Today we spent the early morning hours downtown. We ambled through Munn Park, threw pennies into a small fountain, and walked along sidewalks, waiting for the shops to open. Today, being the first Friday of the month, Lakeland will host an event downtown with local vendors, and the shops will stay open late. I felt… Continue reading Downtown Lakeland in the morning, and Will’s new blog.
Outside, the scent of Jasmine lingers around our doorway, emanating from the vine that creeps up and around the ironwork just in front of our house. The orchid by the steps now sports three flowers. All of our hibiscus bushes are in bloom. Otherworldly dragonflies glide through the air as the sun casts its light on their iridescent bodies and paper-thin… Continue reading Spring as we see it.
Outside this afternoon I harvested a fair amount of small red tomatoes; Piper threw in a couple of green ones for good measure. As we walked through the garden path I also noticed several thin green chili peppers growing, as well as little green pods interspersed throughout our flowering cilantro plant. Dried, I imagine they are what we… Continue reading Notes and daydreams
Monday 9:30 AM. I think about how my daughter and I will laugh as we throw pennies into the fountain at a nearby outdoor shopping plaza. I have seen the coins shining there in the water before, though only recently thought to reach into an old change purse and cast a wish myself. I have… Continue reading On wishing
The aroma of salt, olive oil, and garlic still lingers on my fingertips from this afternoon’s satisfying lunch of spaghetti Aglio e Olio, a hempseed laden garden kale salad, and thickly sliced sweet potato wedges straight from the oven. I have written before of how cooking is a delightfully sensory experience, and today I must say… Continue reading Why I cook – or, Lunch: sweet potato wedges, kale salad, and spaghetti Aglio e Olio.