Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Art of Piddling

Just call me F.D.R.
(the screen is supposed to be black)
I originally did this: 1) because I stalk Vivian Swift and want to one day be as interesting as her ("she" is probably grammatically correct, but it sounds ridiculous); 2) I miss my girlfriends and had an idea that we should send each other videos of our everyday moments so it would seem like we were just sharing a cup of coffee or something; 3) What else ya gonna do at 4:18?

Tell me which part of the day makes YOU feel most settled. 

Coffee, Dad's Centre College sweatshirt, the moon, and Willie Geist: recipe for a good morning.
It isn't just the perfect "morning time," however, that makes me feel most settled.  Sometimes beautiful weather,  unexpected produce deliveries, and good conversations keep my restlessness in check, too.

Yesterday was a day I would like to think, "looks like me."

A sincere "thank you" to all of those who helped remind me how very lovely my life is...
Carmelita Smith: for not getting mad at me when I dropped my camera on your foot while trying to get pictures of Chris Scott's tomatoes at the Farmers Market....and for suggesting I put sugar in my cornmeal mix before dipping my eggplant.

Minit Mart coffee: you were good yesterday.

David Arms & Ed Peretto: David brought me tomatoes to the library, Ed, watermelon, peppers, and the Biography of Malcolm X (we had talked about it the previous day; oh, and if you get the Cumberland County News, notice that Ed is our "Patron of the Week.":)).  More importantly, thank you for interesting conversations about books, small town politics, and/or how good "fried stuff" is. I'm always glad to see you all walk in the door.

My mother: She and I decided to go to Lake Cumberland Winery in Monticello yesterday for their "Grand Bottle Opening." I can't imagine a more perfect way to spend a Saturday: music, crafts, a beautiful vineyard and winery, wine tastings, and funny, funny friends, some of whom I've known for years, some who I met only yesterday.  There's no one else I would've rather spent the day with.  My mom is laid-back, foolish, and completely endearing.  And Jim Brady, Gary Haddle, and both of your respective families....thanks for reminding me what neat people I am fortunate to know.
It was just one of those days that made me stop, pull my head out of my ass, and say to myself, "You need to stop wondering and complaining so often. You have a lovely life filled with interesting people. Sometimes that is enough."

Some of my favorite creations of the summer. If you want any of the recipes, just let me know.
Fruit Pizza
Pistachio Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing
 Butternut Squash Pie
 Balsamic Cherry Glaze
 Homemade Pizza Crust
 Tomato Pie (just prepping the vegetable medley)
 Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake
 Eggplants...pre-frying/pre-eggplant Parmesan lasagna


  1. Isn't it amazing how much fun can be had by just enjoying the simple things in life? Gorgeous weather, good wine, good music and being with some old friends and making new ones...and oh, BTW spending the day with an incredible daughter who finds the joy of living where ever she is. Thanks, Liza for being my running buddy.

    1. Thank YOU for being the perfect traveling companion...pretty sure we have a lot more adventures in store (and I'm looking forward to each one). Love you lots, Mom.

  2. this just made me miss you!!! what a fun adventure :)

    1. Awww! This made me miss you! Come visit anytime....we Turner ladies love random adventures:)

  3. I think you Turner girls need to learn to have a little more fun....seems to be a shortage there>


    1. I know. Mom is such a drag.

      And, by "drag," I mean "about the coolest person ever."

  4. OMG!!Its ok to make fun of this... honestly....I may live that down one day ha ha....Makes me wonder if I should drink less wine or do I need to start drink more now ha ha...signed sloppy guitarist :)

    1. Maybe you drink less and everyone else with ears drink a lot more. You'll probably sound awesome then.
      -Signed "pain in the ass with pretty eyes"

  5. Oh the abuse, I put up with around here lol,but ill agree with every bit of it ;)lol