August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part Two

Here’s the next set in this month’s Photo A Day Challenge – Food Theme:

IN MY PANTRY

DESSERT

MY FAVE RECIPE

A GREEN FOOD

SNACK

MACRO

So far, so good……both photo wise and taste wise! hehehe

Local Farm Market Hop

Today was such a fun day……and the absolute perfect weather day for it!!! A friend and I got in the car and took off this morning to participate in a Farm Market Hop event at six local farm markets! The way it worked was that at whichever location you decided to stop first, you bought a $5.00 market basket…..then, at each location (including that first one) you got some fresh produce to put in the basket! Also, if you visited all six locations and got the tag on your basket stamped at each one, you were entered into the grand prize drawing!!! WOW!!!

It was so good to see every market full of people – most participating in the Hop! It appeared to be an awesome turn out for their first event of this kind! And, it made me really happy to hear people saying it was the first time they visited some of the markets and that they’d definitely be back!!! 🙂 Always good to get new customers into your market to show them all the wonderful things you have to offer!

And, we ran into several other friends “hopping” the day away, too, at almost every stop!

So – here is how our day went and the order we decided to do our visits……and, of course, photos to document it! hehehe

FIRST STOP:

ROBERT’S FARM MARKET – MEDINA

We drove out to the Rez for gas, so it was only logical that we make Robert’s our first stop……also, Robert’s isn’t open on Sunday, so we wanted to get that one done early in case we couldn’t get to them all today and had to finish up the Hop tomorrow! So, we picked up our basket there and the fresh produce added to the basket by Robert’s was an HERB……the pot I got was dill, since I don’t generally use dill on things and didn’t want it to go to waste, I gave it to my friend, who did the driving for the day! But…..I forgot to get a photo of the dill, so it isn’t included in the photo of all the stuff I got that will be at the end of this post!

This caught my eye at Robert’s and made me laugh……I think I need a t-shirt that says this!!! LOL

SECOND STOP:

NAVARRA’S FARM MARKET AND GREENHOUSES – ALBION

At Navarra’s we added SQUASH to our basket – we could choose from summer squash, zucchini, or one of each! I got two summer squash cause it’s my favorite!

Can’t go to Navarra’s without saying hello to Arnie and giving him a little scratch on the snout!

THIRD STOP:

CIRCLE R FRUIT FARM – WATERPORT

At Circle R, the produce for the Hop was CUCUMBERS, but they ran out — WOW — they really had an awesome response to their event! So, they gave us the option of either five pickle cukes or five ears of corn or a combo……I chose three pickle cukes and two corn – YUM! We timed our stops so that we’d be at Circle R for lunch at their food truck, too!

Found this “3-in-1” ear of corn in the bin…..didn’t choose it, but had to get a photo!!!

I had the bacon burger……

My friend had the sausage with peppers and onions and fresh cut fries!

I also bought a basket of grapes — I love Circle R’s grapes and always grab a mixed basket of them when I go there!

FOURTH STOP:

PARTYKA’S FARM MARKET – KENDALL

Partyka’s added SIX EARS OF CORN to our baskets! Wish I had known that – I probably would have just chosen all pickle cukes at Circle R, but……corn is an absolute favorite this time of year, so I will definitely eat it all or freeze some! No complaint, here!!! 🙂

This cow and pig were a big hit — so adorable!!!

These old boots caught my eye, too……I planted succulents in my childhood tap shoes, so this made me smile!

FIFTH STOP:

BRIGHTLY’S FARM MARKET – HAMLIN

Brightly’s offered the coolest cabbage I’ve ever seen for our baskets – SWEETHEART CABBAGE!!! I have never seen this kind of cabbage before – I looked it up when I got home and discovered that the leaves are a bit looser than the usual round headed cabbage and are somewhat sweeter in taste!!! Can’t wait to cut into this and eat it up……but, then again, I kinda don’t want to cut into it cause it’s so stinking cute!!!

Brightly’s is a lighthouse fanatic’s dream!!!

I resisted the lighthouses, but did give in and buy this adorable rain gauge! My old rain gauge broke a couple years ago and I’ve been looking for just the right one ever since…..and there it was……so, now it is mine!!! 🙂

SIXTH STOP:

KIRBY’S FARM MARKET – BROCKPORT

Kirby’s added PEACHES to our basket…..this made me very happy cause their original offering was beets, but they ran out…..I don’t particularly care for beets unless they are tiny pickled ones, but I had planned to take them out to my brother, who loves them! So, either way would have been fine…….but, I’m super excited to have my first fresh peaches of the season!!!

We are so very blessed to live in an area well known for our amazing local farmers and farm markets…….we have access to some of the best fresh produce in the entire country right here…..something I missed terribly when I lived in North Carolina – the produce there is just different and can’t compare to what we have here! I had planned to purchase extra stuff from each stop, but when I saw what we were getting as part of our Hop Basket, I knew I had to control myself……I can only eat so much produce before it goes bad! But……that was today…..in a few days I’ll need more and I saw several things at every stop that I plan to go back and get as soon as I finish off what I have now!!! Peaches are just getting started and as soon as the freestone ones are out, I’ll be buying a LOT of them……and, I’m thinking I just may need some more of that sweetheart cabbage, too……and so much more!!! I thank the good Lord for our farmers and the wonderful fruits of their labor…….and was so happy to participate in their first annual Market Hop……I hope they do it again – maybe in different seasons!

So…….you saw the individual offerings from each stop, but here it is all together in one shot……what an amazing basket of treasure!!! I’ll eat good and healthy for the next few days, for sure!!!

Thank you, Partyka’s, Navarra’s, Kirby’s, Brightly’s, Circle R, and Robert’s……..it was a fun day……and the goodies were just the icing on the cake!!!

August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part One

The topic theme for August is food……while I love to take photos of my food, I’m finding it difficult, so far, to get creative photos of everyday food…..every day! But, here goes……

ON MY PLATE

A VEGETABLE

A FRUIT

BREAKFAST

…..for the soul…..Holy Communion

LUNCH

(I had a turkey sandwich, but forgot to get a photo……)

DINNER

RAW

COOKED

OK, not too bad, so far…….we’ll see how the month goes……

July Daily Posts – Part Four

July has come to an end……

Seriously……where is summer rushing off to and how can we stop it from being over in a blink of an eye? Before you know it, I’ll be posting photos with an autumn theme! UGH!!!

Anyway…….here are the last of my July Daily Photos with the theme “All About Me”……actually, I’m glad this month is over – but only from a Photo A Day Challenge perspective. I don’t like using archived photos – I like to keep to my goal of always taking the photo for each daily topic on the day it comes up – of course, occasionally, that isn’t possible, but I’m always most excited when I can go out and find just the right thing to photograph or stage to photograph for each particular day. With this month’s theme, it made that difficult because some of the prompts just weren’t possible to do that for……so, some were archived photos I used and that was fine and necessary…..and, I skipped a couple because I didn’t feel I wanted to share what the prompt wanted me to share, but now I’m glad to move on to a new theme that will be easier to stick to my goal! 🙂

As with the other July photos, the daily prompt will be accompanied by an explanation, where needed!

MADE ME SMILE TODAY

I received these pics of my favorite munchkins (my niece and nephew) in the mail!!! 💜💜💜

THREE THINGS I WOULD TAKE ON A DESERTED ISLAND

Megan, my camera, and a big knife!!! 🤗🤣

A MEMORY OF MINE

At 62, I have a lifetime of wonderful memories to choose from for this topic…..but, that day also happened to be my Mom’s Birthday, so to honor her, I was able to narrow my choices down! I could have chosen photos of us in Las Vegas or on the cruise we took together or any of the many vacations she took us on when we were little or even of her helping me fix my veil at my wedding…..but this represents a fairly ordinary day that is a fond memory in our more recent years! We had spent the day together shopping and attending a church fundraiser dinner and ended up in Yates by the lake for a concert! We sat outside on a warm summer night singing along with the band playing old time rock and roll! I came up behind her and snapped this selfie – her very first selfie! She always hated this photo because it was “too close up” and she didn’t like her smile anymore because of what the Myasthenia Gravis was doing to the muscles in her face! But I’ve always loved it because of how happy we were that day….and many other just ordinary days we spent together…..Happy Birthday, Mom! I love and miss you every minute of every day and always will till we meet again at those pearly gates! 💜💜💜

MY FAVE SEASON

Butterfly Season

MY FAVE ANIMAL

I could have taken the obvious route and posted a photo of my absolute fave animal – my Megan….but, I decided to interpret “animal” as “non-family member” – which, of course, Megan is! So, I’m pretty sure my fave non-dog animal is this gentle giant – the camel – especially this one who gave me a sweet kiss as thank you for the scratching and attention I gave him!!!

MY FAVE THING TO PHOTOGRAPH

Birds……especially Hummers!

So, on to August…….the theme for August is “FOOD”……and, you know how much I love to photograph my food!!! LOL

July Daily Photos – Part Three

Here we go with the third post for this month’s Daily Photo Challenge…..this month’s theme was “All About Me”, so in addition to the daily topics, an explanation of the photo is included, if necessary!

I AM GRATEFUL FOR….

Fresh rain on my little veggie garden!

MY FAVE BOOK…

I have many books I loved and hated to see end, so it is hard to pick a favorite.

Suffice it to say that whatever is on my Kindle is my favorite at the time…..till I start my next favorite! 😊

MY FAVE PLACE IN THE WORLD….

Anywhere that involves being near or on the water!

This spot is just one of my most favorite places on earth – Point Breeze, NY!

MY FAVE PEOPLE….

My Family!!!! ❤

Had to go to the archives for this one!

TODAY WAS GREAT BECAUSE….

….of the wonderful message at church
….of the gorgeous blue sky and fun cloud streaks
….and I found my very first cucumber on my vines in my very first little veggie garden, ever!!!! 
Life is good, indeed!!!
Now for that little cuke to get big enough to pick and eat!!!

A SCENT THAT MAKES ME HAPPY….
I ACHIEVED THIS…
 I got approval from my physical therapist to start going back to the gym….as long as I ease back into it and don’t do anything that causes discomfort in my lower back! I’m on the mend!!!
YAY!!!! So, I got started back in my routine!
Until we meet, again…..

July Daily Photos – Part Two

And, on with Part Two of my July Daily Photos……just a reminder, July daily topics are based on the theme of getting to know me better, so each photo will have the topic and, if necessary, a bit of extra info to explain it.

My Fave Hobby…..

Bird Watching

My Handwriting….

This Song Makes Me Happy….

When I was a teenager, we had a toy fox terrier named Daisy Mae and I used to sing her this song every day!

“Daisy, Daisy give me your answer, do. I’m half crazy over the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But, you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two!”

I Grew Up In….

this house……

and, on Saturday, we watched it disappear after the fire that resulted in a total loss about a month and a half ago!

My brother took it over and has been living in it since our mother passed a little over three years ago.

And, now, it is as if it never existed!

(And, I couldn’t believe the irony of Saturday’s photo topic, given what we had to do)

I Do This Most Days…..

Why are these things so addicting???

This Flavor Makes Me Happy….

Salty and Sweet

I Love This Film….

I’ll be back next week with whatever I find to match the Daily Topics between now and then……

 

July Daily Photos – Part One

OK, so here’s the first set of Daily Photos from my PAD Challenge! I mentioned at the end of June that this month’s theme includes all topics designed to share a bit about ourselves. So……that means that most of the photos need a little more description than just the topic name, so I’ll include the “back story” that accompanied the photo on Instagram and Facebook! Here goes:

I AM….

….in love with my little slice of paradise!

I am enjoying my retirement and loving life!

MY FAVE BELONGING….

I gave this topic a lot of thought! I had so much to choose from….do I go with something sentimental, like one of the many things I have that were my Mom’s and my Grandparents? Or do I go with something that brings up a happy memory? Hhhmmm!

Then, I caught a glimpse of my suitcases pushed into the corner of the bedroom after my last trip! PERFECT! They represent one of my favorite things to do – go on travel adventures – and they also represent a LOT of wonderful memories!

So…..at this moment, this grouping of suitcases is my fave belonging! 😊💜

MY FAVE VIEW….

Any breathtaking view is sure to be a favorite view, but if there is water involved, well then, all bets are off!!!

This is one of many photos I took while enjoying a gorgeous day watching geese at Lake Ontario at Point Breeze, NY! 

I AM GOOD AT……

Being a Dog Mom!

I AM NOT SO GOOD AT….

Gettin’ stuff done! I have a huge to-do list at home and here I am out taking photos of hay bales! LOL

MY FAVE COLOR…..

No extra explanation required! hehehe

I LOVE EATING THIS FOOD…..

Again, no additional wording necessary!

A HIGHLIGHT FROM MY DAY…..

I got my pearly whites polished at the dentist! Now I sparkle when I smile! LOL

I LOVE THIS ABOUT ME…..

If something catches my eye when I’m driving around, I pull over to snap a picture of it!

If I realize it would make a cool photo too late to safely stop, I turn around and go back!

It’s what I do! 🤗👏

Part Two of “getting to know me” will post in about a week! Bet you can’t wait!!!