The Professor and I have been spending our summer working outdoors, digging in our garden beds and fighting off the critters for our share of the vegetables; so far it’s been critters who have reigned supreme but we’re replanting and hope we get to enjoy more than a handful of this year’s veggies. Such is the life of a country gardener where groundhogs and raccoons are abundant . . . much to my dismay.
I have spring on my mind even if Mother Nature isn’t quite cooperating; we enjoy a handful of glorious days with perfect temperatures and Robin’s Egg blue skies and 48 hours later it’s overcast and gloomy. However, my peonies have poked their plumy-pink stems up through the ground as has our rhubarb patch so I know spring is here; the koi pond has been cleaned, the fountain is running and it looks like this coming weekend will be our first mow of the season.
Musical pairing – Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s
I remember arriving in Indiana for the first time more than 15 years ago; it was late August and the heat was staggering. My clothes stuck to my body, my hair frizzed, my energy zapped an hour after I left the house . . . this Northwest girl was not used to that kind of humidity. By October, Jack Frost had already had his way with the pumpkins and when November rolled around, snow had fallen; my first semester of classes ended the first week of December with a whopping high of 18 degrees and ice on the ground . . .
Musical pairing – The Sound Of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead
I made these Vietnamese-Coffee Cupcakes about a year ago and I’ve had visions of them dancing in my head ever since . . . like crack-cocaine, these are completely addictive!! Needless-to-say, The Professor and I have no-problemo finishing a batch of these babies off by ourselves!
Musical pairing – The Sellout by Macy Gray
Have you heard about this new movie coming out, ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold‘? We came across it on Twitter, because POM Wonderful is a major sponsor and we follow their tweets. This satirical documentary about branding and advertising was ironically funded entirely by brands, advertising and their product placement in the movie. The movie had a limited opening last weekend and we haven’t seen it yet, but audiences loved it at the Sundance Film Festival – might be worth checking out. But hold that thought for a moment . . .