Things Are Changing – About Transformation – The Koi Pond

“Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Chou. But he didn’t know if he was Chuang Chou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Chou. Between Chuang Chou and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.”[1]   ~ A butterfly dreams of Zhuangzi  From The Dogen Institute ~ Retrieved August 16 2018. The Dōgen Institute 


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Koi Pond ~ CKatt August 2018

The beautiful Koi in this pond immediately swam towards me as I walked up to them. What a delightful surprise to stumble on these beautiful fish. An otherwise ordinary day was transformed.

The Koi drift away when I do not feed them. Continuing on in their underwater world swimming to and fro, then nibbling at something unseen in the pond, they fascinate. Doing their fish thing – swirling, moving sleekly through the water world they inhabit –  every moment passes being fish. Extraordinary fish with spots and beautiful patterns of color.

A shift happens as they look up at me. They have a routine that is broken by my human form looming over them. For a moment, the fish and I are connected looking at each other. Eye to eye, face to face until they swim away.

Everything is fluid in their world and mine. Timeless delight transforms my day.


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Gardens of Minneapolis Continued = July and August Flowers

There’s a spot in Minneapolis that has quiet streets shaded by large trees. (That could be a good description of much of Minneapolis.) On this particular street I discovered a boulevard garden with Dahlias.

In July of this year, I met the gardener whose efforts supplied me with so many glorious photos last year! We had a really fun chat. Dave told me that he actually digs up his Dahlias and saves them inside his house through the winter. He never knows if they will make it through to bloom again.

Here are some of the beautiful results of his July Lilies and August Dahlias. Thank you to Dave and all the other gardeners of Minneapolis!

Multi-Color Dahlia 2018 CKatt

A very Large Dinner Plate Dahlia CKatt 2018

Yellow Lily with brownCandy Red Lily CKatt 2018

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YellowDahlia with light red CKatt 2018

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Have a beautiful day wherever life takes you.


A little flowery humor!

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Gardeners of Minneapolis – Flowers, Butterfly and other insects – City Gardens

I am very grateful to the gardeners in Minneapolis for their floral gardens. I have often benefited from these gardeners’ efforts. Many days I have found beautiful trees in blossom and varieties of flowering plants to photograph.

A more recent encounter, when I was outside photographing some small boulevard gardens, was with a woman who came out to talk to me. She showed me a Monarch butterfly chrysalis and caterpillar plus a tiny praying mantis that was in her flowerbed. It was a revelation and a reminder of how much even a small garden in the city can benefit the environment. Had this kind and friendly person not shown me, I would have missed them – completely!

Praying mantis

Praying Mantis

Bees July 2018

Bees at work

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Fresh Summer Squash Soup Recipe = Easy

Fresh Summer Squash Soup Recipe = Easy

A friend, Nancy grew this pretty yellow squash in her city garden.  She still has two kids at home,  two dogs and helps her husband in the family business yet has time for a garden. It was so kind of her to share her cucumbers and the squash. I was delighted by the color – such a beautiful color yellow. (Love squash!)

Fresh Summer Squash Soup Recipe = Easy

Summer Squash soup

Fresh Summer Squash Soup © CKatt 2018

2 pounds of Summer yellow squash
1 cup of chicken stock
3/4 cup of chopped onion (used red and it made the soup color beige – owell.)
2 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
4 teaspoons of grated Parmesan cheese (Romano cheese was used)
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh tarragon

Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Then slice the squash very thinly to make it easy to soften as it cooks. On medium heat put all the first five ingredients in a soup pot with a lid. Cook until all the veggies have softened. Stir occasionally. When ready, puree the soup in a blender in batches. (I used an electric stick blender. I killed the blender some months ago unwittingly. Ugh) Plate the soup and grate the cheese on top and sprinkle with tarragon. (Also, I was out of tarragon and replaced it with basil and a tiny bit of rosemary) Garnish with some alfalfa sprouts.

From start to finish, in no time, this is a very easy summer squash soup recipe to enjoy even on a warm day in summer.

I promised Nancy that I would show her a picture of what I made. She was surprised. She asked me, “Did you use one of those choppers to cut the squash?” I replied with a smile, “No. I make slow food and cut it up myself.”

A good sharp knife makes all the difference! Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray, whose approachable cooking style really appeals to me for its simplicity and flavors.

Summer squash CKatt 2018

Yellow Summer Squash © CKatt 7-2018

I am bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday #234 . The  co-hosts this week are:  Jenny @ Apply To Face Blog and Deb @ Pantry Portfolio. Thanks to Angie and the hosts for keeping the Fiesta Friday going each week. Join in the food ideas and friends from around the globe to share recipes and ideas.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

May you have a beautiful day wherever you may be.

Summer Squash soup


Find of the week! Also yellow is this Koi in a garden pond. Gold Fish


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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge (CFFC) Post – Purple Vintage Cars

Thanks to Cee for her photo challenges to take the place of  the WordPress gallery of challenges that kept me posting photos.

Today purple, colors, wood, garage, vintage car, flames, indoor, lantern/light, upholstery/fabric swatches, poster, power, and cords are the challenge.

purple antique car

Antique Purple Automobile CKatt © 2018

Pink and Blue vintage car

Modified Vintage Car CKatt © 2018

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Have a good day wherever you are.

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