Monday, August 10, 2015

Mosaic Monday #53 - My Week

This month I've been spending less time on the computer.  After taking a vacation break I realized how blogging twice a week and only commenting at other blogs on 2-3 days is my happy place. I feel true blogging sisters won't mind if you only visit them once a week, especially the ones that post every day.
With this in mind, it may take me a few days to get around to everyone who participates at Mosaic Monday but know that I will eventually make it because I love and appreciate the wonderful stories, photos and of course mosaics you share.
My week started with Topaz requiring surgery after a cyst on his side swelled up and broke. He is not happy about wearing the cone to prevent licking his stitches and can hardly wait until it comes off and the side is healed. 
I picked blueberries early in the week, froze quite a few and baked the most delectable lemon blueberry tea bread.
The recipe is from the wiveswithknives blog here and the photo is from there as well as I have it pinned. I ended up on this blog to peruse the recipes as I know Kitty at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen has made mention of them and I already make a number of her recipes. (thanks Kitty ♥)
Early Ontario corn is in and we had some peaches and cream cobs for dinner, it was sweet and I anticipate more as the month progresses.
 At the farmers' market I purchased the above foursome of heirloom tomatoes, from sweet to low acid and smoky in flavour.
Also a small basket of sugar pears. I'd never heard of these before but must say they are a sweet and crunchy fruit that I'll look for again next week.
Our weather continues in the mid 70s and the harvest of fruits and vegetables begins. How was your week?

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46 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, poor Topaz, he probably can not wait until the cone comes off. I hope he heals quickly. Your corn and tomatoes look wonderful. The blueberries and your tea bread look delicious, I wish I could taste a piece. I think my birds have eaten all my blueberries. Pretty images and mosaics! Thanks for hosting, have a happy new week!

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  2. I hope Topaz feels better soon. Our Mandy had to go through something similar. I have to made that blueberry bread it just looks too good.

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  3. Wonderful photos and mosaics, Judith! Those of the fruit and veggies are lovely, but my favourite is, of course, the sweet Topaz. Poor fellow, with his cone.
    I too think that posting only about two times a week is the best, otherwise I wouldn't have time to go to greet everyone. Recently I have posted much more often, and as much as I love the lovely comments people write, I really hope my regular readers don't feel obliged to comment on every post of mine... :)
    Thank you for hosting MM, Judith, and have a lovely new week!

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  4. You have such plump beautiful blueberries. I do so enjoy blueberries for breakfast with my oatmeal. But then again I enjoy a good blueberry anytime. Hoping the "puppy" is well soon! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Ah the poor pup. How I wish I was having that bread for breakfast! :)

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  6. Ah the poor pup. How I wish I was having that bread for breakfast! :)

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  7. What a lovely colourful post Judith! The variegated corn looks interesting. Have a great week. x

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  8. I love the fresh fruits and veggies. The pears look so good. I'm like you....not on the computer as much lately. But I still love blogging and hope everyone understands. Enjoy your day! Happy Monday Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  9. Hope that Topaz is recovering nicely. Our daughter's cat has a similar bit of surgery, hated the cone and as soon as it came off, licked and licked till some bleeding started, so it was back on with the cone.
    I so agree with you about cutting down on posting, I've cut right back and find it so much easier to enjoy this lovely weather. Your blueberry loaf looks delicious, I've been using all sorts of recipes with zucchini in it :) Enjoy the day.

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  10. Hi Judith, I hope Topaz heals soon and in the meantime gets used to the cone. Fresh corn, peaches, blueberries?? Yum. I bought some Ontario peaches on Friday and they are very tasty. The blueberry loaf looks so good! Have a beautiful week! Pam

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  11. Not sure I met Topaz before - sweet eyes.
    Other 'stuff' has eaten into my photo taking and blogging in the last couple weeks too. I will still anticipate your replies even when few and far between.
    Be blessed.

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  12. The fresh food looks absolutely tempting. Corn is not ready here yet, nor are the tomatoes. As I talk to other gardeners, their gardens are slow too. We all planted late. I would love to grow blue berries. The cake looks tempting, too. I do understand with your need to cut back on time spent blogging. I started posted once a week when I committed to Mosaic Monday, so I write the post early Sunday, add photos later, edit, and publish late in the evening. I take all week to visit everyone. This week, I visited no one. Just too busy. We all have to find a balance that works for us and I am reading other bloggers who are finding that they spend too time on the computer. It is was to do. Have a wonderful week, Judith.

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  13. This is my first visit to your Mosaic Monday link so I hope you'll be gentle with me Judith ;D
    It looks a fun place to visit and your post has so much to enjoy... that cake for one and all of the lovely produce.
    Aww but poor Topaz... I hope he makes a full recovery and loses the collar soon.
    Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

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  14. Dearest Judith; Oh, poor cute Topaz, I wish the day he gets free from his cone will come soon! I sure admire your talent and I DO love all of the freshly taken tomatoes corns etc; and I wish I could be you you to taste your "delectable lemon blueberry tea bread"♡♡♡ Your pear looks so different from ours :-)
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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  15. No fun for Topaz or you! It is super hot and humid here and the veggies and flowers are just about done. It's a fight to keep everything going, although my gardenia decided to bloom (two) ... guess it got confused! Enjoy all those yummy veggies and gorgeous flowers. Happy Monday and thanks for hosting.

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  16. the Blueberry cake looks delicious. I hope I will get some blueberries on my small bush this year.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting.

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  17. Oh the fresh vegetables and fruits look so great. I love the taste of summer. I must try that lemon blueberry recipe - it sounds so great - and we are in the middle of blueberry season here.

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  18. We are all enjoying the fruits of the season...
    Thank for the party...

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  19. Poor Topaz! I hope he feels better soon and gets that collar off! I know how unhappy dogs are wearing such necessary collars.post op.

    Your blueberries look wonderful and your lemon blueberry bread looks so delicious! I am a big blueberry fan and buy them often.

    Farmer's Markets are great --if you can't grow fresh tomatoes buying them locally form a farmer is the best solution. I can never seem to buy enough.

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  20. I enjoyed your observations about a break from blogging. In my early years, when I was reading every, "How to blog" article I found, I was pumping out posts three times a week and forcing myself to try and visit others, then I dropped to twice a week and spent more time with blogosphere friends reading their posts, now I am down to once-a-week (having realized no one is opening their computer just to see if a blog written by me appears there) and find that I am focused more on my writing and what I can learn from others. . .it is a good feeling!

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  21. Judith, The blueberries look great, I picked chokecherries yesterday. The cake looks scrumptious. Thanks for hosting! Sylvia D.

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  22. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 53. Hope Topaz heals quickly. Wonderful blueberries.

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  23. The fruits and veggies looks so fresh and delicious. I hear you about the blogs, it does take a lot of time. I have to be careful the computer does not take away time from more important things, hehehe. Please know that I appreciate your time. I hope that Topaz continue to recover and be very healthy again soon, such a cute dog!

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  24. The fruit and vegetables look so good. Nothing like fresh from the garden. Hope Tppaz heals without any problems.
    Thanks for hosting - appreciate what you do.

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  25. What a fabulous harvest Judith. I too am slowing down and wondering how to manage this thing called blogging....too much of anything can take the sweetness away. Wishing Topaz a speedy recovery!

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  26. Hi Judith, great photos, yummy fruits and veggies. And sooo sorry for Topaz! Have a good week, Moni

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  27. Summers bounty is always the sweetest.
    I love the heritage tomatoes - it's great these old varieties are available now.
    Thank you for the recipe link for the Blueberry loaf - anything blueberry goes down well in our house!
    Oh Topaz, his little face tells the story poor boy! Judith I hope he recovers quickly!
    It's lovely to be back in the world of blogging and taking part in Mosaic Monday - thank you for hosting Judith.
    Like you, I can't manage blogging more than 2-3 times a week - several other commitments take up my time as well! Come summer in my part of the world, the garden is always beckoning and my garden is my happy place!

    Shane

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  28. Aww...poor little Topaz! I sure hope he has a speedy recovery so he doesn't have to wear that collar long! Your fresh produce looks absolutely delicious...nothing more beautiful in the summertime! As always, your photos are gorgeous and thanks for hosting. Have a great week, Judith!

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  29. Poor Topaz. Hope he's feeling better soon! Lovely looking produce.

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  30. Lemon-blueberry sounds like a good combination :)

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  31. Judith... Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday... Inspired me to update my blog! Your photos are wonderful and the fruit and veggies look delectable. Hope you have a pleasant week and speedy recovery to your sweet Topaz!

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  32. Your poor puppy. Hope he heals soon. And your market produce looks yummy. Good eating at your house! Sorry not to join today--I couldn't come up with anything. I think blogging has really slowed down--at least my circle. Not sure if it's the dog days of August or something more permanent. As my mother used to say, "We shall see."

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  33. "Good things grow in Ontario!"

    We're certainly lucky to have such an abundant harvest in Ontario.

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  34. Hi Judith, Sure hope to see Topaz with a smile on that sweet face soon. What a beautiful tea bread, it has to be delicious. I think I will have to bake this one. Lovely fresh produce, I love going to our local farmer's for to buy fresh. Thanks for hosting...........

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  35. So much great looking produce.
    Hope the cone can come off soon it does not look fun.
    Thanks for the party.
    Denise

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  36. This post made me hungry! Yum!

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  37. Hope Topaz heals well and quickly , give him an extra treat and cuddle from Miggs and I . I hear you about the blogging . This time of year is busy for lots of us bloggers . Oh lovely veggies and such . There is a co worker at Papa's work who has a farm and a veggie/ fruit stand at the end of his driveway and he brings in baskets full of his own home grown goodies for every one of what ever he has in harvest and we have had loads of Yummy peaches and cream corn blueberries and so on to . Ok I am hungry now lol . Lovely mosaics thanks for sharing

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  38. Aww Topaz is such a sweet pup, Judith. I hope he heals quickly! I'm glad that you found Cathy's blog. She makes such wonderful recipes! Thank you for the shout out, as well. All your produce looks so tasty and fresh, and makes for a lovely mosaic.
    Yes, we must find our own "happy place " in the blogging community, and it looks like you've found yours, Judith. Enjoy your week, my friend.

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  39. Topaz looks concerned but I know he'll be okay. Have a good week!

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  40. Beautiful food photos Judith!! colorful and pretty! How is Topaz coming along?

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  41. Poor Topaz, I hope that collar can go off soon. Your lemon blueberry teabread looks delicious, you have a lovely variety of food from own garden.

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  42. Oh those cones...the bane of any dog's existence. Hope that Topaz heals quickly. Your blogging plan sounds like a good one. Must find a blueberry patch...perhaps tomorrow!

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  43. Oh poor doggie! Extra cuddles! Hopefully he'll be better soon, and enjoying freedom again : )
    The fruits and veg are really very beautiful, and that blueberry teabread looks so delicious...
    Enjoy mellow August days in the garden!
    We are very busy here, but looking forward to a little break in the Cotswolds, a pretty and hilly part of the UK, in a couple of weeks. There are some fabulous gardens to visit in that area.

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  44. Hope Topaz is good as new before too long! Your photos of the fresh fruit and corn look good enough to eat. Summer's such a wonderful time of year!

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  45. It is Thursday morning and I finally am getting round to commenting. I saw your entry for this morning as well and bravo for getting your grandson, handsome one too, to sit for a cup of, or rather mug of tea ;) The mosaic entries, your dog is so sweet and they do hate those Elizabethan collars, hope he is better. The fresh produce, yum. The lemon and blueberry tea cake, looks and sounds delightful. I enjoy lemon and blueberry together as well as lemon and raspberry. Happy Thursday~

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  46. Poor Topaz, I hope he is healing and feeling better now. The tea bread and the fresh fruits and veggies look so yummy. It's one of the things I love best about summer- fresh garden produce!

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