Tuesday, January 27, 2009

view from the kitchen sink

© 2009 Ingar Brunnett, original illustration VIEW FROM THE KITCHEN SINK: duo of roses, potted basil + chives, fresh cut daisies, bowl of cherries being washed......


I read somewhere that adding illustrations onto your blog will add depth and interest to your blog. Not that I believe everything that I read but it made me think about a series of pen and ink illustrations I created during the years that we lived in northeast Ohio. So I thought to give you a glimpse......

I was also constantly *preggers* which seemed like a 5 year span in my life.

My memories of Ohio: I remember lots of pot lucks, lake effects snow, lots of sleet, driving on ice, skidding on ice, maple syrup, being pregnant (hah! I already said that!), more pot lucks, more snow, falling on ice, really good corn on the cob, orchard apples, my Mennonite best girlfriend forever Ida, having babies, late harvest grapes, mud, having a *mud room*, writing poetry, my writing circle, my first writing mentor and another best friend forever, the blanketed silence after a heavy snowfall, the maple syrup festival, harvest festivals, children's tea parties and the memory would not be replete without my kitchen window.

My kitchen window looked out to our back woods. We had close to an acre of woods (which was a lot of space for someone growing up in California) full of oak and maple trees. Many times deer ran through our backyard.

One time, when my kids were toddlers they were playing in the sandbox in the backyard. I was doing something over the kitchen sink and watching them here and there through the kitchen window. I loved the view from the kitchen window into our backyard. It was always a beautiful scene that changed with the seasons. The children were quietly playing making sand mounds.....then I happened to look up and I saw a male buck charge toward the sandbox! I screamed at the kids out the window and then ran out to the back yelling at them to get into the house. The buck continued to charge at them and suddenly steered away when he saw me run out with my hands swaying, hair flying and me, mama bear going crazy.

We still talk about that day and now we can laugh about it.

It was really weird that happened since the kids were just in the sandbox and not doing anything to provoke the deer.

Just a glimpse of a memory to share......while I am working on my next savory post.

16 comments:

earthmother said...

I was just watching the deer out my kitchen window about an hour ago.

That lake effect snow you remember so well is on its way – 5 to 8 inches expected. My Siberian Husky is overjoyed. Me, not so much.

noobcook said...

What a beautiful and sweet illustration. You are so talented!

annechovie said...

Lovely illustration! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!

Apasara said...

What a great view in and out of that lovely window. Your drawing has such warmth....so artistic! Your art gave me a happy taste memory of making bisquits with my Grandmother and looking out her kitchen window to see her roses and fruit trees...long long ago. Thank you for that, lovely lady.

Rajani said...

my first time here!! ilove the illustration and your shared memories. I am inspired really! My own kitchen sink view is so different! thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of writing.

taste memory said...

earthmother ~ i do miss that....the deer passing and some moments of heavy snowfall. thnx for update on ohio snow ~ what always amazed me was the drama of spring too. i luv siberian huskies ~ how cute....he wants to run out + roll n snow ;-)

noobcook ~ hi sweetie!

annechovie ~ happy new year to u!

Aspara ~ nice to hear from as always. glad to hear this brings taste memories of someone u hold so dear. what an awesome moment in time to remember baking + being with your grandmother w. roses + fruit outside. what a wealth she passed onto you ;-)

Rajani ~ why thank you! thanks for stopping by + look forward to your posts as well....

Jescel said...

wow, what a talent you have. beautiful illustrator + creative writer + an awesome cook. your hubby is a lucky one! :o)

Rajani said...

my post about my own view is up - take a look :)

Shalini said...

Came here via Rajani's blog....really enjoyed your view out of your kitchen window. Lovely reading that brought back so many memories of kitchen windows of my parents house.

foodhoe said...

Oh your drawing is so lovely and wonderfully calligraphic, was it done in charcoal or did you use a brush? great memories, made me feel like I was looking out your window with you...

Nicole said...

I love this drawing! It is so loose and free. Great lines.

Passionate Eater said...

Gosh, that is a scary situation with the deer, especially when deer seem like such non-threatening and non-aggressive animals. I am glad nothing happened.

Also, on the lighter note, it sounds like life in Ohio is full of ice/snow/cold non-California weather, and therefore, lots of time to stay indoors to get pregnant! I am glad Ohio gave you the most wonderful presents of any state, your beautiful children.

Lori Lynn said...

Enjoyed your post. Very much.
LL

Tillybud said...

Hello! I noticed your comment on shalini's blog and thought I'd take a peek. Funny but I was writing about deer in a very different mood this morning. Beautiful illustration -wish I could do that.

Medena (-Melitta-) said...

I like illustrations, so there may be some truth in what you read, and you are great at it, so why not include them...love your illustration!
I do pencil drawing (I'm pretty good too), but for some reason I haven't done any in about 7-8 years.Life...

Your Ohio memories sound like my life here in MI :)
I am planning to move to a warmer climate, just can't take 5 months of winter any more, as much as it's all fun at the begining!
Cheers! Had fun reading some posts I have missed!

taste memory said...

Jescel ~ hi dear, good to hear from you + hope all is well!

Rajani ~ it was lovely! enjoyed the vivid glimpse into your world

Shalini ~ hello + welcome. glad to hear it brought back glimpse of good times as well!

foodhoe ~ thanks! with ink/brush + pen.....just capturing a moment

nicole ~ hey foodie/artist blogger
;-)

passionate eater ~ hey there! yea it was really weird when it happened. they are very mellow animals. the only thing we were wondering it was *mating* season + we were sharing backyard with deer family perhaps too close for comfort. they must be territorial too....

Lori Lynn ~ always a pleasure + treat to have you here!

Tillybud ~ hello + welcome! I love the *domino* effect of bloggers visiting other bloggers, etc. hope to see you again

Medena ~ hello dear friend! i have missed you! but i do know you have been just as busy as moi. glad to hear some changes are coming your way....look forward to being in touch with your blog as well. always *creative* developments at your place!