May 31, 2012

Organic Diets

Oh, if it were only this easy!

Please pass the hot chocolate and the piece of chocolate cake.  And one of those little tarts. =)

May 29, 2012

Bananas Grow Up

I'm still reminiscing about my Honduras trip and I came across this pic.  Honestly, I never knew that bananas grow up.  They always hang down in the store.

May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

May we be proud of and inspired by those who have gone before us.

May 25, 2012

The Eiffel Tower

My Paris fund: $104.01
I will never give up.  =)

(Thanks, Joe, for your fine Christmas Day creation.  I couldn't throw it away.  And I think we may still owe you a prize for winning. )

May 24, 2012

Jewels and Knick Knacks

As a general rule, I hate knick knacks.   They may be cute, but they accumulate, so I really resist picking them up.  Without careful thought they turn into clutter, and clutter is messy and hard to clean.  I also hate cleaning.  I do it a lot and I do it well, but I'd rather go to Europe.

But this little crown is one of my few exceptions, and I keep it on my desk for inspiration.  The grown kids (!) have played with it so much that the hair comb has broken off and the third stem is lost.  But my dreams see way past that.

And yes, the flash is terrible, but how else could the brilliance of these exceptional diamonds be captured?!

Where's my ticket to London to see the real crown jewels?

May 23, 2012


For some of us, well, we've been around the block enough times that we're not easily surprised.  We've seen a lot, lived through a lot, and smile at the "small" bumps in the road.

So if you are in that camp, you can fully appreciate my shock at not one, but two knock-your-socks-off surprises that came my way in the last 24 hours:

"It's miracle!  I got hired on and I'm doing international work.  We're moving to China."

"I got the scholarship.  Maybe I should take it and not graduate after all."


Who would like to take me to lunch??!!

May 21, 2012

An Afternoon in the Lily Fields

Fields of camas lilies...a breathtaking sight every spring!  I love that our city is named after them.

History records that once the flowers withered, the Native American women dug the bulbs and roasted or boiled them.  They taste like a sweet potato, only sweeter.  If dried, they were pounded into flour and stored in cake form.

I'm not sure what is more beautiful - the fields of flowers or imagining a whole different culture of people in this very place.

May 18, 2012

Up Close and Personal

There are three baby robins in our nest.  Thanks, Paul, for capturing two of them with your telephoto lens! I think this is the first time I have seen them without their mouths open, waiting for a food delivery.   Hard to imagine that just a couple of weeks ago they fit into an egg.

Photo by Paul Donelson

May 16, 2012

Nests Everywhere

I pretty much neglected a garden on the side of the house.  Half of it got replanted with strawberries, but then it rained for about 10 years and the weeds went nuts.  Especially the half that I never got around to in the first place.

And now in the mess of it all, we have a towhee nest!  And a little farther back where it is more sunny, there's a bunny nest.  Wow - it feels like a regular wildlife sanctuary around here!

May 15, 2012

And Tuesday's Answers

Yes, Sus, you are right - yesterday's pictures are little bags of butter!  Funny, it seems so obvious now but we were really quite stumped at the time.  Must have been the context.

And yes, there will be a college graduation coming up next month!  Past credits were awarded and we are both leaping with joy and  still wondering with amazement at how beautifully things fell into place.

Sometimes I get so caught up in life - the context of things - that I lose my perspective.  Then those hindsight laughs make me wonder how I could have ever lost my head.

It's a good Tuesday.

May 14, 2012

Monday's Challenge

We stopped in La Paz to buy coffee.  While inside, a woman appeared at the doorway with an open basket of homemade tortillas to pass off to the storekeeper.  There were just a few of us in there, but it was so small that I had to step out so she could come through. Some money was exchanged but it didn't look like much for the work on a hot and humid day.

And then I spied these.  Any good guesses?  They were behind a glass counter and not refrigerated.  I do have the answer, only because I asked a translator.  Ideas??

May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Someone recently wrote about how fun it would be to spend Mother's Day in Paris together.  Paris??!! I'd settle for a couple hours together at Carolina Coffee... with maybe a few quick stops afterwards at the Saltbox and Fresh Market.  And not without unpacking these flowers from my suitcase first.

Wish we could be together, Mom!  I think it's supposed to be all about honoring you, but I could sure use some mothering this weekend.  Somehow I don't think you'd mind!

May 9, 2012

Wednesday Thoughts

I have been asked to help edit a big, upcoming book.  Fiction with a message. How cool is that?!  Even if it's volunteer work, I am a nurse and not a professional editor, so I accept that my payment is simply the experience and challenge.

Imagine my disappointment to read a work 18 years in the making to find a good message but penned by someone who is not gifted in writing.  It has been painful.  Where is the plot?  Who are the main characters?  It's flat and dull, though it picks up around Chapter 24.

Today I mull things over, pondering where the line in the sand is, dividing work with potential from that which is beyond rescue.  Or the line between encouragement and honesty.

UPDATE:  Life is full of surprises.  =)  The manuscript has a great message.  The team has agreed to pull in a professional editor -  message needs wrapped in an extraordinary package. All systems go!

May 8, 2012

A New Friend

Sir Bradley smiled as we pulled into the driveway, eager to share a discovery with me.  "We've got a new friend. Right up there - can you see it?  She's a robin.""

Mama Robin has watched us come and go now for two weeks.  She so quietly sits on that nest.  I could draw many lessons from her on faithfulness and peace!  And the nest itself is a true work of art.

Two days ago we spotted the smallest speck of bright blue eggshell on the dirt below.  And sure enough, the peeping followed.  Best I can tell, there are least two baby birds up there.

May 7, 2012

Plant Fair & Muck Boots

Our weekend was packed full of activities.  Saturday started off with an early morning visit to a coworker's place...she has 10 acres, a hay field, 2 horses, and a passel of fruit trees.  And real muck boots. (Should I get some of those?  The thought crossed my mind briefly, but I decided not, as I could never look half as sexy.)  She's also got a man who makes a mean breakfast, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We headed off together to the fairgrounds for the biggest plant fair in the state.  The colors were absolutely beautiful.  Good thing we came with empty pocketbooks, because we could have spent a fortune.

May 4, 2012

Thanks for the Vegetables, Honey

Just before I left, Sir Bradley dug up the garden.  He found these treasures and saved them, thinking I might want to use them in the kitchen.

It's hard to properly visualize the pile to scale...imagine 1" carrots.

As I kissed him goodbye, I told him to thoroughly enjoy cooking up his vegie soup.  =)

May 3, 2012


Oh, to be back and indulge in some sweet goodness!!

I have finally decided I like frozen chocolate chip cookie dough better than the cookies themselves.

Best enjoyed while sitting on the couch, feet up, with comfy cushions and a newspaper nearby.  Must be eaten slowly to savor every single bite and calorie.

May 2, 2012


Pupusas are wonderful creations which I discovered in Honduras.  They're kind of a cornmeal "cake", stuffed with meat and cheese mixtures, and then fried and topped with cabbage. I tried to post a video, because everyone needs to see hands working faster than the speed of light. But it wouldn't work.  

I'm not sure Claudia uses a recipe, but I got her friend to write it down in English.  It leaves a little to the imagination!  =)

May 1, 2012

May Day!

A very happy May Day to you!  Here is a flower for you...we enjoyed seeing these growing at the lower elevations around the mountains.  Beautiful!