Saturday, April 9, 2011

Week 15

Each week on Project 365, our photo-a-day project, we post pictures that represent a slice of our lives. We, the participants, enjoy and appreciate this exercise because it helps us keep a record of what goes on in our lives as well communicate and stay connected with many loved ones or like-minded people. Sara at ...make music from your heart to the Lord. Eph. 5:19 hosts this particular project.

Life is made up of the routine, over-and-over-type things, and the distinct ones that mark each day. We try to portray some of each every week. I don't worry too much about having one photo for every single day. Here's the mix Week 15.

We see deer quite regularly, but never as close to the house as this week.

We counted six right below the house. Then Mike went out and scared them away, though not intentionally.

Knowing that the grounded grandson was to come here after school, Mike spent part of every day this week cutting down trees. The clearing will hopefully work for a shade-free garden down below next to the house. (Notice the row of daffodils in the back right.)

Here is the 'groundee' on the left, phoning Grandpa because he could not get the 4-wheeler started. His controlling kind sister helped him for awhile. They were soaked.
(How do you like the various reflections as I snapped this picture through the glass door of the solarium-cum-pottery studio?)

As is our Monday routine, we had dinner at son Stephan's who was looking very 'chefly' that night. He was testing Colombian recipes for a wedding he may be catering in the summer. The consensus was--delish!

ajiaco, arepa y ensalada
It so happens that the groom was one of my students last semester. You can understand why he is so motivated to learn Spanish--his novia is from Colombia!

Mike continues doing pottery with the young folk at the Red Barn three afternoons a week. It's a good thing we were sick during spring break so he did not have to miss these fun times.

These are my new glasses. My old rimless, lightweight, spring-frame ones broke and were irreplaceable. Nobody has said anything. I don't know whether they look bad or are such a good fit that no one notices.

Friday we were invited to a special event--a memorial chapel and luncheon to honor the memory of Rick Seaman. The beautiful salad is only symbolic of the wonderful time with our friend Joanne and others remembering the legacy of her late husband.

Then back home to the many ongoing projects. Everywhere I look there is something in progress. I keep busy going from one to another and am never bored. As an example, I show you this table in the solarium. I am going through years of correspondence with a prisoner whose wife I befriended in Uruguay in the '80s when the ship we lived and worked on, the M/V Doulos, visited Montevideo. It has been very interesting to revisit the story of their lives in hopes of reconnecting and making a difference. I was able to visit Elena during my most recent trip to South America.

Notice the spring flowers. I picked only the ones with bent stems or weighed down touching the ground and gathered enough for two vases this size and a bouquet for the neighbor.

One more detail in the photo: the cat wants in--his scratching to get in is a constant routine.

We finished off the week tonight by going to the monthly musical evening at the Gray Barn. A very good blue grass band caters to the likes of us older folk.


sara said...

So the grounded grandson had to come to your house? That doesn't seem like a punishment to me at all!!! :)

Well if Jared comes your way for college, I want to visit the Red Barn for sure!!!

I love your glasses!!!

Tori said...

Always love to see what you and Mike are up to! I think your glasses look lovely.
That Columbian food looks fabulous!
What an amazing thing to look at (the letters). God is always using us for something, isn't He?
Have a super week!!


The new glasses are great! I think I will get some like those when I have to get new ones. Loved your food pics...looks so yummy...and chefly son is very handsome in his garb. Blue up my alley! Have a great week.

Mimi said...

I always love peeking into your world, there's always so much going on that looks like fun!

I think your glasses look fabulous on you!

Hugs & love,

The Cyber Hermit said...

Very nice outdoor pics and I like your glasses. They look sharp (as my dad used to say).

I miss Spanish. I took it for eight years and used to work in a place where I had to speak it and tutored it in college.

skoots1mom said...

bluegrass is one of my favs...
love your glasses, too!

momma frans said...

the pictures out your window are beautiful! oh, to have trees like that right outside my house....sigh.
your new glasses look great!

momma frans said...

the pictures out your window are beautiful! oh, to have trees like that right outside my house....sigh.
your new glasses look great!

LuAnn said...

I wish my mom sent me to my grandmas when I got grounded - good deal for all.

Your glasses look great on you too.

McCrakensx4 said...

I think your glasses look very nice on you. And yuck to that rain. How cool that you get to try out your son's practice dishes...delish! And yum! Beautiful flowers on your table

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

great pictures. how fun to get to be the tester for a chef

Elizabeth said...

Look like a great week! Your new glasses look GREAT on you! I love the picture of your table with the beautiful flowers and your cat scratching at the door!
Looking forward to seeing you guys when you come to LV!

Kim said...

I woke up middle of the night, hungry as could be. Good thing I just ate some yogurt and granola or I'd be heading off to the kitchen after seeing that yummy food :)

LOVE the new glasses! They are definitely a "good fit" :)

Another busy week at the Koch house, I see :) Glad you're both feeling better!

Oldfangled said...

I didn't even notice the new glasses. So sorry. I'm glad you're both feeling better!

He & Me + 3 said...

Well aren't you the cutest in your glasses and I hope that the unshaded garden brings you much to harvest. I love having a garden.