Monday, April 14, 2014

Captured, weekend breakfast and boring, but good

- I think I post this same scene every season, but it bears repeating.  Pink and white dogwood trees, captured on Saturday morning at the condos.  Click here for the October version. I'll have to make sure to snap it in July and January, too. 

- Special weekend breakfast of poached eggs on English muffins after my weekend morning walks.  Something I never tire of and the poached eggs are a big cheat - using the microwave poacher for 45 seconds.

- Reading about many spring break trips on facebook, but deciding that hanging around my place is not so bad either.  Reading, catching up on dvrd programs, downloading music.  It was lovely.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blooming inside, smiling dogs and happiness

- Beauty at the reception desk at the printing company.  The owner, a lovely lady, cut a few blooms from her Japanese Cherry tree from her yard and brought them in to share. 

- Smiling dogs at the park near work.  They all seem so happy to be walking outdoors - some even trotting alongside their bicycling people (kept close by leashes.) 

- Ignoring the pollen and getting outside to walk myself this week.  This afternoon will be the third after work walk of the week.  It's like taking a happiness drug; somehow the indoor exercise video is just not quite the same. 

Something else that makes me happy:  it's the weekend!  Woo hoo!  I hope you enjoy yours and that good things come your way.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Georgia kitchen, passing the dogwoods and more books

- Very early on Tuesday morning, I got absorbed in David Lebovitz's latest blog post, about the making of his new cookbook.  I've been reading his blog for years - he is an American chef living in Paris.  I need another cookbook like a hole in the head, but ordered it.  I just had to.  But look at how many I already have.  Maybe one more won't hurt.  :)

- The dogwood trees are blooming and really, on the wane already.  I pass one after the other when I'm driving, thinking how I should pull off residential streets and get out of my car to get a beautiful photo of them.  But in the spirit of my blog, things are good, not always perfect, so I snapped this beauty in the midst of power lines and storage business when I was parking somewhere yesterday afternoon.  I love how they pop up like that all over town.

- Tuesday is my long day - I go to volunteer work after my paying job.  We record publications and books for the blind there.  And this week is volunteer appreciation week, with the most exciting part for me being the stacks of books we could purchase for $1.  Here's what I got (see above stacked on the leaf shaped platter):  "Mockingbird" by Charles J. Shields - a portrait of author Harper Lee, "Cumberland Island" by Charles Seabrook - a history of the island off the coast of Georgia, and "Celestine - A Granddaughter's Reminiscence" by Celestine Sibley Fleming - a portrait of the late Atlanta journalist Celestine Sibley.  I used to read her column every day - it was a perfect start to the day.  And this was a perfect (almost) end to this one:  forking over my $3, not eating the appreciation cake, getting my recording done and heading home with takeout dinner.   A lovely day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Saturday morning visitor, madly leafing and down came the rain

- The luxurious feeling of watching a movie on a beautiful spring Saturday morning.  My walking buddies were both out of town and the pollen count was extremely high, so staying in felt justified (and luxurious.)  :)  The cardinal there on the railing came to visit, first landing in the terracotta pot, then hopping on the railing.  He was probably seeing his own reflection in the glass, but it looked for all the world as if he was looking at me.  (Click to enlarge.)

- The end result of all the pollen is worth it though - the trees are madly leafing out.

- A spring rain, that came in on Sunday, and then has settled in on Monday morning, washing away the yellow stuff.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sunny road, on the road and other women's lives

- Someone painted a landscape on the side of this building in Lilburn, Georgia (click to enlarge.)  I like how the painting migrates around the corner a little and what I imagine I might see if I go through that tunnel.

- A blessedly lighter commute.  It is Spring Break for the public schools in my county next week, and there were fewer cars this morning on the commute.  People are already leaving town, it seems.  Works for me.  :)

- Yesterday in the nail salon:  two women who haven't seen each other in years, marvel how the time has passed.  "Doesn't it seem just yesterday that our children were little?"  Now they both have grown children and are dealing with matters brought on by having had many birthdays.  It was lovely relaxing and having a pedicure and listening to the details of other women's lives.

This is my 1350th post.  How about that?  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lenten roses, reminder or gift and good joke

- I only became aware of Lenten roses a couple of years ago, when friend Alice pointed them in out in her garden.  Now I notice them around - here at the Greenway Park last Sunday.  There's another clump of them in front of someone's home on my afternoon commute.  So much beauty around.

- Neighbor dog Cali (who is my buddy), happily carries sticks around in her mouth and always carefully leaves them around her front door when she goes inside.  So yesterday, when I found one in my pot of dirt that is waiting for something to be planted, it seems like a nice reminder or a gift - either way, it made me smile.

- Friend Mary, who had her daughter Isabella rather late in life, is the most fun mom I know.  Yesterday her April Fools joke on her six-year-old was this:  "Her bowl of cereal looked like every other bowl of cereal until she tried to dig in. Frozen solid. She tried not to laugh but ..."

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pedestrianism, along the way and off we go

The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk. - Mark Twain

 - Friend Laura and I took an early Sunday morning walk at the Greenway ParkOne tiny lone daffodil remains from that bunch, but the real story is here is the Lambs Ear.  Laura wanted me to feel it and it really was as soft as a lamb's ear.


- The garden club who maintains these plants always leaves these painted ladybugs around.  Christmas before last, Laura gave Janice and me each one of the painted ladybugs for our gardens at home.  She found them in a shop nearby.  It makes me smile every day.


- The brightness of the sun signals that we are near the end of the walk.  Laura says she makes a spring salad and sprinkles Violets, like these, on top.  Her face lights up, remembering, and she says it is pretty and delicious.


- Can you see the train coming there?  It was racing forward with its whistle blaring and we got in our cars to go in opposite directions.  Pedestrianism was fun while it lasted.