Picture of the Week — Light, Leaves and Leftovers

This is one of those rare pictures that I could see in my mind’s eye before I took it that actually came out better than it did in my mind’s eye. I spotted it several days before I actually got around to picking up the camera, getting on my knees, and adjusting the focus. I love the way the light was shining on both the ashtray, and the back porch, yet not in the back ground. It helps our eyes focus on the ash tray with a half-smoked cigar.

Actually, the cigar isn’t even half-smoked. During game six of the World Series, Heidi and I were meeting some friends to watch the game at a sports bar. We were planning on sitting and watching the game, while smoking a cigar. But the sports bar turned out to be a real dive, and we ended up going over to Applebees (no smoking allowed) to watch the game. That was the death knell to the cigars in my pocket because I forgot to put them into a portable humidor bag. When I tried to smoke one, there was no draw left to it and it was useless. I ended up smoking a much cheaper cigar and left the other in the ashtray.

By the way, did I mention that MY Houston Astros eventually won game 7 of the World Series, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, after making the playoffs and eliminating the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, and are now the 2017 World Series Champions? Just thought you should know that.

As for the picture above, please note the taller green plant in the upper right-hand corner of the picture. Those are habanero plants. Heidi and I love anything spicy, and particularly habaneros, so I picked up two plants from a local Farmer’s Market back in the spring thinking it would be nice to spice it up a bit. The plants have been very prolific and have produced far more habaneros than we can eat. I think part of the problem is that we don’t have a lot of recipes that call for habaneros, but they do end up being used in my scrambled eggs, frequently. When that happens, sweat soon follows. But I enjoy them anyway. Now, I wonder if there is a habaneros pancake recipe…

One final note on the picture above, you will notice that I have several logs on the porch. I’m in the habit of picking up wood from the neighbors felled trees and have found that the bigger logs make great end tables, as long as they are level enough. Hence, the ash tray on the log. Just a handy tip for those who like to scrounge for their outdoor furniture. And, if you get tired of the log, or it wears out, throw it on the fire.