Photo Friday: Smoke Gets in My Eyes

Mom tried so hard to get a smoke bush to grow in our yard.  Either someone ran over it with a lawnmower, or simply trampled it in a game of tag.  Maybe because she wanted one so bad, smoke bushes always seemed so exotic to me.

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Smoke-filled Window

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Raindrops on Smoke

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Smoke through Roses

Throw Back Thursday: Load ‘Em Up

It’s time for another trip down memory lane.  This one is about vacationing.  Make that working hard before vacationing!


by clicking here. The old days were tough. And Fun. Like doing yoga while waves buffet my calves.


Wednesday’s Style: Scarf in the Summer?

I stopped by Faith and Grace Boutique in Marengo on my way to see Ceci.  Tina always has some new style ideas up her sleeve. I arrived on a Friday, a day after her MainStreet meeting that “was insane.”  She told me it was a “hat day” for her.  I can only wish my hat days looked this good.

Anyways, did you know

I didn’t.  Here’s how she did it, front and back:Scarf style - 3

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STEM Tuesday: Sunscreen

I think she looked at me, Bro

What are these twins discussing? I bet it’s not sunscreen.

Everyone seems to wear sunscreen these days. Next to everyone knows UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cancer.  That’s especially important to fairer than fair people like me.  (Someone once told me I look like a ghost on the beach.)

Lots of cosmetics have sunscreen as part of the formula.  I know my BB Cream does. But what’s in that sunscreen, and what happens to it when it washes off when we go swimming? Where does all that sunscreen go? And what does it do to the environment? Continue reading

Gratitude Monday: Meditations of a Rainy Day

The weather continues to delight me.  Okay, rain keeps coming; but

Here’s my Monday list, in no particular order, and starting with something weather related:

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😛  Open windows through which I hear raindrops silencing everything, followed by a cheerful coming to life: Cardinals singing, Blue Jays keeping the peace, the buzzing bees, the distant drone of an airplane, gentle breezes rustling cherry leaves, and the frogs croaking.

😛  A gardening partner who mows while I edge, who trips while I weed, who gathers while I sweep.  Thank you Loved-One.

😛 Amazon Prime who hold my wishes and reminds me to re-order and seems to have an abundance beyond my needs.

😛  Picnics in the park with friends and strangers.

😛  Photo-sharing that gives me glimpses of what friend and family are doing and fill me with longing.

😛    “Complete Streets” projects that are finally bringing back sidewalks, and bicycle lanes that are a safe alternative to driving.

😛   Twitter friends.  You know who you are and why I love you.

😛   Waking up to giggles.  I love the crazy turns my dreams tumble around reality, perhaps revealing more about my sub-conscience than I care to interpret.  It’s enough to be entertained.

😛  A friend who surprised my with a birthday present either late or early, I’m not sure which.  I just checked a “first” off my list.  Thank you Pat.

😛  Kind rejection letters. Thank you agents who are kind enough to recognize the person behind the query.  I am getting closer to finding the right fit.  Yes, I am.  I can feel it.gratitude picnic - 2

What’s on your gratitude list?  Please share in the comments or by checking out Laurel’s link-up.


Photo Friday: Birthday Girl

Miss S is 9 years old.  I love her unencumbered exuberance.  I plan to be just like this next year when I turn 65.  (Yesterday I discovered that the price of my village parking sticker will go from $30 to $6 just by passing another milestone.)  Yay!

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Memories on a Rainy Day

It’s Throw Back Thursday, so today, I’m asking you to hop on over to Once A Little Girl again and take a sad trip down memory lane.

Do you ever have sad memories well up for way back when you were little?  Sometimes things that seemed long-buried come crashing to shore.  I’m so glad I have five sister, and two sisters by marriage to share my memories.  Please join me by clicking here.

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Columbia & Keen

My friend suggested this pose, guaranteed it made everyone look slimmer.  Hmmm….

I did a little planning before I left for Florida.  It’s hot and humid. I’m going to be walking all day.  And I’ll probably get wet – I do love the water rides.

The day I wore this outfit, it got to 95%.  I don’t know what the humidity was, but looking at my hair, it was up there.  Am I the only one who can feel my hair get big as it soaks up moisture from the air?

Several people recommended Keen sandals.  Coco and I each got a pair before we left.  They are very, very comfortable and supportive.  I walked at least 8 miles each of the six days in Florida. They dried out fast after water rides. The only thing is, that my feet did get sweaty in these sandals. My feet don’t usually sweat, so this situation seemed odd to me.

I love my Columbia cargo pants.  I bought this pair at the end of last summer at Dick’s.  The fabric is whisper light-weight, dries fast, and fits so comfortably.  Especially around the waist. I have trouble getting pants that fit well around the hips and don’t leave a gap big enough to act as a book bag around the waist.  These Columbia fit perfectly.  I went back and got another pair, then before the trip, I got a third color on Amazon.  The pockets are roomy enough for a little wallet, my cell phone, lip balm, and a few other necessities. A reasonable price, too.

The shirt is from my trip to Rome a few years ago.  Mom suggested I buy it. I did.  Somehow she has a good eye for what looks good on me.  I’ve gotten so many compliments, I know it looks good. Washable, packable, and light as silk, it’s a keeper.  I hope it wears for a few more years.

Ready for the amusement parks

Ready for the amusement parks