Sunday, October 6, 2013

a new Halloween Pumpkin...

Box turtle with dry cat food in his mouth...

This turtle (which we dubbed 'Pumpkin') showed up in our yard yesterday going after the dry cat food we put out for the feral cats.  We hadn't seen any turtles in a while and figured it was too hot for them. Now that it's getting cooler, they may start going into hibernation... but I think it's a bit early.  Anyway, we were surprised to see him and dubbed him 'Pumpkin' since we had just put out our huge Halloween pumpkin in the front. And if you look closely you can see the small red mark on his back where I 'touched' him with nail polish.  We do this to recognize him when he turns up again.

DH is in the process of making a huge batch of red beans and rice.  I love his red beans.  It's one of my favorite meals.  We probably won't eat it tonight although the house smells so good, it will be hard not to. I bought some cod on sale at Central Market yesterday and need to cook it tonight... along with some very young fresh asparagus tips.  But we will have the beans for Monday and Tuesday... and I'll probably freeze the rest.  I don't freeze much.  But red beans freeze well and still taste delicious.

Julie in my messy kitchen

I've just started reading some books by C A Belmond.  The first is called "My Rather Lovely Inheritance". My friend got hold of the whole series from Amazon and since she is still reading the Someday Quilts series by O'Donnohue, she gave them to me to start.

This is Ghost with the new series by Belmond.  In the next picture, I spread out the books so you can read their titles.

I haven't gotten very far so I will reserve judgement at this time.  But I was told that they were a good read as well as some other series called 'Ladybug Farm'.... or something like that.  I believe the author is Bell?

And lastly, I did complete the crochet baby blanket that I've been working on.  It is made of big fluffy variegated yarn and is very soft...


  1. Nice! I look forward to hearing what you think of the books, which I've not read but will put on my list if you think they are good. And the beautiful cats who share their lives with you, they are wonderful. :-)

    1. Thanks, DJan. I will report on the books after I've finished the first.

  2. Funny how turtles love cat food. We used to feed our turtle the cat's food for a treat.

    1. Yes, years ago when we lived in Florida we found that frogs like catfood also...

  3. Pumpkin is a cute turtle. I do see the splotch of red. How long will it stay on the shell before wearing off? Or does it?

    Red beans and rice...Is that made with kidney beans? I'm not a cook, but the only "red" bean that comes to mind is a kidney bean. Post the recipe--unless it's secret. :-)

    I hope the books are good. I've given up print books now for my e-reader, because of the ability to increase font size and line spacing. Not that I need glasses, mind you. Ha.

    1. As for the red mark, I'm not sure how long it will stay.... but if it stays long enough for us to see it a few times, then we know that our turtles are staying around and not just passing through.

      I will post the red beans and rice recipe. And yes, the bean is a kidney bean, but if you are able to use the Camelia brand kidney beans, they are softer and don't have a heavy skin... which makes your end product 'creamier'.

      I have a Nook and an iPhone, but I still buy regular books. I've heard from others how the increased font size is a big help and may need to use it one day, but I still like having a book in my hand... although I think the ebook readers are wonderful.


Thanks for reading and commenting! It makes my day...