Wordless Wednesday – Sunset View at Cove Inlet Charleston SC

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Have a peaceful day wherever you may be.


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A Contemplative Life = Food for The Body and Soul – Dockery’s Pub & Sunsets’ Study

Dockery’s Restaurant on Daniel Island SC

Going to dinner on December 30, 2019. We were treated to a beautiful series of sky shows at sunset in a parking lot for a Restaurant called Dockery’s a Brew Pub with good food. As we walked to the venue the sky was painting this changing mural. I said, “Wait a minute, I have to catch this.”

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A happy surprise. Each image, moment to moment, the sky dance of the fall of another day into night, reminds us in fire and clouds how fleeting the pleasures of life.

Dockery’s Brew Pub Photos

The Brew Master was regularly checking his batch.  We shared the appetizer of:


chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon, sumac, naan bread which tasted totally healthy and home made

Main orders were:

Vertical Roots Lettuces

cucumber, cherry tomatoes, radish, bacon, buttermilk dressing with chicken

Vertical Roots Lettuces and Smoked Turkey Chili

Rice and Shrimp on Vertical Roots Lettuces Platter



Oatmeal Bar!

Home Made Thin Crisped Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich – phew! It was delicious.

Dockery’s grows there own vertical Roots Lettuce in Containers on the premises.


Vertical Roots local lettuce at Dockery’s

Many poets have stopped by my blog lately. Each person’s style and theme are different and intriguing. I like to read what people are thinking about and how their poems express their longing, dreams, sorrows, loss, love, joy and humor. Each poem reveals a page of a heart’s desire pouring out across the known blog-o-verse to unknown readers, who may share their vision and thoughts. For me sharing these visions, my own and reading poems of others is like the “message in a bottle” and initiated by leap of trust. Someone may find the message…

I have great gratitude for all the artists, poets, foodies and scientists who share their spirit and passions in life. Keep the faith.

11. Daniel IS. Sunset SC


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Have a beautiful moment and be kind wherever you may find yourself.


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Fish House Restaurant – Christmas Day + The USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier – Mount Pleasant South Carolina

Fish House Menu

The Fish House

Restaurant is located at 32 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

On December 25th 2019 Fish House Restaurant had a Christmas Menu.

My friends know good places to eat. I was looking forward to a simple meal after the Big dinner we had on Christmas Eve.

I chose the heritage Pumpkin soup with rye Bread, while my friends choose She Crab soup from the menu.

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Without a doubt my Heritage Pumpkin soup was outstanding. It was seasoned with Turmeric and had a beautiful piece of home made rye traditional dense bread! Perfect meal. I ordered the cornbread and encouraged my calorie conscious friends to try it. Not to be too excited, but it was really excellent. As I was told the She Crab Soup was very good.

Fish House Pan Baked Corn Bread with Honey Butter, She Crab Soup, Roasted Pumpkin Soup & Rye Bread

The Atmosphere of the Fish House was Festive! And there were very tempting dinner menu selections.

The staff were very attentive and made sure to recommend the wine for my friends meal. The Grinch came to our table to make the wine recommendation. The manager also stopped by to make sure everything was to our liking.

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The Grinch Bar Tender at Fish House Ckatt 2019

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Kono Wine Sauvingnon Blanc of New Zealand



was amazed and amused at the playful and friendly atmosphere at this restaurant. Southern style reigned. They are a member of “Good Catch Program” and source ingredients locally, responsibly and seasonally for the tradition of Southern cooking.

Fish House table tops are detailed maps of the Cooper River waterway that I could see right outside their windows. I was very excited to see the USS Yorktown moored in front of me! When I was trying to take pictures through the window at night, a waiter came over and said there was a place just outside to take my photos.  He lead me to a balcony, where I clicked away in the night. By the time I knew that I could take photos the light had quickly faded and the results were silhouettes. The USS Yorktown is a retired aircraft carrier and a Mount Pleasant tourist attraction.

I grew up near the ocean and as a little kid once visited an air craft carrier. That ship made a huge impression on me.

In the photo on the left you will see the new Cooper River Bridge Tower in the background.  It is called the Arthur Revenel Jr. Bridge and was finished in 2011. You may be able to see the car lights going over the bridge.

I have daytime pictures of both the USS Yorktown and the bridge that I will share in another post.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Wishing you a good new year 2020!


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Christmas Eve Dinner – at Anson’s Charleston SC

Well I escaped the cold. Doing the dance of joy!

Arrived around dinner time and went off to a special Christmas Eve dinner at Anson’s with my dear friends.

Anson’s Restaurant Interior Christmas Eve Diners 2019

Charleston has an international reputation of fine food restaurants. My friends invited me to visit Charleston again for Christmas. Who would say no? Not me.

https://ansonrestaurant.com/. Check out the menu.

Here’s what we had for dinner. It was great fun and the answer

To the question Did you enjoy the food? “Oh gosh, yes!” That

Salmon and the Key Lime Pie “was to die for.” Said my friends…

Scottish salmon with angel hair pasta, gluten free; zucchini,squash,

Baby carrots, turnips with zucchini pesto.

My friends had the salmon dish! It looked superb and was delicious.

The teenager had the sliders and fries!

My treat was the confit of duck leg and thigh served with creamy Polenta and collard greens. Oh yes, it was a treat.

Confit Duck Leg & Thigh Creamy Polenta &
Collard Greens

We shared a piece of key lime pie…oops! Last bite of a creamy

Custard pie that was really luscious.

I felt completely spoiled.

Anson’s restaurant Key Lime Pie

The service was friendly and our waiter, Will, was happy to answer

Our questions.

Many thanks to Will and the staff for a relaxed and superb meal.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a happy holiday season!



A Contemplative Life – The Iris Painting on a Folding Screen = Returned

IRIS Screen

© CKATT 2019 Folding Screen with Dutch Irises

Folding Screen with Dutch Irises

It was our student days,

When he asked me to paint a folding screen with irises.

He brought Dutch irises to me in Spring.

I drew them individually on good paper

Each pencil stroke sure, true and honest.

A step closer to some rare understanding of the

shape, color, design of each flower

Stem, Petal, Leaves ~ their curves to curls understood.

I had a fine woodworker friend build the four panels

Then stretched the canvas for each one carefully. Primed the canvas.

Set out my paints to work. So very long ago it happened.

Rejected, months of work, when he took one look at the finished panels,

He said: “I don’t like it.” Stood there and wiped away the joy of the work.

Later Linda, my friend, loved it and took it for a small sum.

Years later…

During a phone call, her husband asked me to take it back.

Their journey on earth was ending though it was unspoken, I knew.

Time utterly obliviates, yet,

The painting is intact.

Kept pristine for all these years in their home,

My past stands before me again beckoning revival.

The flaws apparent to my matured eye.

Sets me contemplating how best to fill the empty space

With more irises

To repair the past mistakes.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good week wherever you may be.




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