May 31, 2017

May in Pictures

“At last came the golden month-- honey-sweet May, 
when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, 
and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” 
~ Samuel Scoville Jr., Wild Folk

May Flowers

May 31, 2017 (151/365)

"And the wind upon its way whispered the boughs of May, 
And touched the nodding peony flowers to bid them waken."
~ Siegfried Sassoon
May 30, 2017


May 30, 2017 (150/365)

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." ~ Jane Austen, Emma
May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

May 29, 2017 (149/365)

"I thank God for my life and for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
Salute the ones who died, the ones that gave their lives 
so we don't have to sacrifice all the things we love"
~ Zac Brown
May 28, 2017


May 28, 2017 (148/365)

"The water was glassy and calm, still candy-colored 
in the afterglow of sunset." ~ Stephen King
May 27, 2017

Chardonnay Pearls

 May 27, 2017 (147/365)

"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May." ~  Edwin Way Teale
May 26, 2017

French Friday: Èze

May 26, 2017 (146/365)

« La patrie, c'est toutes les promenades qu'on peut 
faire à pied autour de son village. » ~ Jules Renard

Èze is one of thirteen villages perched along the Côte d'Azur. Its origins date back to 2000 BC, but its remaining ramparts and chapel are medieval (14th Century). Situated between Nice and Monaco, Èze is reknown for its expansive views of the Mediterranean Sea and its botanical gardens with cacti, succulents, and lovely sculptures. The village is home to many shops, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as the famed Fragonard Perfume factory. This village-musée is a popular destination for tourists and celebrities alike; Walt Disney was a frequent visitor to Èze and Bono has along the sea coast.

May 25, 2017


May 25, 2017 (145/365)

"Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed." 
~ Saint Teresa of Avila
May 24, 2017

Just My Type

May 24, 2017 (144/365)

"It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage 
was once brand new." ~ Tony Visconti

Nothing changes faster than technology. A decade ago we didn't even have smart phones. That's hard to imagine given that there have been fifteen iterations of iPhone since its inception in 2007.  I am often an early adopter, yet I still find myself charmed by vintage technology, especially cameras and typewriters -- technology that enables creativity. I'm always on the lookout for vintage cameras to add to my mini collection (If you see any Beau Brownies or Kodak Bantam Specials, let me know!), and I'm still searching for the ideal typewriter -- one that helps me channel my inner Hemingway. This WWII-era Royal comes pretty close.
May 23, 2017

Birds of a Feather

May 23, 2017 (143/365)

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: 
it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg... 
You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg." ~ C. S. Lewis

Birds in my Boston Fern - Spring 2017
Top: Week 3; Bottom Left to Right: Eggs, Week 1, Week 2

May 22, 2017


May 22, 2017 (142/365)

"The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob 
the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm." 
~ Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, "The Little Flower"

May 21, 2017

Breath of Beauty

May 21, 2017 (141/365)

"Butterflies are a breath of beauty fluttering by; 
they are mystery chronicled upon wing; 
they bring forth the grace and wonder..." ~ K. D'Angelo
May 20, 2017

Rain Drops

May 20, 2017 (140/365)

“The sky mingled with the Earth infinitely 
in the tenderness of rain drops.” ~ Meeta Ahluwalia
May 19, 2017

French Friday: La Galerie Vivienne

May 19, 2017 (139/365)

« La découverte est un plaisir aussi subtil et intéressant que la connaissance. » ~ Jacques Lamarche 

It's the middle of May, but today's wind chill feels like 34° F. This weather reminds me of one February afternoon in Paris. I was strolling on the Right Bank when it began to drizzle. To escape the chill, I wandered through the arcades of the rue de Rivoli and the Palais Royal until I found myself at the entrance of the Galerie Vivienne. I was familiar with many of Paris' covered passages, but had never intentionally sought out this famous 19th Century precursor to the modern shopping mall. With its mosaic floors and glass ceilings, its cafés, shops, and amazing used bookstore, the Galerie Vivienne is a treat for the senses, made even more delightful by its unexpected discovery.

May 18, 2017

Bee Attitude

May 18, 2017 (138/365) Hang in there!

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters 
compared to what lies within us."  ~ Henry Stanley Haskins

May 17, 2017


May 17, 2017 (137/365)

“There’s little growth and progression 
without learning and reflection” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
May 16, 2017


May 16, 2017 (136/365)

"Nature will bear the closest inspection. 
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, 
and take an insect view of its plain." ~ Henry David Thoreau