Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Words On Wednesday






It's no secret that I'm a big baseball fan.
I enjoy watching all ages play.
It's one of the things I like most about baseball -- anyone can play.
Young, old, male, female, tall or short.




America Plays Ball/Kids
From the postcard collection
AMERICA PLAYS BALL: Historical Baseball Photographs from the Library of Congress.



 And, baseball has been popular for a long time.



Dream
Collage done for ICAD 2016


No surprise that I not only enjoy watching baseball,
but I also enjoy reading about baseball. 



baseball books

One of my favorite baseball books is
BASEBALL HAIKU: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game 
Edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura.
This book has been in my library for years and is one I really enjoy.
It combines two of my loves: baseball and haiku.

Some of the most important haiku poets of both America and Japan 

are featured in this anthology.
Poets like Jack Kerouac, a longtime baseball fan who pioneered English-language haiku

Empty baseball field

-- A robin,
Hops along the bench


and Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku and was

instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890's.


Spring breeze
this grassy field makes me
want to play catch



TEAMMATE: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series For the Ages

by David Ross and Don Yaeger is my new baseball book for this year.
David Ross (AKA Grandpa Rossy) was the backup catcher for the cubs in 2016, mostly catching Jon Lester. This is his story, from his early days in the big leagues to his final year in baseball with the Cubs in 2016. What a way to retire! Lots of life lessons. What it takes to be a good teammate and play the game the way it should be played. It was interesting to read about concussion and its effects on Ross. A fun baseball book!


What's on your reading list?


Wishing YOU well and much joy!



Friday, June 9, 2017

The Second Most Wonderful Time of Year





The second most wonderful time of year
is when peaches make their appearance at the Farmer's Market!
I was afraid there would be no peaches this year.
The best peaches in this area are grown in the hill country.
They need cold weather and they didn't get much last winter.



Peaches



I've been having peach smoothies for breakfast.



The First Peach Smoothie of the Season!




Peaches




I also came home with tomatoes.
It's bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich time.
With half of the tomatoes gone and only a few peaches left,
a trip to the market next Tuesday is definitely in order!



Tomatoes



In Musashi's garden,
the day lilies I ordered from Oakes Lilies are starting to bloom.



Little Grapette



Little Grapette was the first to bloom.
2″ bloom, 12-18″ tall, Early Season, Semi-Evergreen. 
Deep grape colored blooms with a deeper purple band around a small chartreuse throat. 



Day Lilies




Mini Pearl


This is Mini Pearl. 
3″ bloom, 16″ tall, Early-Mid Season + rebloom, 
Masses of blush apricot pink blooms are held low on short scapes.



Mini Pearl




Wishing YOU well and much joy!








Friday, June 2, 2017

This and That






- June Is National Iced Tea Month 
and that's a very good thing!


- June marks the beginning of hurricane season 
and that is not a very good thing.......


- ICAD (Index Card A Day) started --
June and July --
61 little pieces of art on an index card.

This is my Index Card for June 1.
Mixed-media, paper scraps, ephemera, stamps, fortune cookie.



ICAD


"The challenge is about the DOING and not the
KEEPING or PRESERVING or ARCHIVING. 
It is the process of creating each day that matters."

~ Tammy at Daisy Yellow


- I had a birthday.

It started by opening all the birthday cards.


Birthday Cards


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Flowers from a dear friend.
Too cute!



Birthday Flowers



Instead of birthday cake--
birthday cupcakes --
fudge bites with frosting.
YUM!



Birthday Cupcakes




Birthday collage



-  Musashi's Garden had a visitor -- a charming little lady.....



Cardinal


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sometimes You Just Need To Go Shopping!





I'm a big Susan Branch fan.
I love her books.


Susan Branch



And, I love her mugs.
She designs them all.
First on paper!
She sends the designs off to England where they are made.
Dunoon, fine bone china.



Susan Branch Mugs



Many months ago I ordered the first three of her mugs.
The mugs are covered with her wonderful watercolor designs --
even on the handles.
They arrived in time for my birthday coming up this week.


Susan Branch Mugs



Each mug is very different.
They hold 16oz of tea, soup, stew -- anything you might want 16oz of!
I admit, I haven't tried beer in a mug!


Susan Branch



I think my favorite is the Go Green or Earth/Nature mug.
I love the quote:
"Most know the earth is utterly enchanted."



Susan Branch



Susan recently announced that she had more mugs in the works.
I decided I just needed to go shopping!

Shop I did.

There are four new designs:
Bluebird, Martha's Vineyard, and Santa -- all 16oz.
Some folks requested a smaller cup and 11oz Autumn will fit that bill.

Each cup is sold separately or a group of three
(Bluebird, Martha's Vineyard, and Santa).
Autumn is sold separately only.

New designs mean the old designs will be retired.

Yes, I ordered all four -- Christmas presents for me!

You can find details on her blog -- click on the shopping icon.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!




Found at Celestial Seasonings


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Did Someone Say Breakfast?






On one of the last low humidity days before summer takes hold,
I walked up to my village to have breakfast at the Black Walnut.

Such a nice walk, cool morning, listening to the birds, 
people out walking their dogs with smiles on their faces.
Good Morning!



Breakfast

The Pico Benedict -- delicious.
Having breakfast with my little Buddha reminds to take my time,
enjoy each bite, be thankful to everyone who made the breakfast possible.

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Another cool morning took me to the zoo.



Did someone say breakfast?

Did someone say breakfast?
One of the gorillas is happily munching away on his breakfast.
Love those greens!

And, the Black Bears know how to do breakfast right!
A big juicy bone while floating in the pond.

Black Bear



Breakfast!



Wishing YOU well and much joy!


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