Thanks to my "Botany Photo of the Day" widget this lovely image popped up on my desktop this morning. Tortula muralis, or joint-toothed moss. How does something look so delicate and prickly at the same time? Tell me. Wow.
Wednesday, February 27
Monday, February 18
Sunday, February 17
The final weeks for entering the Nebraska Poets on Sheldon Paintings Contest are here! And we found ourselves on NET Radio this weekend. The piece featured William Kloefkorn, Grace Bauer, Mary Birky, all talking about the project. Here's hoping for a successful submission period!
(Above painting is from the Sheldon Memorial Gallery collection: Georgia O'Keeffe, "New York, Night," oil on canvas, 1929. I've heard she painted her own car into the piece, the little yellow number at the street corner just above bottom left....)
Thursday, February 14
Wednesday, February 13
Monday, February 11
Thinking about Valentine's Day: what if we kept Neruda's words in mind?
Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
but never your laughter....
Happy Freedom to Marry week--have a good one!
With the gray, gray sky outside, I'm thinking ahead: peach bellinis.
A little tease for the warmer months:
1 ripe white peach, pitted but not peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. simple syrup (see related recipe at left)
2 cups Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine), Champagne, sparkling wine or nonalcoholic sparkling wine
In a blender, combine the cubed peach flesh, lemon juice and simple syrup and blend well. Divide the peach puree among 4 chilled glasses. Gently pour in the sparkling wine. Stir to combine. Serves 4.
Check out the history of the drink here. An ekphrastic refreshment? I say I love it.
Sunday, February 10
Kate French has some beautiful shots up. I love ranunculus. Unfortunately, they don't grow here! Regardless, I've got gardening on my mind. What seeds to plant this spring? I'm looking here and here.
And how about this be-pillowed chair? Looks like a dream and I bet it sits like one too.
Tuesday, February 5
Monday, February 4
Snow's on the way! Tomorrow I'm thinking will be a day for slow-cooking which means...my favorite bolognese sauce. The recipe doesn't look like much but, oh my goodness, it's the best and will treat us right until we can make it to this paradise of the delicious revolution....
This winter we've decided to bring some of the backyard indoors....
After months of waiting the amaryllis are here and I'm officially hooked on 'forcing' bulbs. The weather outside is so gray and murky and yet here are these enormous flowers and leaves in my living room. You can't really tell from the images but the stems are about three and a half feet tall. I love their Greek name too: 'hippeastrum,' horseman's star. I bought my bulbs from Brent & Becky's, growers I highly recommend. These plants almost make me happy for winter and somehow I'm already looking forward to the next....
UPDATE: The dog loves the flowers too...or is it the sunlight?