Five Senses Monday

ImageHappy Monday. I had a rather quiet weekend to myself, which is a bit unlikely and a bit nice. It eased my mind to catch up on personal projects and check things off that never-ending list of to-dos. We all have those, don’t we? I wrote and worked and tinkered for hours and hours. When I started to feel cooped up, I tried new recipes or took drives to the country to visit my aunt, bags of dinner in the passenger seat.

And now, it’s time for Five Senses Monday, where I reflect on the last few days through the five senses. Play along if you get the urge, either on your own blog or in the comments.

Two ducks chattering to themselves as they sunbathed at the edge of the swimming pool. Awful and annoying songs as I searched the Internet for music to add to my workout/everyday playlists (recommendations, please!). A winemaker playing guitar as we drank wine and ate almonds marinated in truffle oil.

A tender and touching film, “The Sessions“; even if it did mean seeing a lot more Helen Hunt than I needed to. Raindrops and sunshine in the same afternoon. Donkeys wandering over to me, only to be disappointed by my lack of carrots.

Relieved to have finally completed the framework for a new project. Amazed at how much I can get done in a morning when I’m surrounded by nothing but peace, quiet and one cute dog. That deep, make-your-shoulders-drop, hint-of-sadness disappointment you sometimes get when you realize that was so unlikely. Anxious to pack my camping bags for summer and take off.

Soft and chunky trail mix cookies made with almond butter, nuts, dark chocolate, coconut, agave and other lovely decadence. Mango frozen yogurt. Asian chicken salad, a first dinner in a new camper — perfect, even if we were only parked in the driveway.

My attempt at the island black bean stew I learned at the Utah cooking demonstration; packed with flavor, yet not as chunky as the chef’s version. Coffee — just because it always has to be in my life.

Have a great week, friends.ImageImageImageImageImage

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