| A Hawk In Suburbia?|
October 14, 2012
I went to bed really early last night....9:20pm. Turned on the classical music station and listened to "Echoes" (mainly new age music). Naturally, it put me to sleep.
I woke up at 5am to pee, went back to bed, and slept until 9:30!! Needless to say, I'm well-rested today.
Spent most of the day cooking. I wanted to try a recipe for beet soup out of A Feast of Ice and Fire. The recipe calls for leeks. I don't have leeks. I don't think I've ever cooked with leeks, mainly because at $2 each, they're kind of expensive. So, I substituted onions. The recipe calls for wine, too. Which I don't have. So, I substituted extra beef broth. Then I misread the recipe and added more vinegar than it called for. Ooops. A little extra 'tang'. Although I didn't follow the recipe exactly, I have to say my version turned out quite delicious, which is, after all, the important thing.
I bought 6 beets yesterday, and the recipe called for 4, so I roasted the other 2. Since I was roasting those, I threw in some of the broccoli I bought yesterday, too.
I also made a big pot of lentils and hot dogs. I froze half.
Last night, it was so cold I turned on the heat for awhile. Today, it's 73° outside. It rained overnight, guess a warm front came through, too. It wasn't sunny today, but at least it was warm and breezy. Had I waited till today to do the wash, I could've hung it out. Oh well. Panache was happy, she got to stay outside all day today (made her especially happy cause I was making 'kitchen noises', which she hates)
I saw something very interesting this morning, when I let Panache out. I think it might have been a hawk, but I'm not sure. It was sitting on the edge of the fence. At first, I thought maybe it was an owl, but it was 10am. It was definitely not a bird I recognized. It had a white stomach and was brownish/grayish. It was relatively large, and the head looked kind of small in relation to the body.
It was hard to see much detail, partly because I was looking through the dirty jalousie window, and partly because I can't see for shit anyway (cataracts).
A squirrel started to climb up the fence towards the bird, and the bird went after it. I could hear the wings flap, even from inside the porch. It had large wings, and the feathers at the tips looked like fingers (another reason I thought it might be a hawk). I saw it fly a short distance to the neighbor's fence. Then I came inside and didn't see it again.
I know there are hawks in the area. Mom said Mike told her he saw one in his yard last week. He only lives 2 miles or so from me, so it's possible. Wish I could've gotten a better look at it. Wish I could get a better look at just about everything, come to think of it. Oh well.
Guess I'm out of news (not that I had all that much when I started), so I'll close here.