Thursday, March 23

Mama Kat Thursday: The One Good Day

The Mama Kat prompt I'm doing today is,
"Share a Memorable Day at Work."

I worked at a flower shop for many, many years. I was a floral designer (the person who makes the arrangements).
I have to say that I remember more bad days, then good, but there was one really extraordinary day when a lady came into the flower shop on a day I happened to be working,
looking for fresh flowers for wedding reception table arrangements. As Mother-of-the-groom, buy the flowers for this was her contribution to the wedding.
She told me the wedding colors were "teal and brown," and she wanted to know if it was possible to get any "brown colored" flowers?
Well, I can safely tell you there are not many fresh flowers that come naturally actually brown. Whats called brown is a bit more on the light tan-orange side.
Then I had an idea. I remembered we had a chart of Gerbera Daisies colors from our local flower wholesaler showing what was available and was a nice true brown!
So, I called the our wholesaler rep to confirm for her that she could get the quantity of brown Gerbers she needed, told her the price, set  the date for her to pick-them up and sealed the deal.
(I believe her plan was to put two or three brown Gerbers in short vases on each table with a teal bow.)
She left the shop delighted and I went home that night with a very satisfied feeling of having made someone happy. It was the best wedding thing I ever had a part in.
So what was your best day on the job?

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Wednesday, March 22

Garden Pic Wednesday: First Dutch Iris!

I can smell the scent of fresh made bread-maker bread wafting through the house!
I was working on mowing & raking yesterday and cleaning up the back corner bed. I needed to dig up all the Cannas back there or least most, because I have a set of new bulbs coming with leaves that are variegated  with color in them. Everything in Florida is so green. It's nice plant other sorts of green or contrasting color in the garden!
I did save a several of the healthiest looking old Canna's to plant elsewhere, but I have to admit the majority weren't looking that good, but they're quite old.

Todays Garden Pic is the First Dutch Iris bloom for spring 2017!
Known for their purple-nearly blue color, Dutch Iris are bulb based, easy to grow and multiply readily.  They also perform okay in a vase, but actually the bloom lasts longer outside. I like the this color, but they come in a wide range of colors!

Monday, March 20

Good Eating Monday: Classic Magic Cookie Bars!

Today's recipe is a childhood favorite--the original Classic Magic Cookie Bars!
This is the vintage recipe from the 70's.
Photo is a pan of my own I made.

Classic Magic Cookie Bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 cup chopped Walnuts
1 cup semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 1/3 cup Shredded Sweet Coconut
1 can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk  (regular, low-fat or non-fat)

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease a 10 x 13 pan with oil cooking spray,
2)  In a small bowl, stir Graham crumbs & melted butter together with a fork until crumbs are all moist, then spread over bottom of 10 x 13 pan and pat down to form a crust.

3) Sprinkle chopped walnuts evenly over graham crust. Sprinkle chocolate chips over that and finally sprinkle coconut evenly over nuts & chips.

4)  Drizzle evenly with the condensed milk, tilting can just enough so a thin stream comes out. Work back and forth in one direction, then back and forth in the other until the whole surface of the coconut is well covered.

5)  Bake 25 minutes at 350 or till lightly brown around edges. Cool 15 minutes, then run knife along outside edges around pan to loosen,  then cut into 24 bars. 

The single Army and Air Forces guys love these and devour them!
I like to eat one when they're fresh and warm. Yum.

Thursday, March 16

Mama Kat Thursday: Top 5 1974 Hits!

I was well into my teens before I first started really listening to popular music on the radio. That was around 1973-1974. Those were the days of vinyl records and D.J.'s still were polite on the air.
I didn't really have any favorite artists. Still don't. I just don't have a mind that remembers artists by name, but I do remember songs.
That was 43 years ago, however, so I had to review a Top 100 Hit List for 1974 to recall exactly which songs where hot that year and attach an artist to them!

So here's my nostalogic list of my favorite radio hits from 1974:

#1)  The Streak by Ray Stevens
A hilarious song making fun of a trendy 70's craze to strip then run through a public place or event butt naked, called "Streaking." 
I remember a seeing photo in the Indianapolis newspaper of a naked white guy "streaking" the Indianapolis 500 track back then.

#2)  Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
This was a fabulously beautiful, yet still kinda of creepy instrumental theme from the movie Exorcist. A Top 40 Hit believe it or not.

#3)  Nothing From Nothing by Billy Preston
A clever song featuring good math. It's presently the opening theme on a movie called, "Sahara," starring Matthew McConaughey, so I'm reminded of my youth whenever we watch it.

#4)  Tell Me Something Good by Rufus & Chaka Khan
Written by Stevie Wonder. There's just something appealing about the style and beat of this song I just always liked.

#5)  Takin' Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
A kicky upbeat tune about getting out of the daily work rat-race to be self-employed as a musician. Classic rock at it's best!

So, what was your favorite song as a teen?
If you don't recognize any of these tunes, you can find them easily on You Tube!

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Wednesday, March 15

Garden Pic Wednesday: Spring Beds!

I was working on a "first" mow today to pick up leaves and pine needles before applying weed & feed, so it can penetrate the dirt.
Actually, the lawn mower can't do it alone--I had to get the flat rake out and mound the needles--then the mower can pick them up.
Only got 1/3 of the back done today. It was chilly, too. High today was 56 and tonight upper 30's.

Today's Garden Pic's views of the new Hydrangea bed and other front beds I've gotten mulched so far.
In the deep South, where it gets so hot and dry during summer, mulching helps keep the moisture in and tenacious weeds out.
Periodically, the beds need a good layer of wood mulch, which makes grass and leaf clippings I add more effective.

The New Hydrangea bed
The bits of green in the middle are Easter lilies. This area is directly opposite the Holly Tree in the next picture.

Front Corner Bed
The sidewalk and driveway form a right-angle and that right angle is filled with blocks, then this bed. You can see my young Oakland Holly there in front and the container garden in the middle. It sits on a wide pine-tree stump.

Front Side Bed:
This bed is actually on the opposite of our car in the picture above.
The shrubs belong to the neighbor, but the mulched beds are mine.

The trick to having an extensive number of flower beds is to make them as self-maintaining as possible with perennial plants and bulbs that will come back year have year and even spread themselves accented with annuals & herbs that are good at self-seeding.