Posts from the ‘Summer’ Category

Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This


Photograph by Michael Reichmann*

There will be no cute, thoughtful, inspirational post today. This day was one filled with a doctor’s appointment, sad news about a beloved family dog,  rewriting my resume (yet again) in a few different formats for desired positions and trying to design a business/information card for Crazy Notebook and my photography.

Oh, let’s not forget to throw in a side effect from a new medication (which I am ceasing  to take, as of this evening) – ridiculous amounts of coughing – morning, noon and night. This has gone on for three months and I have had enough. I guess I was hoping it would go away, but I am silly like that. The cough keeps me awake at night and is exhausting. Sigh… Randomly, I will sound like I have consumption or whooping cough, which is not attractive when it activates while in the grocery store queue, socializing, or interviewing for a job. (The LOOKS people give me, you would think I had the plague.) Add to this the mercury climbing, my husband is trying to quit smoking (Yay!) and you have one grumpy, moody, tired, frustrated ME.

Yes, I know this is not the worst of my days…there are some stories I could tell you…whew, but this is just one of those days. You KNOW those days, I am sure you do. We all are allowed to have them and not have people expect us to be Li’l Miss Mary Sunshine. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If they do, shoot them a dirty look and feel righteous about it.

I thank you for your patience. Pity Party at my place, neither hors d’oeuvres nor libations will be served.

So, I will just work on editing some more pictures – I almost forgot to edit a bunch I snapped last month – maybe play some online mahjong or catch up on my Mad Men episodes. The cats, Sam(Seamus) and Pandora are curled up with me on the bed, as I type; the fans are oscillating and I make no apologies for being lax in posting something positive and bright today. Well, I will leave you with a cool, old movie poster:

Tumbleweed Trail

*Michael Riechmann

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Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker’s Man…


It all started with watching a bit of the Food Network this morning and seeing Anne Burrell whip up some Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Macerated Strawberry Coulis. From there, I went digging through food blogs and found a version I thought sounded more along my “tastes”: Berry Myer Lemon Pancakes on Joy’s site, Joy the Baker. Yummy stuff! Food can be an inspiration and be inspired.

And, how about this?

Blackberry & Lime Miniature Tarts with Cardamom Ice Cream
from Golubka blogspot.


Are you hungry yet?
I know I am.

I ended up drooling over a picture of Chai Tea Spice Cake; a recipe found on Vera’s Baking Obsession blog. The cake is from Carol Bloom’s The Essential Baker. That is a definite “must bake” item.
I LOVE chai!

Spoonful of Sugar has a delectable looking Blueberry Struesel Bread

Coffee with that, anyone?

…and, since the weather has turned warmer, how about some of these: Creamy Lemon Popsicles from Gimme Some Oven?


Bringing us back to lemons.


See? There is a method to my madness.