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Monday, July 9, 2012

Seeking the new, even in paradise.

The Northwest. 
Green landscape with water here and there: rivers, creeks, lakes, ocean. We can breathe, temperatures cool and steady throughout the summer, hardly a day of discomfort. 
Yet, even on a sunny day by the lake, we crave foods that don't grow here, like corn, avocados, limes.
Even paradise has snakes!

Happy Summer!



20 comments:

joeh said...

I would be jelous but i'm by the ocean and we have Jersey corn!! Life is good.

Brian Miller said...

smiles....we each have a bit of paradise where we are...and i think we crave as well a bit from other places....i miss my limes from FL

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Nowhere is perfect!! Keep well Diane

erin said...

damn you rosaria! now i want an avocado! truly))) (not the damning but the avocado.)

what a truism, this. what a wonderfully observed horrible truism.

happy summer to you too.

xo
erin

musicwithinyou said...

you are so right about not getting everything you want even in paradise.

avocado is my new favorite food to eat in my salads!

I was just at the ocean a few days ago but on the otherside of America, it truely seemed like paradise but then it ended and I had to come home to reality.

Retired English Teacher said...

I can understand that. I would be the same way.

L. D. Burgus said...

It isn't fair. Paradise should not have snakes. I live in less than paradise and I have plenty of snakes. I really like lakeside homes and their wonderful views. Maybe you are on the ocean.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

So true, Rosaria! Your area of paradise looks glorious and yet we're always missing what we no longer have while being grateful for the present. It's one of the strange aspects of relocation in retirement!

yaya said...

My son and his family are moving to Oregon this summer...maybe I'll be able to taste a bit of that paradise? I'll bring the avocado and the corn and I'll throw in the limes because I think you're awesome! Enjoy those cool temps!

Eva Gallant said...

Love your view!!!

dianefaith said...

My place feels like paradise particularly in the autumn. To an extent, in the springtime. And, OK in the depth of winter. But, summertime is nothing like paradise. It's hot, humid and not at all refreshing most days. July and August will pass, thankfully.

Hilary said...

Every place has its shortcomings. Some are just not as short as others. ;) Happy summer, dear Rosaria.

amalia said...

hallo Rosaria , happy summer to you

The Broad said...

Of course, if we had it all we would probably still not be content!

Diana said...

so true....when I lived west, I longed for fresh berries, green and water...

Now I miss avocados (who can not!), dryer air and the ocean!

the walking man said...

Pine nuts? Do pine nuts grow there? I understand though you all had protracted cold while the rest of us potato baked?

I really do need to get out more often.

becky said...

hi rosaria,
maybe this is just a case of the grass being greener? i'll send you some sweet corn...it's just about ready in the fields of iowa :)

rosaria williams said...

Pine nuts? Yes, by the bushel, scattered on the deck everyday by busy little squirrels. My new cat knows not what she should be doing out there with other critters smaller than she is. She marvels at their ability to scatter nuts and crushed pine cones all over the place.

She must think of them as fast little puppies.

On a broader note: we were inland for a week, visiting colleges with our young ones, and Hubby and I couldn't take the 80's, turning the seldom used air conditioner at full blast!
Funny how fast we adapt.
Ten years ago, we needed down comforters even in summer.

To those of you who are looking to cool off: Fly to Portland, OR, and drive yourself to any coastal town in Oregon. Small, intimate, a throw back to the 50's lifestyle. The diggs are affordable, the food is fresh and healthy. Don't worry about reservations. There are always little cottages available for the whole family.

We're having mini reunions all over the coast. Oregonians, btw, have very strict laws about their environment. Pristine is still a way of life out here.

Thanks for the visit, everyone.

She Writes Here Now said...

I crave avocado at least three times a week :). And lemons from trees, I miss them! We are lucky with water here, huh? I live on a river. It is a part of my days even a few miles from me and I would miss it like mad if I moved. but the sun is out, Rosaria :)! HAPPY SUMMER!

Helen said...

I make tons of guacamole and usually squirt a bit of fresh lime in for good measure! Corn? No matter where it's grown, we devour it!!