Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Painting...

Good Tuesday morning, friends!! It is a warm and humid and foggy/rainy day today in our neighborhood. Winslow and I went for a walk and it felt like you could drink the air. But I know that fall is coming and it is making me giddy with anticipation and has me dreaming of making soups, baking bread, snuggling under warm blankets, fires in the fireplace and sipping hot tea. Until then I'm beyond grateful for air conditioning.
I've been painting again, a sure sign that the heat is going to be a thing of the past soon. This cat (I based it loosely on a photo of a mountain lion) has really captured my heart. I have the painting sitting in the living room and keep staring into those eyes.
It'r rather big and rather stunning even if I say so myself. I'm already at work on a smaller painting and hope to finish that in the next couple of days. I also have done a lot of knitting and crocheting and plan to do some more sewing soon. My creative juices are flowing.
Are you having a good start to your week? I hope so! Sending you warm wishes from Savannah!

Silke

Friday, September 12, 2014

An Oldie but Goodie

We've been collecting cookbooks for well over twenty years. And over the years we've gotten rid of some and added others, but this one we kept (along with a few others from the Moosewood Restaurant - all of them excellent).
Yesterday, this book suddenly came to mind and when I picked it up it was like seeing an old friend. I have made so many delicious meals from this. I decided to make a Cauliflower Marranca recipe, which I had not made before, a casserole prepared with mushrooms, onion, cauliflower, garlic, basil, millet and cheese.
When I was at the store, I saw that they had red okra. Now I'm an okra fan to begin with and so it was clear that I would not be able to resist the red variety. When I cut them open, on the inside they look much like the green ones and just as pretty (although I was secretly hoping they'd be red all the way through).
I stewed them with a little bacon, onions, and tomatoes. Yum! A perfect accompaniment to the excellent cauliflower casserole. 
Excuse the foggy photo - steam was rising from the plate and I didn't notice until I downloaded the photos this morning... In the background you can see the inside of the Moosewood Cookbook - it looks handwritten and also reads that way and is interspersed with fun drawings and much humor. Definitely a keeper!!

Since I last wrote, which was quite a while ago, we've been to Atlanta (I'll share a few photos soon) and I also just finished another painting, which I have to photograph today as soon as it gets light out. 

Daniel starts teaching again on Monday and our lives will return to more of a routine, which for me will mean checking in with all of you more often and posting here on a  more regular basis. 

Today is going to be another very hot and humid day, but after that summer is cooling down just a little and finally in October we will start to feel the first cool promise of fall, my favorite season. I cannot wait!! And I have all kinds of creative plans... 

Wishing you a beautiful day!! And if it's fall already where you are, send me some, ok?!


Silke

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer Medley

Well, friends, it happens every year. And somehow it surprises me every year. Summer Fatigue. Even though we've had some lovely days of low humidity and a break from the super heat, toward the end of August and into September I notice that the summer here in the south just wears on me.
I feel tired and like not doing anything. At all. I don't just lay around and I do plenty of things, but I really have to psych myself up for them.
I feel like I've lost my creative mojo as well since my studio upstairs just gets too warm to be in it long. I haven't painted in a week or so, I haven't done any sewing, but I've done plenty of knitting, which I can do downstairs where it's cooler.
The upstairs rooms heat up with the afternoon sun and don't really cool down much even at night and even with the A/C going. If we'd lower the A/C enough that the upstairs is cool, we'd be icicles downstairs...
I know this will come to an end. But I'm used to living in areas where the end of August and September would already bring the first hint of fall. You have to look really hard here to find that first hint. Usually it's the leaves on our fig tree turning brown and falling off. At first I used to think it had some terrible disease until I realized that it's just fall for the tree even though for us it's still hot summer.
Here are of my knitting efforts - this is really pretty and sparkly yarn and the scarves are like jewels. I've also used it to make some of my beaded necklaces. Gorgeous!!
Winslow thinks it's way too warm as well, although we've all enjoyed the momentary reprieve from humidity with long mornings spent on the back porch and walking the neighborhood. We were even able to open the windows for a while in the mornings getting some fresh air into the house.
Here's another scarf I made. This is done with really soft and warm yarn, but with a lacy pattern. It was fun to knit and made me think of winter.
This morning I was trying to get a good picture of it on the back porch.
As soon as I picked up the scarf, Louie thought it was time to be scratched and photographed.
He definitely made himself comfortable and my scarf photo shoot was over. That's ok. I was getting too warm anyway.
I hope that the weather pleases you wherever you are! I'll continue to dream of fall and winter...

The scarves are all available in my Etsy shop (the link is on my left side bar).

Silke