Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
they have quite a few flowers...
and a few tomatoes.
hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate...
and i'll have a good harvest this year.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea. 
Sunday, May 27, 2012
we dropped the daughter at the airport this morning...
on her way back to nyc.
this title has a double meaning for me today.
i'm not sure what once was inside...
but it was built on my cherry tree.
i've have a most enjoyable week off work...
and am going to hang out in the garden today...
and maybe grilling a bit.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
my daughter has a ''Cali Trip'' board on pinterest.
this cake is on it.
we returned home from yosemite today...
and are making this cake for tonight's dessert.
the batter is rather thick...
and reminded us of a drop biscuit dough.
it just finished baking...
and my house smells wonderful!
it tastes delicious also!
i think i want to make it with lemon!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
this tree is in the lobby of the hotel we're staying at.
i took photos all day at yosemite...
but none with my lensbaby.
i'll be posting the yosemite photos in the next few days.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
i made a special dinner.
~ grilled jumbo shrimp.
~ grilled fava beans.
~ stuffed artichoke.
~ rosemary & garlic roasted potatoes.
~ roasted asparagus.
~ vodka martinis.
i made an assortment of veggies.
she's a vegetarian.
we'll shoot yosemite...
and have cake and champagne.
happy birthday, sweetie!!!
you hold a special place in my heart!!!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
the daughter arrived home today...
for her birthday week.
we left the airport...
and headed to the grandparents' house...
by way of the nom nom truck.
she and i had bahn mi sandwiches...
and mrchazman had tacos.
Friday, May 18, 2012
i'm on pto until may 29...
and today is my first day off.
for some crazy reason...
i was awake at 2:30.
luckily i have friends in other time zones..
and one of them had just sent me a text msg.
i eventually went back to bed about 4:30.
i've been working on my final photoshop presentation...
and i'm just about ready to show them to everyone.
because of course...
i want it to be perfect.
mrchazman made some bacon...
and since i'd bought some tomatoes last week...
i made a blt.
it looked so pretty...
i wanted to share it with you.
now that i've photographed it...
i'm going to go out back and enjoy it with a cup of coffee.
i'm headed out.
enjoy your day!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
i have a cup at the house...
take a cup for the drive...
and fill my thermos.
cause you don't want to see me on caffeine.
i'm pouring left-handed...
and shooting with my right.
that darn muse is hard to operate with one hand!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
i haven't taken the time to read for pleasure in a long time.
i ordered this book that i saw mentioned on goodreads.
i'm enjoying it so far...
and plan to have a lot of reading time while i'm off work for the next ten days.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
for all the mother's out there...
have a very happy mother's day.
i received a wonderful groupon from my daughter...
for a wine and cheese tasting.
i almost threw it in the trash...
as i zipped thru my email hitting delete.
it opened instead.
mrchazman got me a new 'everyday' watch...
because after YEARS (approximately 20) of wearing my other one...
the crystal is cracked...
but i was wearing it anyways.
if it ain't broke, right?
i'll get to be mom to my daughter next weekend...
when she comes home for her 30th birthday week.
i'll play mom to my niece...
and visit with my mother...
as we celebrate mother's day...
and this past week's birthdays.
my father and two of my brothers had birthdays this week...
and they were all born on mother's day.
my father bbq'd yesterday...
my mother made the sides...
and mrchazman and i are bringing the champagne and desserts.