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Yesterday was a great day at work. Some reference. A little collection analysis and management via weeding. Working on the biennial survey regarding the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) – which is an important part of offering free access to U.S. government information. Yippee! Because I am all for transparency when it comes to a government by the people for the people!

OK, back to calmer thoughts. Since we Nimitz librarians are often not at our desks, we have dry-erase marker boards on our office doors to let people know where we are and/or when we will return to the office. Lately I’ve been drawing pictures on mine (and sometimes even my neighbor’s board, but shhh…. don’t tell her it’s me!). Not really sure why, because as creative as I like to think I am, drawing is definitely not a talent I possess. But for some reason, I cannot seem to stop this new obsession! Anyway, yesterday morning I drew a caricature of myself at the reference desk. Silly as it may look, I will share it anyway:


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And of course there was food! For supper I had fresh Maryland corn with just a little salt. Green beans from my mother-in-law’s garden, and you’ve heard me brag about her garden. Still one of the best ever found on this earth! With onion sprinkled on top. Half of a whole wheat roll. I also made a small salad with apple, raisins, pecan pieces, and vegan mayonnaise. That fruit salad was so good it felt like dessert!
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Got into the Yard really early this morning, parking before 6am near the library. Walked to Starbucks at the dock with my computer in my backpack with plans to finish a Netflix movie so I could drop the DVD in the mailbox on my walk back.

For me, Annapolis architecture is amazing! So many houses built in the 18th century, some of them tucked in tiny spaces. Like this one here:



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Then I walked by the back of the Academy Bed and Breakfast. I’ve never stayed there and know nothing about it except that I love the way it is painted in Navy colors, and the photos of the furniture on their website are amazing! I may just have to ask for a tour one day. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy walking by the outside, because it is rather unique, I think. Anyway, first I walked by the back, then the side yard (simple but really nice landscaping), and then the front.



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Then there is just a short walk, around the corner, and ahhhh ……. destination reached!

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Annapolis morning walk

I really need to walk every day, but sigh …. I do not. Keeping the camera in hand really encourages me, though. I will definitely need to do that more often!

Right now it is the architecture of nature that pulls me. Here is some of what I saw on one of my recent morning walks around the dock in downtown Annapolis:

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One thing I try hard to do when taking pictures that include people is to be sure they are not very recognizable. Here at the docks I found a morning yoga class, something I have yet to add to my routine. What a glorious space to share our energy on a morning in Annapolis!
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Early morning delights

My green balcony has started to fade. I’m not sure if it is because there is less sun than ever due to the beautiful tree that has filled out in front, of if they have become root-bound in their pots (even though I followed directions on sizes for each), too much heat, too much water, or not enough water. However, I’m not giving them up, yet!

The other morning, really early before the sun came up, I took pictures of two lovely blossoms on the gourd plant:




About a week ago I was at my home in Virginia visiting with hubby and family and friends. The mornings there in the country are just beautiful, and I love to sit on the porch with the dog and my first (and second!) cup of coffee. The hubby planted two mimosa trees a few years ago, both growing at different speeds (one gets a little more sunlight). I enjoy the multitude of butterflies on one and hummingbirds on the others. Go figure. It’s like each species has chosen one for their own!
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And then the morning I walked to Nimitz Library and took my camera. This picture I took from my office window before getting started on my work for the day.
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Today my cat King Kimba woke me earlier than I had planned. Oh well! Got up anyway and enjoyed a cool morning on my balcony with the plants and my cup of coffee.

Stopped by Starbucks for a second cup to take to work with me and decided to take two pictures at the dock while just the slightest bit of rain fell. You know, the kind that makes you smile because it feels so good to the skin.

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A few girl ducks making their way away from two handsome boys. πŸ™‚

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Memorial sculpture of Kunta Kinte reading a book to three children of different ethnic heritages.

I knew my day was off to a good start!

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OK, so I don’t really know how to spell that last part of the title of the posting, but you know what I mean!

For the last few weeks I have had very little appetite, even losing a few pounds. But the appetite is returning, so let me share some of my tasties with you.

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Breakfast, consisting of a healthy cold cereal, topped with fresh blueberries and banana slices, with a little almond milk poured over the top. Oh my it is so delicious! The organic fig bars are my early morning treat with a cup of coffee. I wake up hungry, so a little something like two cookies gets me going until I’m just about ready to leave for work and want something more.

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Can someone say “fresh basil from the little container garden.”? Tomatoes from the farmers’ market (not local), a cucumber from a garden in my hometown further south, onion, my basil πŸ™‚ (OK, so it really belongs to God and the earth, but it is growing right here for me to pick), and a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Oh my ’tis scrumptious!


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No, I did not eat all four at once! This particular dish is not vegan. There is potato, dried minced onion, garlic, almond milk, vegetable broth, salt & pepper, but also 2 Tbs. of low-fat cottage cheese in each. So full of flavor, that next time I will definitely be able to leave out the cheese. Just one of my favorite dishes, and even though I left out the cow’s milk and butter, I was afraid to leave out all the cheese. Next time? No need to be afraid!

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Woke up early this morning and sat on the balcony to enjoy the green of my little garden. Don’t know for sure if I’ll have any squash or tomatoes or a gourd or two, but I’m enjoying the plants very much anyway!


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Squash plant climbing out of the railings to get all the sun possible!


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Gourd plant climbing around the balcony


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Looking up from the ground at the tomato plant. See the basil to the right?


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Picture taken standing on the balcony. The plant to the left is a Cherokee tomato, and the other sharing the “trellis” is a Yellow Morning Glory (tiny little ‘maters!)


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Sweet Basil


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Something just for fun!

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