I'm somewhat happily dividing my life between two houses right now -- home and up north, for those last weeks of summer and early fall. Life at home has not been dull! Rick welcomed a client passing through Michigan for a lovely lunch. Burgers were on the menu with Rick's homemade buns!
I have been dealing with the bushel of tomatoes I bought last time at the lake (and I might even buy more, though I'm really getting sick of making pasta sauce!) Looks grotesque here, doesn't it, like something in a witch's cauldron. But this mixture of peeled Roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, fresh herbs, garlic and in some batches, mushrooms will keep us very content when the snow begins to fall and a bubbling pot of noodles is comfort food. We'll probably add more fresh herbs, maybe Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, kalamatas and/or capers when we cook it off then!
We have gallons of sauce in the freezer. I also came up with a very zesty gazpacho, a tomato cuke salad...
...and a wonderful tomato tart. (So, should I get another bushel?!)
I've been savoring the last of summer's blooms. It was an extra treat to go to the massage therapist, who let me have some of her hydrangea blooms.
And from Pam, whose garden never ceases to amaze me, I got this wonderful idea to save some sunflower heads for a small platter. I love how they look -- there's beauty, even if their end state. Thanks, Pam!
In an attempt to work on a more free and loose painting style, I've been experimenting.
I rather like this one!
On September 11 I went to the wonderful musical, "Come from Away," about the community in Newfoundland that welcomed the thousands of passengers stranded after planes were grounded on that terrible day. It was so heartwarming and inspiring. Someone on my FB page posted how if only we could go back to September 12 when strangers took care of others, there was hugging and support and religion or politics didn't matter. (If it comes to your town, I recommend it. Listen to the CD first to max your enjoyment.)
Earlier that week our Friends of Theatre at MSU held a gathering at a local art gallery to kick off the season.
The art was gorgeous -- so many different things and in all media.
Also included was a group of actors who explored "Arts or Crafts" in a series of vignettes. We all laughed as three "Puritan quilting ladies" gossiped about Goody Proctor as they stitched hidden messages into their quilts.
And pretty much everyone could identify with the frustration and bafflement that Mona Lisa felt -- if only she could share her thoughts as others passed by!
It was the perfect blending of the arts -- performance, sculpture, painting, photography and more.
There have been walks to the Ditch (more on that in another post)...
....and a longing for fall apples. (Can't wait for the Honey Crisps!)
We'll be headed to the lake again, making this drive past a sunflower field growing in the median.
Oh, I hate to whiz by so fast! They are a blur!
And I'll see my favorite windmills. I can't look at them when I drive -- I'm too captivated. Always good when Rick can take the wheel!
Life really is good right now. You can never tell what a week or two or three might bring.
But right now, it is very good.
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