are you ready for some FOOTBALL

I love watching football, IF the Patriots are playing. Last Sunday we had the opportunity not only to go to the game, but, also to be on the field while the teams were warming up. I made sure I had my camera, 2 charged batteries,  extra memory cards, and I also brought my 100-400m lens. Unfortunately I dropped it at the security table and it BROKE :(.

We arrived at Gillette Stadium 2 hours early. We wanted to get to the tables close to the windows in the Putnam Club. We figured we could use it as a basecamp to warm up. It snowed on Sunday, was really cold, and all the seats were damp and cold!

The Patriots were played the Broncos. It was an exciting game to watch, lots of action from both teams. We even got to see a trick play that didn’t go very well. Third down and long yardage, the Patriots lined up to punt. Then the whole Special teams ran off the field with the Bronco’s falling in suit. Unfortunately the Offense Line didn’t get back in time to execute the play.  It really was a sight to see!

Here are some highlights from the day. The Patriots won 43-21. We had a great time.

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another minted.com POST

Here I am sitting at my computer. I got an email from Minted.com. (this is the site where I have entered my pictures in some contests and actually have won, and sold some), reminding me that voting has begun for the last contest I had entered.

I went to the minted.com site and what did I see?

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My picture, right there on the front page of their website. I was shocked and pretty surprised. I sent a link to my husband, and he told me when he went to their site, he was directed to a different home page, not the one that I had been directed to. I was reminded how sophisticated internet direct marketing can be. Everything you do online can been seen, and companies will take advantage of that!  They show you what they think you want to see.  Increasing the odds that you may buy what you were, looking at previously.

So, the point of this is not to rant about what gets shown to who and why. It’s another plea for your help, and ask you again to vote for ME.

These are the images I have submitted these pictures.


Here is the link VOTE

Thanks for all the support, I really appreciate it!

a flower a shallot and a ZUCCHINI

I know the title sounds like Ed McMahon, asking Johnny Carson’s Carnac, (A link for those too young) on the Tonight Show.

This morning, like every other morning.  I opened my refrigerator door, and looked inside. What was I was going to eat for breakfast today.  I’m sure everyone else does this. You look, and see nothing you really want. This morning I was drawn to a wrinkly old zucchini, and an ancient shallot.  Both, ready for the trash bin.  I decided to cook something with them.

I washed the zucchini gave it a quick chop, peeled the shallot and diced it as well.  I thought they would be good sautéd, so I heated up some evoo.  First went in the shallots, they cooked for a couple of minutes. Then the diced zucchini, with a pinch of kosher salt.  I let them sizzle for a few minutes, but felt it needed some liquid for it to cook thoroughly.  Back into the fridge I went.  I found some delicious tomato soup, that my husband had made on Sunday.  This would be perfect, not just for cooking but also for added flavor. I poured the soup into the pan, put on a lid, and cooked it for another minute.  I opened the lid and thought, NOW WHAT?

Back into the fridge, aha, eggs.  I whipped up 2 eggs (only one yolk), dumped them into the sauté pan….

Voila….a delicious omelette.

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Oh, the flower… This was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the kitchen this morning.

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Thank YOU David xo

 

 

 

a year LATER

Monday was Patriots Day in Boston. The Day we commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the famous ride by Paul Revere. He was the one who rode through town screaming the British are coming…..!!!

Over 1 million people lined the streets of the marathon route, all 26.2 miles, to cheer on the runners.  Starting in Hopkington, and ending in Boston.  This marathon was different.  Last year 2 bomb’s exploded at the finish line, killing 3 and injuring 264 people.  I was in Israel having dinner ironically safe.  We were scheduled to fly home the night they shut don the city.  Our flight home was cancelled and we were sent to local hotels.  I remember not be able to go to sleep and watching the TV in awe.  By the time I got home the suspect had been caught and was in the hospital.  My husband took me into town, by the finish line and it truly looked like a war zone.  There were police on every corner and many hummers patrolled the streets.

Yesterday, no ONE was going to allow the bombers to get the best of US!  The race would go on as planned, with a massive amount of extra security and, NO bags at the finish line and no bags for the runners. That didn’t deter anyone from showing up or running!

I watched at around the 15 mile marker in Wellesley, a suburb, 20 minutes west of Boston. My friend set up a table stacked with goodies for the runners. We handed out water, oranges, cookies and bananas. The runner’s were grateful, and gracious, during the hand-off!
What a great day to be a Bostonian, I am BOSTON STRONG!

happy PASSOVER

Tonight is the first night of Passover. When we celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Every year our family gathers together for a Seder. As a child I loved Passover. I was so fidgety having to responsively read the Haggadah. I wanted the Seder to be over so I could find the Afikomen. 5 kids running around looking for the wrapped up Matzah. The winner the lucky recipient of a crispy new $1.00 bill.  The night was always the same, people arrived about an hour before the Seder.  We started with appetizers in the Living room(so fancy), chopped chicken liver, potato latkes and gefilte fish.  Then we were herded into the Dining Room (I had to sit with my cousin on a bench, there never were enough chairs) for the traditional Seder.  It seemed like it lasted forever. After the Seder we finally got to eat.  I remember the food being delicious and abundant.  Chicken soup with matzah balls, brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken fricassee and sweet potatoes with baked mini marshmallow on top. And, of course the obligatory Jello mold.  My mother always made an elaborate multi-layered mold of  jello, canned fruit and sour cream.  It took her hours to make, starting the previous day, so each layer would be able to set.

Fast forward to the present.  We still have our  traditional Seder, just with some different players.  I no longer have to sit on a bench, I’m the adult (kind of).  No jello mold and the finder of the Afikoman gets $20.00!  Maybe I will make a jello mold next year….then again, probably NOT!

Here is my contribution, a red velvet coconut macaroon cake. I found the recipe in The Forward.

Next year in Jerusalem!

a new START

I don’t know about you, but, I have no clue where most of my pictures are.  I shoot my pictures in raw format. Then I edit them in Adobe Camera Raw. I save them as .jpgs or tweak them a bit in Photoshop. Then I might make a folder on my desktop, or one of many external hard drives. Most of my CF cards are filled with old raw files, I haven’t reformatted them in fear I might be in need of the original.  With that being said, I have purged my computers hard drive of all pictures and am starting anew. I put all the files onto a 2TB portable hard drive, thinking they will all be in one place.  I’m taking a new photography class, that has a Lightroom component. I hope it will help me catalog them all in ONE place.  Wish me LUCK!

OH…I stumbled onto this, boy do I miss his energy out there on the court!

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