Inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Found in a Kitchen
What I remember most are her bright red fingernails.
Each shiny nail a perfect oval.
I must have been quite young as her hands were close to my line of sight at the kitchen counter. Watching my mother demonstrate how to flute a pie crust.
First flatten the dough onto the pan’s rim. Press your right forefinger into the dough on the edge. At the same time, pinch the dough around it using your left thumb and forefinger…to form an even point. Repeat the process around the pan until there is a circle of neat grooves. Sealing the top and bottom crusts together. So the juices from all the freshly sliced apples don’t leak out during baking.
The process of fluting is difficult to explain – which is probably why she showed me. Many times.
She was careful. Gentle. No hurrying. No impatient sighs. Voice unusually soft and low. See? This is how you do it. I was mesmerized. Each indentation she made on the crust’s edge forced bits of dough and flour onto and under her nails…red polish slowly disappearing. The tips of her fingers eventually a dusty white.
My mother also wore matching lipstick…which outlined the ever-present red slice of discontent on her face…
…which momentarily slipped away when she was working on a piecrust.
Calmly focused on the pie pan as she expertly rotated it…pressing her manicured fingers methodically into the fresh dough…she was an Artist at Work.
Creating a masterpiece. All her own.
Colorful bamboo fills an area bordering the lion exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
On display – June 2019.
Look what I found during a walk in the woods yesterday.
A totally overcast day had its upside…looking down.
And looking straight ahead as well.
Nature’s lines were everywhere.
Lines of notes & chords
was all it took…
for a budding 12 year old guitarist
to close her eyes…
and join her favorite band.
Who ever heard of puzzle piece stairs?
I never did…until I toured the Ticonderoga steamship at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont this past summer. The stairway between the upper and lower decks is covered with rubber tiles…each stair its own puzzle.
A remarkable sight.
Pumpkins are everywhere this month…so I am including a few in BeckyB’s October lines & squares challenge. It seems appropriate.
Of course I could also include pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and so on and so forth. But instead, I decided on the natural route. The “pumpkin/pumpkin spice” flavor popping up on store shelves has very little to do with an actual pumpkin anyway…and is more about cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. A delicious combination no matter what you call it.
As a retired dietitian, I must add…a pumpkin (technically a fruit, but masquerading as a vegetable) is quite nutritious – full of Vitamin A, fiber and other fun micronutrients.
Last but not least…
Let’s not forget: pumpkins are multi-purpose.
If not cooked into various yummy treats, there is always the carving-into-scary-faces route.
It is October after all.
During a summer visit to Vermont, a wooden cart holding a variety of flowering plants caught my eye.
Colors faded to a new look.
Weathered surfaces showing their age.
As we all do.