Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Words On Wednesday






It's no secret that I'm a big baseball fan.
I enjoy watching all ages play.
It's one of the things I like most about baseball -- anyone can play.
Young, old, male, female, tall or short.




America Plays Ball/Kids
From the postcard collection
AMERICA PLAYS BALL: Historical Baseball Photographs from the Library of Congress.



 And, baseball has been popular for a long time.



Dream
Collage done for ICAD 2016


No surprise that I not only enjoy watching baseball,
but I also enjoy reading about baseball. 



baseball books

One of my favorite baseball books is
BASEBALL HAIKU: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game 
Edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura.
This book has been in my library for years and is one I really enjoy.
It combines two of my loves: baseball and haiku.

Some of the most important haiku poets of both America and Japan 

are featured in this anthology.
Poets like Jack Kerouac, a longtime baseball fan who pioneered English-language haiku

Empty baseball field

-- A robin,
Hops along the bench


and Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku and was

instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890's.


Spring breeze
this grassy field makes me
want to play catch



TEAMMATE: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series For the Ages

by David Ross and Don Yaeger is my new baseball book for this year.
David Ross (AKA Grandpa Rossy) was the backup catcher for the cubs in 2016, mostly catching Jon Lester. This is his story, from his early days in the big leagues to his final year in baseball with the Cubs in 2016. What a way to retire! Lots of life lessons. What it takes to be a good teammate and play the game the way it should be played. It was interesting to read about concussion and its effects on Ross. A fun baseball book!


What's on your reading list?


Wishing YOU well and much joy!



Friday, June 9, 2017

The Second Most Wonderful Time of Year





The second most wonderful time of year
is when peaches make their appearance at the Farmer's Market!
I was afraid there would be no peaches this year.
The best peaches in this area are grown in the hill country.
They need cold weather and they didn't get much last winter.



Peaches



I've been having peach smoothies for breakfast.



The First Peach Smoothie of the Season!




Peaches




I also came home with tomatoes.
It's bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich time.
With half of the tomatoes gone and only a few peaches left,
a trip to the market next Tuesday is definitely in order!



Tomatoes



In Musashi's garden,
the day lilies I ordered from Oakes Lilies are starting to bloom.



Little Grapette



Little Grapette was the first to bloom.
2″ bloom, 12-18″ tall, Early Season, Semi-Evergreen. 
Deep grape colored blooms with a deeper purple band around a small chartreuse throat. 



Day Lilies




Mini Pearl


This is Mini Pearl. 
3″ bloom, 16″ tall, Early-Mid Season + rebloom, 
Masses of blush apricot pink blooms are held low on short scapes.



Mini Pearl




Wishing YOU well and much joy!








Friday, June 2, 2017

This and That






- June Is National Iced Tea Month 
and that's a very good thing!


- June marks the beginning of hurricane season 
and that is not a very good thing.......


- ICAD (Index Card A Day) started --
June and July --
61 little pieces of art on an index card.

This is my Index Card for June 1.
Mixed-media, paper scraps, ephemera, stamps, fortune cookie.



ICAD


"The challenge is about the DOING and not the
KEEPING or PRESERVING or ARCHIVING. 
It is the process of creating each day that matters."

~ Tammy at Daisy Yellow


- I had a birthday.

It started by opening all the birthday cards.


Birthday Cards


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Flowers from a dear friend.
Too cute!



Birthday Flowers



Instead of birthday cake--
birthday cupcakes --
fudge bites with frosting.
YUM!



Birthday Cupcakes




Birthday collage



-  Musashi's Garden had a visitor -- a charming little lady.....



Cardinal


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Five on Friday

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sometimes You Just Need To Go Shopping!





I'm a big Susan Branch fan.
I love her books.


Susan Branch



And, I love her mugs.
She designs them all.
First on paper!
She sends the designs off to England where they are made.
Dunoon, fine bone china.



Susan Branch Mugs



Many months ago I ordered the first three of her mugs.
The mugs are covered with her wonderful watercolor designs --
even on the handles.
They arrived in time for my birthday coming up this week.


Susan Branch Mugs



Each mug is very different.
They hold 16oz of tea, soup, stew -- anything you might want 16oz of!
I admit, I haven't tried beer in a mug!


Susan Branch



I think my favorite is the Go Green or Earth/Nature mug.
I love the quote:
"Most know the earth is utterly enchanted."



Susan Branch



Susan recently announced that she had more mugs in the works.
I decided I just needed to go shopping!

Shop I did.

There are four new designs:
Bluebird, Martha's Vineyard, and Santa -- all 16oz.
Some folks requested a smaller cup and 11oz Autumn will fit that bill.

Each cup is sold separately or a group of three
(Bluebird, Martha's Vineyard, and Santa).
Autumn is sold separately only.

New designs mean the old designs will be retired.

Yes, I ordered all four -- Christmas presents for me!

You can find details on her blog -- click on the shopping icon.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!




Found at Celestial Seasonings


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Did Someone Say Breakfast?






On one of the last low humidity days before summer takes hold,
I walked up to my village to have breakfast at the Black Walnut.

Such a nice walk, cool morning, listening to the birds, 
people out walking their dogs with smiles on their faces.
Good Morning!



Breakfast

The Pico Benedict -- delicious.
Having breakfast with my little Buddha reminds to take my time,
enjoy each bite, be thankful to everyone who made the breakfast possible.

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Another cool morning took me to the zoo.



Did someone say breakfast?

Did someone say breakfast?
One of the gorillas is happily munching away on his breakfast.
Love those greens!

And, the Black Bears know how to do breakfast right!
A big juicy bone while floating in the pond.

Black Bear



Breakfast!



Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Mosaic Monday





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Purrfect!






My kitties (with a little help) knew just what to do for Mother's Day.

Flowers!


Flowers

Gerbera Daisy


Hydrangea


Owl Mug

Gerbera Daisy, Hydrangea and Dianthus.

To top it all off -- a new owl mug. 

Purrrfect!
Mother's Day


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday

Monday Social




Happy Mother's Day!








Wishing YOU well and much joy on this special day.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Tra La! It's May!






Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear!
(Lyrics from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot)

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Where I live, the arrival of May means summer is here.

Six months of summer and six months of not summer.
Although the "not" summer seems to be getting shorter.

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Did you know the month of May is named for the Roman goddess Maia,
who oversaw the growth of plants?
Also from the Latin word maiores, "elders," who were celebrated during this month.

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Amaryllis is blooming in Musashi's garden.



amaryllis



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My 50th high school reunion is this year.
THUD!

Here I am --

High School

If I remember correctly, the senior pix were taken the end of the junior year.
Thus the short hair (look at all that teased hair).
Yes, I have my eyes closed  -- the sun is bright in New Mexico.

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It's no secret that I enjoy shopping (especially window shopping) at Sur La Table.
This is what I found in their latest email.

From Sur La Table


Too cute!



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I decided I needed to clean out my yarn closet.
I would open the door and wonder what would fall out next!


My habit when I'm working on a project,
knit, crochet, counted cross stitch -- whatever --
is to put all the supplies in a tote bag with the project.
A girl can never have too many tote bags.
So in goes the pattern, yarn, needles, hooks -- everything to get the project done.
And when I finish, I tend to leave everything in the tote bag.
So, cleaning out the yarn closet meant I went through all the tote bags to see what was there ... mostly patterns and hooks/needles.


One of the totes had two balls of a washable acrylic, nylon yarn in a wonderful teal with dark  blue specks, a circular needle and several scarf patterns.
I like to use a circular needle on small projects.
 One of my all time favorite stash busting patterns from Knit Picks was included.
I must have decided to try to get a scarf from the two small balls of yarn.
Well, it worked!
Here's the finished product.


Knit Scarf



I cut the pattern (Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf) from the Knit Picks catalog 
(back when they sent catalogs by mail).
It's very simple -- Cast on 22 stitches (or your choice).
RS: Knit into front and back of first st, knit across to last 2 sts, K2tog.
WS: Knit
Repeat these two rows until scarf is desired length and bind off loosely.

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Collage



Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Craft On




Friday, April 21, 2017

Exercise Your Mind Not Just Your Abs





I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.
I had a quiet one.
Did some digging in the garden which is always good.

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I put my crochet hook and my knitting needles aside giving my hands a rest.
I haven't been to Michaels yet to get the yarn.
It's on the "to do" list.

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The Fortune Cookie Journal suggested I exercise my mind not just my abs 
(which I did in the garden)
and I guess I did that by completing some reading.


Reading


My 88 year-old godmother loves to read.
She really enjoys the China Bayles mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert.
The new one - THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH is out. 
Number 25 in the series!
It's a good thing that my godmother doesn't mind if I read it first!
It's on it's way to her house for Mother's Day. 
One of the reasons I enjoy this series so much is the business China owns--
an herb shop.
In this book -- olives take center stage along with murder.
All the favorite characters are back and in fine form.

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The second book I want to share with you is
MY CITY HIGHRISE GARDEN by Susan Brownmiller.

Most people know Susan Brownmiller as feminist and journalist. She is probably best known for her 1975 book, AGAINST OUR WILL: MEN, WOMEN AND RAPE. Now 80 years old, Brownmiller takes us on a delightful tour of her 20th floor high-rise garden, something she has been tending with care for 35 years. 
 Small space gardening is not easy (I know), but on the 20th floor of a high-rise is definitely an unnatural environment with high winds and bad weather, along with the occasional maintenance of the building. She talks about the garden with humor and honesty. I got lots of ideas for my balcony (on the second floor) and my postage stamp backyard. I even ordered day-lilies from the company that she uses. If you love gardens, this a short (154 pages), sweet description of an oasis in the city with all its trials, tribulations and successes. I'm going to keep my copy for future reference!

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The third book is THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER
by Phaedra Patrick.

Charming and delightful, Arthur Pepper is nearing the one year
anniversary of his wife's death. It's time to clean out the closet and get rid of her things. While separating clothes and shoes, he finds a charm bracelet in a pair of boots. He doesn't remember ever seeing the bracelet before.
This bracelet and it's charms take Arthur on an adventure of healing and self-discovery. 

Three different books and all good.
Although if you are interested in the Mystery,
you should start with book number one -- not number twenty five!

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I went out to feed the fish and look what I found in the pond!
A whole lot of "something" going on. Ha!
This must mean that spring is definitely here.

Spring In The Pond



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This week instead of lunch it was breakfast with a friend.
Spinach Quiche at Croissant Brioche -- French Bakery and Cafe.
Authentic French breads baked fresh daily.
YUM!


Croissant Brioche


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tenth Tea Cup and Mug Exchange





Today is the big reveal.




Stephanie is definitely the hostess with the mostess! 
She makes the exchange so much fun and I can't imagine what a lot
of time and energy must go into arranging the exchange.
And, the amount of LOVE that Stephanie pours in.

So, here we go!  


This was the second time that I participated in both the mug and teacup exchange.


Mug Exchange


The pretty mug is from Grace Bone China.
The decoration reminds me of a water-color painting.
I smiled when I opened the package.
The sugar cookie mix with the bunny on the front was the first thing I saw.
Cute carrot cookie cutter, too!

I've put the pretty towels directly to work in the kitchen.
Such pretty spring colors.

I love lemon everything 
so I am really enjoying the Lemon organic tea by Moringa Tea.

This was Stacey Keeling's first time to participate in the exchange.
I was so lucky to be paired with her.
You can visit with Stacey at her lovely blog: Poofing The Pillows.
Thank you, Stacey!


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The beautiful Chatsworth Duchess Bone China teacup
came from Caroline (Carrie) May.
You can visit Carrie at her blog: Tea Time Journeys.

I love the cup with it's spring flowers -- especially the Morning Glory.
The box Carrie sent was filled with goodies:
an assortment of teas,
(I really enjoy trying all sort of teas and this was perfect.)
hand lotion,
chocolate,
a wonderful counted cross-stitch of a cat
(can't wait to start)
and
an iced fortune cookie strategically placed in the tea cup!


tea cup collage


I had never tried an iced fortune cookie
and was in such a hurry to taste it that I ate part of the fortune!
Nevertheless, the fortune said good things were coming and tasted yummy.

Thank you, Carrie.
It was such a joy to open my spring tea package.


Another big thank you, hugs and love to Stephanie.


Wishing YOU well and much joy!





Friday, April 14, 2017

Location, Location, Location






How many times have you heard location, location, location?
One of the best things about living where I do is definitely location.
Living near Rice University there's always plenty going on...
athletics, art, music, community education.
I'm also near the museums and Hermann Park.

There's lots of shopping and good eats in Rice Village.


Mabry Owl


The latest public art installation in Rice Village is an owl by California artist Nathan Mabry.

A blue origami-like aluminum owl, along with four smaller lifelike owls, 
are a nod to Rice University.

"While researching Rice Village, I became interested in the vibrant history of the neighborhood and proximity to Rice University. I find myself particularly engaged with the mascot of Rice University, the Owl," Mabry said in an announcement.
"It's a powerful symbol in both antiquity and contemporary life. My work has long explored the depiction of birds from all facets of art history."

The Owl weighs 868 pounds and took 8.3 hours to install.
It's a fun addition to the neighborhood.
Mabry Owl


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Speaking of location.

I'm also near the Zoo.
The zoo always celebrates Spring with a Spring Fling for some of its members.
Usually it is a breakfast.
This year the zoo decided to make it Breakfast for Dinner and hold the event in the evening.
It was a beautiful night.
Breakfast was delicious -- with the best biscuits and gravy I've had in awhile!



Kids



I invited my next door neighbors and can say that a good time was had by all!
There was a hula hoop competition for the kids,
face painting, endless carousel rides and the children's zoo was open with
the petting zoo. 


Cute Kids


And even the adults had fun watching the zebu.
He put on quite a show.
His keeper asked him to walk in a circle.
He did and he was given a treat.
Then he kept walking in a circle and back to his keeper --
"treat please"!
We were all laughing --
all except the Llama who seemed quite put out!

Zebu and Llama


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A good friend took me to lunch.
We went to one of our mutual favorite spots --
the Hobbit Cafe.
The Hobbit has been around since 1972 and for some time was the 
only spot to get good, fresh vegetarian food.
They have now added the "regular" food for those who just can't live without their burger.



Lunch

I had the "slim" Gandalf.
(Believe it or not, there is a larger version of this sandwich.)
Their wheat bread is amazing.
Avocado, mushrooms and melted cheese.
You can pick your side - black beans for me.

My friend had the Fatty Lumpkin -- tuna salad, tomato, melted cheese
with carrots on the side.

They are knife and fork sandwiches -- 
no way I could get my mouth all the way around to take a bite. 

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Last and not least for locations--
there is no place like home! 

Wishing you well, much joy and a "Hoppy" Easter!


hoppy Easter