What’s for dinner?

New Year's Day

New Year’s Day dinner.  Field Roast with apples and sauerkraut.

You can’t possibly ask me to go without having some dinner.  It’s absurd.  I never go without my dinner.  No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.

~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde wasn’t quite right.  Vegetarians (and people like that) don’t go without their dinners either (most of the time), but I imagine some people don’t consider a vegetarian meal a true meal in and of itself (and would probably walk away from the table hungry because they don’t consider it a true meal).  The other thing he didn’t mention is that some vegetarians forget all about photographing their meals and find themselves nearly finished eating before they do remember.  Ooops.  Too late.

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Hello 2013!

Snow blowing

Snow blowing

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Happy 2013!

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Karma’s Photo Hunt: End of the earth

Pike’s Peak, Colorado. August 2010.

For her August photo hunt, Karma asks us to show her the “end of the earth” or what we think of as the end of the earth.  I know some of you have seen the above photo in the past, but I hauled it out again because to me, this truly was the first time I looked at a scene as the end of the earth.  It is a place where earth and sky meet, and although I know you can go much higher than this and still remain on earth, it was the highest I’ve ever been and still had my feet firmly placed on terra firma.  (Well, maybe not as firmly as I’d like to think since the Rocky Mountain high due to altitude was making me feel lightheaded and floaty.)

You still have time to participate in the photo hunt.  The deadline is Friday, August 31.  Just follow the link provided at the beginning of my first sentence.

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Karma’s June Photo Hunt

Peace ☮

Karma’s June Photo Hunt is pretty interesting. To me it expresses feelings more than person, place, or thing (although certainly person, place, or thing could represent or be the  recipient of those feelings). I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to do with some of the words. To be honest, even as I sit down to put together this post I’m still not sure. I guess we will all have to wait and see where it goes as I scan through the photos I’ve taken this month. Since I spent more than half of June traveling, I suspect most (if not all) of the photos will come from my adventures in Canada and Maine.

The first word on the list —Peace— was easy.  I always feel a great sense of peace at sunrise.  More so than at sunset.  There is something about the silence of the early morning, before the world wakes up, that automatically instills a profound sense of inner peace.  On Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, this sense of inner peace was somehow, incredibly and surprisingly, intensified.  The water in the harbor was still, everyday life was remote (almost as if it didn’t exist at all!), and the colors were the hues of dreams.  Sunrises are awakenings for me, a connection to Peace, Love, and the Great Whatever.

Let’s call that one Peace 2.  ☮  I’ll bring you Peace 3, 4, and 5 another time.  We should move on to the next word so this post doesn’t become too cumbersome. (I sense cumbersome is approaching whether I like it or not.  It’s that kind of post, the one that wants to write itself, using Karma’s list as a catalyst to fire up some words and images.)

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Some of my favorite things

Karma’s Photo Hunt this month is to photograph four of your favorite things.  I thought this would be really easy, but that turned out not to be true.  I have so many favorite things (and yes, that would include brown paper packages tied up with string…lol!) that I couldn’t make a decision about which four to feature.  I’ve cheated a bit by making some collages (with some new photos, but most from the archives) under general categories that have allowed me to include lots of my favorite things.  Since Karma specifically said “things,” I have not included people.  My family, of course, are tops on any list, but they are not things and that eliminated them automatically.  It made it easier for me, too, because none of them (as far as I know) wish to appear on the blog.  I don’t know why not.  I might make them rich and famous.  Okay, maybe not.  I don’t have that much blog traffic (another reason for them not to worry about showing their mugs around here).

The collage up above features one of my most favorite of things:  The pond and the land here at Breezy Acres, in all seasons and all times of the day.  Even when I’m complaining about the weather, I love it here.

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Karma’s February Photo Hunt


I was hoping to participate in Karma’s February Photo Hunt with all new photos, but have had to resort to the archives for a couple.  The first one (flake) was easy as Mother Nature provided us with a lot of flakes yesterday.  The snowflakes were so big that they almost look like coconut flakes falling from the sky.  Cornflakes and/or coconut flakes were going to be my back-ups if we didn’t get some snow.  The other possibility was too insulting to consider.  Besides, I don’t know any flakes (other than my occasional forays into flakiness).

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Friday reflections

Morning view of the pond. Processed in Photoshop and Picnik.

I was listening to the news while cooking dinner last night and one of the local weather oracles predicted that we would not see real winter temperatures for the rest of winter.  Welcome to seasonal purgatory.  I think Karma summed it up well in this post when she mentioned that it feels like November with no turkey dinner to look forward to.  In case you didn’t follow the link, it will also lead you to Karma’s February Photo Hunt.  Now you’ve had two chances to click.  What are you waiting for?  The more who participate, the merrier.  I’ve been lax of late in participating in some of the photo challenges.  I promise to do better this time around.  It looks like a fun list.

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