Jan 31,2007


Purrington Goodies 2006/2007

Woke up to EIGHTEEN DEGREES on Monday (Jan 15, 2007)! THEN ... this is what we saw!!!!!! Note DEAD Lantana and Cape Honeysuckle!!

Glass Wing Butterflies - Oct 2006
These are absolutely AMAZING! Ours aren't quite
like this, but we have had literally hundreds
of butterflies each day on our flowers as they
wing their way across our yard in the back as
do all our neighbors up and down the block!
Even more in front on the orange and red Lantana!
Literally a steady stream! The trumpet cluster
of gold/orange flowers in the last picture are
like the ones on our latest bush: Tecoma: Orange
Jubilee! The bush will grow to about eight feet!


Arizona Repertory Singers Oct 2006


Beer Can Chicken

RUB:  1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp chopped fresh Rosemary, 1 tsp dried Thyme,
1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 whole chicken, about 4# (I like TYSON brand), 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 can beer at room temp, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 1 clove garlic crushed, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tis dried thyme 1/4 tis crushed red pepper flakes

Remove excess fat and rub chicken with oil, then season inside & out with "rub". Pour out half of the beer (not to worry: you can DRINK it!) Place the rest of the ingreds into the can. Cut more holes into the can. Plunk the chicken cavity over the beer can. (This is where it gets silly! If you don't get the giggles, then you'd better buff up your sense of humor!!!) You just don't know whether to salute or shake hands!!! Place him/her into a baking pan (See picture), balancing him on his two legs and the can, like a tripod. Grill over Indirect Medium heat ( 400 degrees on our grill).

Grill 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours. (170 deg breast, 180 deg thigh) Remove from grill and let rest for ten minutes! To remove chicken from can, hold the can in place with a long handled fork (BP did this), then lift chicken up with tongs & a fork. Carve & serve and ENJOY! It is SO delicious!!!

Char at Mt. Hopkins

Char is standing next to the single telescope mirror atop Mt. Hopkins, near the Smithsonian Observatory. (There used to be SIX of these mirrors in the observatory . . . now there is JUST ONE HUGE MIRROR to take the place of the six!) This was a fascinating tour. NOW look at the second picture. Do you see Char in THIS picture? BTW, we can see the observatory atop the mountain from our patio. You can spot our house from up there.


Baby Birds on Cactus


Sunset from patio 4/4/05


Happy 70th Charlotte!