This Week... and In the Roman Catholic Church-- Wednesday was a special day, the Feast Day of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Elizabeth. And coming up on Sunday is the great Holy Day of Pentecost, which commemorates the gift of the Holy Spirit, and marks the end of the Easter season. The Holy Spirit is often represented as a dove in art, and I think this detail of a dove from one of my paintings (above) a couple years back ties in nicely with the celebration now!
At Home... and In the Garden-- LOTS of green things growing... radishes sprouting! It's been some very exciting days lately with seedlings spiraling up. Lovely with so many fresh herbs for cooking, baking and tisanes.
Out & About-- While in town, I noticed some colorful bunting strung between two buildings (one a shopping center, on the right)... Not sure what this is leftover from, but it's very fun!
On the Menu-- Asparagus! We've been enjoying the short but delicious season of asparagus. I made a risotto with shrimp, asparagus and dill. We'll be having this again soon! I almost always start a risotto using Jamie Oliver's very good, basic Risotto Bianco recipe, and then add other goodies.
Thankful-- We received these GORGEOUS white-lavender roses from TJ's sister and her boyfriend as a thank you gift to us for looking after their cat while they were away. What a sweet surprise! It's wonderful having flowers in the house...
Happy-- Some happy mail! I received a VERY generous gift of several selections of tea and pretty cards--including one she painted--from my very kind friend Elizabeth. She also sent this stunningly beautiful small icon! THANK YOU so much, Elizbeth!! :)))
Also in the mail... The dark indigo/denim blue chambray fabric I ordered arrived... and I have plans for sewing a summer skirt with it!
Reading-- Still reading Amish fiction goodies... Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher, and then will dive into it's follow-up, The Newcomer.
Listening-- J. S. Bach has been my companion this week, as I listen to his French Suites, BWV 812-817, and Six Keyboard Partitas. *sigh*... so beautiful!!
Watching-- We are still very much enjoying documentaries of various kinds via YouTube. This week we watched a BBC program hosted by Michael Palin and his travel to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania USA (my home state!) to explore the life and work of American painter Andrew Wyeth. We love the artworks of Andrew Wyeth, so this was special to see! Here is the YouTube link for the Wyeth documentary.
Creating-- My Harvest Song Granny Stripe Poncho is still in progress, but halfway to done...
...and... I've not had much painting to share, as things have been going slow in that department. I'm needing some supplies refreshed. And this aqua blue paint that I use a LOT, I'm having trouble getting more of, and needing to look further afield for it... or something similar. It's sort of my color. ;)
Whew... I think that's all for this week here. How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))