We had such a wonderful weekend, in which I managed to (almost) completely ignore all the bad news. The weather was perfect.
A Chinese whiteeye is sitting on her nest outside the window here. Even though the wind blew her nest down from its original location on a branch higher up on the starfruit tree, she has managed to hold on in her new location. Fuzzy photo, because of the screen.
We picked a huge soursop. It will be ripe today or tomorrow. Rooty toot-toot. We got fruit. The round yellow fruit is lilikoi or passion fruit. I've been making frozen juice and popsicles out of lilikoi for the grandkids, who are coming here soon.
My orchid pot survived bisque firing. It is too light in color but will turn darker in the second firing. I'm so glad someone showed me how to get good joins by using vinegar instead of plain water. Makes all the difference. I have resisted using tools and have no interest at all in wheel work. I don't care for decoration, either, beyond adding texture with burlap or a piece of pumice. It's the direct contact with the medium that I like. It takes me about two hours to build a pot like this. I generally have some clay left over and will also make a little pinch pot or small dish as well.
We visited Mary and Jim at their place on Sunday. I had a nice piece of ahi, which I cut up and made into what we call poke. It's like cheviche, except I threw it in a frying pan and seared it, because Mary won't eat raw fish. It had ginger, lime juice, small green peppers, chipotle for the heat, garlic, onion, sesame oil and soy sauce. It was a big hit.
Terry, Jim and Mike picked a few coffee beans from Jim's trees. Most of the beans will ripen in six weeks or so. Terry and Mike are going to harvest and process the beans. Terry will dry them on the drying rack he built, and he will roast the beans up at Sharky's place.
Here is Mary in her lima bean arbor.
By tomorrow I should be in a suitable frame of mind to contemplate all the bummer news of the day. But lately I've been having it just too, too good.