5 July 2012
Besides welcoming our beautiful, new grandson in early June, there have been lots of other good things happening during the past month.
I don't have a photo from the evening, but, we enjoyed going to the outdoor theater at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on June 29th for a production of Pirates of Penzance. (Laura and Travis gave us the tickets for Christmas) It was a great cast and a lively performance! Really fun. And, to make the night even more memorable, just as we were leaving, a fierce wind and lightning storm came up. We huddled under the shelter of the concession buildings' overhang (along with a few hundred others) — until the winds died down and the rain let up — before making our soggy dash for the car. The drive home was slow going. Many lights were out along the way and there were trees down all over the roads. We were glad when we were safe at home. Unfortunately, some of the people in the area we drove through didn't have power for several days afterward.
On a brighter note, I'm very excited that I'm FINALLY taking a watercolor class from Catherine Hillis. I've been trying to get into a class of hers for over a year. It seems like the minute one of her classes is listed, it fills up. I'm SO happy I was able to get into this one! We've only had one class so far, but I know I'll learn a lot. (Years ago I tried to take a watercolor class, but had to drop it after only one session because of other things going on in my life at the time. So, I'm excited to try again) The photo above is one the instructor painted — it's definitely not mine. :-)
For the 4th of July, I cooked patty pan squash for the first time ever, along with preparing most of the other farm-fresh veggies pictured here. I added some of the yellow squash and zucchini to the patty pan squash and cooked them up with butter, sliced onion and a little salt and pepper. Then, I made a big pot of fresh green beans with new potatoes. I also roasted some turnips and a little fennel, and, made a marinated salad of cucumbers, onion, and tomato. Delicious! We did grill a little meat, but the veggies were the star of the show.