New neighbors?

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Hot and sunny.  94

When we went out to check our plants this morning, we were surprised to see this “Available” sign on the lot behind us.  This must mean that they will build a spec house on the lot.  Hope our vines grow quickly as our privacy fence.  This photo shows the lot and our house in the back – ours is the silver pick-up

Not too much excitement today – exercise for George in the Airstream, water aerobics for me, and lots of reading and computer work (goofing around).  Some neighbors from across the street arrived for the long weekend.  We invited them over for drinks. (We sat in one cluster, and they sat 6-feet away from us on the other side of the room.)  They are from Houston, and come down periodically to work on their house (a deluxe coach house like ours).  They are not retired yet,  only 53, but plan to make this their retirement base in the future while they travel in their motor home.  Apparently, there is some law that allows 53-year-olds in a 55+ community.  I am glad to have younger people here.  This is a fun couple. 

One of the joys of housesitting is meeting and befriending homeowners.  A few years ago, we did an assignment in Walla Walla – As they say, the town is so nice, they named it twice!  This couple does housesitting, too, all over the world, then arranges for a housesitter to come in to take care of their lovely dog while they are away.  It must take a lot of coordination.  The man is a gourmet cook and sent me a recipe to use up one of the thousands of chicken legs in our freezer.  I tried it tonight…

DINNER:  The recipe called for peanut sauce, but I substituted tahini.  I browned the chicken in an iron skillet, then baked it slowly to finish it off.  Meanwhile I made the sauce which included tahini, lots of fresh herbs, cumin, garlic, tomato, and green onion.  I served it with a sweet potato and mixed steamed vegetables.  It was very tasty, and different.  I am always looking for new recipes. 

Only one more chicken leg left in the freezer!  Yay!

BOOK:. “Love and Death Among The Cheetahs” by Rhys Bowen.  The latest in this lady detective series.  4 stars out of 5.  Very light reading, which is what I wanted right now. 

Another beautiful sunset….

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