July 13, 2011

Garlic Bike Fun


An offering from my farm share at Redwood Roots FarmDon't they just look beautiful? My cloves will soon be part of Molly Katsen's Tabouli Salad recipe from The Moosewood Cookbook, my most used cookbook over the years. 


I love Wednesdays - Janet, the farmstriss, makes everyone feel welcome and the share owners are all upbeat and happy to get their produce. I always leave with a smile to go with my veggies.


PS: 
Going to the Gilroy Garlic Festival is on my bucket list. 
This basket of garlic is a promise...

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Okay, I have to break the rules and post two pictures...






This group of teenagers and their escorts on bike tour thrilled me twice. I am full of admiration for their effort, attitudes, and spirit. I saw them this morning resting by the side of Winco and wanted to take a picture but was lacking my camera. I saw them again in Arcata on the way to the farm. Whoo-hoo! A second chance opportunity.

July 12, 2011

More Than Six

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The assignment from Capture Your 365 was "More Than Six" today. I think more than six Jimmy Buffet cassettes in a household with no tape deck is more than enough. The Dokken cassette just cracks me up.

July 11, 2011

The Heat is On


This is the thermostat. The one that's broken. 
That is the shoe mark. Of the shoe that broke the thermostat. 
That is the thermostat. The thermostat that I lost my mind over. 
The mouth is not in the picture but it sure got hot.

July 10, 2011

RELAX


A Moment in Time: 2:30 PM

Gina: photography
Ryan: Rainbow Six
Ollie: half asleep
Pace: nickelodeon
Mark: scrub-a-dub
What a sweet snail-paced Sunday. Tonja and Nathan started for home after a leisurely breakfast and pack-up. The rest of the day was filled with mellllooow. We read, played video games, did crossword puzzles, played with the animals, and r-e-l-a-x-e-d.
Potsticker Sunday and "Master of Disguise" for dinner. (I did crosswords at the table, what a treat.)

July 9, 2011

Moonstone Beach Visitors



We had a wonderful afternoon at Moonstone Beach - after we got there. We must have left the house at 4:00 pm or so. We woke late and futzed around all morning. Mark took Nathan to pick up Pace in the Jeep while Tonja and I went to Ramone's for tea and coffee. I am so happy they came up to visit us. It is rare to have a friend that really "gets you." I love that Tonja and I can express our appreciation for each other - it's a special gift.

We finally made it to Moonstone Beach after Ryan returned from his NJROTC fundraiser. A good time was had by all. Nathan and Pace played in the water, tried to reverse time by filling in the eroded holes in boulders with wet sand and just got along so well. We girls were hard pressed to be caught not taking photos, really a true reflection of how we love to spend our time.

Ollie and Mark, the happy-go-lucky pair, were in their element just  enjoying the sun and fun. Ollie had her happy face on and got to play with some other beach dogs. I am currently interpreting Ryan through the lens of his last summer with us. He is game to hang out and I believe enjoys the time but there is that sense of quiet reflection and separation always. I hope he remembers this last summer of his youth as golden. I got some great photos of him - some candid,  some posed. So photogenic.

We enjoyed a feast of pot roast with the regulation veggies we crock potted before we left the house, green salad, mixed greens, and peas. A lovely meal to end a lovely day.

Nathan is an amazing kid. So tall and smart - it's way too easy to forget he's seven. He is a sleep lover, I guess - like his mama and I. He seems relieved to retreat to bed despite our late sunshine and drops into slumber immediately. We had such late nights this week, little bug. Tonja joined me in bed for the best part of any slumber party, the talkin' and sharin'. She turned me on to ken ken and griddlers, a picture logic game. I sure do miss the camaraderie of a like minded pal.

I was blessed by several comments Tonja made over the course of the visit reflecting on Mark and our relationship. He welcomed our visitors with enthusiasm and it showed. I feel awkward/proud when others recognize my happiness in Mark but was pleased Tonja did. I really am silly over him. I can't wait for them to come back and bring Mike along, I look forward to creating many more lovely memories together.