Monday, December 02, 2013
Here we are at almost the end of the alphabet.
Today's letter is " U ".
I think the first photo is a bit UNUSUAL.
How many times have you seen an UGLY recliner just sitting
outside in front of a statue?
I guess that's one way to appreciate art!
When we visited the High Hand Nursery last month
we saw a very UNIQUE treatment USED on a tree trunk.
Though it isn't the sharpest picture one can see that a lovely Fall
scene had been painted on the bruise.
ULTIMATELY what I like about these flowers is....
They will never wilt or die.
Sometimes the sunsets that God paints UP in the sky
A rather "cheeky" and UNUSUAL grape.
Last but not least
Here is a potential criminal UNDER arrest.
So sorry if this makes you feel UNEASY.
It isn't real.
It was an reenactment by our local police department.
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Friday, November 29, 2013
Boy, I started out so good with the plans of showing our great
Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Here are some of our dinner thwarting snacks.
It seems we were set for a marathon eating day.
I forgot to take a picture of the beautiful 20 pound bird as it
came out of the oven.
So all you see is the last bits of the turkey being cut.
Most was already on the platter hidden by my Carver Fantastic
Sharing heart-felt Thanksgiving thoughts
Completely forgot to record the day....
Too busy just plain enjoying myself.
Monday, November 25, 2013
As we arrive at THE letter " T " on our TRIP around The alphabet,
THE obvious choice for me is THE THANKSGIVING season.
Wishing all of you, whether you celebrate THE holiday or not,
a TIME of reflection and a TIME TO count your blessings.
THIS was our TURKEY in all it's deliciousness last year.
I have THE TWENTY pounder THAWING in the fridge
waiting to be roasted THIS THURSDAY.
I can hardly wait for THAT wonderful fragrance TO fill our home.
Last year THE TREE in our front yard was showing off it's
dazzling colors for all TO see.
Same TIME THIS year....
A little rain
A little wind
Now a carpet.
I will leave you with THESE hand carved pilgrims I bought years
THEY are so homely THAT THEY found THEIR way into
I drag THEM out each year.
THEY help me to be THANKFUL for all THE blessings I have.
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in making THIS link possible.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I am going to make this ABC Wednesday post SHORT and
Feeling kind of like this rusty old truck today.
The icky cold bug has me feeling SNUFFY, SNIFFY and just
I have about as much energy as that old piece of farm equipment.
I think I will STAY put and just watch the day go by.
I love the SMILE on this nylon STOCKING SCULPTURE.
He looks SO real, with that twinkle in his eye.
I SAW this SIGN at the Rainbow Orchards last month.
It was over the the window where we bought the most
SINFULLY delicious doughnuts.
If my nose wasn't so plugged I could probably SMELL them
The Bible verse is definitely SOMETHING to think about.
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Thank you Denise, Roger and the entire STUPENDOUS team
for making ABC Wednesday possible.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
RARELY do I stick my neck out and attempt something new.
I got brave and joined The Creativity Project.
This months theme is:
I think the first photo is REALLY a "faceless" portrait.
All four of the photos show the REAR view.
They are REFLECTIONS of a time long ago.
I love the juxiposition of the old and the new in this shot.
RIGHT now I would sure love to eat at Joes.
I'm not sure if these two men were cowboys that RODE the
wide open RANGES or just dressed up for Gold RUSH Days.
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Here's a REMINDER to check out Scarlett Hernandez who
blogs at http://keanamia.wordpress.com
to see another take on Faceless Portraits.
Both of these links are on my sidebar.
As always, enlarging the photos will show more detail.
Just a REQUEST, you understand.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Welcome to ABC Wednesday and the letter " Q ".
I was having QUITE a time coming up with a Q post for you.
I decided to use just one word and go from there.
The first QUOTE that goes with the sunset picture is:
" QUIET is peace! Tranquility! QUIET is turning down the
volume knob on life.
Silence is pushing the off button.
Shutting it down.
All of it."
" Winter is an etching
Spring a watercolor
Summer an oil painting
Autumn a mosaic of them all."
" Today's mighty Oak is just yesterday's nut,
that held its ground."
" The poetry of the earth is never dead...."
" The Lord is the One who is going ahead
He will be with you.
He won't abandon you or leave you.
So don't be afraid or terrified."
Thanks to the QUINTESSENTIAL team of
Denise, Roger and all the contributors.
You have made ABC Wednesday a wonderful
As always, ENLARGING my photos will show
the detail more clearly.
Friday, November 01, 2013
I love the colors and textures of Fall.
The tilt of the sun seems to illuminate everything.
I think the birds are going to have a feast.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
I know I sound like a broken record, but, remember to enlarge the
photos for a better look.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Today's letter for ABC Wednesday is " P ".
I'm going to share more about our trip to the Otow Orchard and
one of their PRIZE PRODUCTS that they PRODUCE there.
Going to my PREVIOUS "O" POST will show more about the
The main PRODUCE of the fall is PERSIMMONS.
These are not just any PERSIMMONS but Hoshigaki.
If you will go to this link you can see a wonderful slide show.
The following PHOTOS will show the PROCESS of taking
ripe PERSIMMONS and turning them into a delectable dried
Here is Tosh Kuratomi's son beginning the labor intensive work.
From the start in October to the finish in January, every single
PERSIMMON is tenderly cared for.
Each fruit is PEELED and is strung on string to be hung on drying
As you can see each PIECE of fruit looks like an ornament hanging
while it dries.
In the following PICTURES (be sure to enlarge all of these)
ridges have begun to form as the fruit dries.
The sugar is moving to the outside.
In the following PHOTOS one can see that the fruit is shriveling.
Every PERSIMMON is hand massaged so no mold is captured
in the ridges!
Can you imagine hand massaging every PERSIMMON at least
once weekly for 3 months?
The massaging creates a more uniform softness and distributes
the natural sugars evenly throughout the fruit.
The fruit becomes more shriveled and turns more white.
That is just the sugar developing.
When each PERSIMMON has been thoroughy massaged and
cared for, they are PRESSED flat, PACKAGED, and then
PREPARED for shipping around the world and also locally.
What do they taste like?
I think they taste like a date.
They can be used for cookies, coffee breads and PUDDINGS.
I can't wait to buy some in a few months.
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