Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pho Sure!

The culinary adventure continues as Mr. Leisure spends more time in the kitchen.  We both love Asian cuisine, and that love prompted a trip to the cookbook section at the local library.  Lives were changed.

For those of you who don't know Pho - it's a Vietnamese street food consisting of broth, noodles and herbs.

Top with condiments.  We used cilantro, red onion, lime, and jalapeno.

(I'm drooling all over again as I write this).

A bonus of making Pho at home is that your entire house will smell like star anise for days.  Trust me - that's a good thing.

Who knew that spring rolls are so simple to make at home?  John rolled as I manned the deep fryer.

The final product produces a crispy crunch so loud, it'll wake the neighbors!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bad Weather, Good Times

I know our weather isn't that bad compared to what some of you are experiencing - it's just the typical tiresome Southeast winter.  Sunny skies bring frigid temps and warm days bring rain.

I've missed the southwestern desert scene this winter but ... it's been a great trade-off watching Mr. Leisure tend to his new duties (when he's not standing on some tee box).

Hours at the desk have been replaced by hours at the cooktop.  Two rusty skills are being honed: bread-baking and sleeping late! John digs deep into the old recipe box and pulls out a long-neglected focaccia recipe.  Dee-lish!

We are also deep into the Fish Taco Project.  Kimchi (background) has proven a vital ingredient.

As for me, I've been deep into the digital art, learning more every day. Yesterday's freezing weather was spent in glorious fashion at the University Library, immersed in the endless stacks of art books. Infinitely more fun than the year spent on my dissertation!

A stack of scanned treasures for eventual use in my art pieces.

Below is one of the many prints on the walls of the library, one which always moves me.

After the devastating poisoning in 2010 of our beloved Oaks at the campus entrance by a twisted Alabama fan, an Auburn student and an Alabama student played tribute to the much-mourned victims of the attack by pairing up for a cello concert at the scene of the crime.

I leave for the east coast in a few weeks in hopes for the ideal weather of two years ago.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Best of All Worlds

Life is all about choices ...  right?  


Both simple, different, easy.

All of the above, please!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

And I’m certain it will be!  Things are already pretty happy around here what with Mr. Leisure in full chef and golf modes.

There’s been a lot of this

and this.

Shall we just say, retirement is in full swing?

Showing off the new golf bag, a parting gift from the office.

Oh, yeah.  It's gonna be a great year.

I was going through my travel photos from 2015, another big year on the road.  I grabbed one at random to play with.  This is from a beautiful spring day in San Diego spent with treasured friends.

My hope is that  2016 finds you safely on the road, living the life of your dreams.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

News From Home

Big things are afoot here at home, though none involve traveling at the moment. 

The biggest news is that John has one more week of work!  His retirement party last week, making it all seem so real, was an outpouring of affection and good wishes. We are so excited about this new chapter in our lives!

The GDB is resting and getting road-ready for a trip to the east coast in February. She’s squeaky clean inside-and-out, from the top of her solar panel to her undercarriage. Even the tanks are sanitized! 

I also did a much-needed mod by replacing the original too-heavy too-large table with this lightweight user-friendly version. 

Cost: about $20 for an 18-inch pine round and can of paint.

I also found a new favorite travel accessory.  

I’ve been looking for a way to keep my coffee warm.  I mean, really warm. For hours.  No insulated mug, no matter how expensive, was ever up to the task.  I found this 12V RoadPro heated mug at a truck stop in Louisiana. 

It has 5 heat settings and holds 15 oz.  The light turns green when the correct temperature is reached.  I’ve tested the High setting and do believe you could cook a stew in it!

So, even though the GDB is parked for now, she’s never far from my thoughts. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Release!

Everybody knows Randy!  

If you haven't met him in person, you know his blog, Mobile Kodgers.

Today, Randy released an e-book of poetry about life on the road - a subject he knows well after 40 years of full-timing. We teamed up to edit his vast collection and had a blast doing it.

His writing provides insight into his gypsy lifestyle, the people and places he's encountered, with a dash of his philosophical musings.

Click on the book cover for the link.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


 Need I say it three times? 

It's so good to be reunited with loved ones. 

 And my little dog too!