Salad Fixin's: Spicing Up the Mundane Romaine

I’m getting ready for a mini vacation. I don’t get many and when I do I tend to focus on the cheaper stay-cations and end up doing more work in the yard than I would ever do at the museum. Doesn’t do much for my weary back and sore muscles. But not this time. This time I’m going to Palm Springs to sit by the pool and sip many cocktails and have many laughs.

We rented a house and are meeting up with old friends from Portland and LA. Our plans are simple, eat, drink, swim, sit and relax. Finally.

I decided that I should bring some food from the garden so I’ve loaded up with fresh eggs for breakfasts and then noticed that the romaine lettuce was just too perfect to leave behind. Then I realized that I also have some blue borage and some nasturtium that would make an excellent addition to the salad. So while packing and prepping the dog for a desert voyage, I took a little harvesting break. And, apparently a blogging break as well. I’m going to be soooo late!

Here’s the romaine all green and yummy looking. Followed by the borage whose flowers have already been harvested.
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Piper Tries to Steal a Bone from Sasha.

The timeless battle between chicken and dog has typically been very one sided. Until now! Piper, while deathly afraid of other chickens, seems to have no problem at all trying to snatch a bone from the jaws of my very wolf-like dog! It’s short but sweet, so enjoy!

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A Great Egret in Balboa Park


One of the many amazing perks for working at the San Diego Museum of Art is that it’s nestled smack-dab in the middle of Balboa Park and adjacent to the San Diego Zoo. This brings all manner of critters directly into my path from work to my car.

Today was no exception. This great egret has spent the winter here in sunny warm San Diego enjoying some yummy fish from the giant koi pond in front of the Botanical Building. They’re here on vacation while the rest of the country slumbers under its cold white blanket.

When the spring begins to heat up a bit she’ll begin her long journey across the country for breeding season in the central and southeastern parts of the US.

In the meantime, she’s just another of many tourists taking up all our parking spots. *grumble grumble… tourists *