The last three posts of mine turned into an Ode to Summer,to the gorgeous summer we have this year!But I can't help it,I have to post more pictures of summer beauty.I wish we could preserve it in jars like strawberry jam and savor it during the cold winter days.
Do you enjoy your summer?I do too.We have the perfect weather this year.Just the right amount of sun and rain,wonderful temperatures.Just beautiful.This is an old illustration I did a few years ago.The theme is clear:the little joys of summer.I did it with ink pen in my scktchbook.
Now it's raining.The sky is cloudy and gloomy.I am reading a book.The right time to read isn't it?
I took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday.The morning was cool and fresh before the summer heat hit.I hung some clothes to dry outside on the line and sat in the garden to read a book with a glass of cold lemonade.Then I went on a bike ride.It was so nice and beautiful by the river!A light breeze was blowing,the air was full of fragrances of flowers and plants,of bird song a and bee buzz.Unforgettable moments.My memory is full of the images and feelings of yesterday.The pictures that I post are not from yesterday though.They are from other happy moments in the past.
Summer is here!!!And life is so easy and so much fun!July has been such a lovely month so far.Not too hot or too cool,just right!We do much more things outside together as a family.Biking,grilling,hiking,kayaking,eating alfresco in our yard,gardening and more.I try to dole some time for reading and sketching as well.I started a new book IF I STAY by Gayle Forman and I like it a lot so far.
I wish I worked less and had more time to enjoy the gifts of spring and ... the gifts of life.Mother Nature is so generous to us giving us all these beautiful flowers,bird songs and sunshine,these gorgeous unbelievable colors and this fresh air that gives you that feeling of happiness and freedom.And where are we?Locked in offices, in factory buildings and even in our own houses working,working,working...missing our own lives...earning money for things that we don't even need!!!
The summer vacation has started but it is not summer yet.It was quite chilly this last weekend.The sunshine was singing the song "Should I come or should I go" having hard time making up its mind.My family and I though ,we had a very well spent weekend catching up with some yard work and organizing the house.I planted my vegetable patch and replanted my succulents in bigger pots.My husband cleaned the garden and worked on his flower beds.My daughter organized her room/I couldn't believe my eyes/ and took the Guinea pig outside for a play date with the sunshine and the grass.There also were delicious meals,bike rides,playing with friends,cuddling with the cats,drawing and reading.All those little things that give us joy in life.
I don't know about you but when spring comes I feel like eating lighter and healthier food.I am not vegetarian but I love all kinds of vegetarian dishes.It is nice to give a break to your body staying away from the meat and the hearty food.One of my favorite spring dishes is the spinach and rice dish with a poached egg on top.It is so fast and easy to make.I sotte a medium onion,some carrots,celery and a bag of frozen spinach in some oil.I wash one and a half cups of rice and add it to the vegetables.I cook them together for 5-6 minutes before I add a can of tomatoes.
I cook the tomatoes and the rice together for 5 to 10 minutes and then pore about 3-4 cups of warm water.I bring it to boil on high and then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer.When the rice is half way done I crack 5-6 eggs and they get poached while the dish is finishing cooking.I forgot to mention that I add a cube of chicken broth,I prefer Knorr.Can't tell you how delicious it is.
And as I am in a very healthy mood while I was cooking this dish this morning I was sipping dandelion tea.It turned out the pesky weed is actually a very good medicinal herb that helps with a lot of ailments and helps you cleanse your body from the toxins.Actually I knew that before but I forgot.I really need to work towards going back to healthier life style.So far I am glad that I keep up with my New year's resolution to drink herb tea on daily basis.
Picture number three has nothing in common with the theme of the post,it is just an eye candy.A little fairy town we saw at a plant nursery last week.
Wow,it was a beautiful day yesterday!!!It was warm and sunny,radiating happiness.I spent a lot of time outside.I did some gardening,my girl and I went on a bike ride,I did some laundry and hung it in the sun to dry.Who doesn't like the smell of the sun dried laundry?We even went on a short ride to Lanesboro,a small touristic town with artistic atmosphere.We checked out the antique shops,the art gallery and sat down for an ice cream.