zhanna’s adventures

zhanna’s adventures

One Puzzle for this Summer

During such a busy and perfect-weather summer, who has time for jigsaw puzzles? Well, we just had to do one! We finished this peaceful panoramic waterfall view tonight while relaxing outside on the patio. Displaying the puzzle and box. Read more ...

Lovely Cactus Flowers

The warm temperatures and sunshine we’ve had lately have been most welcome. My Gymnocalycium bloomed again! She obviously recovered well from the spider mite damage of last year (the scars from which are, unfortunately, permanent). … Pink and green, Read more ...

Bones Found

This morning we heard that bones had been found by ATV riders off Marshwood Road, in an area where we sometimes go mountain biking. These stories typically cause all kinds of alarm until it’s discovered that the bones in question are from a deer carcass or something else non-human. Read more ...

Our Second Moose Puzzle

Recent weather hasn’t been good enough for our usual outdoor activities, but puzzles on the patio are always fun! We just finished the second puzzle (featuring a moose, of course) of two that we purchased in Maine this year. … A lone moose wades in a Read more ...

Traditional early June dinner …

Rich and Zhanna, a cute moose couple!Zhanna with mom and dad at Settlers Inn. Beer sampler: Bell’s Oberon, Reissdorf Koelsch, Brooklyn Brown, Triple Karmeliet; Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, Schneider Weisse, Southern Tier IPA, Delerium Tremens. Birdseed br Read more ...

Late Spring beauty in the back yard …

…Beneath one of the mulberry trees is this patch of orange-tinted dandelions. …Mr. Bumblebee picks up a load of pollen from the huge rhododendron in the back yard. I discovered that it’s very difficult to take a decent photograph of a bumblebee! .. Read more ...

Central Greenwich Village/SoHo Food Tour

…We began our tour by meeting the group at Caffe Del Mare, though we didn’t actually get any samples here. …This is an example of food that looks really horrible, but tastes great! This potato kathi roll was slightly spicy, just a hint of curry and Read more ...

Continuing Cleanup

Four days after the snow ended, I can finally park in my driveway again. My father showed up early this morning, and we set to work clearing out a Forester-sized chunk of snow and ice. Beneath 8-10 inches of snow, we found several inches of ice. I need Read more ...

Winter Sucks!!!

…Zhanna’s poor trolley remains buried in snow even after one cleaning of the driveway. It’s still snowing and blowing out there. Anyone who thinks this is beautiful needs to have his head examined!!! Read more ...

Turtles and Mooses …

It’s been months since Rich and I visited one of our favorite lunch spots, The Tipsy Turtle near Pittston, PA. This cold, lazy Saturday was just right for a nice drive and a two-hour lunch. We shared Turtle Bites (hot sauce, with Inferno sauce on the s Read more ...