Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturdays Are Good For...

I was introduced to a new tea concoction that I just cant get enough of - peppermint and chamomile together with honey. It is so good! I am really not a fan of either tea on it's own, but together and with the honey it is incredible. Try it and you'll be hooked, and make sure to use lots of honey.
Billy and I strolled down to the Farmers Market this morning and I started noticing how this time of year brings out some different vendors than I remember seeing. More jams and breads and fruits than usual, and even cappuccinos. I know there are a lot of farmer's markets that are probably a lot more fun and have a ton more to choose from than our little Vista Farmer's Market but hey, I can walk there in 5 minutes. With a husband that likes to hold hands. What more can I say? Actually, the Vista Farmer's Market is the longest running Farmer's Market in the county, which makes it a little bit special.

We toted a bag of organic apples, peaches, renunculas, scone mix and beets home up the street just as it started getting a little bit too warm. Tomorrow night is beet cooking experimentation night, and from what I have been told cooking them with sugar makes them taste the best. And for a dollar a bundle I guess you really can't go wrong!

When we got home Billy started mixing up the scone mix and realized that instead of 3/4 cup of water, he mixed in 1 and 3/4 cups. So we decided to make a scone cake instead of individual ones, and baked them in the oven at a much lower temperature for a lot longer. They actually turned out really good! And since scones tend to dry out super fast it will be nice that they will last longer (if I don't eat them all). Sticky Fingers Bakeries makes the best scone mix ever, and blueberry? Who could resist?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sweet Summer

Summer is coming... the days are longer and the nights are warmer. While on the patio a gust of hot afternoon air swirled around me. The breeze with it's gentle hands, guiding a Chinese beetle donning it's iridescent costume stayed spiraling around me, finally disappearing above the honeysuckle. When I was a little girl my dad and I used to catch them in the summer time and tie a loop of string around a foot. We'd fly them in the air like a kite.

Last night's air was still and warm and sweet. As I lied in bed in my summer night dress the birds were having a conversation of their own. Mockingbirds sang their imitations in the still of the evening. I could hear the soft breathing of my cats at my feet.

Outside our front door is a huge magnolia tree, which would be great to climb. Bending down to my level was a branch adorning this particular magnolia flower, of which the bees were loving. Mesmerized I watched the bees scramble gathering pollen in the morning sun, cats circling my legs. Summer I am ready for you! Ready for sun tea and berries, lavender evenings and June bugs. They say kids have the summer for their own. But I am a July baby. The summer is always mine.

Monday, May 19, 2008


I read a very inspiring article on one of the blogs I subscribe to and read daily, Unclutter. An entry by Louise Hornor titled "How To Live Simply In A 39 Foot RV" talks about her life and her belongings living in a 300 square feet RV with her husband, dog, two cats and four fish. For those of you who may not have read it you can link to it here. Her perspective on what she owns vs. what she left behind is amazing and I think is a real testimony of people with material self-control. I am so glad she included a photo of her RV because it looks just like what she described to be her home on wheels. I know I could do this, although I don't know that I ever would. It is fascinating to me though! And what a way to see the country! I wonder where they get their mail. You should read it and comment back here about what you think!

Friday, May 9, 2008

About A Grandmother

Yesterday my Grandma died.

I wish I had have known her better, and from what I have been told about her we would have had a lot in common.

She was a beautiful Australian woman who was creative and tasteful and caring. My grandpa met her in Australia when he was stationed there in the military long ago and he moved her to Virginia with him and there they lived all the rest of her life.

Although we met only a handful of times in my life I feel heartbroken about her death. I would have liked to be her friend. I hope to see you again Grandma. You have my love!