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“The Zone”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Zone.”

May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

An instance when I feel i’m in, “The Zone,” is during a run on a beautiful, Texan, summer day. Being kissed by the warmth of the sun, the cool breeze carrying the water from the resaca and brushing against my skin, the smell of freshly blooming jasmine flowers, the gentle gliding of colorful birds, the clear blue skies, the crispness in the air, my favorite songs joyfully filling my ears from the music player, the excited puppies in the yards wagging their tails upon my sight, the movement of my body feeling lighter with each step, the fruity taste upon my lips from my lip balm—makes me feel so in love with the moment. Not realizing I had been running for over two hours, my mind craved to keep going. I felt completely free. I felt completely at peace. It was my zone.

– Surely, Sherley

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
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A Sunflower and The Bee

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

In a hustle n’ bustle the world spins around,

Tis’ no matter for this Bee n’ his flower,

Sun blazin’, or rain pourin’ with thunder’s sound,

Without the nectar he takes no cover.

Buzz, Buzz, from flower to flower he jumps,

Pavin’ way for yet more flowers to sprout,

Even as I near to catch a glimpse,

In his goal he stays so devout.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

The sunflower and a Beetle

May 2015: Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. An hour of sunlight remains, a beetle rests on a sunflower as the flower looks to the fading light.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015. An hour of sunlight remains, a beetle rests on a sunflower as the flower looks to the fading light.

Blue skies and a lonely sunflower

May 2015: Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

Sunflower and a Bee

May 2015: Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

Docks

May 2015: Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

Duck Gang, no quacks allowed.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

Why did the ducks cross the street? To find out what all the quack was about! lol, no? okay.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

“Yes, i’m fabulous.”

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
May, 2015. Brownsville, Texas, U.S.A. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.

Sunflower and a Beetle

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2015. A beetle resting on a sunflower during sunset.

Summer Moon

It’s been a while since my last post. A few months passed swiftly with exam preparations. While my exams are still ongoing, I couldn’t resist attempting to capture and post a picture of yesterday’s beautiful, summer moon. This picture doesn’t do justice to the real thing, and the live sight reminded me of a beautiful and romantic Tamil song, by the name of, Vennilave Vennilave (Full Moon, O’ moon), from the movie Minsara Kannavu (Electrifying Dream.) This song is so gracefully choreographed and its lyrics pull at the heart’s strings. This song classically conveys the unspoken love between two individuals, where in the end of the song the two lovers realize how the beauty of this world should be utterly experienced only with the other. I love this song, and its subtle, and classic romance. Looking at yesterday’s moon, I was swept away in my own mid-summer dream.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

Youtube link to the song: Vennilave Vennilave (Movie: Minsara Kanavu)

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texan Summer Moon.

Song: Vennilave
Movie: Minsara Kanavu
Singers: Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

Song Lyrics/Translation:

Vennilave Vennilave

Vennilavae vennilavae vinnaiththaandi varuvaayaa
Moon, o full moon, will you cross the skies and come
Vilaiyaada joadi thaevai
I need a pair to play with
Vennilavae vennilavae vinnaiththaandi varuvaayaa
Moon, o full moon, will you cross the skies and come
Vilayaada joadi thaevai (vennilavae)
I need a pair to play with
Indha booloagaththil yaarum paarkkum munnae
In this world, before anybody sees you
Unnai adhikaalai anuppi vaippoam (vennilavae)
I’ll send you back to where you came from
Idhu irullalla adhu oliyalla idhu rendoadum saeraadha ponnaeram (2)
This isn’t night, its not that day, its the time in between both
Thalai saayaadhae vizhi moodaadhae sila mottukkal sattenru poovaagum
Don’t lean your head, don’t close your eyes, some buds will suddenly blossom into flowers
Pennae…pennae…
Girl, oh girl
Booloagam ellaamae thoongippoana pinnae
After everyone in the world goes to sleep
Pulloadu poomeedu oasai kaetkum pennae
You can hear the sound of the grass colliding with the flowers, girl
Naam iravin madiyil pillaigal aavoam paalootta nilavundu
We’ll become children in the lap of the night, the moon is there to feed us milk
(vennilavae)
Ettaadha uyaraththil nilavai vaiththavan yaaru
Who put the moon far away where we can’t reach?
Kaiyoadu sikkaamal kaatrai vaiththavan yaaru
Who put wind that we can’t catch in our hands?
Idhai enni enni iyarkaiyae viyakkiraen
Thinking of this, I try to explain nature
Ettaadha uyaraththil nilavai vaiththavan yaaru
Who put the moon far away where we can’t reach?
Pennae…pennae
Girl, oh girl
Poongaatru ariyaamal poovaith thirakka vaendum
I want to open the flowers without knowing the wind
Pookooda ariyaamal thaenai rusikka vaendum
I want to relish the honey without knowing the flowers too
Ada ulagai rasikka vaendum naan un poanra pennoadu
I want to cherish the world with a girl like you.

Cool Summer Treat: Cucumber and Tomato Sandwich

The Summer is upon us and thus begins all the beach fun, pool parties, BBQs and if you are in South Texas like me—hiding out in the coolest room in your home with the AC on max. Regardless of a summer picnic at the park, or just a lazy afternoon at home, nothing quite satisfies such as a cool, cucumber and tomato sandwich. This recipe is great for kids and adults alike. Give it a try for a fast sandwich fix, that’ll surely cool the scorching heat of the summer. For an added juicy treat, try some fresh strawberries on the side!

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Cucumber and Tomato sandwich with a side of strawberries.

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 0 mins

Ready in: 10 mins

Ingredients

Recipe makes for 1 serving

  1. 2 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread (Substitute with White, or Honey Wheat Bread as per preference)
  2. 1 tablespoon of Land O Lakes Sweet cream Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil** (Substitute with any other type of spreadable butter, as per preference. Light spreadable butter also works well.)
  3. ½ large cucumber, peeled, sliced in circular pieces
  4. 1 small tomato, sliced in circular pieces
  5. 1 teaspoon of Chaat masala** (Optional, for an Indian flavor. Can be found in an Indian grocery store near you.)
  6. 2 Strawberries, cut (Optional, as a juicy side.)

**Pictured below

Directions

  1. Chill the sliced cucumber pieces and sliced tomato pieces in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Collect the chilled cucumber and tomato pieces from Step 1 from the refrigerator. Also collect the bread, butter, and optionally the Chaat masala.
  3. Place 2 slices of whole wheat bread, apart, on a plate.
  4. Spread ½ tablespoon of Land O Lakes Sweet cream Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil evenly on one slice of bread.
  5. Repeat Step 4 on the other slice of bread.
  6. Evenly spread the previously peeled and sliced, cucumber pieces on one slice of bread.
  7. Evenly spread the previously sliced tomato pieces on top of the cucumbers from Step 6.
  8. Optionally, spread the Chaat masala on top of the tomatoes for an Indian flavoring.
  9. Place the remaining, buttered bread slice on top of the other, cucumber and tomato piled bread.
  10. Place the cut strawberries on the side (optional), and enjoy!
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

Land-O-Lakes-spreadable-butter
[BORROWED IMAGE] Land O Lakes Sweet cream Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil.
Shan Brand- Chaat Masala. Found in any Indian grocery store near you.
[BORROWED IMAGE] Shan Brand- Chaat Masala. Found in any Indian grocery store near you.