Thursday 31 May 2012

News of the Day

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”  - Henry David Thoreau

I saw this quote on Facebook this morning and it reminded me to be present in the moment.

I drive the same route to and from work every day, around Cowichan Bay, then through
some truly beautiful farmland, 

and window by my desk provides a sea view, across the water toward 
Saltspring Island.  Despite all this amazing scenery, I’m often so preoccupied 
that I don’t notice my surroundings at all.

Today I made a conscious effort to really see my surroundings and noticed:

-that there is nothing more wet looking than a wooly sheep standing in the rain,

-that mushrooms will pop up overnight, in perfect fairy circles, on even the most carefully cultivated lawns,

-and that my boss has pirate skulls and crossbones embroidered on the inside of the rolled up cuffs on the shirt he wore to work today.


I adore both of my red KitchenAid stand mixers and wouldn't trade them for the world, but this video, shared by SweetArt Supplies, of a work in progress by Michelle DiNardo of Un Amore, is pretty amazing. I love the instinct we humans share to make art from and with the most utilitarian of objects.

And while I'm on the subject of creativity, check out these homemade popsicles made by Cool Mom Picks and shared by SweetArt Supplies! I'm not of a fan of uni-tasker 
kitchen appliances (I would have a tough time justifying the purchase of a freezer designed to make one single popsicle at a time) but, after seeing these, 
I have to that admit that I'm tempted.

I spend a lot of time taking pictures so I always like to see the work of other photographers.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying the work of Vancouver Island photographer, Randy Hall.  Randy has recently started a new website, featuring his work.  There are some very beautiful images there.

And, while I'm on the subject of looking at things differently:

Inspired by Charm posted this instagram photo, with a note that he likes to eat the
bottom part first. I cut my muffins in half vertically so I get some of each. 
How do you eat yours?

Who needs lettuce to make a salad?  So many other things can be used instead.
Blue Kale Road made a delicious slaw from turnips and carrots.  
Think how handy this recipe will be during the winter months!

I know that lima beans don’t get much lovin’ these days but it's always good to
take another look.  This is a recipe you'll actually like
Eat ‘em up!  They’re good for you!

So that was my day.

What caught your eye today?
What did you see that captured your imagination?


Hannah Cordes said...

Thank you for including me here today, Aunt B! I love the Thoreau quote - so true and so inspiring. I enjoyed reading about all that you saw! I've always been a fan of lima beans and appreciate the recipe you shared.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love a Kitchen Aid decorated like that!

Aunt B said...

Thank you for stopping by to visit the post Hannah. I enjoy your blog and have tried several of your recipes with great success. :)

Aunt B said...

It's pretty amazing isn't it? That's one talented artist!