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
Monday, March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
- A look at Wikipedia tells me that this bluebird is of the eastern variety. I hope he sticks around for the rest of spring. There is a bluebird house on my back porch at home, with wrens or chickadees nesting it sometimes. I took the old nest out of it last weekend, because I've seen some scouting activity already. (I think it would make sense for them to reuse the nest already in there, but they won't.)
- A rainy morning commute this morning, but it's OK since it is Friday and the weekend beckons.
Hope yours is wonderful!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
- Inside the park - love that lacy tree.
- Hopeful signs of spring around Peachtree Creek.
Monday, March 24, 2014
- Coming home to a clean home on Friday, after once-in-a-while cleaner Colin has been by. A special treat for the first week of spring.
- The dinner group party planned for Saturday night at friend Jennifer's house fell apart because two husbands were out of town. So it was fun to have a girls' night out at the wonderful Wahoo Grill in Decatur, Georgia. And I took their photo in front of a nearby tattoo parlor to text to their husbands. :)
Friday, March 21, 2014
- I love dragonflies and someone had my company print a fancy ball invitation that featured a beautiful one. This lead to a discussion about dragonflies - one work friend saying they eat mosquitoes and another saying they eat termites. And I just think they are beautiful, but have learned now that they are hardworking, too.
It's Friday! Happy weekend!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
It's almost spring, y'all!
Monday, March 17, 2014
- The little patches of spring flowers that are popping up everywhere, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Look for evidence of that via pictures soon.
- Choosing something green to wear to work today in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I'm not Irish, but like to participate. A man I used to work with (transplanted from Pittsburgh, PA) said that where he comes from, one wears green only if one is Catholic. Everyone else is supposed to wear orange. Anyone else ever hear of that?
Friday, March 14, 2014
- And then he pointed out the moon, saying, "And did you see the moon? This is the best parking lot ever!" I think so, too.
- The day had started out with bang. I had a flat tire about a half mile from my home and was able to pull into a convenience store parking lot. Roadside assistance was slow coming (but a cheerful man arrived 1.5 hours later - allowing me time to clean out the car's trunk.) A neighbor came by to get convenience food and walked over. We are nodding acquaintances - I see him out walking his dog. "You're my neighbor, right? Do you need help?" I told him help was on the way and thanked him. He said he would help anyone, but especially a neighbor. How nice.
I'm off to get two new tires this morning, thankful I had a good spare tire in the trunk and that the flat came just before I got on the expressway. And cleaning out the trunk while waiting revealed two Santa hats that had gone missing, a tumbler from the church kitchen, and a book I borrowed ten years ago (don't ever loan me books.) I'm having dinner with the book's owner tonight. Full circle. Have a great weekend, friends!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
- A woman accosted me at the entrance to the church, asking for money to get home on the bus, so I gave her all my change. My friends inside said she's been hanging out regularly asking for money and that is what she always says. I felt a flash of idiocy and then decided it was OK - I helped someone who is about my age who is not as fortunate as me and just hope she used it to get a hot meal somewhere. And my purse felt about a pound lighter.
- The moon looks beautiful as I leave the meeting. Waxing Gibbous, the internet tells me. I love its bright glow that shines over me as I head for home.
Monday, March 10, 2014
- This was fun - I had a telephone conversation with a staffer from Cooking Light magazine on Friday afternoon. I have their Simmer and Boil blog linked to the right there and noticed one day they were looking for readers to interview about their use of the magazine. My comments will be shared at the staff meeting this morning. And deciding to live up to what I said about choosing one of two recipes per issue to make, this Sunday evening dish was good: Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pasta - recipe found here. It's for lunch today, too. So good. (Although the pasta was slightly too al dente for my taste.)
Friday, March 7, 2014
- Ash Wednesday service at church - in the smaller "founders hall" rather than the sanctuary, giving us more close proximity to each other. A couple with a baby in a stroller sit in front of me - and the baby's placid face and sweet baby smell just make the whole service feel more serene.
- Rescheduling already belated volunteer work and other errands so I can go home. It was a rainy night in Georgia and the fireplace felt good. There was nothing for dinner, I thought, but then some Wild Mushroom Ravioli presented itself - so good on some leafy greens, all drizzled with olive oil with shaved Reggiano cheese on top. A little Thursday night bliss.
Here's some more bliss: it's Friday!!! I hope your weekend is filled with Good Things, my friends.