Old, Faded Photographs

“Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him, If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home, You’ll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless. You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs.” – Job 11:13-16 (MSG)

When I saw this Bible verse a week or so ago, I immediately thought about posting it.  The question was how to do so. I decided to post an old photograph, that I did not take, in addition to an image I did take.  It is probably obvious that the term – old, faded photographs in the verse caught my attention.  However, the remainder of the verse has even more meaning.  Words to take to heart.  If only I could muster the strength of Job.  He is a Biblical icon and a true inspiration of strength and faith.

An old faded photograph of my mother on her horse, Topaz. Needless to say I did not take this photograph. But, I found it quite appropriate to post with the verse above.

A photograph I recently took that, in black and white, looks old.

Rim Light Defined Clouds

Two evenings ago we ventured out for a walk along the river.  On our way home, we are driving alongside the sunset.  The sky was so interesting that is seemed as though the clouds and sun were performing for us.  As the storm clouds rolled passed the sun, we say numerous shapes and the best of all was the rim light framing out the clouds just in front of the setting sun.  Because of the fact that there are few shoulders on the roads in our part of the country, we didn’t have a great place to stop so that I could photograph the rim light around the clouds.  There were way too many tall trees that blocked the view.  When we were finally able to pull to the side, the rim light wasn’t as definitive, but from the image below you’ll see how interesting the sky was Sunday evening.  The sun coming through the clouds almost looks like a flame in the evening sky.

Sunset with Storm Clouds Passing By

Dew Drops

The dew drops almost look like tears coming from the heart of the sunflower.

Tears of Joy

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Another delightful summer treat. My sister sent this recipe to me years ago.  It has been a tried and true favorite for summer holidays and events with relatively large groups of people.  This dessert is a crowd pleaser.  It is not only pretty to look at, but delicious too.  I do not know where my sister found this recipe, but the quote and name below were just under the recipe name on the paper she faxed to me.

“It’s well worth the effort to prepare this spectacular tart, which is best made and served the same day.” – Susan Terzakis

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups butter softened

1 cup powdered sugar

3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour

20 ounces of vanilla baking chips, melted and cooled

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 8 oz package of light cream cheese, softened

2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and sliced

1.5 cup fresh blueberries, washed

1.5 cup fresh raspberries, washed

1 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2  tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar.  Beat in flour until mixture is crumbly.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Place on a cooling rack and let cool for 30 minutes.  While cooling, in another mixing bowl, beat melted vanilla chips and heavy cream.  Add cream cheese and beat until the mixture is smooth.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust.  Arrange berries over filling (be creative).  In a saucepan, combine pineapple juice, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Boil for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Once cool, gently, but generously, brush over fruit.  Chill for at least 60 minutes before serving.  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and eat a slice or two for breakfast the next morning.

Servings: 2 to 3 dozen slices

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart -for summer holidays I arrange the berries to look like an American Flag.

Another view – I’m not very neat about the pineapple sauce. When I said generously spread, I meant generously spread.

Sunflower Power

You’ve all seen the silly smiley faces cut into sunflowers, yes?  Or the singing smiley faced sunflower, how about that one?  Well, as ridiculous as I think they are, and I would never spend a penny on one of them, there is something to be said for them.  Sunflowers do have the power to make a person smile.  The warm glow of the yellow petals warms the heart.  Once the heart is warm, a smile is automatic.  If you’ve ever driven by a field of sunflowers, you know exactly what I am talking about.  Do you agree?

Our Actions Affect Others

We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts. – Pema Chodron

Someone I saw during a recent trip in NYC that I had to stop and photograph. When I asked if I could photograph him, he said “why not?”.

Another World

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy

The gift of imagination plus the box of dress-up clothes equals a delightful afternoon.

Nine

He’s 9! I love getting to capture milestones.

Sunday, Happy Sunday

Another super Sunday worth writing about.  Sam’s lacrosse team played their final two games for the summer season today.  Let’s just say that it would have been better to end the season yesterday with the three wins that put us in the number 1 seed versus ending on the two game loss record of today.  But, overall it was a decent season and Sam had fun.  He played well and is improving on his footwork so we can’t complain – just have to figure out ways to motivate him to keep working hard and improving his speed.

The weather couldn’t have been better, not too hot, and absolutely perfect when the sun hid behind the clouds.  After spending the day at the fields, we came home to relax by the pool and enjoy dinner on the porch.  With all of that said, I am posting images from a couple of Sam’s games, an image of one of our purple petunias  noticed at dinner, and an image of Gracie after she accidentally picked a petunia when we were deadheading the plant.

Please note that I don’t love Josh any less than Grace and Sam.  He simply isn’t home from camp yet.  He’s off having a fabulous time with friends and playing the game he loves best.

Enjoy and have a terrific week!

Going for the shot.

The pass.

My little man.

Catching a pass. Notice the ball in the air.

A petunia in the evening sun.

Dancing in the sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spread Kindness

Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house … kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. – Mother Teresa

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