Beverages

Talking Smoothie

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While traveling in Vietnam, I discovered a new taste treat….smoothies!  They were made with fresh fruit and oh so creamy and thick.  My absolute favorite was made with avocado, and I have been trying to replicate it for some time without satisfactory results.  You’d think I would have asked how it was made, but it didn’t occur to me that it would be much of a challenge.

DSC01811-2After many tries, I have come up with one that compares favorably.  The ingredients are simple: yogurt (1 cup), avocado (1/2), honey (1 T.) and a bit of coconut.  I don’t know what possessed me to add coconut, but it resulted in an extra touch of flavor.

DSC01815The first sip was a bit thick so I added about 1/2 cup of milk which made it perfect.  No question this creation will be added to my list of favorite smoothies for breakfast or lunch.

If you have smoothies you especially like, do share!

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reflections

Reflections

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Yesterday was Veterans Day which made my thoughts return to an emotional visit to Normandy where thousands of U.S. military are interred.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are rows and rows of markers, each one perfectly aligned.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere and there is acknowledgement of a life given.

P. C. Lewis Photo

On some markers there is no name, and I felt incredible sadness for loved ones  left wondering the whereabouts of one who never came home.  

Visiting Normandy was a much more impactful experience than I had anticipated, but when at exactly 3:30 PM Taps sounded over the field, it brought me to my knees.  Tears fell hot on my cheeks as I thought about all that had been lost in war whether this one or another.  I uttered a little prayer that some day we could all learn to live in peace so that lives would not continue to be lost in war.  That prayer hasn’t been answered, but I still hope, and I have immense gratitude to the individuals who continue to serve in the military.

Markets

Sunday Wanderings

IMG_2474En route to Houston, we stopped in  Franklin, Tennessee, for a quick visit with our farm girl daughter.  It just so happened we were there when a holiday popup show sponsored by City Farmhouse was happening which gave the daughter and me a fun way to spend some time.

IMG_2465-2To no surprise, most of the booths featured things perfect for a farmhouse country look.

There was a big emphasis on pillows for all seasons.  You can be sure the ones made with French linens were being snapped right up.

I’m crazy for pumpkins,  and these made of chenille and tartan plaids were eye catching and suitable for more than the fall season.

IMG_2446White ironstone was plentiful, and I couldn’t help but think of many blog friends who fancy it.

IMG_2440It would be a lovely accent for this pottery that reminded of classic French style.

Over the years I’ve participated in a number of shows, and this one impressed me with the cohesiveness achieved by displays complementing one another.

IMG_2470I left the show with no purchase, but when we stopped by City Farmhouse, I was sorely tempted by these Christmas trees.  Rustic, yes, but they have that whimsical aspect which suits my fancy.  

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home, Random

Transitioning

If you’ve followed along for a while, you know that my life is split between Maine and Houston.  I enjoy both places, but transitioning into Houston does have its challenges.

West UThere are some highlights, including coming home to the house I love.  

Houston houseThe first few minutes are spent wandering from room to room reacquainting myself with each one.

tablescape/barEven before bags are unpacked, I go to buy foodstuffs.  Now, that is one of the joys of being in Houston.  Costco and Trader Joe’s are just a few minutes away as well as a grocery store that has everything and then some.  Between the three the pantry is well stocked and bunches of flowers make it seem like home.

Office View HoustonNow for the hard part. Compared to Rockport, Houston is a behemoth!  What that means is traffic, lots of it.  Already I’ve had to do some freeway driving and after traveling mostly two lane roads for the last few months, six lanes of cars moving at fast speeds is a trifle scary.

Houston has been home for many years, and I do have good friends here that I am anxious to see.  I appreciate the amenities this big city offers, but I miss the simple life and the natural beauty in Maine.  Heck, I even miss shopping at TJ Maxx!

Rockport HarborI especially miss opening my eyes every morning and looking out to see how Rockport Harbor is welcoming the day.  Here, when I turn my head all I see is the wooden fence that separates us from the neighbors.  

Oh well, it’s a good life and I am very grateful for all that each place affords.

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Holidays

Halloween Fun the Small Town Way

Halloween

Small towns seem to bring out the best in folks when it comes to holiday fun, and here in Maine Halloween may be the best time of all. 

IMG_2416Skeletons party up in front yards.

 

Bony friends rise from the deep in boats that have long since ceased to float.

IMG_2354Witches have tired of broomsticks and now travel in carriages pulled by pumpkins instead of mice.HalloweenGhouls rise up out of darkness to be part of things,

 

 

 

and ghosts and scarecrows have tasty treats to share.

 

In one small town giant pumpkins, painted and carved, line the street

 

while in another the main street is closed for an afternoon of trick or treats.  There are no tricks as every business participates in the fun with costumed employees handing out treats until there are none.

I don’t know what it is about small towns, but it doesn’t take much to bring out community spirit that makes holidays fun for everyone.

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Art

Art of the Natural World

 

Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.  This world of the imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.  It is our function as artists to make the spectator see our way, not his way.

Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman

Some of you may not be aware that three of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. are in Maine.  Bates is in Lewiston, Bowdoin is in Brunswick and Colby is in Waterville.  All are known not only for academics but for having outstanding art collections and exhibitions.

 IMG_2378 (1)On a quiet day, we ventured over to Lewiston to take a look at the Bates Museum of Art.  Wouldn’t you know it was closed for a new installation but hearing that we had come over from Rockport the director allowed us in.

IMG_2393 (1)Staff was putting the finishing touches on Anthropocenic.  Now that is a mouthful and what it means is art about the natural world in the human era.  The accompanying brochure describes the show as an exhibition of 17 artists and collaboratives from Maine, the US and abroad who make art about nature, the natural world and out effect on and interrelation with it in the 21st century.

IMG_2386 (1)As always with art, it is interesting to see how artists interpret a theme.  I was intrigued by the collaborations of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber.  First, they built a model of their subject and then photographed it.  There are many humorous details in their work.

Isabella Kirkland’s stunning prints are produced from her much larger paintings done in the tradition of still life and incorporating natural elements.

IMG_2385 (1)Throughout the main floor was abundant stimulation with materials cleverly used to make a statement.

IMG_2382 (1)Venturing down to the second floor, we were surprised to see a familiar name.  The hubby and I took a street photography workshop in Paris from Peter Turnley last month and he made no mention of an exhibit at Bates.

IMG_2383 (1)Peter’s photos capture the essence of humanity no matter where they are taken.  The more I see of his work the easier it is to understand why he is tops in his field.

Thanks to the director of the Bates Museum for letting us have a preview of a beautiful and interesting exhibit.

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Maine

Sunday Wanderings

IMG_9632Usually Sunday Wanderings have no specific destination, but this day I wanted to find an old antique shop  where several years ago I had seen a wonderful quilt made entirely from woven labels and insignias from World War II.  I wanted to own that quilt, but the elderly lady who made it said it was not for sale. For some reason that piece has stuck in my mind and I was curious as know if it was still there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found the shop and was disappointed to see that it looked like it had been abandoned for some time.  I guess the story of the quilt, as well as the woman who made it, will remain a mystery.

Liberty ToolDisappointment was not going to stop my wandering, and I ventured on until I came upon Liberty Tool.

Liberty ToolTalk about a place to browse!  Here was some of everything.

Liberty ToolThere were more old tools than you can imagineMaine 2009 43as well as jars and jars of screws, nails and hinges.  To my astonishment, men were going through them looking for just  the one that could be used for some miscellaneous repair.

Liberty ToolThere were kitchen utensils I’d never seen the likes of, and I thought of several people who would do some wonderful arrangement with them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was an old loom scattered on the floor. From the looks of it, it was beyond repair.  I couldn’t help but wonder how long ago it was last used, and imagining how difficult it was to operate made me appreciate my very sophisticated setup.

Maine 2009 44Two floors of the old building were filled with everything you can imagine, and all of it was meticulously organized.  When I asked about bottles, there was no hesitation about where to send me.

Who knows when I’ll go back to Liberty Tool, but finding it while out wandering was a delightful surprise.

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