Cucumber Mango Salsa

  The weather is getting beautifully warm, birds chirping on trees, friendly neighbors sitting out in the porch chairs waving or greeting as you walk past, children playing outdoors, laughter and giggles…..signs of Summer approaching. Stepping out after nearly hibernating in Winter, into the green green grass seems like a blessing! The long weekend is…

Spring Blooms ~ Lilacs

  Is there anything more beautiful than a Lilac bush in Spring ? Lilac (Syringa) plants are mainly grown for their beautiful blooms and their intense fragrance. With its sweet scent, pastel blooms, and heart-shape leaves, lilac stands out as a welcome harbinger of spring. The spring-blooming lilac comes in a variety of shapes and sizes—including…

Spring Blooms ~ Bleeding Heart Flowers

One of my favorite things I enjoy the most during warmer weather is to go walking in the neighborhood, the trails or in the woods.The few times I enrolled myself in a gym, I hardly kept up the routine, I think some of us are just born that way, “free spirits” that can’t be tamed…

Spring Blooms ~ Narcissus Ice Follies

DAFFODILS ~ William Wordsworth “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way,…

Spring Blooms – Crocus

In the language of flowers, crocus means cheerfulness. And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring, And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde “Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) is…

Japan Travels : Sagano Bamboo Grove at Arashiyama

Located in the gorgeous Arashiyama district of western Kyoto,Japan, is the beautiful Sagano Bamboo Grove. The beauty of the bamboo’s and the gentle rustling of the leaves has  it listed  among the “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by the Ministry of Environment. In Japan,  the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often situated near bamboo groves,…

Withered Roses in Winter

The weather has been brutal with winter storms all weekend.Snowed- in ! The roses I bought last week are all withered, can’t step out to get fresh ones coz the Winter Storm warning is still in effect. This is exactly how my spirit feels this morning – tired  and sick of winter !

Black Eyed Peas Curry

We are under a Winter Storm warning and the snow has been falling non stop like it would go out of fashion. What better way then bring Hygge home with some warm spicy aromatic curry, cooking in your kitchen, with ingredients available in your pantry, since driving out to do your grocery in this weather…

November Rain

It’s been a cold start to November, the rains and the gusty winds are slashing on my windshield, as I drive through the slippery roads that reflect the traffic lights.  A song plays in my head, the lyrics from Gun’s & Roses crystal clear….. “…..Nothin’ lasts forever And we both know hearts can change And…

Still Photography

No particular reason, was getting ready to wash the apples I got home last evening after my grocery shopping, turned around to find an amazing shot waiting to happen in still photography, among those honey crisp apples placed in a make- do- colander of sorts ! Decided to share it on my #PhotoOfTheDay category !