Joy No. 44: A new word and an amazing event

A murmuration of starlings.


Joy No. 38: Hide and seek

On a slightly drizzly autumn Monday, we spent the morning at the wildlife refuge near our home, playing hide and seek in the forest. Great blue herons, giant slugs, big white mushrooms, ducks and monstrous oak trees. We had them all to ourselves.

Joy No. 36: Purple food

I have an unexplained attraction to purple food. Is this normal? My mom has it too. She buys eggplants just because they’re gorgeous. I think she cooks them up and eats them, and when I buy them I usually do too. There have been times, though, that I’ve allowed them to sit beautifully in the kitchen for just a little bit too long … That’s no good.

Recently a friend told me how good beets are for us. I still haven’t researched exactly why, but I was happy to believe her and went that very day to buy two bunches of the heavy purple roots. We ate them right away, including the greens, and the next time I was at the store I bought more. I saw some red (actually purple) cabbages nearby, so I bought one of those too.

I have to admit that I had been enjoying looking at them in the crisper but had not been inspired to cook them up. Until today. I saw Joy the Baker’s post about¬†black bean and sweet potato tacos — and it called for red cabbage! Check out her photos. Our supper looked just like that. Gorgeous. Festive.

Now about those lovely beets …

Joy No. 1: Office Supply Pedicure

I was hoping to come out of the chute with something deep, but this is what I’ve got.

Maybe this is joy for beginners.

I don’t read many blogs, but I happened on Joy (what a great name) the Baker and her “Peach Cobbler for One,” which I promise will bring you joy. And it did bring my family and me joy, but I made the cobblers (using nectarines — so fabulous) before I started my 50 days of joy, so I’m only unofficially including a record of them here.

From somewhere on that blog, I found a link to fancy nail polish tips. One was to use reinforcement labels — those donut-shaped stickers you put around the holes on loose leaf paper so it doesn’t get ripped out of your three-ring binder — to create a French manicure-esque two-toned effect. Being an office supply junkie and actually having a pack of reinforcement labels in my desk drawer, I had to try.

It felt very self-indulgent, but the results, pictured above, have brought me joy. (For the record I have indulged in only one professional pedicure in my life.)

I should probably establish a Joy Meter. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate the Office Supply Pedi a 5. JM=5.