walmart also for $2.50.
It was easy to put together, I just tied the ribbon around the base of the vase, then put the candle inside and then just added the potpourri around it.
For $11.00 ( only used 1/2 potpourri $2.50) I made a wonderful fall vase that smells like Thanksgiving dinner.
I hope they enjoy it for the holidays.

Homemade Green Chili Verde Salsa

So Kimberly found a recipe off of a friends blog and she made it with a few changes and when we visited her at her house a few weeks ago, she had me and Scott try her green salsa and oh my!!!!! it was so good~~~so we decided to buy the stuff and can a few jars to have on hand. So last weekend she came up and we spent the afternoon putting it together while enjoying talking about the latest stuff going on in our lives which we don't do enough of.
So we peeled, chopped and chopped and chopped....a food processor is on the santa list after canning this summer. I never used mine so a few yrs ago I got rid of it...I wish I had a dollar for everytime I wished I still had it, I'd have enough money to buy one that blends, dices, slices, chops and cooks breakfast.

Green Chili Verde Salsa cooking

Then after the vegetables cook until soft, you blend it to your
desired consistency. Then pour into clean hot canning jars.
We waterbathed them in a stock pot on the stove since my canning
pot was to big for the stove (camp chef stove was put away for the winter),
which worked wonderfully if I say so myself.

The end results (smile) ah we're going to surely
enjoy this through the winter months.

My lonely pigeon

My story begins about 2 weeks ago
(sorry I just haven't had time to sit down and tell my story till now).
I usually get on the computer before going to bed ,some people read,
I catch up on my friends blogs or check out facebook.
It was a very windy day/night. I was downstairs by the patio door,
when I heard a thud on the glass...which scared the holy crap out of me!!
I quickly looked just in time to see a white bird flapping around under the deck.
I think the wind just got it disoriented and it flew to a light source that it seen.
I quickly turned on the patio light to see that it had flown over by the 4-wheelers and wall. I went up stairs to get my shoes on and quickly went outside (leaving the dog inside) to see if I could see the bird. I looked under the 4-wheelers and didn't see anything and thought maybe it just walked under the atv's and then flew away. I was about to go in when I got one of those voices in my head to crawl over the atv's and looked by the wall to see if I could see it. When I got over there I seen a white bird between a piece of board and the wall cornered into a small space. It would have never been able to get out of there and fly if I hadn't came along. I gently grabbed it around its body and started to lift it out when it started getting upset and got out of my hand, it flew towards the patio door again and kept flying into the bottom of the deck floor. It finally landed in a corner by the patio door which by now had a dog and a cat looking out wanting the bird for themselves. I picked it up and took it over to the outside wall and put it up on a 2x4 shelf that a robin had made a nest earlier in the spring. (which I posted the story about my bird family earlier)
I checked on her before I went to bed and when I got up the next morning and she was still there waiting for the right moment to fly away which by then the wind had subsided.
I believe everything happens for a reason...
sometimes we just don't get why but it does.
I recognized the bird that night from a pair of pigeons that have made our backyard and the neighbors backyard their homing area.
They are kinda off white and you never see one without the other one. So when I seen the one that night I looked for the other one to be around the same area....but no 2nd pigeon.
So the next morning after the wind stopped I went out to check in the daylight to see if I could find the other pigeon, I walked out by my rescued pigeon and all of a sudden she flew away right out into the open. I looked in the area on and off for the rest of the day to see if I could see them but to no aveil no pigeons.
Two days after the terrible night I seen one pigeon on the power lines without her partner. My heart sunk to see that she was alone. I explained to Scott when he got home from work what had happened a few nights earlier and showed him my lonely pigeon waiting there for her partner.
About a week had transpired when Scott called my out of the kitchen to show me a couple of birds flying around a few houses away. He said it was my couple of pigeons together. It was to far away to see for sure but I hope it was them.
My lonely pigeon waiting for her partner
I haven't seen them since Scott showed me the birds in the trees a few houses away but hopefully their flying together somewhere in the tree's where
someone else can enjoy their company as I did this summer.