Sunday, June 28, 2009

Zucchini Morning

I puttered in the garden this morning, only to find these gigantic zucchinis in my garden, that apparently grew overnight! I knew what I had to do next...

Make muffins for breakfast, of course! An upside to zucchini muffins is that you don't actually have to tell the young'uns they are in fact eating a serving of vegetables. We also delivered a care package of four muffins and a zuke to the next door neighbors, who were kind enough to water our garden while on vacation.

Today I am really just so grateful to have a day that we don't have to do anything or go anywhere. Don't you love days like that?

Crop, Swap and Be Inspired Party!

Last night I had the coolest party. I invited various friends who have an interest in crafting of all types to come to the house for my "Crop, Swap and Be Inspired Party." Basically, I asked the guests to bring something to eat, something to work on, something to swap (art & craft supplies) and something to show-and-tell. We had a really great time. I was able to get to know friends better, as well as reconnect with friends from Back In The Day.

Prepped for the party: lots of yellow flowers, plus I made a batch of white peach sangria. Delish!

A quick shot of my tidy, neat home. Ken took the boys to the Air Force Museum for the day.

I *attempted* to work on a scrapbook layout, but really just spent my time eating, drinking, socializing, and nosing around at what the others were doing.

Sweetheart Erin brought a gift in the color of the month, yellow. So thoughtful!

Monica, getting her creative on with a collage.

Sheryl brought her spinning wheel. How cool is that? There was a spinning wheel in my family room! She even let me try to spin, and I did okay, well, until it got all curled and knotted, lol.

A blurry pic of Mandy, Erin and Sue. Mandy was making matching dresses for her girls, and Erin was actually doing scrapbooking. (Sorry for the blurry pic....sadly these are the only ones I shot!)

By the end of the night I realized I was the beneficiary of a lot of scrapbook and craft materials, and I must give a hearty thank you to everyone who came!!! Rest assured that all materials not used will have a good home found for them!

A last note: everyone should do this. Especially if you are feeling bored, lonely, isolated. Find an interest and start inviting people over to share your interests with you, be it crafts, a book club, or even getting a mom's group together to go out for a bite and a drink once a month. You will be surprised at how buoyed your spirit will be when you start populating your world with people who care for you and support your interests and passions.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sacred Salad

This was dinner yesterday, 100% from the back yard. Today will be the same. I am so lucky!

Our Conservatory Visit

For today's killing time while Zack goes to art class downtown, Nate and I headed to the Franklin Park Conservatory.

They were busy adding a brand new Chihuly installation, so there were boxes and glass lying around everywhere.

More Chihuly.

We were joined by some friends of ours.

For the first time ever I got to see the butterfly exhibit.

I knew it was time to go when, in this very Zen meditation area, Nate started grabbing for rocks. Yeah, that's what I need, my 3 year old chucking rocks at the Chihuly installations. Still in all it was a terrific visit.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

More Yellow Inspiration

Went looking for some old yellow photos for the color of the month.

Botanicals are easy to find, but nice to go back and look at again. I find that I have the same attitude when I dig out old craft supplies that coordinate with the color I'm working with---making something old new again.

Sometimes the things you find are surprising, even botanicals. I have no idea what this is, but it was growing down the street from our beach house.

Sometimes you find surprises. I was looking for yellow on the USS North Carolina, and behold, you can find inspiration on a battleship! (Also an exercise in finding-ones-own-fun in what might be an otherwise boring situation.)

For the first time since pink February, I've made an inspiration board. Tonight after the kiddos are off to bed, I hope to do a little journaling.

Happy Father's Day!

Husband with boys; a quietish morning this Father's Day.

Went to the zoo today, where the koala was actually awake!

Sign by the koala exhibit; they sleep 22 hours a day, so it's rare to see one awake.

A great gift for a dad who likes to grill. The boys and I painted a wood tray, then found vintage images on the internet to decoupage it with. Turned out great!

Needed to fill his grill tray with all the necessary sauces, of course.

Finally I have to say how much I still miss ya dad. Thanks for hanging around to see our Nathan into the world.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mmm, little burgers

Yesterday's cookout. Simple sliders. We did vary it though, with cheese and toppings. My fave was just the burger with pepper jack and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Mmm. We are hoping to eat on the deck every chance we get this summer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lunch for the Soul

Ken took Monday off to rest from our vacation, lol. I wanted to have a quiet lunch for two outside and was inspired by our abundance of fresh basil and zucchini blossoms to create a Tuscan themed lunch. So I made salad-salad-salad: lettuces from our garden, fried zucchini blossoms from our garden, tomato and mozzarella salad with the garden basil, melon and strawberries, and a crust of bread, plus fresh squeezed lemonade, and a nip of white wine for me. Heck, how often can we do this, right?

Had to photograph the garden while I was at it. The strawberry patch is looking good.

Various potted things. The lettuce is on its third cutting; we are so lucky to have fresh salad every day.

I whisper sweet words to my lovely tomato plants. They are loaded with tiny green tomatoes now.

Our garden survived us being on vacation, thanks in no small part to our next door neighbors, Mike and Loretta. Not only did they water everything, they actually took the time to patch up the holes in the fencing to keep out the bunnies that keep devouring the peas. I am humbled by this simple act of generosity on their part, and I will be sending over a basket of produce in the near future.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Carolina Beach photography attempts

Home from our Carolina Beach vacation! We rented a little beach house for the week and spent a little time dabbling with photography.

Our candy-colored beach house, "The Purple Pelican."

Our walkway to the beach. Ken says sepia makes everything look depressing, but I rather like it. Makes it look old-timey.

Sleepy beach town.

Where we passed the time most afternoons with a good book and most evenings with a good beer.

Ken took this one at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Here I am on the battleship USS North Carolina, looking for stuff to photograph, of course.

Spent a good bit of the week digging for beach junk.

Green lizards were all over our deck. We called this one Larry.

Zack asked could we please watch the sunrise on the water on the last morning, so just he and I made our way out to greet the sun at 5:30am.

Zack with his favorite Uncle.

Took the time to experiment with camera settings. This one is in vivid color.

Made a copy in b/w.

Same one in sepia. It's interesting how different they are from each other.

Quite honestly the single greatest photo ever taken of me; rested, fairly relaxed, having fun. This one is a keeper.