Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunshine and Apples, Oh My!

It doesn't really feel like spring is here... at least not when you wake up to below freezing temperatures. We had one teaser of a day - sunny and 70 degrees a couple of Fridays ago. I'm hoping April will yield more warm and sunny weather. Or rainy if it means wearing my rain boots. I'm equal opportunity I guess.

Thank goodness there have been lots and lots of flowers already. We had the crocuses up and blooming. Now, they have passed and we've moved to daffodils. I even got two bunches of them at Whole Foods this weekend to bring the bit of spring indoors.
Last night, I got into a creative mood. I almost cut out a bunch of blocks for a quilt. However, the kitchen roped me in instead. The two apples - varieties that are less than my favorite - were sitting on the counter begging to be used. Applesauce was simmered. The red potatoes, which had been sitting next to the apples, couldn't be outdone. And so smashed potatoes with sour cream was whipped up. Both will be a delicious compliment to the salmon and snow peas on the docket for dinner tonight.
At that point, the kitchen was over run with dirty pots so a sandwich, left from an earlier event, became dinner. But now my fridge has lots of tasty options. And maybe this week will see creativenss with fabric?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Light My Fire?

My first class on my camera was last night. It was two hours of fun... playing with shutter speed, aperture, light and whatnot. I feel like I've learned a bunch.

These two photos are from my homework assignment. The photo of the left is from my playing with shutter speed. The one on the right is playing with the light. I'm thinking I'll probably do the homework assignment again just to help things click in my brain a bit more.

I think that the class will help me learn what Estelle can really do to help me improve my photography over time. If weather permits I might even be able to get out to Morris Arboretum over the weekend and try everything again outside.

I love learning new things....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teach Me!

I signed up to take a 3 week photography class to learn a bit more about Estelle (my fancy Rebel) and how to use her best. The class starts this week and I can hardly wait. Although I often look things up in the manual, using her bells and whistles is not second nature to me yet. In fact, I often have to look things up a second or third time because I forget how I did it the first time. I'm hoping a little instruction and some assignments will help me grow my know-how and photography skills. And just in time for the loveliness of spring!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Soon... this will be the scene again soon. I can hardly wait!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tasty Pork on the Fork

Tonight was a mix of this recipe and my own improvisation. I had two pork chops that needed to be cooked and of course I needed to do something kind of fancy. I love whipping ingredients together and seeing how it turns out, especially when the only person I have to worry about potentially disappointing is me. So a marinade of orange juice, lemon juice, dried oregano, garlic and extra virgin olive oil was born. I have no measurements for offer you as I just added whatever looked about right to me. Each side marinated for 25 minutes. I then grilled each chop on the Forman for about 6 minutes (thick suckers!). They came out deliciously. Oregano was the dominate flavor surprisingly, with very little citrus flavor. But it is definitely something I'd try again. Yum!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Trees and Other Things

Today is one of those beautiful spring-like days. It is in the high 50s F and sunny. It begged to be taken advantage of. I went for a walk in the woods with Rosy-toes. The woods in still hibernating in winter mode, with the trees still bare in their slumber. My woods is also in the process of a makeover.
They are cutting down the non-native species. And although I know they will be replacing them in time and that the chopping is for the long term good, it hurts my heart to see trees disappearing. I tried to celebrate the lives of these disappearing trees as I walked through the woods today. I look forward to seeing how the woods look as spring comes....

Speaking of, it is indeed coming. I'm seeing the start of daffodils and crocuses. Our snow has melted away completely. And today I was able to take our walk without a coat. Oh spring, how I love your promise.
What is making you celebrate today?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'm Gonna Get Political...

So if you don't like that, walk... no run... to another blog for a second.

from PostSecret

This is part of what concerns me
about the US House's vote to bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood offers a number of services for women's reproductive health. All of the federal funding they have received over the years has gone for cancer screenings, HIV testing, birth control and other life-saving procedures. None has gone to perform abortions. Planned Parenthood has literally saved women's lives. This vote will impact women in poverty at a greater level than women with resources. It's just not good. I sincerely, completely hope the House of Representatives will reconsider this action and decide the basic health care provided by Planned Parenthood is not only worthwhile but essential for the women of America.