Friday, September 03, 2010
Grapes on Masa
Thank you all for your most kind comments yesterday and well wishes for Hurricane Earl. Earl 'kissed' the North Carolina coast at 2 am this morning as a catagory 2 hurricane. We were exceedingly lucky as the eye missed our coastline by almost 100 miles. The outer banks has some beach erosion, some flooding, some areas without power, but all in all, for the size of this storm, we were exceptionally fortunate. Prayers now for the Cape Cod area of Massachusettes as Earl veers northward ....
I painted this work of grapes on masa last week while Jodi came to visit and I was sharing a few masa techniques ...FUN .... I DO LOVE the textures that masa paper produces ... a bit of abstract - a bit of realism. Jodi returns today for another shared painting time! YAHOO!
On the way home last night, I had one of those McDonald Caramel Fappes because I was dragging after the Plant a Row session. We spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon planting more seeds for fall, continuing our viticulture experiments and then making a TON of pear butter. We cut, boiled, seasoned two LARGE pots of the butter - but didn't quite get to finish the process. So I brought home the mix plus a large bag of pears that we didn't have room enouugh to cook during our session. I worked last night to finish the butter we began (simmer until thick, place in jars, boil bath to seal), and then started from scratch with the pears I brought home. In all - I wound up with 60 JARS OF PEAR BUTTER!! WHEW And with the unpacking of the car, laundry, mail, bill paying and the like, it was well after midnight before I hit the bed. So now I know what to do when I'm tired -- a CARAMEL FRAPPE!!! LOLOLOL Nothing like caffeine and sugar to get things me energized again! LOL
Anyway, I'll bring in all those jars when we return to work on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday - Labor Day).
I'm really looking forward to a relaxing day of art today ....with the storm gone, and still no rain (you would have thought we'd have some with a hurricane less than 100 miles from us!! SIGH) -- temps are to reach almost 100F! I'll have to find some time this weekend to water the plants and do some much needed weeding and seed-collecting ....
Have a restful day!