Hungry? Thirsty?

Recently I was going through my photos and found that quite a lot of them are pictures of foods or drinks. I enjoy eating, either at home or in a restaurant and my M is quite a good cook. We are also wine collectors, and we have a decent cellar.

But I didn’t quite realise that I’ve been harbouring a large number of food and drink photos in my archive. Here is a small sample:

A beer flight from a brewery in the Okanagan city of Penticton (where my southern home is).

Some homemade Halloween eyes from last week. These were a lot of work to make!

Hors d’oeuvre from my M. Or, snack time in the d’Arty-Cross household. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okanagan wine. This was a lovely bottle for a lovely meal.

A picnic. Also lovely, particularly because it was January!

Butter tarts. A Canadian favourite. M made these.

For someone who likes to take landscape and nature photos, there are an awful lot of consumables pictures hanging around in my  storage.

And this also explains why my pants can get tight and then I have to lay off for a while. I used to be able to eat what I wanted, but turning 40 changed all that. As I age though, I’m tempted to think, yeah, but I’m getting older, I can cheat some. I’ve earned it, right? I don’t care about a gorgeous (well, I was never gorgeous, but you know) corpse. When I shuffle off this mortal coil, my body should be done, spent, finished, toast, well past the sell-by date, expired, smoked … Really, who’s going to care when I’m taking the big dirt nap? 

Having said all that though, I am circumspect up to a point. I do watch my weight and I make a point of exercising because I have to pass medicals every six months. My one virtue is that I’ve never been a junk food person.

What do you think?

Do you like a good meal? Do you worry about your age and the extra baggage? Do you care what you look like, especially if you’re “getting up there” ?

But one final photo. Okanagan peaches. Yum. ๐Ÿ™‚

26 thoughts on “Hungry? Thirsty?”

  1. I gave up a long time ago on trying to be svelte and streamlined. Sure, I try to do the right thing, and I’ll often have a minimalist salad or choose an option that will not immediately shut down my arteries with grease and despair. But for the most part? If it appeals to me, I’m going to eat it.

    Please don’t take that last line in a tawdry way. Even though you would probably be right. (It’s clearly time for me to sign off and head to bed.)


    1. Hahaha. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am definitely not svelte and streamlined either. Just sort of thickened in places that shouldnโ€™t be. And come to think of it, thinner in places that shouldnโ€™t be. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Brian, I would never think of you as tawdry. All I have to do is remember you in the red strands photo and I know that youโ€™re all about gaudy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I was just poking fun at my sister’s boyfriend last week because he was taking pictures of everything he was eating and texting the photos to her. “What is this, 2013? Nobody does that anymore!” Ha!

    My body’s never been a temple, and the walls are getting thicker and thicker every year. But I won’t stop eating (or drinking… soda in my case) all the bad stuff I love…

    1. Haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ I apparently didnโ€™t get the notice, because Iโ€™ve obviously been clicking away at the table.

      I like eating, and I like trying the foods of other cultures, but I do try to be at least a bit good about it. Fail lots, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. After dealing with some major health issues in my 20s and 30s, my health is something I focus on in my 50s and feel better for it. It’s not about how I look, it’s how I feel.

  4. Ahhhhhh, food porn. You will have seen in my posts that I also subscribe to this style of photog. As to eating and drinking, I do enjoy food, coffee, etc., but have decided as I get older to go for quality, rather than quantity (yes, I am a food snob/coffee snob). This is somewhat flawed logic (flawgic, if you will) as, if the quality is good, I can’t stop at just one bite. Ohhh well. Happy Friday, Lynette. Allan

    1. You do! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I want quality as well. If I have to watch how much I consume, I want every bite to be yummy, so yes, I guess that makes me a bit of a food snob as well.

      Flawgic. I love that. Great word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Great post, Lynette, and awesome photo story ๐Ÿ˜€

    I love how your photo archives revealed your “guilty” pleasure to you. That’s such a wonderfully creative note to self!

    The eye-muffins look deliciously disgusting or is that disgustingly delicious!?! You’re a talented baker!!!

    Since you asked what I think… uh oh… I think that’s one of the jobs which trousers perform for us – to let you know when you’ve reached a certain point where you either have to cut back a little until the trousers fit comfortably again or make sure you have a next size up for when you feel like expanding instead of contracting.

    I leave it to my body to take care of itself – it always let’s me know what I can and can’t eat, when to eat and when to not do that. Since my mind has stopped interfering in the process, things have reached a better balance. Aging has helped. It’s done things like flattened my butt so I appear skinnier ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚
      It was so funny, because I was organising my photos into folders, and I started to realise just how many were going into the food file.

      Itโ€™s true that I love a good meal, especially with people Iโ€™m close to (not big dinner parties because my introversion comes out in a big way); I find the sharing of a meal to be profoundly intimate – makes me really happy, and I think I was recording those happy moments.

      Yes, thatโ€™s what pants were made for! Much better than any scale! I have loose weekend pants for lounging – very unflattering but very comfortable.

      Youโ€™re good at listening to your body. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are very lucky to get a flattened butt! Mine is, well, itโ€™s definitely protruding. Some flattening (actually, deflation is more like it) would be excellent. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Did you drink all those beers? ๐Ÿ˜‰ They look yummy. My favorite was the appetizer plate with crackers, cheese & cold cuts. That’s an Italian thing, and my grandma used to put out similar plates.

    The answer to all three of your questions is, “yes.” I’ve been struggling with aging and it gets me down. I’ve never had trouble getting off a few pounds. Since I turned 50, my chronic pain is worse, and I have difficulty exercising, so I’ve never weighed this much in my life. I’m somewhat depressed about it, but I try not to dwell.

    1. No, I didnโ€™t drink all the beers. They were a tasting flight, and I only liked one of them, so I got a glass of the one I liked while my son finished up the samples. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love those cold cut platters as well. Yes, very Italian. ๐Ÿ™‚

      So sorry to hear that youโ€™re struggling with this, Lori. ๐ŸŒธ I went through a period where I felt pretty down about my age too (actually, I had to have a total hip replacement at quite a young age, and I was feeling that my body was aging a lot faster than it should. I also got stuck on wondering what else was going to break down) so I think I may understand a bit. Not being able to do the things we have always done can bring our mortality into focus in a sharp way.

      Try to be good to yourself, easy on yourself. I send good wishes to you. โค๏ธ

  7. I am sooo coming to your house for snacks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ i have to say that although we do mostly eat healthy, we also like some treats occasionally. My weight is very static and I still wear shorts I bought over 20 years ago. Guess I just have thin genes. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. You are very fortunate to have a static weight like that. My body now likes to hoard every calorie it can find. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do my best to control it, not let it get out of hand while at the same time enjoying a good meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. My body is a temple also, Temple of Doom!
    Enjoyable post, amazing Halloween eyes, and I also love our Okanagan fruit. I love driving down to Keremeos, i have a favorite fruit stand plus I enjoy some samosas, yum.

  9. Love these pictures of food–and the spooky eyes! How did you make them? In terms of my own eating/health habits: I like to splurge twice a month when Nate and I go out to eat, but my regular meals are pretty healthy and I do exercise every day–mostly because I really, really like routines and habits, which can drive those around me a bit nuts at times, but oh well. Cheers!

    1. The eyes were made with royal icing and lots of carefully applied food colouring. Quite labour intensive, but they sort of started to melt, unfortunately. The eyes were slipping out of their sockets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yes, my regular meals are pretty healthy as well; I do make the effort. But I really would rather not have to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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