Life in Colour: FALL HAPPENINGS

Self went to the Mountain View Farmers Market this morning, the first time in probably three years. She’s so happy she went. She got a whole bag of potstickers (frozen) for $20. @ bag has 30 potstickers. Good deal!

She also took pictures of a Giant Pumpkin (not quite as big as the one that just won the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Contest. Nevertheless.)

Life in Colour’s October color is — what else? — orange. She’s posting her farmers market pictures below, as well as a poster for Peninsula Ballet Company’s upcoming event, HipHop Halloween.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Bought These at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Self thinks these are dahlias. She’s never had any luck growing them in her yard. She bought them yesterday from the Menlo Park Farmers Market.

Thank you to host of the Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge Cee Neuner!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Week of 22 June

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is:

Ground: sand, dirt, paths, walks, trails, roads

Self woke up this morning in beautiful, calming Paso Robles and decided to explore the paths winding around the gardens of her Inn. It’s in a great location: right in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Across the street is a public park. This morning, there was a wee farmers market and even though self was not in the least bit hungry, she couldn’t resist buying a few cookies after she found out they were mango-oatmeal cookies.

The footbridge crosses a narrow stream filled with some fat carp.

There is a short “reflexology path.” She would love to walk barefoot along the stones!

A sign explains what a reflexology path is:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios, Week of 17 June 2021

Thanks to Mama Cormier for hosting the Thursday Trios Challenge.

This week, self’s post is on: Summer Reads & Fresh Cherries

Life in Colour, 17 May: PURPLE

Purple is not violet. Interesting!

Self loves purple flowers, and you can find a gallery of them on the Travel with Intent blog, which hosts Life in Colour.

Here is her own gallery of purple:

  • Lavatera (in front yard). It’s never looked this bushy before.

A few more:

  • Displays at yesterday’s Palo Alto Farmers Market
  • Exhibit catalogue for the recent Frida Kahlo exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (which self saw in April, just before it closed for good)

Just One Person from Around the World: San Mateo Farmers Market

The Just One Person from Around the World Photo Challenge is hosted by ThatTravelLadyInHerShoes. Read more about the challenge, think about participating, and look at the wonderful contributions.

During the California primaries, early last year, self campaigned for Elizabeth Warren. While she was tabling for Warren at the San Mateo Farmers Market, a young girl stopped by the table to chat. She was carrying a book, one of self’s favorites. Self just had to take her picture.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Challenge Your Camera # 11: Still Life

Discovered another Photo Challenge! This one’s from Buddha Walks Into a Wine Bar, and it’s called Challenge Your Camera.

This week’s Challenge Your Camera (# 11) is STILL LIFE.

Here are a few pointers for the Challenge:

  • What is a Still Life? A still life is a work of art that focuses on inanimate objects. Usually commonplace objects which can include both man made objects (vases, items of clothing, and consumer products) and natural objects (plants, food, rocks, shells) as examples.

So, here are self’s still lifes, all of which she pulled from her archives. They’re mostly food-related.

Still Life # 1: Self loves farmers markets. The ones in her area are held on Sundays. She bought these mushrooms at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. This picture’s from a few weeks ago. The farmers markets stayed open throughout the pandemic, and self went regularly (of course masked). Her last COVID test was ten days ago, and that was negative.

Still Life # 2: Shoreditch, East London, November 2019. She doesn’t think she’ll be able to get back to London until late 2022, at the very soonest. In the meantime, she has a huge trove of photographs from her last visit. Someone with a sense of humor left this on a window ledge.

Still Life # 3: Her last visit home was September 2019. She spent her time in Dear Departed Dad’s hometown of Bacolod, and spent a few nights in a city close by: Silay. And ate herself into a food coma. All the variety of food made from rice! These are just two examples, and they’re from the public market.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ATE or EIGHT

Cee Neuner thinks of the most inventive prompts.

This week’s Fun Foto Challenge asks us to photograph something we ATE or something with the number EIGHT.

Since food is constantly on self’s mind, she decided to do a gallery of recent fare. Clockwise:

  • Fondue with a friend in Left Bank, Menlo Park (outdoor dining is absolutely packed, all the time).
  • Steamed pork buns from the Belmont Farmers Market
  • Self loves mushrooms and pasta. The mushrooms were from the Menlo Park Farmers Market.
  • Last night’s dinner: broccoli, pineapple, and orange chicken, which self’s friends tell her is just gross (but which self found dee-lish!).
  • Self just discovered this ice cream (the maker is a family in Santa Cruz, just south of here) and LOOOVES it.

NOTE: Self is always masked, always. And whenever she returns from “outside,” she spends a good long time washing her hands.

Thanks ever so much for doing such a Fun Foto Challenge, Cee!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Here It Comes!

SUPERBOWL! Of course self has to observe the day. All her friends are off watching too, so it’s like a big Superbowl party, only . . . in different countries.

She went to the Belmont Farmers Market early this morning and came back with pork buns, which she’s going to have with cold beer. She bought a big bag of chips yesterday, but she ate the whole bag . . . yesterday.

Anyhoo. GO CHIEFS!

First Sunday of 2021

New book (someone put a hold on it at the library, she hopes she can finish reading before she has to return it). It is very absorbing, reminds self of growing up in Manila. Each section seems to be in the point of view of a different woman.

In Fa’iza’s section is a passage that makes self wish she had gone to a farmer’s market today:

Just about a month ago . . . I invited the same group to dinner with a European menu. I went to the meat market and tipped the butcher five tomans for eight prime-cut filets. I bought green beans. I bought snow peas. I bought tomatoes and small potatoes. I mixed rice with beans for the salad. I also made yogurt and spinach. The sauce I made for the filets was delicious. From the fruit stalls downtown I bought the largest peaches and nectarines, as well as sweet and sour cherries. I asked Colonel Sarvbala’s orderly to get me the best vodka again.

Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran, by Sharnush Parsipur, translated from the Persian by Faridoun Farrokh (Feminist Press, 2011). p. 19

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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