weekly photo challenge : happy

First of all kudos to WordPress for getting the challenge out bright and early on Friday! Now it’s my fault for leaving it till late in the day. Oh well, let’s see what I can find to share. Happy is pretty easy to find in my photos.  I am lucky to have such happy friends and family, and knowing that makes me happy. Talk about a vicious circle!

baby & mom

Marc & Julie

Sione & Christine

Brad & Kim

Devon, Andrew & Christine

happy Turkish girls

happy PezThe 3 adorable little girls were happy to pose for a photo in Istanbul. The last photo just makes me feel happy and I hope you do too!

weekly photo challenge : friendship

Thought I’d dig through some old photos here. Hope no one minds… Friendship takes many forms. Some of the kids in these photos have been friends for years. They’re like my extended family. Some friendships are strong enough to weather the years, others are not destined to survive. Some friendships are by nature temporary – travel mates, people you meet on the road or people you share an event with. Sometimes there is an instant connection and bonds form regardless of the situation. I think all friendships are good, as long as we remember that they come in different shapes and sizes.

Stampede girls

guys hanging out

grad preparation

boys with a great sense of humor

lino carving

Another successful Wednesday evening working at the Art Tree. Susan Fae and I were both very productive. I spent my time designing carving a couple of blocks, and Susan Fae printed and then found time to carve. We seem to feed off of each other’s creative energy – very beneficial for both of us.

Susan Fae printing bird image

Susan Fae's blue bird image

Susan Fae's blue bird image

birds drying in the drawer

birds drying in the drawer

The birds are printed twice – slightly different images that give a sense of movement when printed together. An excellent effect. Did I mention that Susan Fae is somewhat obsessed with birds? Well, she is.

carving block with splint on

carving Taos NM block

Wed. night working at the Art Tree

working with my splint on

My newest project involves carving an image to print on cards for my friends in Taos, New Mexico. Hillary and Melissa run the post office in Taos Ski Valley and they want to start selling more artist made items in their shop, Box Canyon. I would love to have something to contribute. I hope to do some printing next week. I’m also carving different versions of the letter T so I can personalize some stationary. Wonder if I can find a way to incorporate them into my emails?

summer lunch menu

A few days ago we had guests for lunch – friends Catherine, Jack and Leah. Brad joined us as well. As Leah lives in Istanbul and was flying home soon, I wanted to be sure to include pork in the menu. Pork is not readily available in a Muslim community. I decided on a chilled carrot and ginger soup, a big green salad (with bacon) dressed with a creamy citrus dressing, topped with slices of grilled pork tenderloin. For dessert I baked a lemon loaf cake and served it with blueberries. Since I’m still just getting the hang of blogging, it didn’t occur to me to take any pictures until lunch was all done. Trust me when I tell you it looked good. Here’s the recipe list:

Carrot Ginger Soup

Very, Very Green Salad

Creamy Citrus Dressing

Dry Glazed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Lemon Loaf Cake

We dined outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather. (Calgary has such a short summer that it’s important to eat outside when you can.) Spending time and sharing a meal with friends – life’s simple pleasures to be enjoyed as often as possible. We had a lovely lunch.