Loving April

Taking time out of a busy schedule to visit the National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, DC to view ritual wine containers with masks and dragons. Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings is the first major exhibition in the United States dedicated to this city, the capital of China’s Shang dynasty (occupied ca. 1250 BCE–ca.1050 BCE). The source of China’s earliest surviving written records and the birthplace of Chinese archaeology.

There is nothing like returning to the garden after a cold wet winter to find plants you thought were decimated by deer, raccoons, and rabbit’s. It was a wonderful seeing peony and iris shoots pushing through the ground. What had been planted last fall seemed to have disappeared, but was so exciting to be back working under blue skies and warm weather.

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie from Costco is all the rage this spring and hopefully well into summer. The heft of this pie has whipped peanut butter and chocolate in a buttery graham cracker crust. The pie is rich, but light and fluffy at the same time. I truly want this dessert as my summer staple for all our family gatherings!!!

Spending time with my beautiful niece and nephew during spring break was absolutely wonderful. I haven’t dyed eggs, put baskets together or played peek-a-boo in many, many years. It was delightful remembering childhood memories to share with them.

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A Dutch Treat

The Vermeer exhibition {10 February 2023- 4 June 2023} at the Rijksmuseum explores the artist’s ties to the city of Delft during the mid-16th century along with his relationship to local genre painters such as Paulus Potter and Emanuel de Witte.

The Rijksmuseum brought together almost all of Vermeer’s known works; 28 of his 37 paintings then displayed them in the largest showing ever. Viewing scenes of tranquil interiors or detailed perspectives of everyday living was spectacular, and on each photographed painting I focused in on details within the scene. Vermeer’s mastery of perspective and lighting let’s us know this is how his surroundings looked, yet the world is invented!

Additional information on The Largest Vermeer Exhibition Ever

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