A “blaze” and some bliss

This week’s Photo Friday Challenge is BLAZE. I knew immediately, when reading the challenge email early this morning, what photograph I would use, although I had thought initially that it was one that wouldn’t make it into the ‘share’ pile. I was experimenting with shooting glass pieces reflecting against a large window at night when I decided to see what sort of abstract I could produce with a long, handheld exposure. Not sure that I thought I’d get this result, but I like how it looks like the woods are on fire.

Blazing Trees

And, as I’ve done for the last few weeks, here is this week’s List of Moments of Bliss. See other’s Bliss Lists at Liv Lane’s blog.

1. Frying an egg perfectly — and admitting that it was the first time ever!   I’ve been afraid to try to fry an egg for at least 20 years.  Having never learned how, I failed miserably at making eggs the way that I liked: with set whites without any crispy, brown edges and a warm, runny yoke. Now that I know how to cook — something I didn’t learn until I was in my 40’s — I was a bit embarrassed that I still couldn’t fry an egg. So I tried. You know what?  It’s easy if you know how. I used this recipe by Alton Brown, though I would rename it something a bit less gender-oriented. The secret is low heat, and a lid for the pan. I still think I make an awesome scrambled egg, but I’m happy that I can now make eggs the way I like them. This is especially useful since I don’t have the resources to go to France — where I think they only serve them this way — on a whim.

2. I had coffee on Saturday with two dear friends — our weekly get-together that, due to lots of life’s circumstances, last happened on 12/31/11.

3. Some friends of mine have a bi-monthly girls-only gourmet dinner. The host choses the menu and each person brings the specified dish. Due to a last-minute cancellation, I was asked to sub. Although we all agreed that the too-rare standing rib roast was not our favorite, we enjoyed the meal. What fun to share a meal and laughs with good friends and new friends. My cat allergies (the reason I have declined joining the group of 5 cat-loving cooks permanently) stayed at bay until it was time to leave.

4. February is over and March is here! In Indiana, March can be any of the four seasons — and sometimes all of them, it seems, on the same day. Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day; today is colder and blustery with a chill that reminds me that there are still officially a few more weeks of winter.

5. I took my son to the dentist. While a dental visit is not usually blissful, the time spent with my son was. To understand the circumstances, you can read about it here, or a slightly better, edited version on my Open Salon blog.

8 responses to “A “blaze” and some bliss

  1. We’ve been having some lovely spring weather here as well – it’s so nice after the long winter months, isn’t it?

    • Yes, the warmer weather is so nice, but I saw snow flurries a few minutes ago. And, the terrible storms in the US yesterday were about 100 miles from where I live. So sad; utter devastation.

  2. for good eggs and soon Spring and all of your bliss
    I give a standing cheer of thanks, too:)
    more and more joy to you,
    (hope you and all of yours stayed safe as the storms blew through)

    • Thanks, Jennifer. We just had high winds here and intermittent heavy rains, but the photos of the towns a few hours south show utter devastation.

  3. I wish I could find the secret for soft boiled eggs. I rarely can prepare them “just right”.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. OMG how funny is this. I have a similar photo that I took one night when I feel asleep on my coach and when I woke up I saw that my neighbor across the street had their spot light on and it shown directly at my window. Have a look. http://francineinretirement.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/img_4284.jpg