April in Flowers

My dear Friends,

What can be better than a new day with beautiful flowers smiling at you? April is in bloom and we cannot miss new life. Every year spring comes differently (i mean weather calendar) and the first blossoms makes people as happy as babies. Being outdoor helps us forget about our worries and problems, and just switch off the brain. My heart jumps in pure delight when I spot the first crocuses. Don’t know why, but these little cuties are my favorite. Every flower has its charm, but these babes make me melt like an ice-cream. They are among the first ones after cold winter days. They are also not so easily found, but it makes them even more attractive to me. I treasure the minutes I saw them and press the button of my camera to capture their beauty.

How lovely to have a walk today and capture the perfect first blooming images! Life cannot be more colorful!

Hope you are happy today!

Thank you for walking with me today!

All the images are available for sale at shutterstock and at gallery!

Love you all!

Enjoy the first blooms!

Yours A

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Eastern Orthodox Easter

My dear Friends,

Not everyone knows but Ukraine is mostly an Eastern Orthodox country that celebrates her Easter in the other day. There is one for the Catholic Church and one for the Orthodox Church. On rare occasions the two dates fall on the same day. The reasoning behind the different dates comes down to the church and the modern day calendar.

This year we celebrate our Easter today, 8th of April. Paska, along with krashanky – which are dyed hardboiled eggs, usually of one simple colour and meant for eating at the Easter feast – are placed in the basket with lit candles and brought to the church on Easter morning. The Easter baskets are blessed by the priest and taken home by the families. After the ceremony, and sometimes after going back to sleep, families celebrate Easter morning with food from the basket. I confess that many Ukrainians get used to putting not only eggs and paska into their basket but also ham, horseradish, vegetables and even wine. Thus, their Easter breakfasts are quite nutritious. I certainly would like to be different and bring in my basket with only eggs and paskas in it…

More interesting facts you will find in my book that is going to be published soon…very soon!

Happy Sunday!

 

International Day of Happiness

Dear Friends,

Have you every heard of the International Day of Happiness?

The International Day of Happiness was introduced by the General Assembly of the United Nations during 2012 and was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

The original idea came from the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan region of Asia. There, the population is thought by many to be among the happiest in the world due to the holistic approach to life and the amount of importance which is placed on the well being of people and communities, as much as material wealth.

I guess it is a good reason to stop for a moment and think about what is happiness? You may find the answer at once or think of it for a longer time. But it seems to me that happiness is when you feel yourself happy no matter of anything. Hell with everything, I am happy today to share my recent photoworks (a good reason to make this day special and order a canvas here pictorem):

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And what is happiness for you?

Happy International Happiness Day to You! Be happy!

Yours Ann

Share Your News

Dear Friends,

How about something to read?

Newspaper

Hope my first issue was entertaining! In case you would like to get a copy of it to your email, please contact me via the comments. I also invite any of you to join my newspaper team and write with us. I really need creative writers who is eager to share his/her great ideas. I hope to devote some issues of my newspaper to many talented bloggers who would be eager to give me an interview. I am willing to create a newspaper where everyone can write and read something that is important/interesting for people and world in general. Let’s have fun and share it with others!

Looking forward to hearing your ideas and welcome to my team!

Love you all,

Yours A

Snow in Kyiv

Dear Friends,

You know how much I love my city, but even more I love Kyiv under snow.  But instead of words I better share my short film with you :

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person” ― Sylvia Plath

Snowfall in my city is the adventure bonded with childhood happiness. I open you my snoworld and let you dance with me! Are you ready for some fun?

Let me know what makes you happy?

Looking forward for many comments and visits at my gallery : https://www.pictorem.com/profile/Ann.Romanenko

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Love you all,

Yours A

 

DRESS UP YOUR WALLS

Our home is our castle where comfort and coziness are important. Also, our home is the best place to discover our design skills. Every design is unique reflecting your inner world. A lot can be said about the owner from the arrangement of furniture, color of walls, and other decor stuff.

Modern minimalistic living room.

Credit for the birth of interior design is most often given to the Ancient Egyptians, who decorated their humble mud huts with simple furniture enhanced by animal skins or textiles, as well as murals, sculptures, and painted vases.

Wall decor is the easiest feature of your home to change around and update, so why not dress up your walls with beautiful winter landscape picture?  House in Winter Forest

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This is a 410 GSM heavy fine art premium canvas made from high-quality Canadian wood pine using the latest HP Vivera original ink printing technology.  Pictorem offers unique giant and panoramic sizes as well as provides the manual inspection of colors resolution and sharpness on every single canvas. 100% refunding program in case you don’t like your ordered canvas. Free shipping to US and Canada.

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A great present for any occasion (think about upcoming Valentine’s Day) and for every home available at Your Picture at attractive prices and 40% discount! Why not make your walls look gorgeous!

Also for stock photography please visit  My Shutterstock !

Have a gorgeous day!

I’d love to hear your opinion!

Yours Ann

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Sushi Rocks My World

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Japanese cuisine became popular in my country not so long time ago. Within several years it was possible to observe how the menu of every second restaurant is replenished with  Japanese sushi, sashimi and rolls. They are being served not only at the Japanese-cuisine-type restaurants but also at any restaurant, pub, or café, which would like to attract more customers.

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Through the West to the East

It is remarkable that such interest to Asian delicacies came to us not straight from Japan, but “through the West to the east“. Indeed! Firstly, Japanese exotic food was tasted in Europe and USA, and only then was found on the Eastern Europe countries’ plates. According to the Japanese phonetics one should pronounce “susi”, but having undergone a certain adaptation in the West, this name came to us as “sushi”.

This tasty food was founded more 1300 years ago.  Its name “sushi” (in Japanese 寿司 ), oddly enough, has no translation yet. Or, more precisely, there is such set of interpretation of two hieroglyphs that it can be successfully treated as both a «marinated fish» and a happiness wish. As often happens, any dish origin history is related to its way of storage.

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Narezushi or Salted Fish

Sushi originates in a Southeast Asian dish, known today as narezushi (馴れ寿司, 熟寿司 – “salted fish”), stored in fermented rice for possibly months at a time. The lacto-fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling; the rice would be thrown away (how wasteful!) before eating fish. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for its Japanese consumers.

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The sushi master Dzhokhey (only representatives of Samurais had the right to use the surname) was the first one who cooked a rice ball, then added wasabi (the Japanese horse-radish was known as the best antiseptic) and covered it with a piece of fish. The dish was named as nigirisushi. Nigiri in Japanese means “handful” denoting the amount of rice that can be eaten at once.

People love eating sushi with sticks. Sticks are difficult in use for many, but not for those ones who learned how to deal with them. I shall say that Japanese cuisine offers food served mainly in the form of small separate pieces (sushi, sashimi) which are enough to be picked and put in a mouth. 3

Sushi are very low-calorie food. It would seem that sushi cannot do harm to health? At a first glance, everything looks pretty innocent – a small portion of rice, sea fish and vegetable ingredients. Let us take a closer look.

Sushi can be useful to our body as it contains:

sea fish includes fat-soluble vitamin D, a nutrient that most people are deficient in. It functions like a steroid hormone in the body. Researchers believe that the fatty types of fish are even more beneficial for heart health, because of their high amount of omega-3 fatty acids;

rice acts as fuel for the body and aids in the normal functioning of the brain. Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine, and riboflavin. These vitamins provide the foundation for the body’s metabolism, immune system health, and  etcetera;

recent studies suggest that soy sauce may be able to provide some digestive tract benefits;

wasabi contains antimicrobial agents which are useful for eliminating bacteria. Due to its ability to block platelet aggregation, wasabi helps to reduce chances of heart attack and stroke;

ginger is the strong antioxidant and also an immune-stimulator;

However, one should always keep in mind that not all sushi ingredients are beneficial to our body. For example, nearly all fish have traces of methylmercury, a form of mercury that has neurotoxic effects, especially in developing brains. Salt-sensitive people should be careful with soy sauce since it is widely regarded as salty food, a tablespoon of soy sauce contains 1,000 milligrams of sodium. Also be aware of the fact that all seafood ingredients of sushi MUST be fresh.

To Eat or Not to Eat?

If you are not allergic to any of sushi ingredients and have no serious diseases, then go ahead and taste it. This food might “conquer” or not your taste receptors, but you will not remain indifferent. Nobody can tell for sure why Japanese people live longer than many Europeans, some say that the secret lies in their daily food habits.

Who has not seen my video about sushi cooking? Enjoy :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Uf8VnvOtw

2018 A New Start

Hello, my dear little Friends,

We have not talked since last year. Wow! How were your Christmas holidays? Did you find many presents under your Christmas tree? I did.

2018 is here, not sure I am ready to it. A new year means a new start to many of us. We hope that new year will be better than the old one. We make new resolutions and set new goals. Right? I have mine as well. I keep bugging you about my book that had to be published last year and volla…it was not. Actually, the largest obstacle was the editing process. You have no idea how difficult it is to find a good editor. Fortunately, I came across kind people who directed me in the right way.  The editing process has been launched. And now I try to sell my photos to gather money to pay my editor. I know that sounds weird, but on the way to my dream I might be a bit reckless…

Briefly, there is a good deal for those who need some greeting cards and do not know how to design them or have no time for it. I make you an attractive offer regarding six beautifully designed birthday cards at cheap price. Take a look:

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 You may see all the six cards and buy them at: https://payhip.com/b/Cy1s

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Also, please do not forget to visit my shutterstock page, there are always new images at  https://www.shutterstock.com/g/anrostudio?language=en

Feel free to contact me and share my works if you like them!

Did you set your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear them, if possible!

 

Love you all,

Yours Ann