March 2014 · Photography

Coffee Break – Ahhhh….

“Coffee is a language in itself.”    
Jackie Chan

Today was so lovely.  It was sunny, with a very brisk, chilly wind, and the perfect day for a white chocolate, raspberry café mocha.   Yes, I know.  It’s only about a million calories but, once in a while?  Hey, a gal has to enjoy some pampering now and then.

I was just walking by The Coffee Place after running errands and the temptation was just too great!  I caved in and walked in to see this –   an invitation to a little piece of heaven!

Where It Began
Where It Began

Normally, this place is packed, but it was 4 p.m. and most people are thinking about dinner, not coffee.  But not me –

Usually Packed
Usually Packed

While I waited for my delicious decadence in a cup, I started taking pictures like crazy.  I’ve made it a habit now never to leave home without a camera (and, no, I don’t have a fancy cell phone camera.)

Ah, So Many Choices
Ah, So Many Choices

It’s very cozy…

Home-y Decor
Home-y Décor
Warm Touches
Warm Touches

Something old…

Something Old
Something Old

But none of this, thanks!

Yummy!
Yummy!

I was so happy when my steaming cup of goodness was in hand that I literally forgot to take a picture of it.

So, close your eyes and imagine a steaming cup of delicious coffee with raspberry and chocolate and NO calories – just for today!   Now, enjoy…

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Reflection

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections of City Life

It was a beautiful twilight in Denver.

Lights above.  Lights below.  Reflections of light and  life on the pavement everywhere – from the trees to the lanterns to the people walking by.

All a tapestry of life in a big city full of “reflections.”

(Click on the picture to enlarge it and enjoy the subtleties of the reflections.)

 

Reflections of City Life
Reflections of City Life

 

Creativity · Entertaining

Summer Night Lights

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
~John Steinbeck

Remember those gorgeous summer nights when the birds sang the sun to bed and the stars shone like diamonds in the sky?

I think many people will agree that this year the cold of winter has created a great longing for the “sweetness” of  summer!

Just the memories of summer nights has me already planning and creating fun things for entertaining and enjoying the camaraderie of family and friends.

For example, look at these lovely night lights I’ve created.   They can be used on the patio and placed SAFELY throughout the yard because there is no candle flame to worry about.

I’ve just recycled containers from some old floral arrangements.  I’ve added LED battery-operated Tap Lights to the bottom and covered  the lights with clear rocks I bought at Michael’s in the floral department.

In Progress
In Progress

Scatter some colorful fake flowers around the arrangement on your table and you have light and beauty and no worries about candles or open flame.   It creates a lovely ambiance – even for an indoor dinner table.

Voila!   Bring on the warm evenings, a glass of wine, and great company!

It sounds kind of romantic, doesn’t it?

Summer Night Lights
Summer Night Lights
General · March 2014 · Uncategorized

Dreaming Big

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.”
Louisa May Alcott

I’m dreaming big and aiming high…and seeing things from a different viewpoint.

Hopefully, there will be great things to share here on my blog soon.

Looking Up
Looking Up
Animals · March 2014

Squirrel-y Friend

“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”
Benjamin Hoff,   The Tao of Pooh

I’ve always talked to animals and I’m pretty sure they talk back.  In fact, some of the most intelligent conversations I’ve had some days have been with my four-legged friends.

The other day while taking a walk, I was joined by this little fella.

Little Walking Companion
Little Walking Companion

He walked right beside me most of the way for about a mile.  Sometimes he scampered to his hidden stash for some nourishment.

Up a Tree
Up a Tree

When he finally found a peanut, I stood only a few feet away and I swear he offered me a bite of his lunch.

Want Some Lunch?
Want Some Lunch?

And then we just talked a bit….or rather I talked while he ate.

I'm Listening!
I’m Listening!

My friends are all precious and fun – and, yes, some of them are even a bit squirrel-y.   🙂

Entertaining · March 2014

Salt, Pepper and Love

“It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.”
Moliere

Since I began posting on this blog for the first time New Year’s Eve 2013, my intention then was to achieve a new perspective on life, one based on appreciation of the little things, the overlooked things, the things I take for granted.

Now, with the help of my camera, I see shadows as beautiful, upside-down viewpoints as intriguing, and exquisite beauty in simplicity – as in these salt and pepper shakers.

Once filled with delicious honey, they have been put to yet more service providing the finishing touches to many a delicious meal.

This photo of these recycled honey jars is now part of a beautiful memory of a meal shared in the home of family.

Salt and pepper season our meals.  Love seasons our lives.

Salt and Pepper Love
Salt and Pepper Love