in New York City
nypl digital library
|...as surely as the squirrels outside your window are burying acorns, |
Southern Girls everywhere in the world get a primal urge to polish the silver...
|...the rains begin after 7 months of dry weather to drench the back yard...|
|...these things start showing up all over|
the sidewalks (magnolia flower seed pods?)...
|...my shadow takes on an ominously tall and otherworldly look...|
|...while the hydrangeas take on that coppery look..|
|...and Nicky begins to find skeletons in neighbor's yards...|
|...oak leaves settle on my lavender picnic table after the first rain...|
|...and Mia's gorgeous grapes fall in bunches like this little beauty...|
|...the heirloom tomatoes are ridiculously delicious...|
|...Chinese bitter melon and eggplants appear at |
the farmers' market... (it really is bitter, I tried them!)...
|...the ubiquitous pumpkin kissed by nature's palette shows up everywhere...|
|...grapes of all varieties are harvested with |
abandon all over the area...
|...while over at the beach, a lone surfer walks out of |
the sea as if to say.. "when is summer coming back?"
while Nicky watches intently...
|...the beach already looks deserted for the winter...|
|...except for all the birds! ...|
|...and finally, you know it's autumn when I make this |
incredibly delicious and eeeasy Pear Custard Pie (no dairy!).. circa
1987 from the Gray Whale Resto in Inverness, CA...
|Refreshing, embracing, awakening.|
Grapefruits, mandarins and lemon scented Verbena
leaves create a clean and bracing
citrus accord that dries down to greener notes.
|fabric: Babylone by Manuel Canovas perfect for|
window curtains and bed covers
|Gathering, 2012 by Gloria Vanderbilt perfect art for the wall|
|wall and glossy floor paint color|
|baseboard and trim paint color|
Old black and white images are from the Library of Congress;
I selected them because they show Damascus in happier times...
the few decades after the turn of the last century
before the French Mandate began in 1920.
I think they evoke a sense of innocence and simplicity which is
being lost every day now in Syria.