Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I've been inspired to doodle a little lately. Applying colour to paper, drawing with a pencil, tracing lines in ink, thinking, pondering life.
Here's where I've found some great inspiration -
Pam Garrison is a wonderful artist who works in many mediums. She, in turn, pointed me to Geninne D. Zlatkis' flickr pages. Wow, so many ideas just from looking!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Chocolate and Strawberries
I took a fruit plate to a potluck the other night. I should have ignored the pineapple, the grapes, the kiwi and the oranges - everyone only wanted the chocolate dipped strawberries. Mmm, so easy and good.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Be still....and know that I am God.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Watermelon Feta Shrimp Salad
1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled - I like peeling them as I eat them)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Toss shrimp with olive oil. Stir in salt and pepper. Cook shrimp about 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate to cool.
Step Two: the Dressing
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced fresh mint, divided
1 T olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whisk together the lime juice and honey, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Pour over the red onion and 2 T of the mint. Toss gently to combine.
Step Three: Putting it all together
4 cups arugula (or mixed greens)
8 (4-inch) seedless watermelon wedges
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
To serve, place 1 cup arugula on each of 4 plates and top with 2 melon wedges and 1/4 of the onion-mint mixture; sprinkle with equal amounts of feta, top with about 6 shrimp, and garnish with some of the remaining fresh mint. Serve immediately.
Add some french bread, toasted with herbs to round out this simple and delicious meal - perfect for a hot summer night.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Spring has come slowly this year. This morning I took a break from memorizing French idioms to empty the compost pail. Oh, the excitement! Wandering back I stopped to inspect my garden and picked these fresh radishes. Hmmm. What will I do with them. I like them just plain, but I have enough to make some sort of salad with...I'll have to investigate. Meanwhile, the bright colours are cheery.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Victoria Day Hike - East Sooke Park
Above is one of the secluded beaches along the trail, which follows the shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I think the driftwood on the beach looks like a gigantic flower.
Who would have thought a deer could swim so strongly with his spindly legs?
Lichens and mosses of all sorts covered the rocks. Up and down we went. Scenery breaks seemed to coincide with breathlessness and the need to stop for a minute.
Gorgeous foliage everywhere. Lush and green. Being away from the city, in a garden or in the wilderness is so restorative. I come home refreshed and renewed after admiring God's amazing creation.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Warm and wonderful spring
Tomorrow is a holiday here in Canada - Victoria Day - the day we celebrate the Queen's birthday. (which is really in April, I believe) My husband and I are going for a long hike along the East Sooke Park Coast Trail - should take us about 6 hours.
Oh, I do love spring when it's on the verge of summer!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Dinner tonight is a grilled shrimp, watermelon and feta salad. In just a few minutes. I can't wait.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A Flirty Apron for a Friend
My friend Karen's birthday was yesterday. Sewing and crafting have sadly taken a back seat to studying, but once in awhile I make time to do something creative. This apron was one result.
Tomorrow is my French-Canadian Literature exam and next Friday is the French Vocabulary Expansion exam. Then....I am done...for now. I'm taking about a month off from studying before I start again in July. I can hardly wait....
Monday, May 11, 2009
A Fun and Full Weekend
I tend to talk with my hands a little (ahem) and my husband caught this picture of me in action. I think I was demonstrating the American Sign Language motion for Holland - something I learned this weekend from my hard of hearing cousin who stayed with us.
Trees standing like silent watchers along the lakeshore. Long shadows filtering through leaves and branches. Glints of sunlight sparkling on the water.
Then to my daughter and son-in-law's house for a barbecue. Hmm good - hamburgers with mushrooms, cheese, carmelized onions, tomatoes...a delicious Mediterranean salad with roasted veggies...and a wonderful raspberry cake dessert with vanilla gelato and chocolate raspberry crumbles. Oh my.
My son-in-law loves tulips and their yard is filled with them - all yellow and red. They make a statement!
I didn't take any more photos - we were sitting outside by the outdoor fireplace and I was too lazy to go inside and get the camera. It was so comfortable sitting around the fire talking, listening and just being with the people I love most in the world.
Mother's Day Sunday involved a trip to the ferry first thing in the morning (my cousin and a friend had stayed with us over the weekend), then church, then my husband took me out for a yummy lunch at Milestone's. I had a grilled seafood salad, lots of salmon, prawns and shrimp. For dessert we shared a wedge of chocolate ganache pie that swam in a puddle of warm burnt sugar sauce. Decadent!
Then, mid-afternoon, my children drove me UP the WALL! Literally. Ashley has become quite the rock climber, and Cristal and my husband, Tim have recently begun going as well. Gerry, Cristal's husband and I went out with them to the climbing gym and had a blast. There's a lot to learn about trust when you climb - can my 100 lb daughter really support me up on that wall? Yep, she can. I did three full climbs and then spent some time bouldering. Afterwards, my arms quivered from the exertion. But oh, what fun!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Happy Mother's Day
Mothering is a tough job, but one with wonderful rewards! I am blessed to have two wonderful mothers who affect my life profoundly. My own sweet mother, and also my mother-in-law. (I so much prefer the French term for mother-in-law - "belle-mère" - beautiful mother)They are very different women, but each has incredible gifts and immense love for her Lord and her family. To them, and to all moms I want to wish a very happy Mother's Day.
And how am I celebrating? I don't really know. I was told to be ready at 4:00 pm today (Saturday) since we're beginning the celebration tonight! I'll let you know!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
A Shirt Makeover
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
In one month I'll be in Paris with my mom and my sister. It's coming so quickly. I'm anticipating a very different trip than the one my husband and I took two years ago. Fun, but different. We're planning on a visit to the Eiffel Tower...
and one day at Versailles (this is Le Petit Trianon). Then we're taking the train to Frankfurt to go on a bus tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We're getting excited. But...
this is the list of things I need to accomplish before then. This is the reason for the spotty blogging lately. And no sewing or craft projects to show. I miss doing that stuff, but my focus is completely on finishing these two courses before the end of May. I wrote one final for an English course last week, so I am making progress.
I'm writing this blog post as a break from doing the rough draft of the first essay - I don't think or write as fast in French as I do in English.
Now...back to work
Monday, May 04, 2009
My three favourite items were a beautifully proportioned silver wine cup made in the time of James I, and a charcoal sketch by Henri Matisse of a woman in taffeta, and the marble Greek busts and statues. I wished I could have touched the marble - I know it would have been cold, but it looked warm.
The museum is right across the street from the Provincial Legislature. The spring flowers are in full bloom and everything was so pretty.
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