Sr. Elizondo and I are watching over the twins diligently, probably more than mommy Ladybird. I’ve caught Ladybird feeding her babies a few times now and it’s so sweet to see them lift their little heads to eat.
What’s making us nervous now? The palm branch their nest is on is getting lower and weaker by the day. At least there are no more storms in the near future. Unfortunately, the winds are still crazy at night. I find myself checking on them first thing every morning to make sure they are still in their nest.
The twins are growing bigger and are probably about the size of a peanut. It’s looking like a bit of a squeeze in the nest now. Notice the shape of the nest is now oval instead of round.
And I can see the quills forming on their bodies. This means they are at least 10 days old.
Here is the latest photo of them taken just today. They look nothing like the tiny black creatures they were less than a couple of weeks ago.
Summer tunic in an ideal shade of blue.
This outdoor seating from CB2.
Earrings from Mimi Et Toi.
Steamline luggage set
“Nothing succeeds like excess.” – Countess of Grantham
What takes me so long to find these things. This is a must see for Downtown Abbey fans and most of you probably already have. Regardless, it’s actually an interesting program for anybody.
It details the formal rules and manners of the British aristocracy while referencing clips from Downtown Abbey. Every step, word, gesture, clothing choice, seems to have had an importance and etiquette meaning during this era. It felt exhausting to me, but as the narrator said, it was routine for them. An example: The hostess of the dinner party dictates the conversation at the table and everyone must follow her lead. Also, if the hostess speaks to the person on her left, everyone at the table again must follow her lead and speak with the person on their left. When she switches to speak with the person on her right, so must everyone else. Can you imagine…
It makes me want to watch the series again to pay closer attention to the etiquette and character’s behavior. And it definitely makes me want to see the Downtown Abbey touring exhibit. I’m patiently waiting for it to come to Texas or California.
This Keto pizza crust tastes just like real pizza crust and I am super happy.
Preheat oven 400F
In a sauce pan on low heat, mix together well until dough forms.
On a pizza pan/cookie sheet between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll dough out. Slide dough off of parchment and onto pan. (I didn’t bother with the parchment on the bottom. I simply oiled the pizza pan and rolled it with only a piece of parchment paper on top.)
Put holes in dough using a fork and cook pizza crust for 6-8 minutes.(My crust did not turn out as crispy as I like it. Next time I will cook it for closer to 12 minutes.)
Take crust out of oven and lower the temperature to 350F. Let pizza crust cool for approx 10 minutes.
Add toppings and put pizza back into the oven for approx 5-10 minutes or until cheese topping melted.
Coming home to our beautiful view…
Giving a piece of furniture new purpose.
Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
The weed Sr. Elizondo has planted and waters daily.
The last episode of Stranger Things, season 3. It unexpectedly pulled hard at my heart strings.
Ladybird’s babies (or the twins as we like to call them) have hatched. We are so excited. Like all newbies to the lives of hummingbirds, we immediately had concerns. Concern 1: The mommy is not on her nest as usual. This is normal behavior. She will leave the nest more and more the older they get. Concern 2: The babies don’t make ANY noises. This is normal too. It’s their only defense mechanism not to make a sound. As a matter of fact, if the babies start chirping extensively, then they are in some sort of distress. If all goes as it should, they should be out of the nest in about 20 days.
Here they are a few days old.
It was hola/adios this visit. All was well at Sandy Toes. I found some new restaurants and stores, and was sad to see that others were gone.
I love Playa del Carmen, but for those who would like to come visit this beautiful town, I would suggest maybe next year. Unfortunately, the gorgeous beaches that PDC normally has is overrun with seaweed and algae. I heard more than one disgruntled tourist. I personally went to the beach once, never set foot in the ocean, and had no desire to hang out again. Hence, all the shopping and blogging I did.
“I wasn’t planning on buying anything this visit, but…”, are famous last words, at least for me. You already saw my Old Navy haul. Well, aside from that I also bought:
This great big fringed beach towel from Oysho which was on 50% sale.
I also got these sandals from there for 30% off. (Notice how I reference the sales to justify my purchases.) I’m hoping they’re as comfortable walking around as they were in the store.
This blouse from Stradivarius called my name…in stripes and in black…
Along with some of their on $10 perfume since I didn’t bring any this visit.
Just when I think I have the shopping madness under control, I found Dine n Dance women’s clothing store and had to purchase this linen coverup and dress.
This cover up has gray metallic ribbing which you can’t really see in this pic and side pockets. Perfect for walking around 5th after the beach.
And isn’t this the sweetest linen maxi dress you’ve ever seen? I love the pale pink color. It’s my favorite purchase from this visit.
Obviously, Sandy Toes took a back seat to this visit.