Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Thoughts Random 5 Friday

It's been a wonderful holiday weekend. I've had the joy of spending both Seder nights with dear friends. There's been much good conversation, thoughtful reflection and great food. I've got any number of random thoughts flying through my mind that I'd like to share. Without further ado, welcome to five random thoughts for this Random 5 Friday post.

1) My first thought is about Passover. One of my grocery stops was at my local fruit and vegetable market. Horseradish is still part of the service as we recall the bitterness of slavery in Egypt. We had roots very much like these on our tables.

2) I am so enjoying the spring weather. It's really here and it's really wonderful. This planter is at the building next to mine. I was delighted one morning as I turned the corner and this beautiful display greeted me.

3) One of my favorite buildings in Manhattan is Trinity Church. There are generations of Lower Manhattan buildings in this photograph, including One World Trade Center on the far left. Black  and white depiction per Google.
4) I am in a somewhat state of disbelief that I will be leaving for Japan in less than a week. I've got a dentist appointment on Tuesday, one more Weight Watchers meeting to attend on Wednesday, one more trip to the gym, laundry, banking and of course, packing. I've bought new jeans, I'm trying to determine which shoes will be comfortable and I'm downloading a few library books to read on the plane.  I'm both anxious -- I get anxious at every long trip -- and so excited.

5) I don't think a Random 5 recap would be complete without a picture of food, and those giant horseradish roots don't count. In anticipation of Easter I present these sweet cakes. I saw them at a bakery this evening, and only the knowledge that regular baked goods are not on my food list for Passover kept me from making an impulse purchase. I was especially taken with the pink ones.

To everyone celebrating Easter, bright and joyous wishes!  
As ever, thanks for visiting and take very good care.


Pondside said...

I somehow missed the fact that you are going to Japan. Is this your first time? I went five years ago - and what a wonderful trip it was. I look forward to hearing all about it!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's going to be a very busy time for you this coming week. Thank you for your Easter wishes and Happy Passover to you.


Those pink Easter egg cakes look yummy, indeed. I'm glad you had nice Seders. We have not been to one in a while. The new jeans sound perfect. You should have plenty of time to read. Take care of those last minute details and be prepared to relax and enjoy your trip.

Simply Linda said...

Japan already? Oh do take lots of pictures, pretty please. We had a Rabbi visit our church and he went through the whole meal and the meaning behind it, very interesting. Blessings to you and safe travels.

Susie said...

Hi Carol,
I loved your black/white photo. I love the pink cakes...but I would not eat them...too sweet. I am wishing you a good week to get all your appointments and running done. Plus I want to wish you a safe trip to and from Japan. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

Sola Scriptura said...

I hope everything goes just right for your trip. You must be so excited!

Melinda said...

Hope you had a blessed holiday.

Have fun getting ready for your trip.

M :)

Anonymous said...

How exciting for your trip to be so near! I hope you have a wonderful visit and that this week goes smoothly. Those cakes are so very pretty.

Mevely317 said...

Way over here in the corner, I'm getting excited on your behalf! As take-off nears, do you have trouble falling asleep?

Truly, yours is an excursion of a lifetime, Carol.
'Holding you in my thoughts and prayers!

PS - I'm truly transfixed by that image of Trinity Church. Black and white photography always seems to speak to me more distinctly, inviting me to gaze a little longer.

Betsy Adams said...

Japan, huh??? That is awesome. I'm definitely envious. Can't wait to hear all about the trip... Take lots of pictures to share!!!!!

Happy Passover and Happy Spring.

Great picture of the church steeple.