Here Today … But What About Tomorrow?

Even by Kansas standards, our recent weather has been unusually variable. It has been gorgeous and sunny the past few days with high temperatures in the mid-80’s. (In case you don’t remember, we had snow last week.) ┬áThe warm weather has stimulated plants to put on a lot of growth and it is really starting to look like Spring; and yet cold weather is supposed to roll back in tomorrow with the chance of snow Thursday and Friday. That would be snow in May – not very good for the garden, even if it doesn’t stick around. So, I decided that I’d better enjoy the flowers while they last and get some photos of them today. I’m so glad that I did. Photographing flowers makes one stop and really look at them. What a nice thing!






Return of the Pink Flamingos

Every year Gaia Salon has a fundraiser for the Audobon Society of Kansas: one can pay to have someone’s yard “flocked” with pink flamingos for a day. This is what we cheerfully woke up to this morning. If you want to see the flamingos, today is the day. They will be in someone else’s yard tomorrow.

Have a nice day!





A Book-Signing Tea Party

We just got done hosting the tea party for Tama Matsuoka Wong and her book Foraged Flavor. I caught a few quick photos just when guests were starting to arrive; but then needed to trade my camera for hostess duties. Unfortunately, once I got to talking and pouring tea, I forgot to get a picture of Tama. It was a lovely afternoon party, though, and it was a pleasure to hear Tama chat about her book.


Below: Roasted Red Pepper Humus & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches garnished with golden oregano from the garden.


The menu:

Milk Oolong Tea

Iced Earl Grey Tea


Curried Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Scottish Shortbread with Dried Cherries

Scottish Shortbread with Candied Ginger

Lemon Poppy Seed Wafers garnished with Violets

Espresso Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Lake House Cookies

Gingerbread Teapot Cookies

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Almond Crackers

Strawberries & Green Grapes

Wedding Day

I don’t often get a chance to take many photos at weddings that we host because I have so many other things to do on the wedding day. I did manage to get a few yesterday, though, of the happy bride and groom and one of their little guests. It was fun to photograph people, something I don’t usually do.

Here is wishing the bride and groom continued happiness!


Weekly Photography Challenge: Change

The First Methodist Church – a beautiful, historic church that is located one block north of The Morning Star – gets a new roof. Brrr. I bet it’s cold up there.