fruits of our labor: new granite counter tops for this foodie
Well here it is.
Brand new granite counter tops.
The former was a Formica powder blue atrocity.
It took us awhile to pick out this design. What's amazes me about the beauty of granite is that it is not a man made design. So you can image me in the granite yard (yes a huge Flintstones like quarry with a variety of granite slabs) as I was overwhelmed with the natural beauty of granite.
I felt as if I were at The Louvre.
Each slab, quite exquisite.
For the new counter tops; I am ever so grateful!
pomegranate season: illuminated, jewels, vibrancy and the visual harvest
the morning cup: my le petit déjeuner cup reminds me of the *white shoulders* perfume bottle......wish one could forget the scent though
intermezzo toward winter
Day at the beach: Dad and I in Vung Tau, Vietnam during the war
I was born is Seoul, Korea yet we moved rather swiftly to and through Vietnam during the mid-60's. This picture was taken when we lived in the coastal resort town of Vung Tau, Vietnam. Dad rented a French style villa not too far from this beach. This was during the war and just prior the deadly takeover that prompted us to leave. When I look at this picture it reminds me of how courageous Dad was. This was a difficult time for Korea's economic crises......to make a long story short, Dad was able to gain employment with the U.S. Army stationed in Saigon. Yes, he was a risk taker. Amazing to recall, his job had to do with managing services for food and beverages for the various U.S. Army barracks stationed throughout Vietnam. Another point in my food lineage!
A taste memory: I remember going to bed after eating homemade ice cream made with condensed milk and orange juice (the dreamsicle, 50/50 bar) while watching fighter jets go by. You can read more about it here and here.
This was a very strange, scary + sad time. Talk about fate and all things falling into place.......
Dad had friends in high places, we left swiftly left Vietnam through the central port city of Can Tho by way of army helicopter to Saigon, then somewhere in between a flight on a military cargo plane, then finally we boarded Pan Am to Hawaii to San Francisco.
My mom gave me Juicy Fruit gum to ease my nausea from all the traveling. To this day, I have mixed feelings about Juicy Fruit gum!
My father passed away six years ago, November 29th.
Remembering you Dad for your brilliance, sowing the seeds for a new life and most importantly finding ~
For this, I am so grateful.
Pomegranate fruit is the perfect seasonal dichotomy. The abundance of these seeded capsules loaded with high vitamin juice content during the Autumn season of harvest is a peripheral reminder of more things to come.
What are you expecting as the new year beckons around?
Isn't amazing how much you have lived in this past year?
Do you already see what the new year is unfolding?
Of course, new taste memories revealed.
To American readers, blessings that you had an incredible Thanksgiving holiday!
Autumnal equinox + winter solstice bliss as well to everyone.
Also to many others welcoming in the new spring; a new found vibrancy.
Wishing you today + the days to follow an abundance of peace, good cheer + most of all.......