Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vive la France


The beautiful azure sea
that amazing southern light,
the markets, the scents, the people,
Provence, you've been a delight.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Let Her Have Cake


A little girl
was taking a break,
preparing to enjoy
a nice piece of cake.

A squirrel jumped on her
giving her a fright,
he was actually hoping
to get a small bite.

A bird flying by
was horrified by this,
but the squirrel didn't care
and blew her a kiss.

The oak tree sighed:
"well, he is young",
and the naughty squirrel
stuck out his tongue.

A yellow butterfly
who was always so kind,
sided with the squirrel
if the girl didn't mind.

Other animals arrived
drawn by the chatter,
and all wanted to know
what was the matter.

Some had an opinion, 
some had a laugh,
when the little girl
finally had enough:

"You are all lovely,
but for heaven's sake
let me have a moment
to enjoy my piece of cake"!


Featured: My picnic blanket is finished!
My lovely niece Dana
is the first to use it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Dream My Dreams in Pink


Pink said to black:
I love you to the moon and back,
black answered pink:
I hope it's as far as I think.


Featured: I've rediscovered
my passion for doilies.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Handmade Holiday




Our Passover this year was quite
casual and very child friendly.
I wanted to share some things I made:

1. Yogurt drink bottles made into little vases

2. I used empty tea packets to draw
these little characters

3. And wrote names on them to use as
place cards

4. I filled drink cups with festive choclates
and artificial flowers

5. And put giant marshmallow lollipops
in little bottles

6. These went on the table and at the end
of the evening every child got one of each.

7. The adults got a roll of date delight
(recipe below, if you'd like to try it)

8. And a jar of my grandmother's
traditional holiday cookies

9. Finally, I made a felt flower garland


Recipe for Date Delights:
Warm up 500 grams of pitted dates
with a little butter to soften them.
Let cool and add 3 cups of goodies -
granola, quinoa puffs, broken cookies,
nuts, dried fruit, whatever you like.
Mix well, make little rolls
and roll them in coconut.
Easy and quite healthy. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Brown and Broken No More


I was walking down the street
when I happened to meet
a sad looking chair
that gave me a stare.

It was getting dark
and the weather was bad,
I couldn't just leave him
looking so sad.

The chair was broken
and brown, it is true,
but I had paint
and a hammer and glue.

I told him of all
the places we'd go
once he was fixed
and got back his glow.

I promised to
fold him into the car
and take him advneturing
near and far.

The chair liked my plan
and wanted out of the weather,
so I picked him up
and we went home together.


Featured: Two coats of paint
and an embroidered seat
gave my poor chair
a new lease on life.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In the Early Morning Hours


Early one morning
as I opened my eyes
I thought I'd go out
to see the sun rise.

The world was still dark,
the air had a sting,
that lovely cool freshness
you'd expect from spring.

I didn't see a daffodil,
no tulips to be had,
nor crocuses or hyacinths
but I was not sad.

The humble little flowers,
the ones you hardly know,
were out blooming gaily
and put on quite a show.

Whole beds of color,
pink and yellow and white,
hugged every tree
and filled me with delight.

The time went by quickly
the sun began to shine,
I bid 'good day' to the flowers
and went to start mine.



Featured: photos of a spring day outing
and the food that came after