Growing up is stressful.
Not to say that adulthood is a nap in a hammock.
But growing up is stressful.

At three, discovering you are a person independent of your parents.
At eleven, well, we all know about adolescents.

But I’m thinking of college-age, nineteen and twenty, where the new and mundane begin to loom: “What am I going to be when I grow up?”
And “Where will I find a job?”

College-age, where grappling with the sublime can lead us to extremes.

Growing up is stressful.

Requiring of every adult understanding and patience.
Requiring the same of the college-aged when dealing with peers.

Requiring.
Not always getting.
Dommage! Too bad!

Let’s look at the man in the mirror and promise to do better.

A reflection Something we all do, as we must.  Courtesy of Wikipedia. No further attribution available.

A reflection
Something we all do, as we must.

Courtesy of Wikipedia. No further attribution available.

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Tagging Today
Sunday, October 21, 2018
My 194th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 50* with intermittent rain.

Dinner is outstanding Chicken Soup.

Quiz Question of the Day:
What is the Uffizi?


Hints:

Lovely The Uffizi, from the river.  Courtesy of Wikipedia. No further attribution available.

Lovely
The Uffizi, from the river.

Courtesy of Wikipedia. No further attribution available.

Left:
The Uffizi Courtyard separating the two wings

Samuli Lintula - Wiki Commons

Second from left:
Restored Niobe room in the Uffizi represents Roman copies of late Hellenistic art.
View of daughter of Niobe bent by terror.

Petar Milošević - Own work

Second from right:
View of hallway. The walls were originally covered with tapestries.

Petar Milošević - Own work

Right:
Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi

Short Takes:
I love to walk.
I hate the cold.
Walking tonight through the Public Garden I am reminded that the time is coming when it will often be too cold for me to walk out.
Here are some nighttime photos I took to remind me to enjoy these fall days when the temperature is still about 40*.

Left:
The Public Garden at night. 

Second from left:
The Public Garden at night.

Second from right:
The Public Garden at night.

Right:

Hey! Shouldn’t they be in bed?

Another Short Take:
So I noticed my Chicken Gravy container is half-depleted.
Can’t have that.
I gathered up the carcass bones, made a stock using chicken stock and wine, reduced it to 1/4 of what it started with and added this to the gravy. I heated the gravy and stirred in cold roux from he freezer and, voila! plenty of Chicken Gravy.
Remember that all of these recipes are on our website in the section called recipes.

Whisking cold roux into hot gravy. Yummy.  Thanks to: Steenbergs -  https://www.flickr.com/photos/steenbergs/5606499581/sizes/l/

Whisking cold roux into hot gravy.
Yummy.

Thanks to:
Steenbergs - https://www.flickr.com/photos/steenbergs/5606499581/sizes/l/

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Answer to the Quiz Question:
The Uffizi Gallery is a prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence in the region of Tuscany, Italy.
One of the most important Italian museums, and the most visited, it is also one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.

After the ruling house of Medici died out, their art collections were gifted to the city of Florence under the famous Patto di famiglia negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress.
The Uffizi is one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public, formally becoming a museum in 1865.

Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence and one of the most visited art museums in the world.

The building of the Uffizi complex was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name ‘uffizi,’ "offices." It was completed in 1581.
The top floor was made into a gallery for the family and their guests and included their collection of Roman sculptures.

Over the years, more sections of the palace were recruited to exhibit paintings and sculpture collected or commissioned by the Medici.
According to Vasari, who was not only the architect of the Uffizi but also the author of Lives of the Artists, published in 1550 and 1568, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo gathered at the Uffizi "for beauty, for work and for recreation."

Left:
Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” 173 × 279 cm.

Second from left:
Michelangelo’s “Doni Tondo,”

Second from right:
Francisco Goya’s “Portrait of Maria Theresa.”

Right:
Caravaggio’s “Sacrifice of Isaac.”

 The Uffizi is overflowing with a wealth of art that is difficult to comprehend.

And so, “Good Morning!” my friends.

We’ve talked about reflection, the weather, art, food, and stress.

I hope it helps your day.

God bless us, all.

And so, Good Morning.
We’ve talked about stress and reflection, the Uffizi as a building and as a Museum, the changing temperature, and supplementing a gravy.

See you soon, my friends.

Love

Dom