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Pussy Willows

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Every once in a while when you download the images from the Canon, you come up with totally unexpected results. This is a completely unedited picture; no brightness or contrast editing at all. Straight off the camera.

Pussy Willows

When I was up in Marblehead a few weeks ago, someone had some pussy willows in a vase, right next to their very white front door (blue house). I guess the sun was just right — and super bright — behind the vase when I made the photo and so the pussy willows almost seem to strangely glow.

Playing with Shadows, Stones + Leaves, Again

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

While autumn is my favorite time of year to visit the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, spring always hold some surprises, so I ventured over there this morning. There were a lot more people than usual, and I wonder if that has anything to do with the Easter season, or if it was just because it was a sunny (albeit cold) morning. Anyway, here are a few shots from today:

Mt Auburn Cemetery
Mt Auburn Cemetery
Mt Auburn Cemetery
Mt Auburn Cemetery
Mt Auburn Cemetary
Mt Auburn Cemetary
Mt Auburn Cemetary

The rest are up here on Flickr.

Saturday Drive to Marblehead

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

I had to get out of the house this morning, so up I went to Marblehead (35-40 minute drive). I went for a walk from the neck to the lighthouse point and then drove into town. It was very empty, which I guess is to be expected in late March, before the summer crowds arrive. Don’t let the bright sunshine fool you — it was freeeeeeezing and I needed to sit in a coffee shop for a while once in town so that my fingers and nose would warm back up!

Marblehead in March
Marblehead in March
Marblehead in March
Marblehead in March
Marblehead in March

A few more pictures are up on Flickr too

A Wonderful Start to Spring

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

View to the South
View to the South (Boston’s Customs Tower)

View to the North
View to the North (The Old North Church)

Bubbling Beets
Bubbling Beets

Voignier
Yummy Voignier

Salad Craving
Salad Craving on the first Day of Spring

Dinner chez Liz
Dinner Chez Liz

The Hostess with the Mostest
The Hostess with the Mostest

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Random Simon Photograph…
Corey Hart impression the evening before I left Munich:

Sunglasses At Night 1

Photos of the Suletzki Family Christmas Tree

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Christmas Tree 2009
Christmas Tree 2009
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Christmas Tree 2009
Christmas Tree 2009
Christmas Tree 2009

There are more up on my Flickr page

Finished, Fertig, Finito, Fini!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The final tray
of the final batch
of the final sort of cookies…

…has been baked, dipped in chocolate, decorated with vanilla sauce and is drying on the parchment paper. I think that means that I am officially complete (finished, fertig, finito, fini!) with the baking phase of the 2009 Christmas Cookie Season.

Mochasterne
Friesenkekse
Mandelschnitten
Nougatkiferl
Kokosmacroenchen
Chocolate Espresso Orange Thins

This doesn’t mean I am done with the cookie project overall — tomorrow I pack up all the containers and then it’s off to the post office for mailing of quite a few. Some will be brought to Germany as well, and will find their round-about way to England too, and then the rest will be distributed in Boston and in Maine right up until Christmas.

Nevertheless, the hardest part is done and I can kick back with a glass of wine tonight.

Sweeeet!

(pun intended [grin])

Sleep Deprived But on Schedule

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

While I hate to blog on the same topic many time in a row, I’m going to talk about cookie baking *yet again* just because that seems to be the dominate thing going on in my life right now. Note that this post isn’t complaining in any way, shape or form — I love doing this and even though it is exhausting, it is the “perfect Christmas thing” for me and I can’t imagine not doing it. I love it, even though my back hurts and I am already feeling sleep deprived and I am only 4 days in.

I’ve got about one-third of the cookies done, which is right on schedule. The schedule this year is compressed by three days (normally I take 12 days to do this — this time I am trying to bake all 3100-3500 cookies in 9 days). I was up this morning at 4 to do a batch of “catch up” so as of now, I am on target to finish next Tuesday. That, of course, will also require a 12 hour day on Saturday and Sunday. If nothing else, my legs and lower back are getting quite a work out.

Spitzbuben
Schwartzweissgebaeck
Terrassenplaetzchen
Butterzimtschnecken
Julkuchen
Ausstecherle

I think the thing that is most difficult is that each of the cookie types require 3 or 4 steps: dough making, dough resting, baking, and in about half the cookies, final assembly. I have this all accounted for in the schedule, but every year, I think that I forget it until I start.

I want to thank my mother for something that has been a god-send and I had forgotten that was so imperative to the process: my new Kitchenaid stand-mixer. I had one while I was in Seattle, but it stayed on the West Coast. A few weeks back when I was up visiting my parents, she bought me a new one as a very early birthday present (in green, no less!). She figured, and rightly so, that it would be of more use to me in December than waiting until January for my birthday. So, thanks again, Mam!

Playing with Shadows, Stones and Leaves

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

With such a beautiful morning — cool, crisp and very much autumny — and a new Canon in hand (yes, a huge splurge but a wonderful one!), I headed over to Mt. Auburn Cemetery this morning. I love that place. I could make it sound all deep and meaningful that I am walking on hallowed ground of some of America’s literary greats or find conviction in the ghosts of the founders of this country, but really I am just there for the cool headstones and the amazing fall colors. Mt. Auburn is full of Japanese Maples, which are the last to turn that beautiful shade of red. If I were more of an arborist, I would have written down all the unique species (each tree has its own name tag) but I didn’t do that either.

MtAuburn4
MtAuburn7
MtAuburn24
MtAuburn15

The rest are up here on Flickr.