Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, June 30, 2014

My Photo Diary: June




June was bustin' out all over, here in NJ!
Hydrangeas, Spirea, Irises, Lilies...
Oh, wait, no lilies...
The deer ate every last bud, 
so no lily blooms this year, nope, not a one.

June was action-packed...
 School ended...Camp started.
Baby birds were born...and my Mac died. 

We went to the beach,
the Stock Exchange,
and hung out on our deck. 

Backyard creatures from tiny bumble bees...
to giant wild turkeys paid us a visit.

Heeeeeeere's June!

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June 1 
Junior Goo Shoes kicks off the month with an ice cream bar. 
Believe it or not, these do not tempt me in the least.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 2
A cucumber martini, however, is quite tempting. Must find a recipe for this.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 3
Morning sunlight. I never saw the sun streaming in on this vase before. Within minutes, it was gone.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 4
Way-cool cocktail party on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, all of my photos of this were lost when my computer drowned (see June 6), so this is a bad one from my cell phone. 


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 5
Escalator to hell...aka, Port Authority, NYC.  Took the bus home today...Haven't had to do that too often since I stopped commuting into the city, thankfully.  

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 6
The day my laptop died. RIP, Mac.
 
June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 7
Another June weekend, another Greek festival. Yummy cheese pie for an appetizer, and I ate the WHOLE thing. Myself.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 8
Beautiful Sunday morning on the deck.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 9
Flatiron Building, NYC (opened in 1902). Killing time before meeting blogger Joani Geltman at her book reading for A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens. She's awesome!


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 10
Chillaxin' on the back deck.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 11
NYC Public Library. Walking to meet a friend for lunch.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 12
I waited a week, hoping my old laptop would miraculously come back to life, but no such luck. My new laptop will never know what liquids are. 




June 13
Monopoly night with Junior Goo Shoes. My idea of a perfect night, even though he beat me badly!


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


June 14
Saturday evening in Belmar, NJ, having dinner with friends, across the street from the beach. Beautiful evening, especially with ocean in view!

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June 15
Father and Son. Father's Day and Mr. Goo Shoes' birthday, celebrated at one of our favorite restaurants in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

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June 16
The living room has become packing central. Camp trunks are almost finished!



June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


June 17
Times Square subway stop...a photo I would never have taken when I lived in NYC. Now, who cares?  Heading downtown to meet a friend.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 18
Went to go out on my deck this morning, and THIS greeted me. UGH! Not a great shot, but it was with my phone through a glass door.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 19
Last day of school! Junior Goo Shoes taking it easy in the hammock.


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June 20
Busy Bee in the spirea.


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June 21
Junior Goo Shoes playin' the blues at his guitar concert.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 22
We're at the beach! Mini-vacation in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


June 23
Beach rules!


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


June 24
This pig's got swagger, doesn't she? She borrowed my sunglasses, while we ate like pigs at Uncle Will's Pancake House, a Beach Haven institution.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 25
Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island, NJ. About seven years ago, Junior Goo Shoes and I climbed to the top. Not t-t-today, Junior!

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 26
Remember the birds that moved in back in May? Here are the babies!!! Get a load of the spider they're about to eat.


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 27
Mr. Goo Shoes took this amazing picture of purple petunias.

June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 28
THE BIG DAY!!! Junior Goo Shoes leaves for camp! All the parents wave goodbye!


June Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

June 29
First day of camp! Mr. Goo Shoes and I will be glued to the camp website scanning photos for the next seven weeks. Junior Goo Shoes is front right, in the green t-shirt.

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Photo Courtesy of Camp

June 30
No hummingbirds have visited, but "Chip" would sure like a drink of nectar.



Have a wonderful July!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil


Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you like slaving over a hot stove in summer?

Nah, me either.

Truth is, I don't like toiling over a stove no matter what the season,
and it's no secret that I'd rather do anything but cook.

So, when I saw this recipe in the NY Times
many years ago...

It got my attention because...
the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta.

Boil, chop, chop, grate...and, finito! 


Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I haven't made this in a long time,
because I've been watching my weight, 
and I don't have an "off" switch when it comes to pasta.

But when the family starts groaning...
"Chicken again?.."
it's time to switch things up. 

I'd forgotten how good it is. 
 
Never mind that I made way too much...
let's just say that I could have fed all of you
had you stopped by.

This pasta salad is a great dish to make for a picnic... 
or as a side dish for a barbecue.

It's also a super-easy, super-fast dish for supper.
Serve it with a crusty bread,
and some delicious gazpacho,
and you've got yourself 
a cool meal for a hot summer day.

Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Arugula Tomato Pasta Salad


1/2 pound farfalle, cooked, drained and rinsed
3 cups stemmed and torn arugula
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Put the farfalle in a large bowl.
Add the arugula and tomato.
Mix together the basil, lemon rind, olive oil, lemon juice and salt; pour over pasta.
Toss to coat.
Add fresh pepper to taste.



Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

How easy is that?

Enjoy!



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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Boats and Sunsets: Weekend Travel Inspiration


Martha's Vineyard, MA  July 2010

What is it about boats and sunsets?

Marigot, Saint Martin   March 2010
A romantic notion,
to sail into the sunset, no?

Mykonos, Greece  July 2007

Dobbs Ferry, NY July 2012

Fire Island, NY August 2009

Where would you go, if you could sail off into the sunset?




Friday, June 20, 2014

Rearranging the Deck Chairs

Pretty Summer Deck - Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Have you ever gone along with an idea, 
even though you didn't totally agree with it?

I guess we've all been there, done that.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And isn't it funny, when that person 
finally realizes it wasn't the best idea after all,
but insists it was your idea?

Such is the case with furniture arrangement 
on our back deck this summer.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

When we first moved into this house,
 the old outdoor dining table was in the corner,
right outside the dining room doors.

Made sense to me...
it was always shady in that spot,
plus, it was convenient to bring things out from the kitchen.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


When we got a new outdoor dining table,
Mr. Goo Shoes wanted to put it in a different spot
I didn't think it was a great idea,
because the sun comes around,
 right about dinner time,
at the perfect angle to hit you right in the eyes.

"We'll tilt the umbrella...It won't be a problem."

Yeah, well, even with the umbrella tilted, 
there was always someone at the table 
who was in the hot seat.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

This spring, we had to take all of the furniture
off the deck to have it power-washed and stained.
 When it was time to put everything back, 
Mr. Goo Shoes wanted to put the table 
in the original spot, near the dining room door.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

"I never liked the table in that other spot. 
It was always too sunny.
I think it'll be better here in the shade."

Say what?

 I had a boss who often said,
"Let them always think it was their idea."

So I smiled, and said, "You're right, let's do it!"


Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And that is how the deck chairs came to be
rearranged this year.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We're much happier with it this way.  

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I did purchase a few new things this year.
This garden stool came from Home Goods.
I like that the top is flat, not rounded.
 Never mind that yesterday, I spilled a cup of coffee I put on it.
Coffee and I seem to be having a problem, lately. 
Thankfully, my new laptop was safe inside the house.


Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I got a cute watering can at Michael's.
 
Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and found this bowl at Home Goods...

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It matches the one I got last year,
as well as the little pots that I love.

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
And my favorite thing? 
 This pillow...which expresses the perfect summer sentiment...
so much so, it could have been me who wrote it. 
(Yes, from Home Goods, too.) 

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 So now that you see how we re-arranged the deck chairs,
which way do you like it better...

This way...

Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

or this way?

Last year, the deck was my "happy" place...
This year, it's my "even happier" place.


Summer Backyard Deck --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes