Bee Themed Lunch

Beehive Lunch

I made this bee themed lunch for my Dad. He loved it, especially the honey walnut cream cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Beehive – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, honey walnut cream cheese (softened cream cheese with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey)

Top Right: Bees – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Bees – apple cut with a cookie cutter, dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning and sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon

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Birdhouse Lunch

Birdhouse Themed Food

I made this lunch for my Mom. She loves birds and I was happy to use some cookie cutters for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Birdhouse – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, peas

Top Right: Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Birdhouse – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter, frozen blueberries

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Butterfly Snack Lunch

Butterfly Snack Lunch

I made this fun snack meal for myself and served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Butterflies – carrot cut with a cookie cutter
  • Butterflies – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Butterfly – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus,
  • Butterfly – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon,
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Bamboo Themed Meal

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for myself on a night I brought individual dinners to Carol and we ate in her garden.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bamboo – green bell pepper, roasted potato with basil, zucchini, (cut with a cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Bamboo – apple imprinted with a cookie cutter, walnuts

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Close

 

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Bunny Pancake

bunny pancake

I made this for my 18 year old niece. She selected the theme and styled the chocolate chips. It follows a similar concept as this.

  • Bunny – Pancake cut with a cookie cutter, chocolate chip eye
  • Tail – Fresh whipped cream
  • Droppings – Chocolate chips
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Cherry Themed Lunch

Cherry Themed Lunch

A few weeks ago, I received these delicious cherries in my CSA share. They were the inspiration for this theme.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cherries – cheddar cut with cookie cutter, angel hair pasta, zucchini, basil

Top Right: Cherries – radish cut with mini cutter, lettuce (from CSA)

Bottom Right: Cherries (from CSA)

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Butterfly Bread and Jam

Butterfly cream cheese and jam

I made this simple lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. It delighted her since it had been a long time since she had cream cheese and jam. I was not sure if she would like it since I don’t remember her giving it to me. I thought my Aunt made it when I was a kid.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, strawberry jam, snow peas

Top Right: Butterflies – carrot cut with tiny cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Butterflies – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Fire Breathing Dragon Lunch

Fire Breathing Dragon on a Plate

I made this dragon themed meal at the request of my 18 year old niece. I am always asking people what theme or food they want and it makes me happy when they give requests.

Dragon – cheddar mashed potato with Kerrygold butter, milk, heavy cream, salt, cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, peas

Fire – carrot cut with a knife

Balls – cheddar mashed potato cooled then shaped into balls

 

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Statue of Liberty Cheese

Statue of Liberty Cheese

I made this meal for myself. I like this potato salad recipe since it uses cottage cheese instead of mayonnaise. Green olives always remind me of my Grandfather. He loved them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Statue of Liberty – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Star – apple cut out, peanut butter

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Woodland Snack Lunch

Woodland Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my Mom. I served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Hedgehogs – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Moose – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon
  • Snail – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus
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9 Year Blogiversary

9 year blogiversary

Today is my 9 year blogiversary! 9 years ago, I could not have imagined how much Eclectic Lamb would impact my life. Creating and sharing my creative food brings me so much joy! I look forward to many more years.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: 9 Years – carrot cut with cookie cutters, broccoli and cheese mashed potatoes, strawberries (from my CSA), blackberries, lettuce (from my CSA)

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Gorilla Lunch

gorilla lunch

I made this gorilla themed lunch for my Dad. I questioned if it looked like a gorilla. When I gave this to my Dad I asked him if he knew the theme. He hesitantly said, elephant. I asked my Mom and 18 year old niece who were nearby and they said it did not look like a gorilla.

I was excited to find the baby bananas! In 2013 when I made this Jungle meal, I wanted to use baby bananas but could not find them. This was my first time buying them. My Dad did not want to try them at first but when he tried it he said it was slightly sweeter than normal size bananas. My Mom agreed. My 18 year old niece and I don’t eat bananas so we did not try but they looked adorable.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gorilla – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, smoked paprika, peas

Top Right: Palm trees – cucumber, carrot, over romaine

Bottom Right: Baby bananas

photo gorilla lunch

I made and photographed this meal at my parents Lake House. I think that this is the first time to take and share a behind the scenes photo of a photo shoot. It was such a beautiful day and location!

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Lunch with Giraffes

Giraffe Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my 18 year old niece. I gave her a few theme choices and she selected giraffe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Giraffes – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring details, focaccia

Top Right: Green beans

Bottom Right: Giraffes – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Daisy Vegetable Potato Salad

Daisy Themed Potato Vegetable Salad

I made this for my friend Carol. It was a hot evening and we ate cute meals in her garden. I will share the meal I made for myself on another day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Daisies – cheddar cheese, orange and yellow bell pepper, roasted potato (cut with cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Daisy – yellow bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Daisies – apple cut with a cookie cutter dipped in lemon juice and water to prevent browning with food coloring marker details, blackberries

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Under the Sea Snack Meal

Under the Sea Snack Lunch

I made this snack meal for my Dad. It was served with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Fish – carrot cut with cookie cutter, Fish – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon, Turtles – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp), Turtle – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus

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Star Peanut Noodles

Star Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself. It is an ordinary but delicious meal I often make.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stars – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Sunflower  Seeds

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Red White and Blue Dinner

red white blue dinner

My Mom, Dad, 18 year old niece, and I enjoyed a Red, White, and Blue themed meal at my parents Lake House on the 4th of July. Each of us contributed to the meal in some way. My Mom made the tomato sauce and decorated the table. My Dad cooked on the grill. My niece made the breadsticks. I made the white pesto and ice cream sundae’s.

Red, White & Blue Platter  – tomato, fresh Mozzarella, grilled eggplant

White Pesto – without the pasta

Breadsticks – with tomato sauce to dip

Red, White & Blue Sundae – raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, blueberry sauce, fresh whipped cream, red and blue sanding sugar (berry sauce – frozen blueberries and raspberries each cooked with a little simple syrup – cornstarch to thicken)

July 4 table

4th of July for 4

Red White Blue Food

garlic herb breadsticks

red white blue sundae

flag in radish

My critique of the meal:

My Mom had paper American flags and as a last minute idea I stuck them in radishes. They were easy and looked cute. After the meal my Dad ate all of the radishes. It is already well-known that my Dad loves radishes. My Mom decorated the rest of the table. I would not make the white pesto again. It was not special enough for me. My 18 year old niece’s breadsticks were amazing. I shaped them (since I love working with bread dough) but she did everything else, including making and applying the delicious topping. It was my first time making a fruit sauce sundae. My Mom, Dad, and I loved it. The niece had chocolate which is her favorite.

In full disclosure, I am the only one that ate the meal as pictured. The others also had grilled hot dogs. 

 

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USA Patriotic Compilation

Here is a collection of United States of America themed food I have made. Happy 4th of July!

AMERICAN FLAG

USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

Salsa rice beans american flag

Flag Day Lunch

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

Open Face Flag Sandwich Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

4th of July Corn Avocado Tomato Salad

American Flag Bread

USA COUNTRY SHAPE

America 4th of july food

USA Lunch

USA Red White Blue Lunch

4th of July Muffin Tin Lunch

USA Tortilla Chips Lunch

LANDMARKS

Statue of Liberty USA Lunch

New York Bento Lunch

new-york-inspired-lunch

New York State Themed Lunch

Statue of Liberty Cheese

Capitol Lunch

Liberty Bell Lunch

FIREWORKS

July 4 Fireworks

Fireworks beans over rice

BALD EAGLE (National Bird)

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Eagle

bald eagle rice

Bald-Eagle-Bento

PRESIDENTS

george-washington-lunch

Abe Lincoln Lunch

abe-lincoln-lunch

Abe Lincoln Money bento lunch

Buchanan Log Cabin Lunch

PATRIOTIC STARS

USA Quesadilla

star-lasagna

RED, WHITE, & BLUE

red white blue sundae

USA

USA Bread Lunch

If you have ideas for any American themes I am missing, please let me know.

Thanks!

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Cheese Flag Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad. He rarely gives me food or theme suggestions but is happy to eat whatever I make for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  USA Flag – Swiss cheese, food coloring marker details, Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Top Right:  Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, cherries

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Individual Vegetable Tarts Dinner

Individual Spiral Tart

I made this dinner for my parents and myself. We enjoyed the meal on their back deck. Our dinner entertainment was watching a Robin find food to feed her newly hatched babies.

Individual Spiral Vegetable Tarts – Homemade pie crust, goat cheese with lemon zest, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, cut carrot and zucchini with vegetable peeler, roll in spirals, drizzle with a little olive oil, bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Tomato, Cucumber, Black Olive, Feta Salad

Spiral Tarts Dinner

Veg Tart Meal

My critique of the meal:

This was easy, attractive and delicious. I did not need to keep the tarts in the pans but did it because I was concerned they would fall apart. After taking the photos we took them out of the pans and it made it easier to cut and eat the spiral vegetables. When I made similar tarts before I used Boursin herbed cheese and cheddar. I think I prefer that combination to the lemon garlic goat cheese. Maybe a little honey would be tasty with the goat cheese combination. Fresh basil could be a good addition to the tomato salad.

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Fish Swimming Potato Lunch

Fish swimming mashed potatoes

I made this simple but fun lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fish – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker details, mashed potato, green peas

Top Right: Almonds

Bottom Right: Fish – apple cut with a mini cutter, mandarin oranges

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3D Sailboat Crackers

3D Sailboat Cracker

I made this basic meal for my parents and myself. It has been awhile since I made 3D Crackers and Soup.

Sailboat – 3D Crackers made with a cookie cutter set, pistachios

Strawberry SoupI did not use the Riesling and reduced the sugar.

Strawberry Soup and Crackers

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Cheese Octopus Lunch

Octopus Themed Lunch

I made this Octopus themed lunch for my Dad.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Octopus – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Seahorses – carrot cut with a mini cutter, black olives

Bottom Right: Jellyfish – apple skin cut with a cookie cutter, peanut butter inside apple pieces

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Gardening Artichoke Pasta Salad

Gardening Pasta Salad

I made this simple meal for my Mom. She loves artichokes.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Flower in Pot – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker details, Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Top Right:  Radish, carrot

Bottom Right: Watering Can – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, cherries

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Butterfly Peanut Noodles

Butterfly Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Pumpkin Seeds

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Hummingbird Cheese Lunch

Hummingbird Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my Mom. She enjoys feeding and watching hummingbirds. Sometimes bats and raccoons enjoy her hummingbird nectar also.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Hummingbird – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring details, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Hummingbirds – carrot cut with a mini cutter, green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Hummingbird – zucchini cut with a mini cutter, mandarin oranges

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Online Reypenaer Cheese Tasting

Erik Cheese Man

My Dad wanted a fun social distancing activity for us so he ordered cheese from Amsterdam for an online cheese tasting. It took 3 weeks to arrive because mail is not as good these days but the cheese arrived! We attended their Saturday afternoon tasting in English via Zoom. My parents have traveled to Amsterdam several times and went to the Reypenaer Cheese shop in person for a tasting.

The event was informative and fun. Our class happened to be small with only one other group. We made a lunch of it with crackers and fruit since it happened to be 11 am Eastern time.

6 Cheese to Taste

Cheese

Cheese Class

Flavors Detect in Cheese

The card above lists flavors it is possible to detect when tasting cheese.

Cut Cheese

I would recommend this experience if you are looking for a delicious and memorable activity.

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Cheddar Fox over Potato Lunch

Cheese Fox Lunch

I made this fun lunch for my Mom. She loved it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fox – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, Face – food coloring marker, mashed potato, green peas

Top Right: FOX – carrot cut with cookie cutters, green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Fox – cut apple with cookie cutter, peanut butter

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6×6 Art Submission 2020

6x6 Snail Embroidery Submission

In January, I created a list of 20 Goals to Accomplish in 2020. One of my items was to enter a piece into the 6×6 Exhibition. Today the global online purchasing begins. There are many submissions for this gallery fund-raiser. My piece is #1842.

It is a mixed media piece:

  • Homemade abaca paper (I made during a class years ago in college)
  • Felt
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads

Snail Close

back of snail 6x6

Normally the gallery has in-person viewing and online. This year because of COVID-19, the show is entirely online. If you wish to purchase my piece (all submissions are priced at $20), go here and enter 1842 in the artwork search number. Each of the submissions are amazing in their own way. Take a look! Thanks!

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Leaf Themed Peanut Noodles

Leaf Themed Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself for lunch at home. It is convenient to have meals prepared and waiting for me.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Leaves – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, cherry tomatoes, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Pumpkin Seeds

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Beer Themed Lunch

Beer Themed Lunch

I made this beer themed lunch for my Dad since I wanted to use my beer mug cookie cutter and he enjoys an occasional beer.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Beer – mashed potato cut and imprinted with a cookie cutter, paprika, Cheers – carrot cut with cookie cutters, green peas

Top Right: Beer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, sliced radish

Bottom Right: Pretzel – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, mixed nuts

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Summer Dress Lunch

Summer Dress Bento

It is that time of year in Rochester, NY when I can wear dresses again! I love mostly wearing dresses in the summer. This year it is especially exciting to wear all new dresses since my ones from last year are now too big. I was also happy to use cookie cutters from my collection for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Sun – lemon slice, dress – cheddar cut with cookie cutter, homemade cauliflower macaroni and cheese made with frozen riced cauliflower, Gemelli pasta, homemade cheddar sauce

Top Right: Pumpkin seeds

Bottom Right: Dress –  green apple cut with a cookie cutter, mandarin oranges

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Cinderella Lunch on a Plate

Cinderella Proposal Salad

I made a themed Cinderella lunch for myself. I was inspired by some fun cookie cutters from my collection.

Salad: Prince and Cinderella – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters and baked into chips, romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, toasted walnuts, shredded Cheddar cheese

Dessert: Horse and Coach – flour tortillas cut with a cookie cutter, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked into a chip, raspberries, white chocolate chips

Cinderella Coach Dessert

Cinderella Lunch

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Cucumber Hearts for Lunch

Heart Cucumber over Peanut Noodles

I made this lunch for myself. Peanut noodles are a typical lunch I occasionally make but I rarely make it cute just for myself I am glad that I made the extra effort for me.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left:  Blackberries & Raspberries

Bottom Left: – Pistachios with hearts drawn with food coloring marker

Right Side: Cucumber hearts cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

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Fish Themed Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Fish Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I made this meal for myself. It was my first time using frozen riced cauliflower in a homemade macaroni and cheese. I bought the riced cauliflower in the middle of March when the freezer section in the grocery store was mostly empty. More expensive and generally less desirable items were left. I am glad I tried it and would buy it again.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fish – carrot and radish cut with cookie cutters, homemade cauliflower macaroni and cheese made with frozen riced cauliflower, Gemelli pasta, homemade cheddar sauce

Top Right: Fish –  red apple cut with a tiny cutter, peas

Bottom Right: Fish –  green apple cut with a cookie cutter, pineapple

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Walk Brighton Project Week 6

Sneakers

I did it! My Walk Brighton Project is complete. I walked all of the streets over a mile radius from my home. Of course, I will still walk in my town but my focus of exploring and documenting areas new to me in this town is over for now. I am still in awe of what I was able to experience by walking from my home.

Highlights:

  • Watching flowers and trees bloom.
  • The “hunt” of never knowing what I would find.
  • “Smile” spelled in Daffodils and Tulips in front of a dentist office.
  • Discovered a path near my place that I was not previously aware. It will make it easier to get to some beautiful areas when there is a lot of traffic again.
  • The many paper rainbows and hearts attached to doors and windows.

Details:

  • Completed between March 27 to May 5, 2020.
  • I walked to each of the locations from my home.
  • I called it the Walk Brighton Project but some streets in my radius were in The City of Rochester and Pittsford.
  • If a road was marked private, I did not walk it.
  • I focused on walking residential streets.
  • My longest walk was around 5 miles round trip. Some walks were around 4 miles.
  • I am not afraid of walking in cold, rain, or snow. I encountered very few people during these walks.

Thursday Evening 4-30-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Gould Street
    • Kimberly Drive
    • Grosvenor Road
    • East Avenue
    • Council Rock Avenue
    • Thackery Road
    • Esplande Drive
    • Pelham Road

pelham

splendid spring tree

birches at ranch

tree leaves spring

Home of Brighton Senior 2020

roof chimney

Brighton Neighborhood

Tudor Segment

Driveway light

Magnolia

turret top

grey house

Saturday Morning 5-2-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chelmsford Lane
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Highland Avenue
    • Chadbourne Road
    • Warrington Drive
    • Oakdale Drive
    • Mayflower Drive
    • Glen Ellyn Way
    • Varianna Drive
    • Rhinecliff Drive

oakdale

Ship on Chimney

Brighton at Dawn

Blue Garage Doors

Turret with Sun

Sunday Morning 5-3-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Georgian Court Road
    • Trevor Court Road
    • Ambassador Drive
    • Sandringham Road
    • Esplanade Drive

Sandringham

brick walk

Fairy Tale Turret

Stone House with Gate

Stone Center Turret

Sidewalk Mosaic

Monday Afternoon 5-4-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Templeton Road
    • Ashbourne Road
    • South Winton Road
    • Wilshire Road
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Palmerston Road
    • Monteroy Road
    • Claybourne Road
    • Edgemoor Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Elmwood Avenue

Wilshire

white tudor

Blue stone

Spring Street

dog

brick turret

round window

Tuesday Afternoon 5-5-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Whitewood Lane
    • South Grosvenor Road

Whitewood Lane

Sycamore Trees

ranch

Whitewood Lane

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bird Rice

Cute Bird Rice

I made this meal for myself. My inspiration was a free webinar I took a few weeks ago from The Buffalo Audubon Society

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left:  Musical notes – food coloring marker on pistachios

Bottom Left: Musical notes – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, peanut butter, celery

Right Side: Bird – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, Body color – salsa, Eye– piece of hazelnut, Beak – carrot, riced cauliflower and broccoli with garlic

 

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Walk Brighton Project Week 5

Cherry Tree

I am nearing the end of this project. I expect that Week 6 will be the last week. Friends ask me what I will do next. It is not as fascinating as Walking Brighton, but I will start training for my second virtual 5k this year.

Saturday Morning 4-25-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Highland Avenue
    • Reservoir Road

Reservoir Road

house highland ave

path around reservoir

Stay 6 feet away

Cobbs Hill Reservoir

view of rochester

Sunday Morning 4-26-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • East Avenue
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Clover Street (Route 65)

Allens Creek

flowering cherry

Golf Course

wagon wheel

horse weathervein

stone wall

Sunday Afternoon 4-26-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Antlers Drive
    • Monterey Parkway
    • Hollywood Avenue
    • Fair Oaks Avenue
    • Sylvan Road
    • Sonora Parkway
    • St. Regis Drive South
    • Meredith Avenue

Fair Oaks

cherry blooming in rain

Stop Sign

new leaves on hedge

Monday Afternoon 4-27-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chelmsford Lane
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Warrington Drive
    • Monroe Avenue
    • St. Regis Drive North
    • Mayflower Drive
    • Tarrytown Road
    • Glen Ellyn Way

warrington

Green Red Arch

St Regis

Stone House

We are all in this together

Tuesday Afternoon 4-28-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Monroe Avenue
    • Glen Ellyn Way
    • Imperial Drive
    • Varianna Drive
    • Warrington Drive
    • Rhinecliff Drive

lady of lourdes

Brighton Senior 2020 Sign

Moon Shutters

new leaves

pretty white house

Wednesday Evening 4-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Esplanade Drive
    • Sandringham Road
    • Ambassador Drive
    • East Avenue
    • Greenfield Lane
    • Lime Rock Lane
    • Penfield Road
    • North Landing Road
    • Penhurst Road
    • Clover Street
    • Dorking Road
    • Islington Way

Lime Rock Lane

Penhurst

trellis entryway

ranch

penfield road

lighthouse shutters

rainbow

“The hardest walk is walking alone. But, it also makes you the strongest.”
Unknown

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Asparagus Flower Lunch

Asparagus flower lunch

I made this lunch for myself.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Flower – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cherry tomato, asparagus, celery leaves, brown rice, raspberries, white chocolate chips

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Social Distancing Bento

social distancing bento

This meal was for me. COVID-19 and Social Distancing has significantly impacted my life. Seeking out whimsy and cute things is part of who I am. When I take photos, I focus on the beautiful. Normally my food is cute, that is my preference. This is not my usual type of theme but maybe the gingerbread man shaped rice makes it comical. Living during a time of a global pandemic makes the formerly odd seem normal. At first it was unusual to see people walk across the street to avoid others. Then it was strange to see people wearing masks in public. Now my rice man is wearing a mask.

I have sewn several masks for myself and friends. I am thankful for sewing skills learned as a child and for a stocked craft room. I want to make a few more for myself to coordinate with various clothing colors / patterns. I see a lot of people wearing masks when they walk in my town. This was not true a month ago. I currently am able to keep more than 6 feet away from people so I don’t usually wear a mask. I have them for times when I can’t social distance.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Contents: Gingerbread Man wearing Mask – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, Body color – soy sauce, Eyes and Nose – piece of hazelnut, Mask – carrot, Arrows and 6’s – carrot, riced cauliflower and broccoli with garlic

Small Round Container: Freeze Dried Raspberries and Hazelnuts

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Walk Brighton Project Week 4

Storybrook at Sunrise

Another week of my Walk Brighton Project completed. I am guessing that it will take 2 – 3 more weeks to finish. I don’t want it to end but I am also looking forward to completing this project. Of course, I will still walk in my town but with a different focus. I now have many favorite neighborhoods to visit again.

Thursday Afternoon 4-16-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Indian Spring Lane
    • Fireside Drive
    • Clovercrest Drive

S Grosvenor Indian Spring Lane

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Hidden Path

Lion Chalk Art

Friday Afternoon 4-17-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Elmore Road
    • Orchard Drive
    • Irving Road
    • Sunset Drive
    • Meadow Drive
    • Willowdale Drive
    • Laconia Parkway
    • Winhurst Drive

Elmore Road

colorful hearts on door

Dog

spring flowering tree

Friday Evening 4-17-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Linden Avenue
    • Landing Road South
    • Penfield Road
    • East Avenue
    • Clover Street (Route 65)

Landing Road

turret

tulip buds

Statue with Sign

Tree Fort

big blue house

Saturday Evening 4-18-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Rowland Parkway

Babcock Rowland

over window

many solar panels

pretty mail box

yellow house

Sunday Morning 4-19-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Elmore Road
    • Winhurst Drive
    • Meadow Drive
    • Edgewood Avenue
    • Storybrook Drive
    • Monroe Parkway
    • Monroe Avenue
    • Elwell Drive

Storybrook

Yellow House Scallops

Storybrook

Brighton Neighborhood at Dawn

White house yellow door pink tree

Sunday Afternoon 4-19-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Aberthaw Road
    • Winton Road
    • Nunda Boulevard
    • Castlebar Drive
    • Cobbs Hill Drive
    • San Gabriel Drive

Cobbs Hill Dr to East

Hillside to West

nunda

rock walls

yellow house

rock garden

Monday Afternoon 4-20-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Seminole Way
    • Sylvan Road
    • Sonora Parkway
    • St. Regis Drive South
    • Bonnie Brae Avenue
    • Antlers Drive
    • Glen Ellyn Way
    • Monroe Avenue

Seminole

Brighton NY Street

Antlers Park

Ship on House

Hug close

Tuesday Evening 4-21-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover (Route 65)
    • Esplanade Drive
    • Sandringham Road
    • Ambassador Drive
    • East Avenue (Route 96)
    • Parsons Lane
    • Whitney Lane
    • Golfside Parkway
    • Oak Lane

Oak

Rocking Chairs

white magnolia

Flag at half mast

White house tree

dog on lawn

Blue door

tile roof

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”  –  Pablo Neruda

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A Visit to Paris

Paris Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for myself. It was a fun little trip in my imagination.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Eiffel Tower – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, pasta, goat cheese, roasted asparagus and cherry tomato

Small Round Container: Paris – chocolate on apple, blackberries

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Seagull Tortellini Lunch

Seagull Tortellini

I made this lunch for myself before the Coronavirus when it was easy to get fresh blackberries.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Seagull – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker detail, cheese tortellini with olive oil, red wine vinegar, black pepper, black olives, cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Walk Brighton Project Week 3

tree buds

It is spring and I am falling in love…with my town, Brighton, NY. I liked it before but now that I am getting to know it more intimately, it is love. Spring is a special time of year to spend time walking the neighborhoods. Week 3 of my Walk Brighton Project brought more beauty with the opening buds of flowering trees.

I continue to enjoy the nods, waves, and hellos from the few people I pass while walking (at a far distance). One approaching woman and I both moved off the sidewalk and to the road at the same time. We both chuckled and she said, “we are all learning our pedestrian manners.” I have so few in-person conversations nowadays that I cherish these interchanges.

Friday Afternoon 4-10-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Danbury Circle North
    • Bonnie Brae Avenue
    • Newton Drive
    • Antlers Drive
    • Avalon Drive
    • Buckland Avenue
    • Hollywood Avenue

Newton Avalon

Tree Lined Street Brighton NY

Cream Stone House

Stone Doorway

US Mail Truck

dog

Saturday Afternoon 4-11-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Torrington Drive
    • Brooklawn Drive
    • Lynnwood Drive
    • Hollyvale Drive
    • Cohasset Drive
    • Danbury Circle South
    • Bonnie Brae Avenue
    • Victoria Drive
    • South Winton Road

Brooklawn Hollyvale

Spring Tree

Small Ranch

Star on Door

Hollyvale Sign

Book Lending

Saturday Evening 4-11-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Continental Drive
    • Monroe Avenue
    • Torrington Drive
    • Hampshire Drive
    • Irving Road

Torrington

Street Blue House

Statue Planter

Flowering Tree

Dog in Yard

Sunday Morning 4/12/20

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Westfall Road
    • Willowbend Road
    • Willowcrest Drive
    • Shalimar Drive
    • Maywood Drive
    • Edgwood Avenue
    • Pickford Drive
    • Modelane

Willowbend

Sunrise

Blue Circle House

horse on lawn

Endurance Quote Chalk

Monday Afternoon 4/13/20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Valley Road

Valley Road

Valley Road

valley road spring

Wednesday Evening 4/15/20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Torrington Drive
    • Brooklawn Drive
    • Northcumberland Road
    • Bradford Road
    • Wilmot Road
    • Susquehanna Road
    • Roosevelt Road
    • Monroe Avenue (Route 31)
    • Edgeview Lane
    • Troy Road
    • Westfall Road

Brooklawn Monroe Edgewood

Forsythia Hedge

Brooklawn

Cherub with Bell

Bottle Tree

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

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Hearts and Rainbows Lunch

Heart Rainbow Lunch

When I take walks for my Walk Brighton Project, I see hearts and rainbows on doors, windows, and garages. During this time of a global pandemic, people around the world are making hearts and rainbows out of paper and attaching them to their homes. After the storm comes a rainbow. I enjoy looking for them as I get some exercise and fresh air. They inspired this meal I made for myself. Searching for rainbows in my town is one of the many small things that makes this time of social distancing enjoyable.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Hearts – zucchini cut with a cookie cutter, Rainbow – Cheddar freehand cut with knife, painted food coloring mixed with a little water, brown rice

Top Right: Rainbow – Apple freehand cut with a knife, painted food coloring mixed with a little water, raspberries

Bottom Right: Hearts – carrots cut with a cookie cutter, celery with hummus

Below are only a sampling of the hearts and many rainbows I see around town during my walks.

large heart window

Rainbow Bay Window

Brick House Heart Rainbow

Heart with Red Shutters

Hearts in Window

Hearts on Garage

Rainbow Brick House

Heart Rainbow Door

Heart and Rainbows – symbols of this pandemic

Multi-rainbow

rainbow heart on wooden door

2 rainbows

Small Rainbow

ranch house heart rainbow

large rainbow white house

Solar Panel

many rainbow drawings

Rainbow and Bunnies

Small Rainbow Brick

Hearts in a Heart

rainbows in window

rainbow clouds on door

large heart porch

rainbows heart and circle

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Virtual Easter Meal

Easter Meal 2020 Virtual

I am social distancing due to the Coronavirus. It was my first year to be alone for Easter. I was still able to enjoy good food and company while celebrating the holiday. I even set my table and wore a dress.

Yesterday, my Mom and I dyed Easter eggs together on video. Today, I made and delivered an Easter meal to my friend Carol (she lives 2 miles away). When I arrived at her home, the beautiful daffodils from her garden were waiting for me in a box outside. I left her a box of food in it’s place. I drove home and then we ate the meal together on video.

Menu

  • Smashed Peas with Whipped Ricotta on homemade French Bread – I did not crisp the bread.
  • Asparagus Soup with Lemon Sour Cream – fresh lemon zest mixed with sour cream
  • Roasted Carrots with Pistachios – I added pistachios after roasting.
  • Individual Easter Peanut Butter Pie – I made it festive by putting an small chocolate chick in it. I am glad that my Instacart shopper was able to get the cute chocolate chicks this week.

Easter Meal

Individual Easter Peanut Butter Pie

Easter Meal Packed for Carol

Easter Food, Menu, and Special Treat for Carol

Kathy on Carols computer

Note: Carol took the above photo from her home. My Mom said it looks like I am on a cooking show.

It felt very normal to make food for a holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking today. But it is not normal for my family to have an Easter meal at home. We have a tradition of going to a nice restaurant for a buffet meal. My parents and sister actually started the tradition without me when I was 12 and flew to see my Grandparents in Florida one Easter.

My critique of the meal: The food was delicious. It was my third time making the asparagus soup. It was my first time making everything else except for the french bread. If I were to change anything, I would put labels on the containers for Carol. I wanted things to be fresh so gave her many small containers and ended up giving her 3 containers with white stuff (sour cream with lemon zest, whipped ricotta, whipped cream). I think that virtual meals are a good alternative especially when you can share the same food. I would recommend it and do it again.

Happy Easter!

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Walk Brighton Project Week 2

Dream House

Walk Brighton Project

Welcome to Week 2 of my Walk Brighton Project. It is bringing a lot of excitement into my life of working from home and social distancing. I am always looking forward to walking new segments of my town and seeking out photos to take.

Architecture Class

I took A Crash Course in American Architectural History II – 20th Century from the Rochester Brainery. It was especially enjoyable to take this online class since I now spend a lot of time looking at examples of architecture in my town.

People

So far, I don’t see a lot of people during my walks around town but the few interactions I have (at a safe distance of course) are memorable. Maybe there are few people because it has been cold and I am a morning person and operate on a different schedule than most people. I have not yet told anyone I see around town what I am doing. I barely speak with the people I pass. I am currently taking a Coursera class, “The Science of Well-Being” by Yale Professor Laurie Santos. The class mentioned how interactions with people, even small conversations with strangers helps to make us happier. My in-person interactions are limited now so the simple “Hello” from a walking neighbor is a small thing that brightens my day.

Some memorable moments:

  • 1 year old blew kisses at me.
  • Woman speaking on the phone said to her friend, “It seems so funny to move out of the way when walking towards people. A woman just moved out of the way!” I was the woman that moved.
  • A woman said, “Hang in there.”
  • Man cutting a board with a circular said, “Hello.” It was so simple but it was memorable because of the tone and richness of his voice. He seemed very kind.
  • A woman looked at me strange when she saw me taking a photo of her house but we did not talk to other than saying, “Hello.”

Friday Afternoon 4-3-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Fernboro Road
    • Ledgerock Lane
    • Ashbourne Road

Commonwealth 4-3-20

Ledgerock

Brown House Yellow Door

Hearts in Window

Early Spring in the Rain

Saturday Morning 4-4-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Towpath Lane
    • Clover Park Drive
    • Schoolhouse Lane

Toepath 4-4-20

Schoolhouse 4-4-20

Clover Park Drive

Statues Early Spring Garden

Lantern

Shutter Dog Cutouts

Pittsford Rail Trail Allens Creek

Saturday Afternoon 4-4-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chemlsworth Road
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Highland Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Beckwith Terrace
    • Cobbs Hill Drive
    • Pinnard Street
    • Bengal Terrace
    • Norris Drive
    • Nursery Street
    • Hartsen Street
    • Rosegrey Terrace
    • San Gabriel Drive

Cobbs Hill Drive 4-4-20

Rosegrey 4-4-20

Winton Road Brighton

Lenten Rose

Copper Detail Above Window

Stone Wall Driveway

Stone Steps

View of East Ave Wegmans

Red House

Red Car

prints in cement

San Gabriel Drive

Brick Stone Details

Stay Safe Brighton

I often see the above sign around town. My town supervisor is a tall man named Moehle.

Sunday Afternoon 4-5-20

  •  Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Westfall Road
    • Tilstone Place
    • Fairhill Drive
    • Evans Lane
    • Idlewood Road
    • Poplar Way
    • Glenhill Drive
    • Southwood Lane
    • Edgewood Avenue
    • Carverdale Drive
    • Del Rio Drive

southwest radius 4-5-20

Blue Turret House

creek

Yellow House American Flag

Daffodil Lawn

Walking Dog

Stone Entrance Hedge

Tuesday Afternoon 4-7-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Roby Drive
    • Veron Place
    • Avalon Drive
    • South Winton Road (County Route 98)

Roby Avalon 4-7-20

Brighton Fire House

Child Drawing with Chalk

Thank You Essential Workers

Brighton Street

tudor turret

Sun and Rainbow Chalk Art

Avalon

Wednesday Afternoon 4-8-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Bonnie Brae Avenue
    • Newton Drive
    • Antlers Drive
    • Buckland Avenue
    • Hollywood Avenue
    • Greenwich Lane
    • Winton Road

Newton 4-8-20

Stone Turret

Brick House

Red Door

Brick House Heart Rainbow

Lamp in Window

Tudors Walking Dog

Stone House 3 Dormers

Blue Stone Turret

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

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Easter Bunny with Basket Meal

Easter Bunny with Basket Lunch

I made this cute and easy meal for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Bunny – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter – food coloring marker eye, Basket – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter – food coloring marker details, Eggs – radish and green apple cut with a mini cutter, spinach, roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Easter Bunny Egg Lunch

Easter Egg Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Carol (before the CoronaVirus). I often make holiday food long before the holiday. Maybe my friends think it is quirky that I give them Halloween or Valentine themed food months before the event but hey don’t complain. In the case of a pandemic, I am glad to have fun holiday food to share here.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Top: Bunny and Egg – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, pasta, goat cheese, roasted asparagus and tomato

Bottom: Eggs – apple cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning, sanding sugar, blackberries

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Walk Brighton Project Week 1

Heart Rainbow Door

Heart and Rainbow – encouragement during this pandemic

What is the Walk Brighton Project?

I live in Brighton (Rochester, NY). Due to COVID-19, I am currently living a life of social distancing and working from home. When I brainstormed ways to keep things interesting for myself, I remembered a story I saw a long time ago. An Australian man walked a lot of streets in his area. I came up with a plan to walk all of the streets within a certain radius of my home.

Background

I like to keep busy. I had big plans for 2020. I created an info-graphic list of 20 goals for the year. By the beginning of March, I had already completed 4 goals. After the Coronavirus hit New York State, I examined my list to see what I could still do. There are many that I can work on and several are related to being more healthy. Walking is a physical activity that is still available to me now (my 2020 goal to swim 20 times is put on hold).

Timing

My goal is not to be efficient. My goal is to explore my area and get exercise. I am in no hurry to finish this project but I am excited to get out there and explore new areas. That said, I am trying to first focus on areas that would be busy with traffic if we were not on a shut-down due to Coronavirus.

Experience so far…

I am thoroughly enjoying this project! It engages my mind before and after I walk segments. It motivates me to exercise. I get fresh air. I can be creative (with the photos I take). It gives me new experiences. It keeps me busy. It is a perfect project for me.

Friday Evening 3-27-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Rawlingswood Park
    • Kent Park
    • Dover Park
    • Cardiff Park
    • Greenaway Road
    • Walden Place
    • Cheswell Way
    • Penfield Road
    • East Avenue

Rawlingswood 3-27-20

Greenaway 3-27-20

Northwest Clover

tap maple

Walk along expressway

Butterflies on Door

Notes on Mailboxes

Chalk Art Person

Spread Joy Chalk

Saturday Afternoon 3-28-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • East Avenue
    • Knollwood Drive

Knollwood 3-28-20

Knollwood

Stucco Design

Oak Hill

Knollwood Stone Wall

Stone House Brickwalk Knollwood

Stone Pillar Lamp Knollwood

Sunday Afternoon 3-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Cathaway Park
    • Morven Road

Cathaway 3-29-20

Hillside North

Hillside

Spring Wreath

Gold Envelope Mailbox

purple crocus

Sunday Evening 3-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Old Mill Road

Old Mill 3-29-20

Old Mill Road

Old Mill Road Green

New House Old Mill Road

Wednesday Evening 4-1-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Whitestone Lane
    • Malm Lane
    • Shoreham Drive
    • Pickwick Drive

Whitestone 4-1-20

Whitestone Area Brighton

Finial on stone pillar

Solar Panels

Curve Garages

Daffodils

Shoreham

Thursday Afternoon 4-2-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chemlsworth Lane
    • Chemlsworth Road
    • Winton Road
    • Maybrooke Road
    • Branford Road
    • Fernboro Road
    • Penarrow Road
    • Commonwealth Road

Maybrook 4-2-20

Maybrooke Area

End of Driveway Lights

Lawn Art

Branford area

Solar Panel

Thursday Evening 4-2-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Brookside Drive
    • Meadow Lane
    • Creekdale Lane
    • Elmwood Hill Lane

Elmwood 4-2-20

House on Elmwood

Golf

Tudor Details

Brighton Neighborhood

Windows on Brick

Deep Blue House Daffodils

Curved Entryway

White House Elmwood

I had an enjoyable first week exploring my area. Spring seems like the perfect time to explore and discover the world around me.

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