Monday, July 16, 2012

"Monday FUNday"- Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

By my way of thinking, summers are meant to be enjoyed. 

Even between our routines and daily work and necessities, 

sneaking in a bit of fun should be something to aim for, 

plan it, do it, make it happen! 

Even if it is not a BIG deal, those little bits of fun here and there, 

add up to some mighty fine memories. 

So, leave the kitchen sink behind....

grab a sketch book if you're so inclined. This is in my back yard, a small stone lantern we added to our garden this year.  Makes a nice light on the patio as the evening turns to dusk.  The sketch is another 'multi-media' bit of fun. The under layer is a poem, written with a brown Tombow felt tip pen. The ink is water-soluble, so once you've written down your thoughts/poem, etc, you can take a watercolor brush to the whole page and make a soft wash of it. This poem is, "Between the apple blossom and the water".  On top are little sketch doodles (in permanent ink & watercolor) of the lantern, some hosta blossoms, and some yellow green Japanese ornamental grass.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

Now, depending on where you live, your summer might be much hotter than mine. It's been pretty decent here, I must admit. Okay, downright delightful.  That is the New England payback for tolerating a long winter.  We get the good stuff right now! All the local farms are having "u-pick-em days".  I spent a nice morning with my neighbor picking blueberries at Holmberg Orchards, in Gales Ferry last Thursday.  So what do you do with all these berries, you might ask? Well, besides putting them in your cereal or oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast, I made a big frozen smoothie with about a cup full of blueberries, a ripe banana, a large dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt, and ice cubes. No recipe here, just kept adding ice or yogurt until I liked the consistency. Easy enough. That's a lot of antioxidants in that glass, and the banana adds plenty of sweetness, so you don't need to add sugar. And the ice....well, that's perfect for a hot day.  And, from a fellow berry-picker, she puts them right into a big zip-loc freezer bag, and freezes them as soon as she gets home. Doesn't wash them until she's ready to use them.  She says she'll pick enough to last through May of next year! Wow, now that's an idea (and sounds like a good way to eat my way through winter!)

 On Saturday afternoon I went on a five-mile hike with my hubby. I hadn't been on this part of this trail before, just the beginning (and a different section) of it. It was part of the old Groton-to-Stonington Trolley line, now partially paved....perfect for biking. But it goes through a wooded area, and in most wooded areas in CT there are wild turkeys.  Well, one mama turkey waited until we were almost right up on her to cross the path in front of us. I could hear all this peeping as she stepped out into the path...followed by almost a dozen babies...too many to count. I'm sure there were at least nine of them. They just kept coming out of the brush to follow her to the other side. So we waited and watched. There's always a little brother straggler! 
(no this photo isn't mine, but Michele Kelly's photo in Frank Picchione's  wonderful blog of animal conservation. Thanks for permitting me to use this photo, Frank! ). The babies we saw were a bit smaller, and more of them. But they were all lined up following mama!
Now, did I do all this on a Monday? No, this was all fun from last weekend. I was fondly remembering this while I was finishing up a large oil painting today.  That's just part of the fun of Mondays, thinking about what you did last weekend...and having five whole days to plan for the next one! 

Hope your summer is full of FUN Mondays! (and all those days in-between!). 

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Blogger Norma Wilson said...

Hi Roxanne! What a fun post! You have me wanting to go for a hike and drink a fresh smoothie before I head out! It is headed to the high nineties here in Virginia Beach though! Have a wonderful day!

July 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Norma! I always thought Mondays are way better than we give them credit for!

July 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Paintdancer said...

Great post Roxanne! Can't wait to try the blueberry smoothie!

July 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

THanks Maryanne! I had one of those smoothies for breakfast today, too!

July 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM  

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