Emerging from the fog……of waiting, wondering on so many levels,
into the twilight of my life…..life to be lived, cherished, experienced to the fullest.
A favorite quote speaks eloquently to the hearer:
“It is in the gathering twilight that we finally see the colors.” -John O’Donohue
Although our world is still blanketed by pandemic, we can emerge, at least, from its grip on our senses – a choice to be made. Beauty remains; perhaps now experienced in a different way. Creating beauty in our individual ways, whether it be in our own spaces, our interactions with others, or the beauty of inner peace….all can be expressions of that which is most beautiful: love.
He has sent me….
“….to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
May this Christmas season as well as this season of your life bless you in profound and unexpected ways.
enjoying the harvest
respite from the cares of the world…
peace that passes understanding
yellow water melon – honeydew – mystery squash
will they be as tasty as they are beautiful???
…not for Christmas, for red, ripe, strawberries…
served over flaky, slightly crisp rounds
of lemon scented scones
springtime in a bowl!!!
Filed under Food, Seasons
How quickly the eye adapts; adjusting to the new normal of a drought-ravished landscape; forgetting the wonders of spring! Although the promised abundance of rain has not materialized, enough has fallen to make a significant difference…
bright spring green of new foliage and new fruit…
new growth where there had appeared to be only dead wood…
amazing bronze of avocado leaves
and budding apricots
and hedge roses…
boysenberry vines re-emerging…
even small patches of grass becoming a lawn once again!
Are you also enjoying the gift of green???
Filed under Garden, Seasons
glorious color and contrast…
a beautiful palate inside or out!
purest white against greening meadow grass, the egret enjoys good hunting…
remnants of last years owl meals cleaned away, replaced with new shavings…
last night’s sunset silhouettes the waiting box…
the past two Januarys have provided our first sightings of new occupants for the owl box…today is the 29th…will they appear…???
Filed under Nature, Seasons
Fall in Summerland
‘Long hot summer’ perfectly describes Santa Barbara as we near the end of October… too long, too hot, too much summer!!! Tee shirts, flip flops and shorts – the only way to stay comfortable-
and salads for supper
a nice cold, crisp Caesar !!!
Caesar dressing (absque ovum)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
4 anchovy fillets, minced
grated parmesan cheese
whisk ingredients together, adding 1/2 cup olive oil in a steady stream
dress the whole grain croutons
toss with Romain
plate with boiled egg, shaved parmesan, cracked pepper
So ready for a nip in the air, a cashmere sweater, a hearty beef bourguignon….
Filed under Food, Seasons