changes in the world

December 14, 2020  •  5 Comments

2020 has been a year of changes in many ways.  Watching Meet the Press on NBC yesterday morning, I found the Data Download fascinating.  It highlighted the percentage increases in online purchases of certain categories from years past.  There was a 44% increase in home office furniture and equipment, a 70% increase in pet food and pet items, a 92% in do-it-yourself home construction tools and materials, and a 122% increase in home gym equipment, including exercise machines, bar bells, and other body-buffing and shaping items.  Online purchases have doubled overall this year.  And we know that many people are ordering food - supermarket fare and kits to prepare meals at home - as well as take out from local restaurants and other exclusively online outfits.  Winter is a season of comfort food regardless, so why not feature some possibilities in today's blog?


New world plate from the nightshade family - tomatoes, a potato, and chile



New Mexico apples from a local garden, variety unknown

Poblano chiles from the Santa Fe Farmers' Market

Native American corn

Top it off with a frisky Double Black Zinfandel, chilling in the snow

Thanks to Wayne, Jean and Sam, Steve, Debra, Christina and Barbara for writing this week, and Happy Birthday to my sister, as well as to Fred, Ingrid, Fernando, Marilyn, Lena, Dave K., Jessica, and Ben.  Have hearty and warm celebrations all!

until next Monday,


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Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
I especially like the composition you created on Fred's rug!
Looks like you are thoroughly appreciating the best of the season.
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
They are all exquisite! But I particularly love the dancing Native American corn and the apples. Your creativity is amazing!
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
All very nice.
Good photography makes them look especially delicious.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
I always enjoy your still lifes, Daryl. You find a theme for every season. The first image once again you used one of Fred's rugs to good advantage for the night shades. It's beautifully composed. The way the husk of the Native American corn plays against the almost black background is very effective. That belongs in a book or calendar.

Interesting statistics on online buying. We terminated our gym membership. I bought a smart trainer and a pull-up bar instead plus lots of tech for virtual meetings, workshops and cocktail parties.

Warm holiday wishes to you and Fred.
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
A choice reminder of the year past. Let's hope things get back to what we are more used to but with many improvements in how we live our lives and treat each other in 2021. Thanks for the ongoing reminders you post about how things are ...
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