“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Music in the Vineyards

I love outdoor concerts! Yesterday we enjoyed a beautiful evening lounging on the grass and listening to some Rockin Blues! JJ Grey and Mofro opened the show and got the people on their feet. What an adorable guy. Kind of reminds me of Tommy Castro, another adorable bluesman. During the break we enjoyed some sweet treats. It was a special day, we were on a date! Then the coolest chick on the planet took the stage and "brought the house down". Susan Tedeschi was amazing. Her music even got my husband, Ron, on his feet. Everyone dance and danced, barefootin' on the grass. Afterwards, I actually got the chance to meet the Blues Goddess and shake her hand. I danced all the way to the car. It was a wonderful date!

Wise Words: "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." - Angela Monet

Listening Pleasure: True - Susan Tedeschi, Back to the River

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Summertime and the living is easy!

I wish the living was easy! Gardening, raking, watering, grilling, sunning, vacationing, it's exhausting. There's nothing better! My mood is in just the right place, even during triple digit weather. The Indian Summer is actually Autumn...the best time of year! Tomatoes are bursting, basil is pungent, corn is overflowing, and the pumpkins appear in the fields, patiently waiting for our attention.
There is a certain urgency during the month of August. I strive to absorb as many of the summer elements as I can, knowing that Fall is fast approaching and the indoors will be my environment soon enough. Every dinner must be grilled outdoors, windows wide open while driving, only flip flops are allowed on feet, tomatoes are abundant in our daily meals, we must get our fill before it's too late!
The ultimate dish for late summer is fresh tomato bruschetta (brusk-etta). A mixture of rough chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, and fresh ground pepper is mounded atop grilled hearty bread. Balsamic vinegar can be added, for a sweet touch. Salt is really not necesary, but if desired, please only a pinch of coarse kosher, much better.

Wise Words: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

Lovely Little Tune: Hang On Little Tomato - Pink Martini