Employment

After being without employment for nearly a year (wow!) I have happily landed a job.  Two of the main perks of this new job are the part time work schedule and my opportunity to get paid to do photography!  Both of these factors make me super excited to start working!  I begin my on-the-job training next week.  To celebrate this new endeavor I am meeting with friends for a fun lunch and then going to a concert with my hubby this weekend.  I can’t wait!

In the meantime, Cooper has been so gracious as to pose for some portraits.  He’s becoming quite the model and aspires to one day be the chosen model for a dog food packaging label.

Mr. Cooper, the regal beagle, poses like a pro.

Mr. Cooper, the regal beagle, poses like a pro.

Picking Cherries

There are several cherry farms within a thirty minute drive of my home.  Quite a few of these farms allow visitors to pick their own cherries.  I went last Saturday and had so much fun that I decided to go again, today!  My fingers are stained pink from pitting cherries for the past few hours, but it’s worth it to have these delicious, bite-sized treats.  Last weekend I pitted the cherries with a knife (it took forever.)  I’ve learned from my mistakes and purchased two cherry pitters.  These have at least doubled my efficiency.  I’m planning on making a cherry crumble tonight or tomorrow.  Mmm…I can’t wait!

Brentwood, California

Brentwood, California

 

The freshness makes a tremendous difference.  If you can't pick your own produce, I recommend visiting your local farmers' market.

The freshness makes a tremendous difference. If you can't pick your own produce, I recommend visiting your local farmers' market.

Back in the South

I took a trip home to Louisiana last week.  Even though I had to cancel my fishing trip due to the weather, I had a great time!  Spending those few days with my family and friends was so refreshing.  On my first full day home I spent a few hours in New Orleans.  I’m so glad to see that the city is slowly making a come back.

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square

We had some delicious beignets and coffee at Cafe' Du Monde.

We had some delicious beignets and coffee at Cafe' Du Monde.

These masks were for sale in the French Market.  Aren't they beautiful?

These masks were for sale in the French Market. Aren't they beautiful?

I just loved this old building.  It's charming, even with the sagging roof.

I just loved this old building. It's charming, even with the sagging roof.