Friday, February 14, 2014

Difficulty

I would love to post unfortunately I am unable to upload photos to my blog. What's the point of posting if you can't upload photos?

Blogger tells me I need to update my browser or try a different one. I've been using IE for years and am currently using IE 11 and up until recently have had no problems uploading images to my blog. I don't want to try a different browser.

I've been out to their discussion boards and know I am not the only one having this problem. So I will just have to be patient and hope Blogger fixes the issue soon. Until then, I hope you're all doing well and getting through all the cold weather and snow we've been having. Me? I'm a winter person so am loving this weather. Finally, a decent winter!!!! Take care.

Namaste
Chris

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Resolutions

In the run-up to New Year's Day it occurred to me I hadn't heard much, if anything, about New Year's resolutions. Are they passé? Do they not matter since they have a built-in/guaranteed failure rate? I'm not looking for an answer merely musing.

Maybe it's because of that built-in failure rate with this new year now upon us, I've decided to try something less stressful with, what I think, will be a higher rate of success and that is: aphorisms. An aphorism is a short, pithy maxim and I've come up with three, based on what I learned in the course of 2013.

Keep Calm and Be Patient. Borrowed from Keep Calm and Carry On, which was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 several months before the beginning of World War II, it became a way to raise the morale of the British public. However, in 2000 it was rediscovered and has, sadly because it's getting hackneyed, been used as a decorative theme for a range of products such as Keep Calm and Be a Quaker or Keep Calm and Ring Carson for Tea, an obvious homage to Downton Abbey.

But I digress.

While "being calm" is not often an issue for me when the chips are down, the "being patient" is ever a work in progress and there are some days when I wonder if I will ever be a patient person. I envision the powers that be (that's God for me) to be shaking his head in dismay but, hey, we're all works in progress. Right?

Be in the moment. We're always in a hurry to get somewhere or do something and technology doesn't help us on this score. I'm learning that thinking or worrying about something off in the future that may or may not ever happen robs me of today, of right now and that's all I/we have . . . is right NOW.

My goal for this year is to pay attention to whatever I'm doing, or not doing, at any given moment. I will make every effort not to worry about things I have no control over. Think about it, this is how time slips through our fingers. We're so focused on the future that we miss the present, the present (of time and the gift) of now!

Moving along, my last aphorism comes from someone I've never met but whose email a few days after Christmas impacted me in a major way with just two words:

Have faith. How simple yet how difficult in times of trouble particularly at a time when our entire world is in a state of flux on many different levels. My goal for this year is to have faith every day, no matter what happens.

Somewhere in the back of my mind there's a fourth aphorism but at the moment my mind is drawing a very large blank. If it materializes in the next few days I will post about it but if not, then these three will do.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!

Namaste
Chris

Monday, November 18, 2013

A beautiful November day


While out running errands this morning I noticed the sky filled with bits and pieces of puffy clouds. It looked like a bag of cotton balls had exploded across the sky. The clouds were quickly moving out and as I drove I wanted to find a place with an open expanse and no telephone poles. I finally found it on a back road behind a large Mennonite church.

I swung into the parking lot and grabbed my camera. The above is not the shot I was going for but what I wanted I was unable to get because of the extremes of light and dark and the sun wreaking havoc with my camera's light meter. So I turned slightly to my right, with the sun just over my left shoulder, and noticed this bucolic scene with the church's old cemetery in the foreground.

I love clouds and they're all so different. This morning's offering was like none I'd ever seen before but with a little patience (not something I'm known for!) and the right place, I was able to get the shot I wanted.

Wishing you all a good Monday and a good start to a new week!

Namaste
Chris

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Signs of the times


This is an antique store located in New Jersey. It isn't even the entire wall of the building! The signs are holding the building together I'm sure because the building has certainly seen better days. While you may not be able to read it, to the left of the ladder it says "Keep Our Community Clean." I would imagine the owner has a story for every one of these signs. The rusted skeletal front end of what looks like an old Camaro is a nice touch, don't you think?

Wishing you all a good weekend.

Namaste
Chris

Monday, November 11, 2013

Caleb's American Kitchen


Early this morning I met my good friend Mim at Caleb's American Kitchen for breakfast. We were the first ones there and took a seat by a window. It was my first visit but I'd heard a lot about it from several friends and was anxious to eat there.

In a recent article in The Intelligencer, written by Crissa Shoemaker Debree,"The menu at the new Caleb's American Kitchen in Buckingham takes diners on a culinary tour of the United States from New England lobster rolls to fish tacos with a Santa Cruz inspiration. Lentchner calls it 'new American cuisine.'"

I had the quiche of the day -- cheese, eggs, spinach, and tomatoes. Served with a side of fresh fruit it was the best quiche I've ever tasted. I love quiche and make it at home whenever I can. This quiche had a layered look to it. Something I never thought of doing with my own quiche. I'm guessing here cheese was the first layer (on the bottom), followed by eggs, spinach, tomatoes and a final layer of  cheddar. It melted in your mouth it was so good!!!

From the same article quoted above, "I'm representing dishes from all different regions of America," Lentchner said. "I'm really embracing all different American cuisines. And as important, I'm taking a realistic approach to farm to table. What I can't do local, I'm doing regional. What I can't do regional, I'm doing American. I'm showing off that American products are great."


My friend Mim had eggs benedict and the home fries were different than any I've ever had. There were red and green peppers, onions mixed in with the potatoes with paprika, I think.

Stay tuned I'll be returning to try lunch and dinner but I have no doubt both will be as good as breakfast was. I love to cook and appreciate good food and Caleb's delivers an amazing meal in a simple but beautiful modern décor.

Lunch and dinner is also served and is located at 5738 Route 202 in Buckingham, south of Peddler's Village. Breakfast is served daily from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch daily from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Note: I have not been asked nor paid for this review. I like to try new restaurants and I often write about the good ones you can find in the Bucks County area.

Namaste
Chris

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013