Fruit, Vegetable, Nut, or Legume?

During our Sunday morning ride we came across this street vendor selling a few colorful and interesting food items. I’m still not sure if I have the name correctly. I’ve asked around and have been told they are Trapa Natan and that it’s quite possible that I’ve eaten it as it’s usually mixed in with our food. Hmm…  At first I was fearful to try them as nothing good comes when I eat street food. But, this what ever it was had intrigued me.

Once you peel the outer skin, the center is like a small tater. There is no taste to it and the texture is a mix of a potato and nut, kind of hard and spongy. Do you know what this is? Do you have any information to share? If so, please share especially if you know the nutritional value. Enjoy!

Lady Vendor

Notice the scale this vendor is using? This type of scale is quite common in these parts with our street vendors.

Lady vendor - Green food

Trapa Natan – I’ve looked up this item but it looks nothing like the Trapa Natan I’ve found. However, it was a local lady (who speaks English) who told me the name. I’ll go with her information until I find otherwise :).

Lady Vendor - Red Food

If nothing else, this item looks very pretty. I love the color!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Why would a glass of coffee be my share for the Weekly Photo Challenge? Well, it’s only the best coffee in the world! Move over Starbucks, my husband is in the Kitchen. This wonderful man of mine get’s up every morning at 5:00 AM and prepares the most delicious glass of coffee ever. If the alarm doesn’t wake me the aroma of the coffee does.

Mike uses the morning hours of solitude in the kitchen to work on his art. Coffee art that is.


Who You Are – A Message To All Women


I saw this on Facebook and went searching on YouTube for the video. It’s such a positive and encouraging video. Inspirational! I’ll be sharing this with my daughter’s and my girlfriends.




The Curvaceous Sleek Form of A Wooden Boat

For as long as I’ve known my husband, I’ve known of his love affair. The affair of another woman, the wooden kind. He loves those smooth fair curves that only a Wooden Boat can have. These boats are not just planks on frames; but, they are part of what once was a living thing.

I was trying to be poetic with my descriptions but that’s not going so well. For now, I just want to share the photo’s I have of some beautiful boats. The following photo’s were taken in Brooklin, Maine while my husband was taking a class at the Wooden Boat School in July 2013.

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Nothing like ending your day in perfect harmony with the water, a glass of wine, a nice meal, and a slight breeze in the air. Absolute perfection!

Wooden Boat ^

Stillness – When I look at this photo I think of the Bible verse – Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10. Nothing was moving, the skies were gray, and the sun had not yet peaked out. A perfect still morning.

Wooden Boat 7

This too shall become a work of art!

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22.90 Mile Bike Ride Turns Into A Humbling Experience

What is there to do on a Sunday afternoon in a small community with population of 250,000 or more people? In our family, Sunday’s are reserved as a family day where we stay in lounge clothes if we so choose. It’s really a leisure day! However, there are times when the weather is just the right temperature, the sun is not too hot, the wind is not strong, & the trails start calling. At times in a community this large, and where the population of the area decides to congregate in the center of town, the only alternative of escape, is to go the opposite direction. Use caution on the path you decide to take. 

Our photo’s serve as a reminder of how truly blessed we really are. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t forget; but, at times we need a little nudge or a gentle reminder.

Take for example these two homes found along the bike route. Humble dwellings. I often wonder who lives in such homes, are they happy, are they content, & do they need anything.china by bike 029 china by bike 003

What about our drinking water. Do you ever think about our drinking water or wash water? Do you think of those unfortunate people that do not have the luxuries that we have in the USA. We complain about how stringent the EPA, USDA, FDA, & any other acronym you can think of are in their governing policies. I now thank God we have them in place to protect us. I also am grateful we have people and organizations like the Sierra Club, Surf Rider Foundation, and other like minded organizations that are passionate about cleaning up our water and environment.china by bike 014 china by bike 015 china by bike 013

These people are some of the hardest working men and women we’ve seen in this community. They are also some of the lowest paid people on the pay scale. There is a group of workers near our complex that get a kick out of my poor attempt to speak the language as they wave to me. china by bike 020

One of our favorite things about the area is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. With so many side farmers around, fresh produce and veggies are plentiful. china by bike 021 china by bike 034 china by bike 009 china by bike 007

As with everything in this world, there is good and bad here. Beauty and ugliness. We choose to focus on the beauty of the area and the people. After all, we choose to be here, it’s our choice. It doesn’t get old and we’ve adapted quite well. We truly are blessed and we thank God for the wonderful company my husband works for who has given our family this wonderful opportunity. china by bike 006 china by bike 010 china by bike 023china by bike 012