Friday, February 12, 2016

Live Oaks

A few years back I stood next to a live oak in the Tampa FL area.  It was probably just a visit, or maybe when I still lived there.  Going to the park next to the Hillsborough River was one of my favorite R&R places.  I worked daily with a lot of people.  I'd come home and there'd be neighbors all doing their own things.  Now the park had people coming and going, as well as ducks, but just look at all the trees that made up for them!  In my mind anyway.

I'm posting more pictures of trees, and maybe some humans, for a while.

Today's quote:

We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. Howard Zinn

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bread making day

Banana blueberry muffins with crumb topping
 Thanks to fellow blogger, Michele Hastings, who shared her batch of same muffins HERE.

 And since the oven was going to be on at same temp, I worked up a batch of whole wheat bread.  Actually it was my first goal, and the muffins fit right in, since they were done in 20 min. and the bread took 45.
Whole wheat bread
I keep using Fanny Farmer's recipe and get these kind of low loaves.  Maybe I just need fresher yeast, or perhaps need to remember how to knead.  After all the wedging of clay, I tend to remove the air bubbles, rather than fold them in.  It tastes great however.

Lunch of PB&J and fresh pears

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waffles with blueberries too!

Home made (at the restaurant) vanilla bean syrup and look at all that whipped cream!

I couldn't have indulged my love of blueberries with much more decadence, now could I?

Louise's Kitchen does brunch with a flare.  My friend and I lingered over our repast and enjoyed our conversation into the afternoon.  She loves eating vegetarian fare there as well!

Quote for today:

“The world is not a problem to be solved, it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”
~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Stradivarius guitar

Musician Plays the Last Playable Stradivarius Guitar in the World, the “Sabionari” Made in 1679

There were guitars made by Stradivarius.  Did you know that?
The Sabionari guitar (1679) is one of the five surviving guitars made by Antonio Stradivari. At the present time it is the only playable in the world 

And the last one that's playable is being played here...

I discovered (rather late in life) that guitars could play classical tunes when I met a young guitar student at Florida State U in Tallahassee in the 70s.  Oh my.  All those folk players who had 3 chords under their belt could just disappear.  I was in love with that new music...the student was not really of interest compared to a new kind of music I could enjoy.

Wouldn't it be great to wake up to classical guitar music?  And go to sleep to it.  And hear it interspersed with various other "quiet" type instruments like harps, flutes and some piano pieces.  The word quiet is part of why I like classical music better than contemporary.  It isn't that it's written that differently, but percussion is usually not causing it to have a "beat."

Same guitar with Krishnasol Jiménez playing Angelo Michele Bartolotti Suite G minor VI Passacaglie

The Sabionari Guitar has it's own web site, with more music to listen to...

And I must give credit to the newsletter email I receive from where I learn and enjoy many great experiences.

Quote for today:
(The "we" below is undefined, but I believe it's Buddhist.)

We have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint - it's standing there waiting to be of service. It's a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.   Frederic Brussat

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A favorite breakfast

Welcome neighbors...

First and foremost:

I woke up today feeling great.  Part is physical. Part is emotional/spiritual.  I am so grateful to have a warm clean home, food available, a fresh pot of coffee and granulated sugar to sweeten it with, a stove that heats with the turn of a knob, a car outside that allows me to move about my area, a few dollars to spend for my needs, safety that my home will be here all day and probably tomorrow, and of course, last but not least, an internet connection and computer that works to connect me with the world outside my four walls.
Simple fare...
sausage crumbled and browned (pour off excess drippings) in skillet on low-medium heat
add a half potato that was boiled already and cubed (with skins)
brown the potato cubes, and let some stick to the pan, because they will
move the potato/sausage mixture to side of skillet
scramble 2 eggs and pour into clear area and scramble around as they solidify
mix eggs into the rest of the mixture
sprinkle spices over everything (my choice is sea salt)
turn off heat of pan
and let it sit till the brownings that are on the pan will come up easily, and stir them into the whole mix and serve!

Today's quote:

In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.  William Saroyan