Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just Before Christmas

The house is clean and ready to be invaded with holiday cheer. My neighbor brought me a Christmas gift a few days ago which included this beautiful lighted wine bottle. I just love the label.

The pumpkin bread is in the oven. I used the last of my pie pumpkins from my local CSA.

A few more goodies to make and we are ready, well and then we need to clean the kitchen. ;)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly becoming my favorite holiday but probably not for the reasons you think.

First, from my walk around my neighborhood on Sunday. Ah, nature.

So today, Tuesday, I’m starting to prepare for the large Thanksgiving meal. My responsibility for Thursday’s feast are the pies (pumpkin and pecan), cranberry relish, and the bread. Today is pie day.

I have this lovely pie pumpkin from our local farmers.

I cut the pumpkin in half and scooped out the seeds for later (some to bake and some to save). While the pumpkin was baking, I was supposed to be making pie crust. Oops! Instead I was spending my time with a few pirates, a lagoon, strange ideas and apologies. I was catching up on my poetry. I am participating in the November Poem a Day Chapbook Challenge over at Writer’s Digest.

Then I baked the pumpkin and when it was done, I scooped out all the beautiful orange meat and put it in my blender to puree. (Yes, I got my pie crust made. After a quick trip to the store when I realized we were almost out of eggs and corn syrup!)

Well, I think I could have made three pumpkin pies from my one pumpkin, but I opted for two pies and four tarts (or mini pies) for tonight’s meal.

Pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving is becoming my favorite holiday because it’s a long, five day weekend with my family. There are no massive amounts of decorations, no presents to save for, buy, wrap, and open. It’s just us and other than the day itself, there is no set agenda. Yes, we plan on watching a movie or two, playing a game or two and there will be some work to get done but there is no pressure.

We don’t participate in Black Friday sales, just our preference. I try very hard to have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. I just do not enjoy crowds, it becomes too overwhelming and just not fun for me. Plus, and this is a big plus, it takes a lot of the stress and pressure off the holiday season.

However, back to Thanksgiving. The pecan pie is up next, along with tonight’s dinner plans. It’s Friday for us today! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Veronica Roth's drawing challenge: Calm

Veronica Roth issued a new drawing challenge last Monday, the topic: calm. She stated the word ‘calm’ felt appropriate for this current time we are living in, where all we seem to hear about is the fear generated from the violence – all around the world. No one is left untouched.  

Tuesday was a very rainy day here at home. So I decided to dip into the paints a bit and see what I could come up with for calm.

I painted a snow covered tree…


the wide ocean with a lone sailboat…


and finally rocks or more accurately a cairn.

They have a theme, which really shouldn’t have surprised me. Even though each one has a different subject, different color palette – they are about nature. I love nature. Nature is my favorite subject to photograph, my favorite place in the world to be, and my favorite thing to paint. Although Tuesday was a bit of a departure because I painted scenes rather than one subject. (If you click on the “brush” link at the top of the page, you’ll see I like to paint mainly animals.)

So yes, nature centers me. It calms me. It gives me joy.

So when I looked at these three different paintings, I asked myself, “which one speaks to me today, right now?” The answer was the cairn. I added a cherry blossom branch for an added feeling of ‘zen’ but I think it really spoke to me because it reminded me of a picture I took a few years ago of a cairn my daughter built, on Thanksgiving, on the edge of a frozen lake. It was beautiful in its simplicity. A beautiful marker which slowly fell below the water in the spring but for that day, it marked our presence, our joy.

Peace and calm to you and yours. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 TGIF

I went for an early morning drive through the fog today and found these jewels on my travels. I hope your Friday is fabulous and your weekend wonderful! 


Pictures taken in the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015 - Moon and Stars

I love Luna! I think the sky holds such beautiful mysteries.

I love the picture I took of the “Blue Moon” on July 31st and my sketch is okay, but I’m planning to revisit the moon many times over the years.

Here is my photo:

Here is my sketch: