Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Tiny Needle Tuesday 2/28/23

 Hello and Good Morning!

I had not intended to NOT post yesterday, but...I slept in a bit and really my weekend was not all that exciting.  Good but not exciting.  I did meet up with Dee as is our habit on Saturday mornings and that was delightful as always.  The balance of the weekend was filled with some chores, but also some knitting and reading and stitching.  And I took no pictures.  I also had a number of errands to run yesterday morning, so after I got some laundry going, I went out.

There is a stand of bamboo that I have passed many times and I've always wanted to get a picture.  As luck would have it there is almost always traffic behind me which prevents me from slowing down to take a picture.  Yesterday luck was on my side!

You need to click to enlarge so that you can see ALL the panda bears that someone has placed in among the bamboo.  Too funny and too cute!  This is actually just down the road from Colin's offce (here in PA...not TX), so I sent the picture to him.  He knew exactly where I had been!

Today we are saying goodbye to February and getting ready to welcome in March.  March can still be pretty fickle, so don't put away your woolens just yet.  Yesterday did warm up a bit late morning and I decided to get out while I could to walk after lunch.  Once again I walked along the Perkiomen Trail which runs by the Perkiomen Creek.  There were SO MANY geese again.  

Instead of my usual jaunt, I turned left from the parking lot and went down the trail in the opposite direction.  I do love seeing a pretty stone wall covered in moss and lichen.

I won't pass this wall in warmer weather - there are very large snakes in that wall - this is near Colin's office and he has seen them numerous times.

I also love seeing a line of  Sycamore Trees.  They always look so stately and graceful to me.

There are so many beautiful homes in this area - many perched high above the water with mostly glass fronts.  What views they must have!

I had hoped to spend the afternoon stitching, but work interrupted those plans!  I did, however, do a little more since last Tuesday.  

After I calmed down work and the multiple emails, it was time to prep dinner.  I made a new recipe last night:  Sticky Tofu which turned out well.

It's the first time I've cooked tofu and I did manage to get it crispy and the sauce was delicious.  I call that a win!  I think I liked it more than Fletch, but he did have more than one serving!!

And then our fickle weather showed up.  I was talking on the phone to a friend and opened the door for Mabel.  This is what I saw:

If you enlarge, you will see some solar lights that are on around our arbor at the entrance to our woods.  That is all the snow we got, though it remained cool overnight.  The tops of cars are still covered.  Hopefully the sun will do it's job on the windshields before we leave to go grocery shopping.

This has turned into a long, rambling post.  Thanks for sticking with me (if you are still here).  Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday!


  1. The pandas in the bamboo crack me up! There's a house I pass on my workouts in the neighborhood that has a patch of bamboo (presumably to block the view of the traffic on the main road it's on), but I have never seen a panda in it.

    Thanks for the link to the sticky tofu recipe. I made oven-fried tofu a lot (press the water out, then toss it in a bit of oil and corn starch before roasting), but I usually use a ready-made sauce. This one looks easy enough to whip up.

    I hope you don't get hit with too much winter weather today!

  2. I am with Sarah and chuckling at the humorous panda-placer! Too funny!

    This back and forth weather... crazy. But Steve told me last night he thinks the warmer days are here to stay. We don't get below 41 any day this week!

    Ditto the thanks on that Sticky Tofu recipe! It looks yummy!

  3. Oh, the pandas just make me laugh! :-) So glad you were finally able to get a photo to share. Have a great day, Vera!

  4. I'm also a fan of the pandas in the bamboo! I can't say I'm a big fan of bamboo and a couple of townships around here have made it illegal to plant because it's so invasive. It would be fun to have real pandas to keep it pruned!

  5. The pandas are so cute. We've been to a couple of bamboo forests in Japan. I swear that as you walk through the paths that you can hear it growing. It is a sight I won't soon forget though.
    The tofu recipe looks good. I can never get it crispy enough for us so I might try this one.
    We've had in the 40's and even one 50 degree weather this week but snow showers are predicted for Wednesday & Thursday so I don't think winter is over for us yet.
    I hope you have a fun Tuesday Vera.
    Blessings and hugs,

  6. Snow! I see our rain turned to snow for you folks up north. We can't catch a break here. A winter without one snow day. What a gyp.
    Your stitching is beautiful. I see so much work in just the house alone. I had to go look up the pattern so I could remember where the whole thing was going and WOW....that is going to be spectacular!

  7. I’m the only one on my family that likes tofu and would have been delighted with your meal. Oh yes, I’d avoid the snake area, too.

  8. Oh my - those pandas are hilarious!!!!
    When Mom and I went to Virginia, one of the things that amazed me was the bamboo grove growing on the hotel grounds. I never thought of bamboo growing in North America... and was delighted to learn there is bamboo native to North America. One of the hotel workers told me the grove was a mix of native and non-native species. It was so cool

  9. We had snow this morning as well! I'm done with it now! And the pandas---oh that is amazing!

  10. The weather is fickle that is for sure. There is a pond not too far from us where geese congregate. I'd walk over more often but they sure make a mess. Congratulations on fixing edible tofu. I like to eat it when it is crispy but I haven't had much luck fixing it at home. Do you have a press?

  11. Those pandas gave me a laugh! The w alk looks like a great hike--the stone wall is a beauty (w/o the snakes!).

  12. Our weather is glorious today!! Sun is out and it will be 70 :) We had a taco salad last night and it tasted so good.

  13. I love stone walls. I've seen a few farms that still have barnstone foundations and retaining walls and a lot of homes have them around landscaping in a nearby Ohio town. I want to steal them!!