Friday, March 11, 2011

Random pix

Interesting cloud formation...

Pretty sunset...

...reflecting on the roof panes of the greenhouse.

I finally got all 2000 book plates signed and shipped back. Would'a gotten them done sooner if I hadn't had the flu!


  1. Beautiful eye you have, as always Mrs. Lewis. I was wondering if good ol' Major has a modeling portfolio.

    Do the two get along? any jealousy?
    Does Major despise Lydia because Mom loves her best?

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  2. Boy, y'alll sure have a lot of pretty white sand up there ;-)


  3. The cloud formation reminds me of the tsunami pattern. Been looking at too many pics. God help them.

    My favorite sunset pic is the second one, because of the sky's contrasting interplay with the foreground, in colors, lighting and shapes.

    Congrats on the book plates! To celebrate, I pre-ordered two copies of your book at amazon. If they arrive without a signed book plate in each, I'll just whack the pic off this page, print it, cut it down, and paste it in — I just might be enough of a dweeb to do it, you know.

  4. God help them indeed, Heldini. We have neighbors who spent many years in Japan and are still trying to contact old and dear friends to see if they're safe.

    Thank you for the pre-orders!

    - Patrice

  5. Patrice,
    I love the coppery light in the greenhouse windows. This is the second picture that you've posted of the greenhouse but I don't find any postings about it. How big is it? What period of the year is it useful? Are there windows on the front too?
    Thanks, Dennis

  6. I'm just curious, what type of camera are you using to take your beautiful shots with?


  7. Pete, I use a pocket-sized Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 I got at Costco. It zooms 8x and takes photos up to 14 mega-pixels. I like it because (a) it's small and I often slip it into my pocket, which is why there are black spots on the lens I can't seem to get off; and (b) it requires little to no photographic knowledge on my part. In other words, I can point-n-click. My type of camera!

    Dennis, I'll try to pull something together on the greenhouse. It has an interesting history.

    - Patrice

  8. I just ran across your blog when I googled "canning refried beans". I have a couple questions I hope you can answer.
    1. Do the Tattler lids stain when you can tomato based products?
    2. When you can the salsa and pasta sauce do you pressure can or hot water bath can them?
    Thank you for an interesting blog. Lots of interesting and valuable information.

  9. Lynn, I've done of a lot of canning with the Tattler lids, but outside of tomato season so I don't know if tomato products stain the or not. I've re-canned salsa and pizza sauce but that was before I got my Tattlers.

    The rule of thumb for canning a mixed sauce (such as salsa) is to look up the processing time for each component ingredient, and process for the ingredient with the longest processing time. Usually this means pressure canning. You can check processing times for ingredients using a good reference book (such as Putting Food By, which is my favorite).

    - Patrice

  10. Thank you for the information Patrice. I may have to give those Tattler's a try.-Lynn