Taken on the streets of Boston on summer afternoon in July.
As Sunday rolls to a close I thought I would share some of the images I captured in my varied and busy weekend. I was most relieved on Friday afternoon to end my work week. It had been exhausting and challenging on several levels but I decided that instead of thinking about the “issues” all weekend I would do as my Savior tells me to do and cast my worries Him. You know I must say when practiced this works! I am feeling refreshed on many levels this evening and ready to begin the week afresh tomorrow.
Yesterdays post captured images of My Favorite Things from around the yard and house. After snapping, cropping and writing I returned to the yard to determine where my new raised flower beds would be placed. I hope to have fresh, organic vegetables all summer long, I will keep you posted on how this goes. I will confess it is a bit of a stretch for me. I kept my camera nearby and captured a few additional images of the bees and butterflies at work collecting nectar from those luscious lilac blooms.
My daughter Jess came home, fairly unusual for a Saturday, and we spent some time chatting while she cleaned out her car(which acts like a cross between a closet and a suitcase). Both Haley and Kitty enjoyed some of the sunshine and fresh air.
After a nice day in the yard I headed out to a FunRaiser for a breast cancer organization called Team Towanda. I was participating in the health fair prior to the party honoring and celebrating amazing women. It was a great event with food and dancing all night long. I was blessed to have both my sister Kelly and a friend Grace attend the party as my dates.
Sunday was busy and fun too. There was a bike blessing this morning at church, hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association. No good pictures of our bike though…I will snap a few next time. We rode along the shore enjoying more glorious sunshine until we reached a destination our most recent favorite eating spot, The Bridge. Plenty of good food and fellowship. Once back home I decided it wasn’t time to let the weekend go so we went out where I let my husband beat me at two games of pool:) We were heading around the final corner towards home when I spotted him. Standing so majestically. I could hardly believe it. So beautiful. So still. Such great posture. Patiently watching. Waiting for some unsuspecting prey to come past so that dinner could be fetched. Just look at him. Tell me he isn’t amazing.
It’s time for another episode with The Foodies.
Let me reacquaint you with the cast of characters.
We have Hilary…
Then there is Doug…he goes with Jo-Ann
And then there is me…
The group began last fall. We pick a theme for the evening, decide upon the menu, then decide who will prepare what. The ingredients are bought and we convene at one of our homes to prepare the meal, consume the wine, and share an evening of food, fun and laughter. Our previous themes include the Fall Harvest, Holiday Cheer and Fondue Night.
Saturday’s theme was Italian which was selected to prepare the way for Doug in Jo-Ann who will be indulging in authentic Italian cuisine later this month. The 3 of us gals being weight watchers try to select menu items that won’t be a Points Plus disaster, this month was no different. The evening would be hosted at my home with the food prepped to get underway around 4pm.
The table is set…
The FOODIE Flashcards are making a debut this month. A birthday gift to Jo-Ann from her daughter.
On the menu is a colorful Antipasto. Beautiful as well as tasty.
We nibbled on this while we prepared the main course and enjoyed our first couple bottles of wine.
It is then pan cooked thoroughly. Fresh herbs of parsley, fennel, roasted pine nuts and dried cranberries are then sautéed until soft. A good dose of wine is added and cooked off. The chicken is then added back into the vegie laden broth. The result is absolutely fabulous.
The accompaniment to the main course was Eggplant Rollitini. Thinly sliced eggplant with a dollop of ricotta cheese mixture rolled and covered with a marinara sauce and cheese. The result was quite tasty.
What would an Italian feast be if there was no bread? Even weight watchers have to indulge a little bit.
We are now ready to EAT!
Some calories to burn we turn on Santana and head into the living room for a little dancing.
No one thought to grab the camera when I grabbed my pink boa and coin skirt and started to salsa around the living room. That is the problem with being the photographer!
We head back to the kitchen to get dessert ready to go. My absolute yumminess. Lemoncello ice cream is the treat for the evening, now I know what you are thinking…there is no way this is on the Weight Watcher’s meal plan…well you are wrong. The recipe is straight out of Cooking Light magazine and made a perfectly delightful way to end the meal.
We broke out the Foodie Flashcards while we indulged on the treat.
The girls were better guessers and did better depictions of the clues. It was fun to watch those boys try.
We tried to convince the guys that they should take a turn at being the “chefs” but so far no go. Given how challenged they were at the game maybe we should let it be.
We wrapped up the evening with a bottle of Sambuca. What a perfect ending to a great night.
I hope you enjoyed this episode of Fun with Foodies. Perhaps you want to start your own Foodie group. I would highly recommend it.
- What Does It Mean to Be a “Foodie?” (mapetitemaisonverte.com)
I captured this photo one night with my iPhone as I was leaving work. I love the way the light changes the colors in the sky. I have a friend who hopes to use God’s crayons when she gets to heaven to paint these magnificent sunsets.
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I had a great weekend. My honey arrived home from his week in Guatemala in the wee hours of the night, tired and not feeling completely well, but home. Good to have him home. Saturday had a high potential of being a long day of waiting so I was so happy for the distractions I had lined up.
After a morning that was both productive and reflective I headed out the door to meet my sister for lunch that would be followed by a walk. It was a cloud covered morning but I prayed that the clouds would break so that we could enjoy some sun and warm spring air.
As we enjoyed our meals the clouds cleared and the sun came out. We proceeded to our destination down the road a ways called Stony Creek. I asked my sister about the history of the trail but she could not recall any of the facts she had been told.
The water level was very low at this time of day and made for some interesting pictures.
Dave was sitting on a bench on the marsh. He is an obvious birder and filled us in on the migratory birding patterns for this area. The Osprey nest awaits the return of the birds which according to Dave will be this week sometime.
The day was quite warm and perfect for enjoying the shore. I snapped a few more pics before we moved on for the day. That is for the next post.
What are you most looking forward to right now? Leave a comment & let me know.
I am looking forward to the return of my best friend, Steven. The plan doesn’t get in until Saturday evening though and then it will take a few hours for him to drive home. So it will be late.
One of my favorite photo’s from MY trip to Guatemala last March. I just love the COLOR.
Clockwise: My Grand-nephew Carter beating the drum gives him great pleasure;my friend Doug takes pleasure acting silly one night at dinner; me and my friends Joann and Hilary take pleasure in dancing after dinner one night; Piper and Poppi take pleasure in a special moment last weekend.
What is Wabi-sabi?
I became familiar with this term in order to complete this weeks photography class assignment.
Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble.It is a beauty of things unconventional.
We were given copies of pages from a book, The Artist’s Rule- Nurturing you Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Paintner. As a group we read the brief chapter aloud. Now I must tell you that I consider myself to be fairly well read with a decent size vocabulary, these few pages really tested me. At home later I had to sit with the dictionary to be certain I understood all the words(this is why I really love my Kindle). Further understanding was still desired so I headed to Google. I found an excellent article titled, What is WABI-SABI? Here is an excerpt from that article.
Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.
The assignment would be to take a walk with my camera, easy enough to start. Focus on centering myself, close eyes, breath, connect~ you know the drill. Opening my eyes I need to focus on my experience and maintain this during the walk. Not always simple when walking with my energetic dog but I cannot think of leaving her behind. As I walk I am to stay open and present to the places of beauty in ugliness, decay and death.
Participating in this assignment has exposed me to a new term and concept. I was inspired to go looking for beauty in less than the obvious place. As I become better acquainted with the concept I could see how this pertains to life and love of self and others. And as always I was surprised by the beauty that God revealed to me. Below are the photo’s I will share with the class.
Below is a close up of the base of the tree. Obviously is being consumed by insects. Guess you could call this the tree of life.
I was close to home when I saw this stump. I thought it visually interesting.
When I turned from taking the snapshot of the rotted trunk I discovered the most fantastic surprise. Never having noticed this rotted tree from this angle I discovered in its center a heart shaped hole.
I was thrilled with my find. I have been walking past this tree for seven years and never before noticed the beauty in the decay.
- Japanese Philosophy: Impermanence as a way of living and as art: Wabi-sabi (formalsystem.wordpress.com)
- On Beauty (lifeinwanderlust.wordpress.com)
- tugging the leash of my own wabi-sabi heart (makebelieveboutique.com)
- teahouse 2011 (michaellangford.org)
- Writing and Living the Imperfect Story (writingyourdestiny.com)
- Letting Go of Perfectionism (jesuszen.wordpress.com)
As Sunday evening draws to a close one week ends and another on the verge of beginning. Time is a peculiar thing. We complain that we don’t have enough yet we wish the days past longing for the weekend. How did you spend your weekend? Did you indulge? Did you make your heart sing? Did you write a blog post for Share Your World or Jakesprinter Landscape Challenge? I did a few of all these things.
Date Night on Friday with my favorite guy at one of our favorite places to eat called the Bridge in Westerly RI. Good food, cheap beer and live music.
On Saturday I was blessed to get a new office chair and the re-gifting of a computer monitor for my home office. Cooked a wonderful meal at home and shared it with 3 of my favorite guys, hubby Steven, son Joshua and stepson Jeremy. Good food and good company.
Sunday morning found me in my house of worship enjoying the presence of the Lord. Afterward we went to lunch with Steven’s daughter Christina and our granddaughter Piper.
Having sufficiently dined we headed home to change into some warmer clothes, get Haley and go for a walk along the river.
It was hard to keep the dog from going nuts when the four deer arrived on the scene. I thought this one was going to run right into me.
Below you see the Mohegan Sun Casino towering above the tree line. Looking at it from the sky it has the appearance of an arrow. It is a beautiful building inside and out.
Norwich is a river community with many old factories such as the one pictured below.
This railroad has plates dating 1923. Pretty cool in my opinion.
These old rail ties are just laying around. Wonder what the purpose is now?
In the water is the remnants of an old boat.
The walk was nice. Beautiful, crisp day as you can see. When I got home I made a movie with the photo’s I snapped of Piper(the red headed cutie) and will post it to Facebook for her Great Granny to see; I know she will enjoy it.
Hope that you had a great weekend.
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The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”