I remember maybe the fifth or sixth time I went to my current therapist; I rang her doorbell (her office is in her house) at exactly 3:00 pm as usual, which has always been my appointment time. She answered the door with her usual smile. We said hello, and I proceeded down the small flight of steps to her therapy office. She has no waiting room, so she asks her patients to wait in their car if they are early, which I did. So on this day, as I was taking off my jacket, she passed me and said, “You’re on time?” Continue reading
My favorite recipe for New Year’s brunch – One for luck and prosperity
I remember the second time I visited my husband’s home country of Czech Republic, it was over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. New Year’s Eve we stayed up almost all night. It was early in the morning the next day, and we were hungry, and only certain “hospodas” (places to order Czech beer and maybe a snack or typical meal) and other joints were still open. Hubby told me that the selection of foods would be quite limited that morning, but they were sure to have one traditional New Year’s food — lentils. Lentils have long been known to symbolize good luck in the New Year, and especially prosperity. I guess I can understand the “prosperity” part because lentils sort of look like coins, in a way. Before that day, the only time I ever ate lentils was in lentil soup. At the restaurant we found, the lentils were cooked with some vegetables and chunks of ham, and then topped with a sunny-side up egg. Pure comfort food! The opposite of an extravagant meal. When I got home, I recreated the simple dish, and even found that it could be made quite diet friendly.
Lentils, Herbs & Ham (optional) with an Egg “Hat” (about 4-6 servings) Continue reading
Opportunities for elegance
One of the advantages of me being at home during the days is that I have the luxury of wearing my favorite comfy ensemble. For most like me, it can be a favorite pair of jeans (or shorts), a comfy cotton shirt, and slip-on house shoes. Others may even go so far as to keep on their pajamas until well into the day, when outside errands necessitate day wear. I know that even many who work in an office often wear comfy slacks with matching blouse or shirt, nowadays. Fewer and fewer seem to dress to impress, unless perhaps they are promoted to upper management…maybe. It seems like my country, the USA, has become a casual nation, but there are still some opportunities for elegance. Continue reading
Birds of paradise and a bee
I see two birds of paradise in this shot. One drinking the nectar of another. The drink will conclude in a mere second to two, with the hummingbird remembering exactly where he drank previously.
Do you see that bee (or other flying bug) hovering just behind the hummingbird’s upper tail? It won’t be in that position too long. It will likely be blown away by the fan of the hummingbird’s ultra-fast flapping wings. This whole scene is so temporary that it could not be captured by a person’s eye alone.
Photograph taken in Costa Rica by my husband
The old witch with an autoharp
In the 1970s, I was just a small girl going to elementary school in eastern Pennsylvania. Each class level had about two teachers, with the students divided between the two. Other than “library time” when we all got in a line and made the procession to the library (to see the librarian), all classes were held in the same classroom. A separate art teacher came to our class with a cart full of art supplies, and the designated music teacher came with numerous instruments, like tambourines, triangles, egg shakers, recorders and kazoos. You can imagine the “music” we created with that lot of instruments, but it was so fun! I remember the music teacher even having us dance around the room as if following the Pied Piper. Continue reading
A passenger with no need to navigate
My husband and I have a GPS navigation system in our car for long trips. Hubby is almost always the driver. Despite our Tom Tom’s verbal instructions, my hubby still likes me to be the Tom Tom lady’s “second voice”. That certainly ensures getting to our destinations without problems, and yet it takes away some of my freedom to just be a passenger, who can stare out the window and daydream. Continue reading
Glowing red rock and shadows in the early morning
Taken in the early morning as the sun was coming up at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. The sun made the red rock glow. The human shadow on the right was my husband’s.
Exceptional recipes for the discerning palate
Do you often make recipes that are posted on the internet, at sites like www.allrecipes.com, www.foodandwine.com, or https://cooking.nytimes.com/? I love cooking new things, and when I have a few special ingredients on hand I get curious about the possibilities for new dishes. Other times, I like to look at different approaches to old recipes I’ve made, to maybe improve on them, or make them with a new twist. Many of these recipes are rated by home cooks everywhere. Obviously some of us have different tastes and expectations for food than others, but generally don’t you look for the recipes with the highest ratings? Continue reading
Walking down a path in autumn
Roman Windows – Looking at and through them
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