Time Flies

Apr. 14th, 2013 07:09 pm
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Been that long, has it?  Wow.  All I can say is, it's been a busy spring.

I've been taking more photos, intending to share them.  Here are some I took yesterday around Albuquerque.

We heard about the blue tree project on the news, and went to see.  This is an art project by Konstantin Dimopoulos, happening all over, with the intent to raise awareness of trees and their importance in our world.  Here's a shot I took at Albuquerque's Tingley Beach:

blue trees

As we were leaving, we met a roadrunner in the parking lot looking for handouts.  We had no lizards, alas.

roadrunner

We moved on to the Botannic Gardens to see what was blooming.  There was a wedding in the wedding garden, so I couldn't take any photos of the wisterias.  I may try again this week; they are blooming, though already leafed out.

We kind of missed our timing.  The daffodils were pretty much done, and the iris weren't blooming yet, but there were some nice tulips around, and the Japanese garden is always lovely no matter what the time of year.  I liked this bridge:

bridge

and this waterfall:

waterfall

What's nice is that even though the place was crawling with people, I was able to get these shots without getting photobombed.

The koi were thriving, and this goose was competing with them, begging for bread crumbs,

goose
We left just as the park was closing, and we headed off for dinner with some dear friends.  All in all a lovely day.
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Stained glass window in my bathroom, seen through the sheer shower curtain.  This is what I see when I wake up.


2013-01-24
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With bonus moon.


2013-01-23
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Plants in my office - and a stray rainbow from the crystals in the window.

2013-01-16
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Cool colors are my favorite.  During a particularly stressful time in 2012, I stuck these pages on my whiteboard where I could see them from my desk.  Very soothing.


2013-01-09
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I'm fascinated by the motion of flames.  I could stare at the fire all day.

2013-01-05
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This is the view from our deck.  The San Pedro Mountains.

2013-01-04
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This photo is from a couple of weeks ago. 

cholla

Nambé

Apr. 15th, 2011 12:54 pm
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NambLife is full of surprises.  While Mishka is going strong (one seizure earlier this month, otherwise well), our younger cat, Nambé, has been going downhill and this week took a  turn for the worse.  It's been a very bad week.  Today I made the difficult decision to put him down.

He was my dear friend and companion for nineteen years.  Sweetest, smartest cat you ever saw.  My spouse called him the scientist, because he always seemed curious about how things worked.

He was my special muse.  I'm heartbroken.

 

Mom

Jan. 14th, 2011 11:02 pm
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Avery Leeming NagleMy mother, Avery Leeming Nagle, passed away in December.  Her memorial is Saturday, 1/15. 

Here is my favorite photo of her (high school graduation portrait).

I'll be offline for the day.

Pretty!

Nov. 17th, 2010 04:44 pm
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Can't help it.  I love pretty stamps.

The past few years I haven't much cared for the holiday stamps, but this year...check these out!


Nice, huh?  And the evergreen ones are...well, evergreen!  They're forever stamps!

You can buy them online at USPS.com.
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Well it took me longer than I expected to get to these, but here they are at last.  Photos of the garden, taken on the equinox.  I'm particularly pleased with the pumpkins.  Ghost pumpkins - I love the white skins, and the one I cooked up last year was delicious.

pumpkins    Ghost pumpkin

roses    rose

petunias   patio pots

aspen


Evennight

Sep. 23rd, 2010 11:04 pm
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A happy Evennight (equinox) to all! 

I spent part of the day in the garden, enjoying the aftermath of our rains.  Lunch was picked fresh from the veggie beds and pots. 

The pumpkins I planted at Midsummer are going great guns.  (Pix tomorrow - too tired now.)  Two huge pumpkins and three that are softball sized.  Looking forward to pumpkin bread, pies, soups....ah, fall!

Tonight we had the pleasure of seeing the final dress rehearsal of "The Firebird" performed by Festival Ballet Albuquerque to the music of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  (We are booked all weekend and can't get to any of the performances - but YOU can!)  "Firebird" is the finale of a delightful evening of music accented by dance.

The Symphony was exquisite.  Just marvelous - I must get to more of their performances.  As an amateur musician, I can appreciate the skill it takes to make a dozen violins sound like one voice.  I kept thinking of Sam Rhodes (bassoonist who passed away just last week), who I believe would have been part of this performance.  He will be sorely missed.  To me, this "Firebird" was a tribute to him.

Festival Ballet Albuquerque extends their debut season with another great performance.  Jennifer Boren is stunning as the Firebird, her movements birdlike and alien, her dancing both expressive and precise.  The whole company is strong, including the trio who augment "Hansel and Gretel" earlier in the program.

If you're in the Albuquerque area, treat yourself to this performance.  You won't regret it.

Garden

Sep. 1st, 2010 11:08 am
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Just visited my garden.  Getting lots of tomatoes - which is good!  There's a freeze warning next week, so I'll have to get things in as much as I can - tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers.

The pumpkins are going great guns.  It's exciting!  Looking forward to lots of yummy pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie...

I love fall.
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Here it is! Heart of the Exiled

I really love this cover. 

Squee!

Jul. 15th, 2010 01:04 pm
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I got a peek at the cover for my next book, Heart of the Exiled (January 2011).  Unfortunately I can't share it yet, so you'll just have to take my word that it's gorgeous.

It's Alive!

Jun. 8th, 2009 09:03 am
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Just a quick garden update.  The redbud tree is alive!  We planted it to honor Chris's mom, but it doesn't like the cold winters up here.  The main trunk died, but the roots are alive.  This is the second year that it's sent up a new shoot. 

So, gladness.  Cheering.  Come on, little tree!  You can do it.

Seriously thinking about using old cat littler buckets to compost kitchen scraps.  Can't discover a reason why it wouldn't work.  I'd love to get one of those rotating bin composters, but they cost $$$ and I don't see why a bucket with a lid wouldn't work as well.  I'd just pick it up and shake it after adding new scraps. 

If any more experienced gardeners want to weigh in, feel free.
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It's been a while since I put together an afternoon tea.  I decided to invite my friend and neighbor Judith, who gave me two lovely sets of tea plate and cup, to join me for tea today. 

Even though I work closely with the St. James Tearoom, I'd forgotten just how labor intensive it is to make a full tea by hand.  I started cooking two days ago.  Finished as my guest was arriving.  We had a lovely, leisurely chat.  Here's the menu (served with Lemon Myrtle Herbal Tea, as Judith doesn't drink black tea):

SAVORIES
Cucumber Sandwiches
Deviled Eggs
Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Thyme and Sage Blossoms
Stuffed Mushrooms

BREADS
Cream Scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, and brandy butter
Lemon Poppyseed Cake
 
SWEETS
Lavender Shortbread
Brownies topped with Ganache and Fresh Raspberries
Fresh Blueberries in Lemon Whipped Cream
 

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