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Dollars to Donuts


Rocket Donuts! Oh.My.Goodness. The donut of the month is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! I would bet even the staunchest dieter “dollars to donuts” that they couldn’t resist just one of these lovely, gooey, miracles with a good, strong cup of coffee.

Who can blame me? I had to give in to its siren song. But give me credit, please, I took my time and thoroughly enjoyed it while doing some necessary reading. Just one of those small moments of pleasure in life that can lift a person’s spirits. We all need them!

(My apologies for not presenting a full donut but I dove right in before I thought of the picture. Oopsy. *wink*)

PLUS, they have this beauty outside their establishment!
Copyright Carol Bourns-Roberts, 2010
“…The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

All Photographs ©Carol A. Bourns 2010
(except the “Donut of the Month” picture)

…bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light” – Eugenio Montale


A taste of images from tomorrow’s post.
Photos ©Carol A. Bourns 2010

This Little Piggy Went to Market ….


Yes, I am still editing well over 100 photographs from my excursion to the local farmers’ market, but trust me that the wait for the pics will be worth it. Part of the fun – and frustration – of creating a new post is the decision making: Should I write a little story around the pictures? Create links to vendors’ web pages AND additional photographs? Just the vendors’ pages? Should I break up the post into several posts/entries? Maybe I should just create a pictorial post with links to the vendors at the bottom of the page. Hmmm, decisions. decisions; but I did want to give a “shout out”, before I create my Market Masterpiece, to everyone there.

Bless the vendors at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market (BFM)! They are AWESOME! Everyone there made me smile. I came back home on a manic high. It seemed that everyone there loved talking to the potential consumer about their endeavors and stewardship of food, art, beautiful crafts, etc. That made it exciting for me; I left the market feeling more alive than when I entered it.

We all need connections like this in our lives; good food, wonderful crafts and art, great people pursuing their dream, community, and conversation. Next Saturday, around 9 a.m. close your computer, turn off your television, grab your family (maybe a friend), hop on or in your favorite form of transportation (heck, walk if you are close enough) and head to your local farmers’ market! You will be happy and have a smile after you join your community, even if it is just to have look … and a nibble! Don’t forget to take a big bag to carry all your goodies home with you. Maybe head to a park afterward and have a picnic. Buy local and fresh. You will appreciate your purchases much, much more if you get to meet the people who bring the food to your table and make the arts and crafts for your home.You might even make a new friend (or ten) along the way.

See you next Saturday, my beloved BFM!

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010

If you want to visit the vendors’ websites without having to dig through my posts, look to the “This Little Piggy…” link on the sidebar here. I am compiling a list as I go along.

All Photos ©Carol Bourns-Roberts, 2010

Short and Sweet: Ice Cream


A short story in three pictures and very little words.

Best.Ice.Cream.Ever!!!

Indecision Scoop of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and Strawberry Tastes Like a PB&J Sandwich!

Mallard Ice Cream, Bellingham, WA

Mallard Ice Cream

A few extra words: They have over 500 flavors, including Earl Grey and Chocolate Chili, that they rotate. My next trip there I am having the Cardamom ice cream. They even have ices such as Golden Raz, made from fresh, locally picked champagne raspberries! I tried a taste, it was YUM!

All Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010
All font photos for “HAPPY” from various sources – Composition by Carol A. Bourns

May Inspiration and a Notebook Always Travel with You


Photo from Library Marginalia*

Have you ever had a great idea or liked a quote enough that you thought to yourself, ” I have to remember that for later.” or “I must jot that down.”? I know I have many, many times…then forgotten the quote or lost the idea. Many an art project concept or bit of writing was lost due to my leaky memory.

Well, I have taken to carrying a small notebook with me (along with my camera) wherever I go. The notebook is not very large, just the size of a postcard, but it fits in my purse and does the job. It may appear a little boring on the outside, but inside, it holds my thoughts and future projects. Yes, I know my fancy, schmancy smartphone could do the job, and even take a picture to go along with the entry to boot, but it just isn’t the same. Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned, I don’t think there is any “app” that will change that fact.

Just yesterday, on a drive around Whatcom County, WA, I pulled “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” out of my bag and entered three or four things that inspired me and the name of places I want to revisit or photograph (with different light). It is a GREAT place to keep business cards of places I love, so I can search for related websites when I return home. No more saying, “I will remember that for later.”  If anything else, there is always a place to jot down a grocery or to-do list, but hopefully, that will be kept to a minimum.

There may be a fancier notebook in my future though, I have been eyeing a few at Gifts for Book Lovers. Remember, notebooks come in many designs, colors, and sizes.  I have been virtual window shopping at The Daily Planner just to get a few ideas for my next one. Maybe a proper Moleskine ♥ – the laser-engraved ones at “Engrave Your Book” are pretty nifty – but I would like one that I can refill, which would be fantastic.


Photo: Engrave Your Notebook

Right now, though, “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” will do just fine while I am reigniting my creativity. It is all about baby steps.

…and remember, notebooks aren’t always for writing or drawing:


Artist Journal: Unlikely Moose, Live Journal

* Anne Welsh at Library Marginalia has written a thoughtful piece about journaling and what it means in this day and age of the blog.

Timeworn


Guess who got a printer/scanner?! ME! (Yay, me!) Not top of the line, but good enough to scan some antiquities from my old, college projects. The following pictures are quick prints from a study I was doing on my old apartment building in Oakland. I hope to dig up some more, or print from the original negatives soon. I never throw away old projects, sentimental me, so I am bound to find them here somewhere…when we get to unpack at a new home.

The 1919 apartment had one bedroom and five closets (did you hear me? FIVE closets!!); salmon and sea foam green checkerboard tile; crystal doorknobs; french doors into the kitchen, a deep, original, Koehler tub from the 1920s; and french style windows, which let in loads of sunlight. I LOVED that place! It only cost around $500 a month and all I had to deal with were the prostitutes on the corner (they were actually quite nice.); the occasional round of gunfire heading up MacArthur Blvd; a very creepy building manager; and the usual, we’re-turning-off-the-water-for-repairs-for-the-whole-day, old building hoo-haw. Hey, when you are 20-something years old, that is a cinch! The place had so much character that I fell in love the second I saw it. I still dream about it to this day, eighteen years after I moved out.

“Timeworn”, My Apartment, Oakland, CA, 1991

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns