Archive for September 2nd, 2012


SwittersB Shares The Spotlight

     SwittersB is honored to acknowledge Teri Taylor,   the renowned recipe rustler over at Recipes From My Kitchen nominated me for The Beautiful Blogger Award. The award’s process calls for you to point toward the special person that nominated you for the award; tell some interesting things (7) about yourself that may help people to know you better and lastly to point toward other blogs you follow or admire, which calls for you to nominate them for The Beautiful Blogger Award.

This awards process generates a lot of appreciation and positive karma flowing through the blogosphere. There are many gifted writers, artists, photographers, recorders of life out there. Looking beyond your own blog, your own research and writing, enhances your life and gives one greater appreciation of others.

So, a few things about me that provide further enlightenment about SwittersB……..

1. When I was 22 years old, I was stricken with GuillainBarré syndrome. I was paralyzed for the better part of three months and then commenced a long recovery that took the better part of a year. I was again stricken by the malady twenty years later, although that bout was of shorter duration. I have never  fully recovered from it and have some permanent nerve loss and strength loss.

2. My 8th Grade year, I stood alone, on stage, in an assembly and sang a solo…for the life of me I cannot remember what it was, only that I was scared to death. Later, that year I won a dance contest with Mary Ann Butler.

3. I love all things gardening. My favorite flowers are Fuchsias, Roses and Sunflowers.

4. I am considering retiring for the second time. If the stars align just right, it will be in about one year.

5. I went to Russia to teach a course on ethics, to law enforcement personnel, for one month in the early 90’s. No, I don’t speak Russian.

6. I can’t swim a lick. My freshman year in college, I took a Beginning Swimming class. I was the only one in the class that truly needed a beginning swimming course.

7. I am of Irish-French (Father) and French (Hungarian/Banat Region)-German (Mother) decent. A few years back, I spent the better part of two years researching through all the branches of my family with pretty good success.

So, drum roll please. Here are my nominees for The Beautiful Blogger Award. 

~The Leisurely Life with Cindy Knoke

~Brainstorms: How Epilepsy & Writing Connect with Maggie Mendus

~BuckWheatsRisk by Zoe G.

~A Gripping Life with Lisa

~Smell My Paws with Kitty Drunk Drunk (Go With the Flow)

~Movin’ On with Gunta

~The Limp Cobra with Marc Fauvet

There you have my selections. A diverse spread of talents that will add enjoyment to your day. I will individually contact each nominee. Thank you Teri!!!


Photography: OMG Michael Durham!!



Fly Tying: Whitlock’s Red Squirrel Nymph (Emerger)

The Whitlock Red Squirrel Nymph is a pattern that incorporated the classic nymph components of a Hare’s Ear Nymph and the wound hackle wing of a Wet Fly or emerger pattern. The original used the natural materials of the day, in other words fur. There is certainly nothing incorrect in using rabbit fur for the abdomen and thorax. I have in recent years opted for blends of fur/synthetics or straight synthetics simply because my throat seizes up at the mere mention of rabbit fur let alone the handling of it. 

I tied up a few dozen of these ‘nymphs’ last Winter and have yet to use them (such has been life of late). But, I came across them sitting atop the tying station in a discarded hook box. I need to at least put them into the cubicle of a fly box that is likely to go out the door on an outing. 

Here are a few links on tying the Whitlock Red Squirrel Nymph. I am not trying to be a rebel or non-traditionalist with the ’emerger’ use. It just is how I would fish this fly…bottom and up to the top…more in the top layers.  Semantics, purely semantics. I use Krystal Flash for the ribbing rather than tinsel. Wire could be used or the traditional tinsel. Red Squirrel was used for the tail, but bunched hackle fibers could be used too. (How to) (How to)


Food Love: Heirloom Tomatoes sliced with Basil and ……


More Than Burnt Toast Recipe

This the time of year when the gardens are bursting with results, particularly tomatoes. I didn’t put in a garden this year, although I may well next year…a small one. Tomatoes, big tomatoes, will be at the top of the list of plantings. This recipe from More Than Burnt Toast for Layered Tomatoes looks quite tasty. Basil, olive oil, tomatoes, feta. Wow! Refreshing this time of year. A little wine, some good bread to sop up the oils…


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