Liv and the kids came over. At one point Sean and Eleanor pulled all the dolls and stuffies out and piled them on the divan. The giant George had been in the storage room, but when Sean asked if I could get "The Big Huge George" I dragged it out and Sean was thrilled!
At Sean's request, Christine made an outline of a truck and a bird so he could color them. At Eleanor's request, I made a bird for her to color. I'd show it except after I made the bird, she looked at me funny, but sweetly and said, "Not like that. (Silly Grammy!) Like Christine's!" And then she colored black over it! There's nothing like confirmation of what I've known since 1st grade. "I can't draw." So she made her own cool pictures.
Chloe actually had an extended fun time of coloring without eating or spilling the crayons!
Christine (in black top) has been volunteering at the nursing home. She loves her job because "she likes working with the residents". I think she has a knack. This day there was a group of kids who came to play BINGO with the residents. Christine is pictured with a tray of candy bars and chippy snacks used as practical Bingo prizes.
I thought of this once overplayed Eagles song. I can't tell you why, but the singer was reminding me of Jim Carrey- the face, not the hair- and the lead guitarist was reminding me of a local homeschool dad except the local dad would have been chewing gum. "I can't tell you why."
This is the road that Mike and I took to get to the lake on our leisurly drive a few days ago. When I was a young girl, my family took this road every weekend possible to play at the lake. We began by camping in tents near shore and later bought a tiny cabin with no running water or plumbing. Wasps ruled the outhouse. Heat took over most days and was relentless most nights. But when the sun was high on those summer days and the wind was still, I loved the lake, my lake. Running barefoot Exploring the beaches Submerging for the highest count Swimming to exhaustion Learning to ski by taking off from Dad's arms with my knees tucked into my chest until the pull of the boat pulled me upright and I was off! Ahhhhh! I'm skiing! Hold on! I'm skiing! I'm SKIING!!! Jump some waves! Hold on! WooHoo!! Enjoy the view!
Clever Cabin All those times at the lake and I hadn't remembered it. A line of mailboxes in our cabin community A post and Sumac When I was a young girl, Kanopoli…
Our drives used to take place on Sunday afternoons almost as a ritual or a much needed therapy. These days we drive on Sunday afternoons when we can get away together, but often we take out in the evenings when the sun is beginning to set. Sometimes we stop for photo taking. Sometimes we purposefully leave the camera out of our picture. This evening we took these:
Garden view at home taken before leaving
Cedar Berries A bridge in a rocky field near Roxbury
Artillery and a huge sandstone boulder sitting in a country cemetery (Roxbury) without any informative plaque or explanation. Is this a common sight I have overlooked in other cemeteries?
Tuesday after a reckless and used day I was running and running without a chance To stop and chat at the sky Finally i stopped for a breath in the evening Suddenly I was caught by the scenery Painting a picture of You Day set, scatters of clouds in the distance They whitewash the backdrop of secrets Whispering shadows of blue In more delicate hues
I've been needing to purge and re-zest the nest for quite awhile. I am not finished and if I ever do finish it will be time to begin again! Zoanna seemed to be in the same frame of mind and issued an encouraging invitation, to begin with a goal in mind. I appreciated the challenge and encouragement! I got some things done and it was fun! I decided to collage the photos which may have a messy look. Maybe you can see some progress? It's a neater nest here for awhile!
"Purge the Spurge" You may see how the spurge was beginning to encroach into the roses? I sort of like the ferny airiness of this spurge ground cover, but after hearing how my friend Nancy worked to purge the spurge from a garden where the spurge had taken over, I decided to "take dominion" before the spurge could.
"Desk Mess Dispelled" again Saying, "Just put it on my desk." enough times makes for a desk mess! (The first photo is all about fuel to get the job done!)