Yellow Iris

Yellow irises, one new book and tiramisu torte!

For reasons I’m still trying to figure out, this week has felt heavy and gritty. Do you have weeks that feel like an emotional whirlwind? Though I feel a bit rattled, I don’t want this post feel that way. Perhaps writing about the positives will get my good vibes flowing. Here’s a recap of what’s been going on in my life this past week.

The biggest adjustment has been for my husband. He had braces put on Tuesday and has been getting used to the wire-y mouth that many of us remember from high school. If you’re like me, you remember this from elementary and high school. You may also remember two palette expanders, head gear and lots of spacers. My mouth did not come cheap, but I’m thankful to my parents that it looks the way it does now!

So, yes, I’ve been around the orthodontia block a few times and can sympathize when my husband tells me he would prefer soft foods for the next few days. His preference is coordinating with Ohio’s weather taking a colder turn, so that makes the choice very obvious and handy – soup! I made a vegetable soup last night that was easy and amazing. It is the first veggie soup we’ve liked and it involved me cleaning out the old veggies from our fridge. This being the case, it may not be easy to recreate. Wouldn’t it figure?! Tonight I’m making Potato, kale and sausage soup (think Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden) that will be blended into a puree. You may think this sounds interesting/odd. I do too! We’ll see how it all whips up!


(I’ve linked each book to its page on

My recent addition to my reading list is The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris. It came recommended to me after a series of unexpected events and I felt the need to add it to my ‘I need to read this right now’ list. Light reading it is not. It is a reflection and summary of Kathleen Norris’ time spent at a benedictine monastery. I find I resonate with her voice because of her creative background.

I’m still reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This became a heavy read last night when I was looking for a quick, 30 minute escape. After 15 minutes, I found myself reading about the monotony of the working world.

Also on my nightstand is Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey. I have yet to progress forward on this book, but I think I’ll pick it up tonight. It likely won’t have references to current day work drudgery.

I finished reading My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella and enjoyed that book quite a bit. It was silly, predictable and whimsical. Sometimes you need these three in a book and don’t want to be stuffy about it.



I took a walk today and stumbled upon some beautiful flowering plants. My first surprise were purple robe trees (locust trees) that were in bloom. I was lucky enough to find a bundle of blooms on the ground and promptly claimed it for my home. Another surprise were the yellow irises below.


Yellow Iris on a cloudy day by Cortney North


The lighting outside was overcast with a side of cloudy. The dimension of the pictures is not great, but the flowers are stunning! There were 10 large lilac bushes nearby in full bloom too. The breeze was rustling the blooms and causing the scents to waft around like a bakery of flowers. I had to sit and enjoy the moment because you don’t get to experience that too often!


Yellow Iris by Cortney North


I tried a black and white version of the iris. The layers that appear on the iris when the color is omitted add a depth that reminds me of my newest paintings. A bit of unexpected inspiration for layering on the canvas!


Yellow Iris on a cloudy day by Cortney North

Up close and personal with the flowers. Whenever I take photos of flowers this close I can’t help but think of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings.


Tomorrow night we are going to try the Tiramisu torte from Trader Joe’s. We both love tiramisu and I’m intrigued to see how it fares against some tiramisu desserts we’ve had at various Italian restaurants. We both went to Italy in college to fulfill a graduation requirement (what a hard requirement!) and though I enjoyed all the tiramisu desserts, my husband did not like coffee at the time. He gave his desserts away to his friends who had the taste buds of unrefined college kids. Oh, the sadness! Perhaps we’ll make up for that error at some point in the future.