~ rainy Sunday afternoon ~
~ hydrangeas ~
~ cool dessert ~
~ girls playing paper dolls ~
~ boys playing Wii ~
~ adults playing Dutch Blitz ~
~ polka dots ~
~ posing for the camera ~
~ shunning the camera ~
~ showers of blessings ~
1) Birthdays. There are a gazillion of them during July and August. Lots of shopping. Lots of wrapping. Some mailing of packages. Lots of cake. Lots of list checking. Lots of happy. (Lots of anniversaries too!)
2) Organizing. A freer schedule in the summer means that there is time to purge and organize...closets, drawers, book shelves, school supplies, kitchen cabinets, and the dreaded laundry room. My plan for this summer is to take two weeks for each room.
We just finished our two weeks in Bekah's room. Bekah is not a purger. She is a keeper. But she really wanted to tidy and organize her room, so she made a concerted effort to eliminate and give away and store things for her future children. We rearranged her furniture, flipped her reversible duvet to the opposite side, and gave her a fresh look. Kati and I love it! Bekah...have I told you she resists change? She's still not sure...
"Reading aloud is the best outlet that I know of for hidden dramatic ability. It is the best development for speaking ability, and the least complicated exercise for the use of one's voice and expression."
"The plea for women to have 'time to be themselves' or 'time for fulfilling careers' is overworked....If people were less anxious to join a drama club or some other kind of 'fulfill yourself' activity and used their talents right in their homes, they would not only be more fulfilled when the children were two years old and they were capturing their attention with vivid and original ideas, but when the same children were eighteen years old they would not be wringing their hands so tragically at the complete lack of communication with them."
Four years ago today, I set out on this journey of blogging. What fun it has been...to pen my thoughts, to muse and ponder, to share my home and my life with you. I have met some delightful people along the way, most of whom I'd never have met outside of Blogland.
My very first post was simply a get-my-feet-wet kind of introduction, so I am reminiscing by sharing the first "real" post that I wrote: "Toot or Puddle?"
2 cups raspberries
"Hello, is Betty there?" I asked.
"This is Betty," the voice answered.
"Betty Smith?" I ask, still not convinced.
"Yes, it is," replied the voice.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I have the wrong number."
The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.
Again this month, I am joining Vee of A Haven for Vee as she hosts another note card party. (Each participant chooses four photos previously published on her blog that she thinks would make nice note cards.)
Last month, I did not join Vee's party. Do you know why? We were on vacation in the beautiful state of Maine! While we were there, we were privileged to meet Vee and her husband John...and that was even better than a blog party, don't you think? :)
( Original recipe found in The Dinner Doctor by Ann Byrn)
1 1/2 cups chopped seeded watermelon
Reposting from last year...musings about Father's Day...