I'm trying out how to send photos to my blog from flickr. oh! this is neat :)not sure about that gray outline though, we'll see if I can get rid of that.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It was a busy weekend, full of job applications for me and Andres, very draining I'm afraid. We did get to take a short walk through Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, though. If I could re-do my wedding with only 50 guests I'd consider having it here--I love the rows of labeled plants and the intimate courtyard. As you can see, despite the falling leaves the dahlias are still going strong.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It's persimmon season! I didn't really know about this fruit until recently, long after admiring the mysterious orange orbs dangling from a tree in a neighbor's yard after it lost its leaves. It wasn't until I started buying most of my produce at the farmer's market last year that I really came to appreciate the persimmon, it has a pronounced sweetness and a very mild flavor, so it can complement many other foods. We got our first three of the season last Sunday and they've been ripening all week. I tried one yesterday for breakfast and was so pleased with the result that I decided to repeat the meal today and to document the deliciousness. Persimmon mush + yogurt (full fat, please) + pecans + flax meal = divine yum! (a cup of hot coffee is a nice addition).
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday we went for a walk around the reservoir by Highway 92. Gorgeous late-afternoon light on some golden California flora. Sunday afternoon we walked downtown for some yogurt and enjoyed some signs that fall is indeed here. I guess the maple trees know the days are getting shorter, even if it's still eighty-degrees out! I love the color!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Our apartment is quite tiny, and we haven't spent a lot of time maximizing the available space with "storage solutions". This is a small step in that direction. My favorite kind of decorating highlights existing, necessary, functional objects (e.g. books, cooking tools, etc.) and doesn't add a lot of superfluous stuff. I'm not sure if this little project falls into that category, but I made these little framed pillows for storing necklaces and earrings this weekend. I wish they were bigger, but perhaps they will help me edit my jewelry collection down to things that look beautiful enough (to my eye) to display.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My sister and I are going to exchange photos this month. Theme = autumn. Here's my start: Narcissus bulbs from last Sunday's market. I planted about eight of them, plus a few Hyacinth bulbs left over from my mom's visit last Easter, in a big pot on my front porch covered in about 3 inches of dirt from my building's front yard (according to the bulb purveyor at the market, potting soil isn't good for them, they prefer plain-old dirt for the sand and clay). Like all my plantings, they're more or less an experiment. I'm hoping they make it, but in the mean time I wish there was room for something else in the pot too since it's just sitting full of dirt on my little stoop. . .
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I have been trying to get out of my t-shirt and jeans rut, deeply established after working in a lab for the past seven (!(sigh)) years, so I was quite excited to receive this new dress from Patagonia in the mail yesterday.
I like Patagonia a lot. Looking at the catalogs they put out, full of fit, attractive people out doing physically challenging things in nature, has always inspired me. Granted, I tend to be impressionable like that (aren't we all, I suppose that's why advertising works), but these catalogs make me want to pare down my existence to a streamlined set of high-quality, responsibly-manufactured products, and then go out and explore the world.
Now Patagonia's starting to make more street clothes as well, and I love the pattern on this new, super-comfy, organic cotton dress!
This is a truly special time of year in California, reflected in the fact that both apples AND stone fruit are in season! It has made for a week of delicious breakfasts for me. I've eaten a bowl of sliced peach, greek yogurt, flax seed meal, and pecans every morning!
Yesterday my drawing teacher brought us apples from her tree, to use for subjects or for eating. I ate mine immediately :) I still can't believe how much better apples, and all fruit, is when it's eaten ripe right off the tree. It's literally a whole new world of fruit compared to what I grew up with. It turns out red delicious apples--all bitter peel and mealy flesh when they come from the supermarket--actually taste like their name implies.