Tuesday, April 30, 2013

120 - Victor's Cuban Cafe

Victor's was the perfect place for a late morning breakfast meeting on a wet- rainy-soon-to-turn-snowy day.

It was a good place to pitch the MN Food Forum project to an interested party.  Over warm, rich coffee and yummy eggs with yuka frita (eggs havana) I persuaded a young revolutionary to join our attempt to create an ecolution.

Revolutionary cooking kicked off this new project.  I'm so very excited for this summer!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

119 Can you see the face in the rock?

It's just behind the fire.  Looks like the Grinch to me.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

118 - moon over the trailer

Finally, a beautiful evening in the woods with the moon shining bright.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

117 in the woods

The snow has melted, the bugs are out, the woodpeckers are loud. All this makes for a great day of sitting in the sun, reading a book, and re-learning the art of not doing much. These hours mean more to me than anything else in this world.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

116 - my little rockstar

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115 - At last there is something green

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114 - Buddha in the Snow...

...makes all this seem more serene and less silly.  I can appreciate it a bit more now that I know it will melt fast.
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113 - I am not amused

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Monday, April 22, 2013

112 - Hotdish Revolution

Please let me make one thing clear.  I live in Minnesota.  In particular I live in NE Minneapolis and here in Nordeast, we are proud of heritage and culture.  Here we celebrate community with hotdishes.

Hotdishes have evolved over the years to incorporate a number of spices and cuisines, plenty enough to highlight the diverse populations that make NE home.

Each year the Holland neighborhood hosts the Hotdish Revolution, a competition based evening with celebrity judges and all.  I went to scope out the competition because I fully intend to enter a curried tater tot dish next year.  

I think I've got a chance to win a prize.  Not at all to imply that there weren't several curried dishes, just that none of them were paired with tater tots.  Say what you want about tater tots - these things can be a Mama's best friend.

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111 - the robins are in the hood

Last week there were hundreds of robins in my backyard.  Apparently all male and all very hungry.

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110 - the beans are in already!

If winter would just quit, we could plant these outside.  The seeds are already producing beans, squash and cucumbers.
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Winter is dragging on and I am running out of ideas for indoor activities that will keep her busy.
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108 - just in time

I need encouragement like this.
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106 - my brave girl!

My little Lotus Bud had her first Spring Concert!  The Big D and I were really looking forward to it.  She was going to be in a little group with their own song, teddy bears and all.  It was really exciting for us.  However, she had no idea what was going to happen.

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105 - the last of the snow?

I was so wrong.

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Days later, the tulips are still beautiful and irresistible.
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The April snow would have been unbearable without this cheery face.
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Another great breakfast meeting at Victory 44.
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The activity seemed a bit advanced for 3-year-olds.  Oh well.  I just let her color over all the papers.
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I reached a 100 photos!
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There will be a flurry of photos today as I try to catch up with my postings.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How Iron Craft Helps Me Have More Faith in Myself.

One of my goals for this year is to have more faith in myself, feel a bit more confident, build on my self-esteem. I set goals and make genuine efforts to achieve them. Some are big and many are little things that can be done easily if I set my mind to it. A sense of accomplishment is what helps me feel more confident. So while I am feeling a bit overloaded with all my projects, including my Board work, I do feel expending all this energy is good for me. I'm trying to stay airborne!

The Iron Craft challenge this week is ethnic crafting. As usual, I got frustrated thinking I should explore something Swedish or Norwegian, both parts of my husband's and my daughter's ethnic background. At the same time I was thinking that although Gujarati culture is part of my background, I was removed from it for a lot of my life, and therefore, it might classify as "something dedicated to, or inspired by, a country other than your own."

The funny thing is that I did all this ruminating while working on a dream catcher for my daughter's bedroom. Dream catcher! Silly me - I had an ethnic project right there in my hands while I was struggling to think of a project. I guess this is one of the dangers of staying airborne - always thinking there is something else I should be doing.

This project has taken on many forms since last summer. We gathered materials throughout 2012: the branch, the thread, the feather and the bead. It was done, then taken apart many times as I could not figure out how to weave the web just right. Finally I turned to the Internet and found a tutorial. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be and I was done weaving the thread in minutes, never even thinking to take a photo.

But there were feathers that needed to be attached which took me a while longer. I wanted to incorporate all the various crow and sea-gull feathers. There's even a little yellow finch feather that inspired the yellow thread. Hanging each one separately wasn't working for me so I bunched them all together and attached to the side.

Through this project I learned how to weave a dreamcatcher and I imagine making more as more treasures are found. And, I learned to have more faith in myself - faith that I will find a way to accomplish my goals and knowing that to accomplish these goals I may just need to open my eyes and see what's right in front of me.

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Monday, April 8, 2013


It's all about the feathers this week.
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

97 from under the snow

Yet it looks like it fell yesterday.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

96 my girl

She catching on to me and is a bit less cooperative when I pull out the camera, but every once and a while, I get a good one.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

95 down the drain

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

94 the artist in the family

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

93 CSA beans

I am just getting to the end of our last CSA box, the last of the turnips, beauty heart radishes and the carrots.  I also received some beans in January and so those are going into Kat's crock pot beans and sausage recipe with some wild rice sausages from Wisconsin.  Hearty stew - check.  Crusty bread - check.  Happy Mama - check.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

92 - yarn for LaTanya

LaTanya - diva and Vikings fan - needs a new pair of little fingerless gloves. She requested Vikings purple and I do hope I got close enough. Hopefully I'll have the gloves done by her April birthday, but if not, then the Fall will be fine. I bought superwash yarn which I hope will come in handy when beer is consumed and brats are eaten.

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Monday, April 1, 2013


I entrust myself to earth,
Earth entrust herself to me.
I entrust myself to Buddha,
Buddha entrusts herself to me.
Thich Nhat Hanh


I've had this project in my mind for many years now.  I make concrete Buddhas for the garden and they are scattered through my yard, some with poetry written out on bricks, some lain down as garden borders. But I can only make so many, you know.  I wanted something more.

I decided to carry a Buddha around with me on hikes and road trips, and tried to find interesting places to take photos.  It began at Mount Rushmore, circled around Devil's Tower, then traveled on down to Moab.  I plan to share these photos soon, but not now.

To begin, I chose a photo from this spring.  A slow-coming Spring, with snow still crusted to the ground and chilly winds still blowing.  This photo gives me hope, hope that Spring is near and truth, the truth that the earth knows how to take care of herself, as she takes care of me and my needs.

A person once asked me how to keep this series from seeming "gimmicky."  I didn't have an answer to that probing, wounding question.  Today I realized I don't need an answer.  I just am  "doing."  And with that "doing" comes understanding and definition.

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91 getting ready

Glorious books on gardens, seed cataloges in hand, seedlings in the window shelves...gardening season begins soon.
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