The Pink Zone

Over the weekend, I mourned the loss of my first ever live, potted Alberta Spruce. I finally had the chance to head out the door into our balcony and checked it out thoroughly after the recent brutal, long winter. It wasn’t a surprise at all, because during the hash winter months, from looking at it through the windows, it looked brittle and brown. So off it went into the trash, and that my $***.00 dollars went down the drain. I was optimistic that it would survive the harsh winter and that we would have a live tree every year. I was wrong! For the holiday this year, it will definitely be a fresh cut live tree.

Incidentally, in my desire to color my world pink, I’ve taken a liking to pink hyacint. Too bad, the blooms only last for a few weeks at most.

I bought this pot of pink hyacinth looking like this:

pink hyacinth

In 5 days, it turned into this:

pink hyacinth

A day later, and the subsequent days, it bloomed all the more. My kitchen smelled so good.
pink hyacinth

pink hyacinth

pink hyacinth

Do you notice the pink calla lilly? You can say that I’m desperate for the color pink (lol). When I saw it, I just had to have it.
pink hyacinth

pink calla lilly

pink calla lilly

pink hyacinth

pink hyacinth

While I know that the Hyacinths are perennial, I really am not decided if I want to take care of the bulbs and try and restart it when Spring comes around. I’m disappointed with the way the live Alberta Spruce turned out. My gardening skills is in question and I’m not willing to take another chance. It can just be another disaster and I don’t want to waste my time and effort.

Saturday Jaunt

(series)

The past four weeks brought about some life altering changes in our household. It’s been chaotic and stressful to say the least, but I’ve welcomed it with open arms. When your heart is filled with compassion, you go past the hurts and pains and do what your heart dictates. For, at the end of the day, we individually, not collectively answer to our God. I believe in the law of karma. What goes around, comes around.

Running two households, and running around within the vicinity is no mean feat. I pretend most days that I’m ‘superwoman’ but towards the end of the week, I’m exhausted and all I want to do is stay in bed. Gone are my days of waking up conveniently at the middle of the day; nowadays, it’s more like 7:00 a.m. It’s tough but I’m not complaining, for this is the only way I could accomplish the tasks at hand.

We had such a lovely day last Saturday. Temps rose to a warm 70 degrees and that signaled the start of my blog series: Saturday Jaunt. However, I’m not really sure if I can keep up with it but I will try my best for documentation purposes. I have to admit though, that the photo book which I intended to create out of the series last year remains an intent, I have yet to start creating it.

For the first time, we took the trek to the local Whole Foods Market that opened last December. The store is the biggest I’ve seen so far in New York and with the ample parking space, it’s a real winner! I think I found my new organic goodies destination, but the two health food stores that  I go to regularly remains a permanent destination because there are items that are not available at WFM.

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

Denim On Denim

Through the years, I’ve been very careful on wearing denim on denim. It’s not always easy to pull it off. I don’t want the fashion police to castigate me (LOL). For some reason however, last Saturday I was in the mood for it and came up with this ensemble.

whole foods brooklyn

Is it obvious that my ‘paparazzi’ was shutter happy? (take a look)

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods brooklyn

whole foods market

After our shopping run and a quick dash home to unload the goodies, we headed to another destination. After a few hours, it was time to go to the Palm Sunday anticipated Mass. Dinner was served at home which paved the way for me to retire at a decent time.

All In One Day

(series)

Here’s one typical dinner for this family of two. She – a self-confessed pescetarian and he – a half-baked pescetarian (or should I say, a pescetarian by force).

salad with dried cranberriessalad – spinach, romaine lettuce, arugula, parsley, topped with dried cranberries and dressed with hummus

steamed broccolini steamed broccolini

sauteed collard greenssauteed collard greens with garlic

pan seared shrimppan seared shrimp (seared in tomatoes, garlic, lemon, olive oil, homemade bread crumbs and garnished with parsley)