26.4.15

Yellow in My Paint Water

I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START.
 IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE I SHARED ANY OF
LIFE'S TIDBITS WITH YOU.
RATHER THAN APOLOGETICALLY RAMBLE ON, 
LET ME SHARE MY FAVORITE COLOR WITH YOU.
MAY IT ADD HAPPINESS TO YOUR WEEK. 
















A LITTLE BUTTERCUP YELLOW CAN WORK WONDERS ON RAINY, GRAY DAYS!

1.3.15

CANDID SHOTS: How we celebrated CHINESE NEW YEAR


EVERY YEAR WE TAKE AN IMAGINARY TRIP TO ASIA 
TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR--A TRADITION THAT GIVES MUCH HAPPINESS AND JOY TO THE CHINESE CULTURE AND OTHERS. 


YIKES, GRAMMY POSTED OUR KIDDIE PHOTOS 
ITS OKAY, WE LOVE YOU ANYWAY 
FOUR  LITTLE GRAND-KIDDIES

WHO LIVE IN SINGAPORE. AND
NOW ARE A BIT TALLER.



THEY INSPIRE US WITH OUR AMERICAN VERSION OF CNY !
CHEF DANIEL PREPARING FRESH FISH FOR OUR FEAST
FISH TASTED AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK....NOTE THE BEAUTIFUL EYEBALLS !
NOW THE CHALLENGE PLACED IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN GRAND KIDDIES WAS......
TO EAT THE FISH EYEBALL IS A CHINESE TRADITION, ONLY BESTOWED UPON GUESTS OF HONOR.
TWO GK'S DECIDED TO EACH EAT AN EYEBALL, KNOWING THAT THEY ARE INDEED, VERY SPECIAL. 
"DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. JUST PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH AND SWALLOW."
THEY DID IT!!! YOU CAN SEE BY THEIR FACES THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY A DELICIOUS EYEBALL WHEN YOU ARE A GUEST OF HONOR. 
TIME TO STRING LUCKY ORANGES AND LUCKY DOLLARS ON TO STURDY STRING.
A WISH FOR THE YEAR IS WRITTEN ON THE BEAUTIFUL RED AND GOLD JOSS PAPER. 
OUTSIDE WE WENT TO MAKE WISHES AND THROW OUR ORANGES HIGH INTO THE TREES.
AND THERE THEY STILL HANG TODAY.  


WE ALREADY ARE A VERY LUCKY FAMILY !  
WISHING YOU THE SAME IN 2015 ! 

17.2.15

The Storm of the Year?

My previous post we were excitedly preparing for the snow storm of the "year," well, season.  Indeed there was a storm.
Through the night the rain pelted the windows with darts of cracking sharpness. The temperatures plummeted down with accelerating speed.
I awoke at 2:30, scurried to the front room window, hoping to see falling SNOW through the crack in the blind. 
BLACKNESS. 
6:30 AM, there would be snow, the weatherman had promised.
Within a few hours, our world transformed, encapsulated with thick, clear, wavy ICE! 
Seeing the cup half full, I reasoned that ice in and of itself is beautiful. 
I hadn't charged my camera batteries for nothing. I headed outside, staying safely on the porch.
Our little world was beautiful in unexpected ways... 
 tiny miracles of life encapsulated in coffins of clarity .
 long lengths of rough branches, magnified.
 black streets, silvery white.

Later this morning as I sit at the computer, shafts of sun pierce through the barren branches, angling onto my desk. All is well. A few photos, a bit of editing, and acknowledgement for expectations.
Sounds of neighbor boys outside on their snow pans, racing down the center of the icy street. Oblivious to everything but fun.
Pups hopping on padded paws, licking up the icy goodness.
Red Robins splashed against deep evergreens tipped in ice.

The fleeting pleasure of something different is just as lovely.

What I saw this morning.
Life under the weight of nature.
KK Flourish
Predawn, weighed down branches, nothing stirs.
KK  1 AM 
 Sun Flare breaks through, shedding warmth.
Robin Egg Blue, the first sky color to greet me.
Sun rises, droplets fall, cycle in completion.
We ate the winter soup a few days ago. But today we feast upon the visual bounties of Nature's Fickleness.

A large prayer sent the way to those who have more than their share of harsh weather. May you be warm and safe. Your blue skies are coming.

15.2.15

Expecting a Cold Wave

Rumors have it that it might, just might, well maybe, sort of
Snow!
Yup, a bit of snow in the forecast for Monday or Tuesday.
Here in the south it is an occasion for cheering, scrambling through boxes for gloves and hat, and being pretty assured that there will be NO school.  Just a dusting of snow calls for a Snow Day!
Pretty Please, just enough snow to get outside and take some pictures of the Funny Bunnies making a modest size snow-lady, or the dogs romping wildly on the slippery grass.
Just to be sure that all is ready, decided to make a soup.
Ham Hock and Red Lentil Soup.


I would kindly give you the recipe but I didn't have one....just say I "hoofed" it!
I must have been "channeling" Julia Child...as I diced all those potent onions.

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If you are afraid of Butter use Cream !
Thanks Julia, you are a woman after my own heart. 

14.2.15

Master Chef Valentine's Brunch


(Anyone watching Master Chef Junior?
We are all addicted to it.
Amazing what an interest in young kids cooking is happening in kitchens everywhere.)

9:30 AM, Valentine morning, three cute Funny Bunnies showed up on our doorstep, ready to cook, eat and play.
Miss G. baked "from scratch" these yummy blueberry muffins and chocolate dipped strawberries for our Valentine Brunch.
Hmm are we sure it
isn't Chinese New Year? The holidays are pretty close together this year.  The Asian store by our home has super fun cookies, crackers, candies and STUFF, like the kitty ceramic bowl. 
Pretty cool with your shades and pink cheeks. 
The Master Chef cooking station.  Mr.G one dozen scrambled eggs, no shells please. And Miss G.the pink/chocolate chip pancakes. 
30 minutes to go, man your stations.

 
A little snug at the cooking station,but all hands working their culinary magic. Auntie TaTa offered to do the bacon.
2 minutes left.  Time to "pretty up" your serving platters.  Times UP!
 Have you ever wondered who cleans up after the kids are finished cooking?
Hmmm I know!!!
BREAKFAST WAS FANTASTIC, EVERYTHING DELICIOUS, WARM AND NO EGG SHELLS!
We hope you have had a lovely Valentines with your favorite big and little people.

Thank you Kim Klassen for your presets: summersun, gentle and touch of drama. 

6.2.15

Moving On From Picasa: a Personal Journey with Computers

For many years I depended upon Picasa to store and edit my photos. At that time our family used a PC. 
I liked Picasa, it was easy to use, allowed a small amount of editing and then easy to publish or share from.
My "smooth" world changed when my PC unexpectedly  expired/died. 
Lesson: Pendulum-of-life swings back and forth.
In the Beginning: Our first family computer was a Mac. It is an understatement the "grief" it brought into my new computer experience. 
Eager to learn basics, I took a class from a retired ex-Army sergeant. I was the only female in an all male class, conducted in a "military" sort of way. I became unglued...nervous...intimidated. Little learning took place in my jumpy mind and shaky fingers!  
Eventually our family moved on to a PC and for some reason it appeared so much easier but was it?  

Over time, Mac's evolved into Apple and I became more curious, more desirous of what I was reading.
My family thought I was crazy/not thinking/not practical/ but Bingo! Change! I did it and have never looked back. I am now fully committed to Apple. And with that the use of Lightroom and Photoshop.  
It is all about Exploring, Learning, Practice and Doing.... (personally found so much easier to learn second time around!)

 I use Google and Yahoo.  One day I was thinking about my years using Picasa on my PC. Thousands of photos had been left in my old PC that suddenly quit.  Bless (Google's) Heart, as I rummaged around their various options and found hundreds upon hundreds of my old photos, albums and paintings  done years ago!!!  It was a walk down memory lane reacquainting with paintings and photographs I had totally forgotten about. 
Sharing with you a few paintings I rediscovered from way back when......



        The pendulum does swing.
 Thank you Picasa for saving what I thought I had lost. 
A deep pleasure to FIND YOU AGAIN !  
A bit of my life memories have been restored.
Addendum: I use iPhoto to collect and store phone photos. These are transferred to folders on my harddrive. I use a Master Lightroom Folder to move photos into LR or PS.  It took awhile to "sink in." But there is no way but up!  PS: almost all adult kids use an Apple computer.