Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today is one of the best days of the year.  Today is Hubby's birthday.  What would my world be like without him?  I try to remember to show him every day just how grateful I am that he is in my life.  But on this day it's even better because there is cake!
Hubby's favorite cake is Angel Food.  I've tried a lot of recipes over the years and by far the one found in The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters is the winner.  Simple and easy and oh so yummy!
This year we are topping our cake with berries.  Local strawberries are coming in right now and boy are they good.  We stopped at one of the many stands around town yesterday and picked up a half flat.  We are going to use the 'eat some now'
Save some for later plan.
After cutting the berries in half, I put them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and just *pop* them in the freezer.  When they are good and frozen, I can transfer them to zip topped freezer bags so that we can enjoy them well beyond the season.
Okay, now it's time to get back to the party for that birthday boy.  I'll be back later to share my on the road adventures from last week.



Friday, March 15, 2013

Today is going to be a sewing day!  It has been a long time coming.  It seems that I haven't much been interested in quilting making for a while.  Then on Wednesday night, our Fearless Leader at quilt class threw down the gauntlet.  She has made some darling little quilts using leftover blocks from the projects the Quilt Pals have been working on in The Fat Quarter Project.  We should be working on our third top of the series and I am not alone in still plugging away on the second.  Soooo .... for each of the three tops we have complete (top only) by the end of March, she will put our name in the bowl to win those little quilts.  I NEED my name in there three times because I REALLY want to win!  Suddenly I am VERY interested in quilting again :-)
So it's time to put the camera away and get out that sewing machine.  But before I do, let me share some pictures from this week.
A Colander of Little Quilts

I can see this little colander from my blogging spot.  The colander was my mom's (and officially called 'The Bowl with The Holes' a name issued by The Princess after a day cooking with her grandma)
Monarch Butterfly
I visited a butterfly garden this week.  I learned that it is VERY difficult to get a good picture of a butterfly.  They are quite camera shy and not very cooperative!
Larkin
And, of course, a photo of The Little Red Dog.  She 'graduated' from puppy school on Sunday.  Though she didn't really perform all of her commands well for her teacher.  She is after all still only 8 months old and highly distractable.  The teacher wears a 'snack pouch' around her waist.  Larkin becomes obsessed with trying to get a snack and goes into hyper-overdrive doing every single thing she knows - Sit. Down. Shake. Wave. Spin. - in an effort to win a snack.  It's really funny to watch.  You can almost see the wheels turning in her brain trying to figure out what to do next.
Our plan is to just continue to work on training at home while Larkin continues to gain some maturity.  Then go back for her Canine Good Citizen certificate.  I know she can do it.
Okay - time to sew  . . . . there are prizes to be won!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Yesterday my photography class (and Hubby) went to Balboa Park for a photo taking field trip.  I took over 450 images in the course of about six hours - not to mention the nearly 300 that Hubby took with his camera.  I must now whittle mine down to three or four for critique at our next class.
Here is what I have come up with - tell me what you think  . . . .
Inside the Botanical Building
I had to lay prone on a bench for this.  I think the fern looks like a firework exploding.
Koi pond outside the Botanical Building
Somehow this one just 'feels' like a haiku.
Traffic
 Well after lunchtime this long line of cars was waiting to enter the park while only a single car in the distance was leaving.
Wedding in the Zoro Garden
 With a professional photographer in the mix over half of the guests are photographing the ceremony rather than actually experiencing it and one guest completely removed herself - photographing a small girl at the rear of the garden.  All of the guests were seated but moved forward with cameras in hand as soon as the bride reached her groom - even the mother-of-the-bride is now standing with the groomsmen to gain a better vantage point.

I have three or four more that could easily go into the mix that include architecture and children playing in a fountain that are quite nice.  What I'm hoping is to present photos that are unique to my experience rather than images that we were guided to take by our instructor.  That's me - I just can't stand to be like everyone else. 


Friday, March 08, 2013

  dab·bling

noun \-b(ə-)liŋ\
: a superficial or intermittent interest, investigation, or experiment 
Merriam Webster has described me to a tee.  Lately I have definitely been dabbling.  I have however managed to frame the punch needle piece in time for our final puppy class this weekend.
We have enjoyed the classes and the trainer very much but it is time to take a break from classes and just spend some time putting into practice all that we have learned.  Perhaps with a few months maturity under her collar, Larkin will go back for her Canine Good Citizen certificate and then who knows?
For the time being our young charge likes to employ her free time with this activities such as foraging in the yard for things unknown. 
I've done a little bit of sewing.  Remember those 'toad toes'?  They are being attached to the 'toad bodies' and becoming blocks and in turn should become a quilt top soon.
In the meantime, I've taken on another blogging endeavor.  You can check it out here, if you care.  Just something silly that lets me play with the camera, try a few things out, and fulfill my joy in sharing the banalities of my everyday life.
Okay, I'm off to see where the wind will carry me next  . . . .
   


 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

A day with Disney is always a good day in my book.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the day at Disneyland with my camera testing out some of the things I have been learning in my photography class.  When I got home to review my pictures I noticed that a couple of recurring themes seemed to appear.
One - I ran into Pluto a lot around the park.  Knowing that I love dogs the way I do, it only seems right that Pluto is at the top of my Disney character list of faves.
Two - self portraits of my feet are fun.  
Next weekend the photography class is taking an official field trip to Balboa Park.  From the photos we take, we are to select three for critique in class.  I'm thinking I should probably find a more interesting subject than my feet!